When to Visit
It is believed that the best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the dry season, also known as the high season, from late June to October. This is a relatively cool season and gets much less rain. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. With my experience, wildlife viewing is actually great all year-round, but this can differ for some parks. In the Mara, there is an abundance of game that are permanent in the conservancies and the National Reserve, and many guests have reasons to visit during other times of the year. Christmas and New Years is also considered high season, so if you do want do travel during these time periods, don’t wait too late to book your safari.
Off-season reasons to visit
The long rains typically occur between mid-March through the end of April. Short rains return also during late October through December. During these months there is less traffic, which means less vehicles per animal siting. There is more to Kenya and in particular, the Mara, than the wildbeast migration. The animals all still live here, and you can enjoy the near-perfect solitutde of just you and the wild. The land turns to a beautiful emerald green with rainbows and pristine, dust-free game drives. Photographers, in particular, love spending time here during these months.
I have found my guests have been equally satisfied with my tours throughout the year. If you explain to me what you hope to see, I will do my best to advise on the time of year to visit. Remember, it is nature and things are continually changing but the Maasai Mara never disappoints.
Just do it….
January- mid March: Most parts of the country are hot and dry. Light dressing would be appropriate. You can however carry moderate clothing for the cold nights.
Mid-march-June: Most parts of the country are experiencing the long rains, but the weather is warm. Carry warm clothing.
June-mid October: Fairly hot. The plains are green and it is a good time to explore. Carry a mix of light and warm clothing as the temperatures drop drastically in the evening and nights.
Mid-October-December: Short rains. Most parts of the country are fairly cold and wet. It would be in order to carry warm and light clothes.