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Home What is the best time to go on safari in Kenya?
The answer to this question is varied. This is because all the seasons have their advantages and disadvantages. Each traveler will find a time that fits them, and it will be actually wrong to say that one season is not good. Having said that, let’s look at the various seasons and what each is better for or vice versa.
January-March: this is a relatively dry season. The abundance of wildlife is there, but in the drier times, they are more concentrated along water ways, rivers and swamps. It is important to understand that the cycles of wildlife move with food availability, and this season is one of the best times for game drives. However, be ready for some dust, although this has been changing with changes with the weather patterns. Lately we have had showers coming in as early as February. The advantages of this period, you see a lot of wildlife, the lodges have fewer guests, and even in the parks you have fewer vehicles at each sighting. It could be very dusty, and the sun could be very hot to spend the whole day out. Make sure not to miss the early morning game drives.
April-June: From the end of March, (sometimes midway), we have heavy rains. Wildlife is abundant all over. The places are a lush-green carpet and such a wonderful sight to behold. You have the advantage of being almost alone at a sighting. Temperatures are relatively cool, and most cats do not take too much cover. However, your game drives could be limited to main roads only, because it could be soggy and swampy. Hotels and lodges are usually near empty, so here again you have their full attention. Be ready for heavy afternoon showers, although days you can have the rains in morning too, but not too often.
July-September: In my own terms, this is both the best times, and the worst. Let me explain….It is the time that children are on holiday (please note nothing against children, on the contrary.) So almost all household can afford to go on a planned family holiday. It is more correct to say that all families are on holiday. Interestingly, it is the same time that we have wildebeest migration from Serengeti in Tanzania, to Masai Mara. This is what I meant by it’s the best time, because this migration is such a beautiful thing to see. Millions and millions of wildebeests and Zebras fill almost every spot in the Mara. It is such a nice time to do a hot air balloon over Masai mara.
The negative of this season is that every place is full of tourist. The parks are full of safari vehicles, while the hotels are also very crowded.
October-December: It is a great time too. With luck you can have some wildebeests still around, though that depends on the weather. For example, if there is more showers, the wildebeest could delay. If it gets dry fast, or if there are more rains in Tanzania side, they could leave a bit earlier. Remember, their cycle is dependent on food availability. The advantage is that you have less vehicles on sightings, less crowded hotels. There is almost no disadvantage in this season, especially if you are out to spend time with the wildlife. It is important to that its only the Wildebeest and Zebras that migrate. Furthermore, there are resident wildebeest and resident zebras that do not migrate. Also note, migration takes place only in Masai Mara-Serengeti, not all parks.