Best Time to Visit – Masai Mara 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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The Masai Mara offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the rainy months (March, April, November and December) make some of the roads difficult to navigate, and wildlife might be more difficult to spot. The driest months (from late June to October) are the best for wildlife viewing because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around rivers and water holes. The wildebeest migration and the river crossings in particular are difficult to time, but your best chance to witness this spectacle is in late September and October.

Best Time June to October is best for general wildlife viewing and September to October are best for the wildebeest migration (Dry season)
High Season June to October and December to March (It gets very crowded except in some remote areas)
Low Season April and May (Some roads might be in bad condition and rain can sometimes interfere with your trip)
Best Weather June to October (Days are sunny, but not too hot)
Worst Weather March and April (Peak of the Wet season)

June to October Dry Season

  • Although rarely hot, it is sunny and dry
  • Vegetation is short and animals gather around rivers and waterholes, making them easy to spot
  • Depending on the rain, September and October are the best months for catching the wildebeest crossing the Mara River
  • Most of the park gets very crowded and good sightings tend to attract a lot of vehicles

November to May Wet Season

  • The park is less busy which makes wildlife viewing special
  • The skies are clear of dust, the park is green, and there are lots of flowers
  • Good time to see newborn animals
  • Low season rates apply in April and May
  • There are plenty of resident animals in the Mara, and wildlife viewing is still good
  • Bird watching is excellent and migratory birds are present
  • Rain in March, April and November will sometimes interfere with your planned activities, and roads can become tricky

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