What is the best time to go to Kenya for Wildlife Safari?
What is the best time to go to Kenya for Wildlife Safari? Kenya is a famous world destination offering wonderful safaris places of amazing wildlife, beaches on the ocean with interesting cultural traditional performances presented by various tribes with Kenya.
Other than this the country offers the best mount hiking or climbing experiences however, most of the tourists who go to Kenya have remained to wonder of the best time to go or to engage in the safari adventure.
According to the travel and information experts as well as our own experience in Kenya wildlife safaris, the best time to go to Kenya for the wildlife safaris is determined mainly by the climatic or weather conditions, and in Kenya like any other East African country, there are 2 seasons which are known as the wet and dry season.
The dry season is experienced twice that is characterized by the shorty dry season and then that one with long dry spells. The short dry season is experienced in Kenya from January to February while the long dry season is seen from June up to October yearly.
On the other hand, the remaining month is for the wet season similarly which is also experienced in two seasons that is the short wet season that happens from March up to May and then the long wet season that runs from November to December
They’re based on the above season in Kenya, I present to do the best time when you should go to Kenya for the wildlife safaris. But preferably most of the travelers’ visit Kenya during the dry season that comes in the months that I have explained above, below is detailed months of when you should try to Kenya for wildlife safaris;
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in January:
The month of January presents the time when Kenya is experiencing the dry season however sometimes this changes and you find some rains in January because of the Kenya closest to the equator line but January January is the month for the dry season. There is always little rainfall in January and warm sunny days most of the days in January.
While traveling to Kenya in January, you rest assured that you see the animals during the game drive safaris when driving via Kenya’s best wildlife destinations like the Masai Mara, Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park to see various animals such as cheetahs, zebras, rhinos, leopards, lions and many more which can be easily spotted because of the short grasses.
Also, the month of January presents the birth season when it comes to Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. Most of the grazers tend to give birth during January and this as well increased the presence of predators which are always on target for the young babies of these animals and this is the best time for you to see the biggest predators hunting.
The clarity of water during the dry season is also important and clarity goes up to 30 meters presenting high chances for snorkeling, therefore, I can say that because January is the month that boasts low levels of rainfall and most of the days being sunny, then it represents the best time for any travel to go to Kenya for wildlife safaris such as game drives as well as beach adventure activities such as Snorkeling and diving.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in February:
The dry season in Kenya continues even in February and as we mentioned in January, still the weather or climatic conditions are so hard to predict and you may receive rain falls even in February because of Kenya being close to the equator. However, we still stand that most days of February are characterized by long hours and days of strong sunshine with little chances of rainfall
Because of the above climatic conditions in February. Large herds of animals especially buffaloes are easily seen in Masai Mara National reserve moving with their calves since it is the last season of birth by these buffaloes and of course where these young calves of the buffaloes are, then you expect to see predators also such as lions and leopard taking the advantage of the young ones and you are likely to see these predators hunting.
Beach adventure safaris can also be best organized during February in Kenya because of the much sunshine within this month. The cost in February is very and extremely clear offering wonderful views of the Indian Ocean Blue waters. Therefore traveling or going to Kenya in February is of no loss.
February presents wonderful climatic conditions in much sunshine and little chances of downpour, characterized with short or scarce vegetation cover offering wonderful views to the wildlife or animals within the wild through game drive safaris especially in Amboseli National Park and much more n national Parks in Kenya.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in March:
In Kenya’s destination, when it clocks march yearly then you know that the wet season has commenced with heavy rainfalls however, there is plenty of sunshine but in the afternoon, there is always heavy downpour.
Despite the rainfall, but March still boasts a good time for safaris game drives in Amboseli National Park Masai Mara National Reserve among others.
You can explore these parks especially if you don’t mind much about the rains. Even in March our safari guides and visitors have noted numerous young antelopes that are always found in Samburu National Park.
Visitors can or visit Kenya for a wildlife safari but you will need to expect some of the rains which might interfere with you in one way or the other. However, the visibility of the wildlife in March is not as clear as that of January and February.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in April:
If you’re not a good friend of rain then it is not advisable to travel to Kenya for the wildlife safari during April. The month of April is the continuation of the serious rainy season that is received in Kenya. However, because of the rain, the vegetation is much greener and most of the routes become slippery however still you can have the best moments for wildlife viewing in April.
