After a major portion of the year has been spent indoors, travel lovers wish to explore the world once again. December is an excellent time for tourism, especially planning a trip to Tanzania, where the shorter rainy season is ending, and weather is pleasant. Tanzania is home to some of the most spectacular locations, such as safari parks, lakes, mountains, and mesmerising beaches and islands. Here are the best places one can visit:
Ngorongoro Crater is home to gazelles, cheetahs, lions, elephants, leopards, antelopes, rhinoceros and many species of exotic birds, including migratory birds! This is the best season for a wildlife safari because the weather is adequate, and the scenery is greener! In December, there is moderate rainfall, so this is the low season; bookings are cheaper, and one can avoid the crowds, which is a relief in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Up at 5895m, the glorious mountain faces minimal rainfall and is an excellent location for trekking and hiking. The region offers scenic views of jagged mountains and lush vegetation, as well as stunning flora and fauna, including the delicate elephant flower, Kilimanjaro tree, and the Fireball Lily, as well as animals such as porcupines, blue monkeys, ravens, duikers, servals, bushbabies, colobus monkeys, and honey badgers!
In December, Tarangire National Park is home to colorful and beautiful migratory birds such as the yellow necked spurfowl, red billed hornbill, yellow billed stork, woodland kingfisher, crowned shrike, ostrich, and black headed heron! Visitors can also find animals such as leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, wild dogs, gazelles, mongooses, elands, impalas, waterbucks, badgers, lions, monkeys, and baboons, and elephants!
Another popular destination that every tourist must see is the fascinating Selous Game Reserve, where they can spot 350 species of birds, including owls, kingfishers, palm nut vultures, kestrels, storks, parrots, herons, and eagles. The breathtaking destination is also home to elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, hyenas, lions, hippos, wildebeests, and lions! December isn’t crowded, so bookings are cheaper and there is more privacy!
The gorgeous Zanzibar archipelago is a must-see region of East Africa. In December, the tropical island is warm and dry, so water activities such as snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, kiteboarding, parasailing, and kayaking is even more enjoyable.
Zanzibar’s beaches are some of the most extraordinary locations in the world. Mnemba Atoll allows visitors to explore a colorful and stunning coral reef. At Kizimkazi, one can swim with bottlenose and humpback dolphins. Beaches such as Paje, Kendwa, and Nungwi offer scenic views of crystalline water, swaying coconut palm trees, white sands, vivid greenery, and glorious sunsets. Tourists can spot marine life such as whales, octopuses, dolphins, angel fish, eels, tunas, lobsters, and rays!
Zanzibar is home to amazing historical locations such as Prison Island, where people of all ages can explore ruins, observe the old stone walls, and spot the giant tortoises. In Stone Town, travellers can explore the winding streets, and visit the Old Fort built by the Omanis. At night, visitors can go to the Forodhani Night Food Market to enjoy foods such as the famous Zanzibar Pizza, plantain soup, octopus curry, biryani, chapati, shellfish, prawns, ginger tea, grilled kebabs, spiced potatoes, and coconut bean soup!