The Best Time to Safari in Kenya

by | Mar 16, 2017 | Travel

Whether you are an avid hunter or merely seeking the trip of a lifetime, wildlife safaris in Kenya offer the ultimate bucket-list adventure. While there really is no bad time to visit Kenya, you might have better safari luck at specific times of the year. Generally, here are some things you can expect from your safari during different seasons.

Dry Season

If you want to see wildlife in Kenya, your best opportunity will probably be during the dry season. This season generally runs from late-June through early-October. While you can likely see wildlife any time of year, you will benefit from the migration of large herd animals during the dry season. For example, wildebeest move from Tanzania into Kenya, typically arriving in early July. Before they return in October, these animals typically draw lions and other predators into Kenya.

Wildlife is typically easier to see during the dry season because vegetation dies and turns brown. Even better, you can generally expect few rain storms during this time of year, although storms can occasionally pop up. Finally, there are usually fewer mosquitos in July, August, and September, giving those on safari a break from what can be a brutal assault from these bloodsuckers.

Wet Season

While the dry season is typically better for viewing animals, there is nothing wrong with wildlife safaris in Kenya that take place during the wet season. This season typically lasts from November to May, with the rainiest months traditionally being at the end of the season: March, April, and May. During this time, you can expect beautiful vistas, as the plains turn green and bloom with wildflowers. You will also likely see more baby animals, as this is the time many animals traditionally have their young.

Traveling during the wet season also gives you an opportunity to save some money. In fact, safaris might be as much as 25 percent discounted, due to low booking rates in the off season. Similarly, just because you are traveling in the wet season, doesn’t mean you will be soaked during your entire trip. Generally, rainstorms during the beginning and middle of the season are short, offering plenty of hours of sunlight for you to enjoy. If your trip is in late-March, April, or early-May, though, you might experience long rains and all-day clouds.

While you typically can’t go at a bad time, wildlife safaris in Kenya offer different experiences at different times. Depending on your safari goals, you might choose to book your trip during a specific time of year. Click here for more information.