Kenya, being on the Equator, provides favorable weather and moderate year-round temperatures throughout the country, making it difficult to designate a ‘best time to visit Kenya.’ However, there are certain months and regions that offer great safari and game viewing experiences.
The Masai Mara has the advantage of being a year-round destination! The Mara River provides a constant water supply, ensuring an abundance of resident species such as elephant herds, lion prides, zebra dazzles, and many more. The plains of the Mara are situated at an altitude of roughly 2000m, making it generally milder (and damper) than similar places, yet temperatures average at a comfortable 26°C all year and the African sun never disappoints!
Most people believe that the greatest time to go on safari in Kenya is from July to October. This is the most exciting time of year to visit since the Great Migration herds arrive in the Masai Mara in July/August and graze the Mara plains until October/November. With thousands of wildebeest and zebra, as well as other species that frequently accompany them, strewn across the reserve, predators such as big cats are waiting for their next meal. The large visitor numbers, on the other hand, are one of the season’s drawbacks. Because the Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most densely packed parks in terms of game and size, cars brazenly gather around the animals.
One of the biggest safari experiences on the African continent, the great annual wonder of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles cross the Mara River from Serengeti National Park to the Majestic Maasai Mara National Reserve as the Nile Crocodiles, Big cats, and Hyenas wait at the banks of the Mara River to feast on these grazers. However, besides witnessing the great migration majestic Kenya has so many activities to offer like hiking mount Kenya, soak up the sea, sun and sand at Diani beach and Mombasa beach, foster orphaned elephants, ride the Nairobi – Mombasa train, a trip to Meru National Park, commune with crocodiles in Lake Turkana, Snorkel the Indian Ocean, watch flamingos at Lake Nakuru among others.
The rainy season, which lasts from April through May, is one time of year we recommend visitors postpone. During these months, many destinations are inaccessible due to rain, and many properties are closed. Although some camps remain operational, several have closed for refurbishment, leaving even fewer options for where to stay, for more info about tailored safaris in Majestic Kenya kindly contact gorilla tracking Africa.