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  • Hi Michele, just thought I would say thank you for organising such an amazing trip. We have had a fantastic time and your choice of camps, transfer operators and support services was excellent. All the arrangements went to plan and everyone was ready, on time and prepared for our arrivals and transfers. I think you made an excellent selection of different camps with very diverse habitats and wildlife at each, the contrasts between all were significant and greatly enhanced the experience we had. In particular I think that the Offbeat Mara Camp is currently being very well run. Their flexibility, attention to detail and willingness to help in all situations was very commendable. Overall this has been a truly outstanding adventure and I would like to say that you and your team created the perfect trip for our requirements. I think that you are without doubt the very best Travel Operator I have worked with and that you really have gone the extra mile in making our trip such a success, your attention to detail and information all helped add greatly to the experience.

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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.