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  • My recent trip was absolutely excellent and just about the best safari trip I have done. In terms of game-viewing, conditions could simply have not bee better. The Mara North Conservancy was like a parkland with short green grass and wexcellent visibility. Lions were seen on almost every game drive and we saw a pair of mating leopards. The grass was longer at Laikipia/ Ol Pejeta but there was no problem viewing the animals. Apart from the rhino sanctuary, highlights here included seeing black rhino out in the open (three in on day!). An encounter with a female cheetah and two almost fully grown cubs was also brilliant. There were plenty of elephants visiting the waterhole in front of the lodge. These conservancies in Kenya are brilliant for wildlife watching – particularly combined with staying in a small camp.

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Kenya

When to Travel & Seasons

Kenya seasons and weather – When to see the migration

The dry seasons in Kenya are generally from mid-June to October, and from late-December to mid-March, and game-viewing is best at these times. Only a limited number of camps and lodges are open in the wettest months of November, April and May. However, rain can be experienced at any time of year, and the seasons on the coast are slightly different.

Day time temperatures and humidity are affected by altitude but it is generally warm to hot throughout the year (averaging around 28C but slightly higher from October to March). Night time temperatures also vary considerably according to altitude, but aside from the Mount Kenya and Aberdare highlands, rarely fall to low single figures (areas such as the Laikipia and Masai Mara might see low double figures at night and during the rains).

On the coast, temperatures are high year round (averaging around 30C). The best conditions are found from October/November to March/April when the Kaskazi wind blows gently from the north-east. This is also the most humid time. From April/May to September/October, when the Kuzi ‘monsoon’ wind blows more strongly from the south-east, sea conditions can be choppy and certain beaches affected by seaweed. During this time, snorkelling and diving options could be restricted.

The wildebeest and zebra migration season in the Masai Mara is from mid-July to late October. Please see wildlife highlights for more information.