In April, the animals come out from the hideout especially elephants in the Masai Mara, and come out to feed on the lust and green vegetating in the open plains. This is also a good time for the water beaches holiday because some of the sharks can be seen in the Indian Ocean offering some rich marine experience. It represents a good period of the year for the visitors to explore Kenya especially for diving and game drive viewing
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in May:
even in May, we are still in the wet season in Kenya but this time it is not tense it can rain for some short time and then stops and Sundays start. In Match, there is rejuvenated vegetation cover which is used for predators as the cover especially lion, cheetahs, as they target gazelles and other antelopes which can be seen in Masai Mara national park as well as Tsavo National Park.
During May, Rare wildlife species such as the pinstriped Grevy’s zebra can easily be spotted with very many ocean occupants present and that’s why this period is good for the fishing adventure in Kenya.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in June:
when it comes to June in Kenya, then this is the start of the dry season within long days of sunshine and little chances of rainfall. June is the perfect time to go to Kenya for Wildlife viewing or game viewing, beach tourism, mountain climbing, guided nature walk safaris among others.
In June, the grass is still long and the vegetation cover is still green and most of the claves are born in Masai Mara National Reserve. It is June where animals a sighted concentrating at the watering points especially in Samburu National Park for drinking water. The weather in June favors the boat cruise services especially on the Indian Ocean to explore the Funzi Island.
All in all, June is a perfect period of the years when you should visit Kenya to the Bird watching safaris as well as for the classic game drive safaris.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in June:
July the core center of the dry season with limited chances of rainfall and long prolonged hours of warm and sunny days. July is the special day in Kenya wildlife safaris because this is the time when the Wildebeest migration arrives in the Kenya Masai Mara National Reserve with the wildebeest crossing t egret Mara River.
While river crossing, millions of the zebras, gazelles, and wildebeest they risk because the river is full of crocodiles and usually several predators do come and stage at the river for the waiting for this great time. Such predators include leopards, lions, wild dogs, and cheetahs. The river crossing is a do-or-die activity as the predators attack these animals crossing.
In July, there is an impressive and perfect game viewing of the Masai Mara National Reserve migration of the Wildebeest. Even several wildlife species are found to congregate along the Nyiro River to drink water.
Also while on the coast at the Indian Ocean, the June conditions are favorable for kiteboarding and then windsurfing safaris. Because of this July is one of the excellent times and perfect to enjoy and visit game drives for the safari.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in August:
The dry season continues during August with long sunny days and chances of rainfall and thus the August presents one of the perfect time for you to travel to Kenya for game drives, bird watching, and beach safaris, While in Augusts the greatest wildebeests are also available in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park with several animals congregate on the water points for the drinking water. Coastal beaches are clear and are crystal white for the conditions of relaxation, Diving, and swimming activities.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in September:
September is also dry season with most of the days or hours experience the sunshine with limited changes of the rainfall and thus makes it so important for the game drives and several opportunities.
It is good to travel to Kenya during this period because people will enjoy the wildebeest migration that is present in Masai Mara in Kenya
There are also elusive wildlife species that can be seen in Samburu National Park, Dolphins are also present in the coastal waters at Kenya’s coast that provide perfect swimming experiences with the dolphins and most importantly, the vegetation is short with the best views of the animals within the wild. Because this September is the perfect time of the year to visit Kenya for the amazing tours.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in October:
October marks the end of the dry season in Kenya destination and at this time, you will experience some form of heavy temperatures in the morning and then rainfall that comes in the afternoon and the rains become frequent becomes towards the end of the October.
October presents the end of the Great Migration of the wildebeest with a lot of predators such as leopards, lions, cheetahs as well as the African wild dongs waiting for the migrating animals.
Because of the extreme temperatures, animals concentrate on the watering points and reserves that are remaining, and thus the October is the best time to visit Kenya for Safari.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in November:
The Months of November marks the beginning of the second wet season with several drops of rain and ample sunshine, despite you can still go and visit Kenya during this month. In November, you will see a lot of Impalas and giraffes with young ones and of course, this called for predators to be near them monitoring the animals and their young ones. Therefore it is also a good time for you to travel and enjoy wildlife safaris in Kenya.
Traveling to Kenya for wildlife safari in December:
The wet season continues in December however with long hours of sunshine especially before and after the rainfall. In December, is a rutting season for the antelopes in Masai Mara National Reserve as the male antelopes mark their territories and it is also the start of the birth season for the antelope species which is of interest for the wildlife game drives and visitors interested in predators. Thus the month of December is also relatively good for game viewing safaris in Kenya.
In conclusion, therefore, it is advisable for the visitors planning to go Kenya for the wildlife safaris to do so in the dry season from July to October, and then august to September are considered as the best and busy time for taking the wildlife viewing safaris in Kenya especially in MasaiMara National Reserve due to the great wildebeest’s Migration. Contact us at Africa Adventure Vacations for the best Wildlife explore in Kenya.