What is an African Safari Christmas like?

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One thing is for sure, you won't be having a white Christmas while you are on your African Safari, but you will be having a festive time if you stay with us at Thornybush Collection.

December is the height of summer in South Africa and, while temperatures may soar, this in no way detracts from your safari experience. Cooling fans, sparkling swimming pools, and refreshing cocktails in the shade will see to that. You may even have the privilege of witnessing the dramatic pyrotechnics of an afternoon thunderstorm in the bush – better than any fireworks display, and revitalising with it.

Summer is not always the easiest time to spot game in Africa when the bush is dense, but you will always get to enjoy memorable game viewing drives and walks. Our expert game guides and rangers are well-versed in tracking down all the best species in any kind of weather. The only thing you have to worry about is wearing enough sunscreen and a hat, and remembering to bring your camera along.

Lively birdlife

The bush is filled with its own kind of festive spirit and is a joyous place to be. All the summer migrant birds are in attendance and in full voice. An African Christmas safari will give you the chance to spot species that are not here in winter, such as lesser grey shrikes and any bird with the prefix European – such as the European roller.

Even our local birds are in the swing of things, with males showing off bright breeding plumage and some of the ladies occupied with nests full of fledglings. The trees are in full regalia too, with many still supporting their pink, yellow and lilac spring blooms.

They say that Christmas is for the children, and so it is here too. Cubs, fawns, foals and baby animals of every kind are abundant at this time of year, and summer is the best time to see them as they emerge from their infant hiding places.

All these pleasures will be enjoyed on both morning and evening game drives every day of your safari, including Christmas Day itself.

Game drives, turkey AND crackers!

In the heat of the African Summer days a traditional Christmas lunch is best enjoyed as a delicious themed dinner on Christmas Eve. Complete with all the traditions, decorations and Christmas crackers, our chefs pulled out all the stops in 2015 with a three-course meal including roast turkey, gammon and Christmas pudding. We'll see what surprises they have in store for 2016.

We would love you to join us, but wherever you are this December we wish you a very merry festive season!


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Thursday, 15 November 2018