Deciding when to take a safari to Kenya is a frequently asked question by visitors. However, there is no simple answer to the question as conditions vary across the country. Although Kenya offers great safari experience year round, it all depends on what you expect out of your stay. To help you get the best out of your trip, we are going to look at some of the major safari attractions and the best time to experience them:
The country’s location along the equator gives it a perfect weather condition. Kenya has no real summer and winter. The weather is divided into dry and rainy seasons. There are two rainy seasons: short rains fall in November and December while the wettest season is in March to May. Dry seasons are also two- the shorter one in January and February while the longer one lasting from Mid-June to October. However, the coast is relatively hotter than central Kenya. So, if you are escaping winter, now you know when to visit Kenya.
Catching the Great Migration
The Great Migration is an annual breathtaking wildlife spectacle that attracts thousands into Masai Mara National Reserve. The Migration of millions of wildebeest and Zebra from Serengeti to Mara is a sight to behold with the main spectacle being around the crossing of the crocodile-filled Mara River. The migration also provides a perfect hunting season for the predator making it a perfect site for the photography seekers. The spectacle starts from July to October, but if you want to witness this wonder, August is the best time to go to Kenya.
Best Time to Go On a Game Safari
If your plan is to go on a game safari, the dry season is the best time to go to Kenya. During the dry season, most of the animals can be spotted easily because the bush is less dense. In addition, water scarcity means that most animals spend much time around the water points and waterholes. Around the major game parks such as Mara, the grass is yellowish making it possible to spot wildlife from a distance. January to February or June to October is the best time. So, avoid the wet season if you want to get the best out of your safari tour.
Best Time for Adventure Seekers
Kenya offers a backdrop of adventures for adventure seekers. Climbing Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro are two adventures any adventure seekers must experience. The two summits of Africa offer an extraordinary hiking experience. The best time to climb these majestic landscape sceneries is during the dry seasons. January, February, and September are the perfect periods to climb the two mountains since the weather is reliable. The sky is clear, and the weather is warmer making it safe for climbers.
Best Time to Visit Kenya’s Coast
Kenya’s coast offers a great escape from winter and other unfavorable weather conditions. The weather conditions along the coast remain hot and humid year round. Therefore, you can visit the Kenyan coast any time of the year. However, you can combine your beach tour with a mainland game safari to get the best out of your trip to Kenya. You will enjoy the white beaches along the Indian Ocean coast and numerous Kenya’s Indian Ocean Islands.