For those hoping to getaway this festive season, Africa would be a great destination to consider. Go on safari on December and enjoy summer sunshine and great travel deals.
Cape Town’s most popular attractions, such as Table Mountain, Cape Point and Boulders Beach’s endangered African penguin colony, are mostly uncrowded in November and, if you’re lucky, you might still see a few late-season whales off the coast. Make the most of the Cape’s best experiences before the local school holidays start – take a drive around the Cape Winelands and up the Garden Route to the Easter Cape’s safari region.
Although it’s the start of the short rainy season, this Indian Ocean island loses an average of only nine days in November to rain, leaving you plenty of sunny days to spend on the beach or exploring historic Stone Town. Scuba divers enjoy some of Zanzibar’s best underwater visibility in November as well as the chance to swim with whale sharks.
The Masai Mara’s resident game, which does not move with the herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra, is superb, year-round.The resident game includes plenty of favourites, like elephants, big cats and giraffe. If you choose to base your safari in one of the private concessions bordering the Masai Mara reserve, you will most likely have the place to yourself and may even enjoy this exclusivity at lower rates because most people at this time are visiting the Kenyan coast.
It’s not easy being an East African wildebeest. After a couple of months’ rest in the Masai Mara, the scent of rain carries on the breeze from the plains of the Serengeti, signalling that it’s time to take a deep breath and rumble over the border into Tanzania, to the fresh grazing on the Serengeti’s rolling southern grasslands and central plains. Experience the thrill of seeing thousands of wildebeest thundering across the African plains.