December in Africa is a special time. Maybe it’s the wonderful heat. Maybe it’s the freshness the rain brings. Maybe it’s the festive feeling the holiday season creates which calls for more time spent exploring with loved ones or toasting the African sunset.
Governor’s Camp hit the safari-style nail on the head when they shared why they love December in the Masai Mara:
Following the short rains in November, the grasslands now look green and is beginning to grow again. This dense new carpet of green growth contains many nutrients for the plains game; white tissue paper flowers grow across the plains. The Baboons love to feed on these flowers. Early mornings are around 18 degrees Celsius, midday around 30 degrees Celsius and evenings are a balmy 26 degrees Celsius. There are often scattered bursts of rain in the afternoons, settling the dust and cooling off the day.
With the Wildebeest mostly gone, elephant families return, crossing the Mara River on a daily basis and fanning out in the Marsh areas. Watermarks on their bodies show the river levels and the youngsters swim across. They are frequent visitors to camp feeding in the forests.
There are large clans of Hyena on the plains; they will compete strongly with each other and lions for food. We have seen hyena clan’s busy scent marking their territories and clashing with rival neighbouring clans, often to the death.
The luxury safari camp is positioned in the forest along the meandering banks of the Mara River, in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Luxury accommodation is in 37 en-suite, privately located tents lining the riverbank.
December is a month for appreciating life in all its forms and for taking the time to take it all in… preferably relaxing in the Masai Mara while you do so.