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Africa & Madagascar in December

Best for

South Africa’s Cape is hot, and a bit showery. From mid-December it is peak season, and European visitors compete with South African holiday-makers for space.

The rains have turned Botswana green, animals have dispersed, and it’s a great time for birding.

In East Africa, grass returns to the Serengeti, drawing the herds of wildebeest back.

Sierra Leone is hot and dry.

It’s peak season in Oman for beach holidays and mountain tours.

Also consider

Namibia is hot, some would find it too hot for a touring holiday, others not.

The Indian Ocean islands are hot, and also experiencing peak season, although showers are a continuous feature.

Latin America in December

We recommend spending Christmas either sipping cocktails besides the pool over looking Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano or on one of the country’s amazing beaches – either on the Pacific or Atlantic coasts.

Alternatively choose Colombia where you can explore Cartagena’s old town, before hitting the dance floor to test out your Salsa skills, and then soak up some rays from your eco-hab in Tayrona National Park.

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