When is the best time to visit Kenya on safari

Kenya is a rustic, well-known – and well-loved for a lot of too – for its distinctive biodiversity and pure magnificence, sport viewing (together with the Massive 5), and pleasant individuals, with high hospitality requirements. It’s for these causes, together with others, that it’s listed repeatedly by business leaders like Conde Nast, CNN and Lonely Planet, as one of many world’s premier safari locations.

Should you’ve not but had the pleasure of visiting this East African gem, you’re lacking out and it positively must have a spot in your journey bucket-list. As soon as you’re able to plan your journey, you will have to know when the very best time is to go to Kenya on safari. Though it’s thought of a year-round vacation spot for safaris (and seaside holidays too), completely different occasions of the yr current alternatives for distinct experiences.

An ideal instance of that is the annual Nice Wildebeest Migration that covers elements of the Maasai Mara, considered one of Kenya’s most well-known nationwide parks. Relying on the place you’re within the park and at what time of the yr, you possibly can see fairly completely different points of this wildlife spectacle. You is perhaps delighted throughout the calving season, mesmerized by a mile-long column of marching wildebeest, or the extreme drama of those sport animals assembly crocodiles throughout a river crossing.

This safari-by-season information will present you what you may anticipate in your safari in Kenya – with specific focus within the Maasai Mara – relying on whether or not you go to throughout the dry or moist months. Every have thrilling experiences, so that you’ll must resolve what you’d most prefer to see you throughout your bush getaway.

Dry season safari: June to October

As with most safari locations in Africa, the cooler months of the yr are thought of preferrred for conventional wildlife viewing. Winter brings with it colder temperatures however considerably much less rainfall, ensuing within the pure technique of vegetation dying off and lots of watering holes drying up. With out the quilt of thick bush to cover away in, animals are simpler to identify, and they’re additionally compelled to assemble across the few sources of water left. So the chance of seeing a number of animals at a single waterhole is way higher.

That is additionally the time when the Nice Wildebeest Migration crosses over the Maasai Mara. Whereas no sighting on safari is assured, the traits present the herds returning right here round mid-August, after their time spent in Tanzania’s Serengeti. They may then start shifting off from the Maasai Mara from about end-October. Should you’ve at all times wished to see this feat of the pure world happening on this space of Kenya, then the very best guess is to plan your safari in Kenya throughout the months of September to October. What’s extra, if you wish to see some grueling predator-prey interplay, that is additionally the interval throughout which you stand an excellent probability of seeing the crossings by way of the Mara River.

With this being the very best season for wildlife sightings and the migration, lots of Kenya’s sport reserves and nationwide parks, together with Maasai Mara, get crowded over this season and good sightings can appeal to lots of automobiles. You possibly can keep away from the maddening crowds by visiting extra distant and personal concessions inside nationwide parks like Maasai Mara.

Moist season safari: November to Might

Earlier than making up your thoughts and deciding on a dry season safari, contemplate the completely different points of the wild {that a} moist season safari in Kenya affords. The summer time months are heat and wet, presenting a panorama of putting emerald vegetation scattered with wildflowers and particular wildlife sightings which can be specific to this season. The longer days and skies which can be away from mud make the surroundings additional sensible, which is a large plus for photographers and nature lovers.

Based mostly on the months (mentioned above) when the multiple million sport animals are within the Maasai Mara, visiting throughout the months of November to Might means you’ll miss the Nice Wildebeest Migration in Kenya. There are in fact all method of resident animals right here, together with all members of Africa’s Massive 5, cheetah, bat-eared fox, and noticed hyena. And, what you miss in sheer numbers you acquire in absolute cuteness within the hotter months, as a result of that is the birthing season for sport animals like topi, eland, zebra, and impala.


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The place the summer time safari actually outshines the winter safari is within the spectacular birding alternatives it presents to birdwatchers and twitchers. The migratory species arrive from Europe and North Africa within the hotter months ‘dressed’ in full vibrant plumage to breed and lift their younger. Feathered guests to Kenya embody ospreys, cuckoos and a wide range of raptors. Within the Maasai Mara, migratory birds be part of about 500 endemic or close to endemic resident species.

Typically, the height of the ‘lengthy rains’ is throughout March and April. Whereas the rain could generally intrude with some deliberate actions, the chance of it impacting your total safari expertise is slim. The moist months are the low or off-peak season for many parks and reserves in Kenya, which implies fewer guests and decrease charges.

When it comes time to plan your safari in Kenya, once you select to go is finally based mostly on what you wish to expertise. And whereas this adjustments in keeping with the season, the one factor that is still is that regardless of once you go, you should have many, many unforgettable moments!

Calvin Cottar is Director and Proprietor at Cottar’s Twenties Safaris. Cottar’s Twenties Safaris is an award-winning luxurious Twenties safari camp and personal bush villa situated within the well-known ‘seventh’ pure marvel of the world, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and owned and managed by the oldest established and persevering with safari household in Africa.

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