Are you in search of a holiday destination that is different from the usual? Tanzania would be the best match to cater to your needs! This Christmas, visit Tanzania and gaze in awe at the colourful events and activities that will make your celebration a memorable one!
Here are the 10 best places to spend your Christmas in Tanzania:
1. The City of Dar es Salaam
The largest city of Tanzania is home to a wide range of cultures. Begin your Christmas Day by attending a mass at the Gothic-style Roman Catholic church and admire its fantastic architecture and blissful choir. Dar es Salam is famous for its beautiful beaches and seafood. Head over to Mbudya Island or Coco Beach to experience the stunning clear waters and mouthwatering seafood and enjoy a day of relaxation. The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is food for the adventurous souls out there! Its breathtaking views and friendly local guides make a great weekend trip to explore the Tanzanian wilderness.
2. Serengeti National Park
December – a month of 'short rains', lush green plains, and clear dust-free skies in the Serengeti makes a great background for photography. The wildebeest migration does not happen once a year, in fact, the migration is all year round – with each time of year offering a unique wildlife experience.
Visit the incredible Arusha at Christmas and witness the impressive scenery in the Wet Season. The clear skies in this season give you a clear view of the picturesque tall mountains of Meru and Kilimanjaro. It also hosts the cinematic bird migration with tons of vibrant birds in the park.
Arusha Town, Image Source: Kayak.Com
4. Mount Kilimanjaro
Climbing the Kilimanjaro in December is the right decision as it is the end of the short rainy season and is less crowded. If you're feeling adventurous and don't mind little rain, then you can have the whole mountain to yourself by booking a private climb this month.
5. Mafia Island
Go diving in the deep waters of Mafia Island and catch a glimpse of the mighty Whale Sharks! Due to the wet season, the temperature of the water is pretty warm, so don't fret about the water being cold – just dive in!
Mafia Island Lodge, Image Source: TimbuktuTravel.Com
6. Manyara National Park
Considered as an all-year-round Tanzanian safari destination, the Manyara National Park comes to life in the pleasant December rains. This is the best time to enjoy 'Budget Tanzania Safari' as there are very few tourists visiting the park this time of the year. It is also the best time for bird watching.
7. Tarangire National Park
This park is a treat for bird watchers and photographers in December. This is also a time when plenty of animals give birth, and the lush green gardens add to the beauty of the cinematic scenes. Tarangire is home to all classic African savannah species so don't miss this one out!
Elephants at Tarangire National Park, Image Source: SplendOursofAfricaTours.Com
8. Kendwa Beach
One of the most famous beaches of Zanzibar, the Kendwa beach is tide-free, which means you can go snorkeling, swimming, and diving at any time of the day. The sunset accompanies loud parties so you can never have a dull moment here!
9. Nungwi Beach
An untapped beach that offers serenity and peace, this place is the perfect escape from your hectic life. This beach would be a unique way to celebrate the festivities of Christmas in December.
Nungwi Beach North Zanzibar, Image Source: Agoda.Com
10. The Stone Town
A visit to Stone Town in the Zanzibar beaches is a must! The narrow lanes of the stone town are perfect for romantic strolls. Indulge in the delicious local food and culture and relax in the beautifully decorated hotels – a wonderful mix of unique hand-carved furniture!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and have a fun and adventurous Christmas! Don’t forget to check out the top-rated swimming beaches in Zanzibar while you’re there!