The short rains may continue into December but are unlikely to last the whole month and vary depending on where you visit. Tanzania and Zanzibar are very popular over Christmas and New Year so it is important to book well in advance and be aware that numerous safari vehicles are around when out on game drives.

Large herds of wildebeest gather on the plains of the Serengeti in areas of low grass, making them easy to spot. If the weather permits, you may be able to take a hot-air balloon over the plains.

December is a great time for bird watchers as many migratory birds arrive, particularly in parks such as Selous and Tarangire National Park. A true bird watcher's paradise; look out for red-necked spurfowl, purple grenadier, and cinnamon-breasted buntings.