Best Time to Visit – Buffalo Springs NR

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

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When planning a visit to Buffalo Springs NR, keep in mind that you can swing by whenever you like. Wildlife viewing is superior in the dry months though, from June to October and December to March. If a visit coincides with the peak of the short rains (November), and in particular during the long rains (April and May), your wildlife watching experience may be a disappointment. At those times of year, the grass is long and animals disperse, making spotting more difficult.

Best Time June to September and January to February are best for general wildlife viewing (Little to no rainfall)
High Season December to March and July to October (The reserve can get quite busy)
Low Season April to June (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather June and December (It tends to be cooler and fresher after the rains)
Worst Weather April (Wettest month)

June to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife viewing is better when the grass is shorter and animals are congregating close to water sources
  • It is sunny and there is almost no rain
  • Malaria usually isn’t an issue in the dry season
  • Very dry and dusty
  • The sky is hazy and scenery is less beautiful

November to May Wet Season

  • Scenery is beautiful and lush
  • April to June is low season and lower rates may apply
  • Although wildlife viewing is better in the dry season, there are still plenty of animals around
  • Best time for bird watching with migratory birds present
  • Road conditions can be bad in April and May
  • Rain can interfere with your activities in the peak rainfall months, especially April

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