We all dislike New Year – the pressure of being happy and excited, the pressure of having a good time – sometimes it’s just too much. How about a luxury safari over New Year, or an African beach holiday – then things really do start to look up. There is nothing like being abroad for New Year that really starts the year well and Africa, with it’s magical sunrises and sunsets, abundant wildlife and endless horizons is just the place to get the soul rejuvenated, and to start the New Year with a bang. New Year celebrations in the wilderness are exceptionally special as you laugh and relax under the star studded sky. Hearing the roar of lions in the distance as the clock strikes midnight is certainly an experience one won’t forget. Here are our top five luxury safari and beach spots to find yourself in for New Year

1 The Masai Mara – Kenya

elephant pepper camp MASAI MARA

The Masai Mara is one of the most famous wildlife viewing destinations in the World and this is no surprise. It boasts wide open plains, rivers and the highest concentration of predators anywhere in the world. Find your way to one of the private conservancies in the Mara which have no tourists but plenty of game – as the sun sets in a haze of bright colours on the last day of this year you will find yourself feeling ready to take on whatever the next year throws at you.

2 Lamu – Kenya

TUSITIRI DHOW - LAMU

The famous dhow race in Lamu which takes place over New Year draws in a wonderful crowd of expats and curious tourists, all of which party into the New Year like there’s no tomorrow. It’s friendly and fun and you won’t be disappointed with this magical island, which holds an enchantment which is hard to quantify.

3 Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Tanzania

NG CRATER LODGE

This particular lodge is one of the most luxurious in Africa and has sweeping views of the Ngorongoro Crater itself – here everything is done with style and New Year is no exception, the celebrations start at sundowners and continue as long as you like. This is a truly unique place to watch the African sun rise on 2015.

4 Greystoke Mahale – Western Tanzania

GREYSTOKE MAHALE

This lodge is tiny and very intimate, here you feel like one big family but it is the remoteness of this camp which makes it such a unique place to spend New Year. Never will you have felt so far removed from the beaten track or enjoyed such a wild and remote safari. Spend New Year’s day watching the sunrise before tracking chimps through the rainforest and enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the lakeside beach.

5 Zanzibar – Tanzania

MATEMWE BEACH LODGE - ZANZIBAR

This stunning island has so much to offer but a beach side New Year is always magical – here you will watch the sun set from your beachside luxury room and enjoy delicious cocktails while you reminisce about the year gone by. The celebrations on Zanzibar can be as big or as small as you like – this diverse island has something for everyone.

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