Understandably, each year visitors flock to Kenya, Africa’s most quintessential safari destination. Varied cultures, diverse geography and a wealth of wildlife offer unparalleled opportunities for adventure and exploration. Read on to find out how to make your dream safari into the African wild even better.
When is the best time to go?
Typically the drier months of June to October and January to early March offer the best weather for visitors. January, February and March have the benefit of better value and fewer tourists, and are fairly cool and dry. Camps often close for maintenance in April, May and November since these months are less popular travel times and bring heavier rains. See our Best Time to Travel tool to research each month’s weather and to learn about wildlife sightings across various locations within the country. If you hope to witness the famed Great Migration, click here to see our interactive migration map, covering Kenya and Tanzania.
Where should one go on a first-time trip to Kenya?
Don’t miss the Maasai Mara, replete with sprawling savannas dominated by Africa's giants and big cats, or Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a leader in rhino conservation. Samburu National Reserve offers a complementary experience as a more arid region known for unique doum palms and rare animal species, and Amboseli is famous for its elephant herds. Explore Kenya's highlights on the Classic Kenya safari or in even more depth on the Grand Kenya safari.
Any insider tips?
When visiting the Maasai Mara, opt to stay in a private conservancy along the park’s perimeter as well as inside the park itself. Private conservancies afford you the ability to experience interpretive nature walks, interact in an authentic way with local Maasai and track nocturnal animals on wildlife drives. Within the park, especially during migration season, perch along the Mara River and wait for an impressive display as thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the mighty waters.
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