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4 Undeniable Reasons to spend Christmas & New Year on Safari in Africa

By: Mishka Ramdas, Digital copywriter

When the festive season approaches there are two types of people. Those who spend hours searching for the best gifts, Christmas home décor and the perfect ingredients for a wonderful festive meal. While other people scan the internet for any last-minute flight and accommodation specials to somewhere remote, where they can enjoy wide open spaces with their loved ones.

Sure, a home filled with your family and friends over this joyous season is great, but so are midday gin and tonics by the pool with no responsibilities! A safari is always a good idea in our opinion, so here are four undeniable reasons to spend Christmas and New Year on safari.

Enjoy a fantastic safari feast – with no stress!

Safaris are synonymous with indulgent meals, in the best way possible. From early morning coffee stops with fresh rusks on game drive, to scrumptious breakfasts, delicious lunches and extravagant dinners, spending Christmas at a beautiful luxury game lodge means you don’t have to worry about dishes or clean up. Food is so much a part of feeling nurtured and satisfied, and when you’re on safari – over Christmas time or not – you’re enjoying home-cooked meals that not only deliver in terms of comfort and flavour, you’re 100% on the receiving end and 0% on the prep!

Absence from the crowds

The best thing about taking the road less travelled, is that you are not surrounded by crowds of people. Even if you are a people’s person, sometimes you just need the peace and serenity of open bushveld while enjoying your morning espresso. A quick run for an emergency litre of milk on Boxing Day morning could turn into an hour-long affair with a few thousand people in the same predicament. Long queues of people in dire need of essentials with overtired kids isn’t our idea of morning fun, but what we do kind of like the sound of is birds! The deep, resonating drum of the ground hornbill enters your sleepy subconscious just before daybreak and by the time the pink dawn transforms into gold, the outdoors is bursting with wildlife.

The best scenery coupled with amazing moments

Sure, nothing can beat the comfort of your home and its beauty that you have so carefully curated. However, we are sure that a king size bed, overlooking magnificent views and ultra luxurious touches can make up for that. Every day on safari offers a different type of magic, from golden sunsets to watching a pride of lions walk beside your game drive vehicle, you are ensured an unforgettable time. Being one with nature and taking in all it has to offer is quite possibly the real gift. Imagine New Year’s Eve being lit up by not fireworks, but by stars across the African sky, coupled with natures music.

Experiencing true rest

When you’re running around like a headless chicken sorting out turkeys, different condiments, side dishes, festive drinks and entertaining, you aren’t resting at all. But, if you are on safari, the day goes the way you want it to go. It is all on your own terms. Yes, there are 5 am wake up calls for game drives, but if you want to skip it, you can. The whole point of a holiday is to relax and unwind so that you can pick up where you left off with renewed energy and a fresh perspective. It’s a time to rejuvenate and reset, and sometimes achieving a full reset requires something as simple as a good night’s sleep. The opportunities for relaxation are endless when staying at a luxurious game lodge, especially if they have a spa. So, sit back and relax, enjoy a dip in the pool, or lay around on the deck with your favourite book. Rest is always required.

Spending time on safari over the festive season kind of lets you off the hook, but once every couple years maybe you deserve to duck out of the fast-paced, busy, noisy, family Christmas agenda and big New Year’s Eve plans! Splurging on a summer safari and avoiding the tinsel overkill could be just the ticket for a restful, enlightening, and wild start to a new year.

Chat to one of our talented travel specialists to discuss some of the best safari options for couples, families and friends.