Best time to visit Kenya

Newborn Animals in Kenya

If you need some cuteness while on safari, go now!

Best time: November–May

Newborn Animals
Newborn Animals
Newborn Animals
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Safari is an awesome way to explore the beautiful nature and watch lots of animals in their daily routine. But sometimes going on a safari may include some not-so-pleasant experiences, such as seeing a lion eating his prey. To reduce this experience, we suggest you try going on a safari in a birthing period to see newborn animals. That is the time when most animals dedicate themselves to their little ones. And although it might be more difficult to spot the animals outside the dry season, cuteness overdose is guaranteed.

Masai Mara Game Preserve and Serengeti are among the best places to observe calving season. Unfortunately predators like lions, leopards and cheetah are also rather active during this period as they are trying to take advantage of the newborns. So you might witness some cruel scenes as well.

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When is the best time to visit Kenya to see the newborn animals?

You can witness Kenya's adorable newborn animals between November and May when most animals give birth. Although the rainy season occurs at this time, hence the mud and high grass can make transportation hard, you get to see most animals in their full glory. Besides, some safari lodges offer discounted prices during this period. Therefore, it's an excellent opportunity for budget travelers to experience Kenya's wonders. Show more

Where are the best places to observe calving season in Kenya and Tanzania?

Witness the calving season at Masai Mara Game Preserve and Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania, respectively, to experience Africa's wildlife at its peak. As newborns run around and learn how to survive in the wild during this period, you can spot various predators like lions, leopards, and cheetahs, balancing the food chain. Notably, Serengeti offers a more extensive range of wildlife against expansive savannah grasses, while Masai Mara boasts a high density of animals. Show more

How likely am I to see predators attacking newborn animals during my visit?

It's highly probable to see predators like lions, leopards, and cheetahs attacking newborn animals during calving season. They hunt for easy prey in the form of defenseless small herbivores, making this period a food festival in the wild. This phenomenon may lead to some distressing or graphic scenes. However, your safari guide will try their best to avoid such graphic scenes and ensure you enjoy the magnificent show unscathed. Show more

What other animals besides lions, leopards, and cheetahs can I see during calving season?

In addition to lions, leopards, and cheetahs, you can see other grazers like gazelles, zebras, buffaloes and wildebeests giving birth, nursing, and teaching their young ones to graze. This spectacle offers an excellent learning experience as you get to see the circle of life in motion. The vast wildlife population during calving season guarantees an exciting and memorable vacation experience. Show more

How should I prepare for a safari during calving season in Kenya?

To have an unforgettable safari experience during the calving season, carry light clothing suitable for the rainy and chilly weather. Malaria prevention measures such as insect repellents and antimalarial drugs are advisable. An experienced guide who understands the area, maximizing your security and minimizing exposure to negative but natural encounters, is beneficial. Additionally, carry a camera to capture the amazing sightings and carry extra charging accessories or batteries. Show more

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