Best time to visit Kenya

Safari Adventure in Kenya 2024

Go on safari when there is the scarcity of water to see the most of animals at once

Best time: January–March | July–October

Safari Adventure
Safari Adventure
Safari Adventure
Safari Adventure

Kenya is often portrayed as the best safari destination, and we agree with it fully! Not only the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) is present here, but also plenty of most interesting reptiles, insects and plants.

The most famous reserve, of course, is Maasai Mara, where the annual wildebeest migration takes place from August through October. However, you won't regret if you visit other reserves at other times during the dry season, such as Amboseli National Park, Ol Pejeta or Nairobi National Park. During this period of time animals usually gather round watery areas for a drink, so you will probably meet lots and lots of them!

Practical info

What is the ideal season to embark on a safari in Kenya?

The best time to embark on a safari in Kenya is during the dry spells, typically between January-March and July-October. A harsh shortage of water causes various animals to congregate around watering spots, allowing you to see wild creatures, including the Big Five, in their natural environs. The dry season also enables you to explore the landscape effortlessly, thanks to the low grass. Show more

When is the annual wildebeest migration in Kenya, and where does it occur?

Maasai Mara plays host to the annual wildebeest migration between August and October. Every year over a million gazelle, wildebeest, and zebras move through the reserve. The crossing of the Mara River attracts a significant population of tourists. The event is the biggest animal migration in the world and is a spectacle to behold as the animals embark on challenging, life-threatening tasks, such as crossing a river infested with crocodiles. Show more

Which animals are commonly seen during a Kenyan safari?

It is quite common to see the Big Five (African lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos, African leopards, and White/Black rhinoceros) during a Kenyan safari. Other animals commonly found include hyenas, hippos, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, impalas, and wildebeest. Additionally, visitors can spot interesting reptiles, insects, and plants while on the Kenyan safaris. Show more

What are some features of the dry season in Kenya, and what to expect during this period?

The dry season in Kenya stretches from January to March and July to October, depending on the region. During this time, the weather is dry, and the fauna & flora congregate around waterholes, ease of sighting animals. The short, sparse grass makes it easier to see wildlife roaming a distance. Courtesy of the excellent weather and low rainfall levels, the landscape is considerably accommodating to explore. Show more

Apart from the Maasai Mara reserve, which other reserves in Kenya are great for safari adventures?

Besides Maasai Mara, there are other nature reserves in Kenya that are perfect for safari adventures. Amboseli National Park is famous for its majestic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The reserve also boasts massive bird & elephant populations. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a large sanctuary for endangered black and white rhinos as well as chimpanzees. Nairobi National Park is conveniently located close to the city center and offers great views of the diverse Kenyan wildlife. Show more

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