In Africa, Christmas looks quite different to the white Christmas of the Northern Hemisphere. Freezing temperatures and snow-covered buildings are replaced by lush green plants bespeckled with colourful blossoms, ice skating on frozen lakes is ditched in favour of outdoor adventures, and woolen jerseys and gluhwein are swopped out for loose summer clothing and chilled refreshing drinks.
Beyond the tents, lies the true wilderness of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which during the short summer rainy season around November and December takes on a particular kinetic energy. While traditional safari-goers may say that the ultimate is a dry winter season safari, the Maasai Mara is a year-round safari destination and the green season is its greatest secret! What everyone forgets is that the crowds leave but the animals don’t and that the game viewing in the Maasai Mara is phenomenal all-year round.
A green Christmas in the Maasai Mara