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  • Hi Michele, thank you once again for a truly memorable holiday! As always, your advice, efficiency and professionalism were perfect. Your arrangements all went like clockwork and we had a terrific time at Kicheche Bush Camp. Emma & Darren are great hosts, with nothing too much trouble. Charles is a superb guide, always in the right spot, and the sightings were simply amazing. We saw leopard every day bar one – Fig is such a beauty, I could watch her all day. There were lions aplenty, playful cubs, youths and mating adults, and we saw cheetahs most days too. We were also lucky enough to see a caracal hunting – she brought down a scrub hare in front of us. The boys had a terrific time too, with Oscar particularly enjoying the moment when we nearly got stuck half-way across a swollen, crocodile-infested river and water started to flood into the vehicle…Linus had buffalo bumping into his tent one night (they say their eyesight is poor …!), and Darren set up a motion-detecting camera outside Oscar’s tent to see what was moving around. So, thrills and excitement day and night!! A big thank you from all of us for organising such a brilliant holiday!

    Katrine, Linus and Oscar from France travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya over New Year
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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.