Best Time to Visit – Shaba 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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Shaba, which is often used as a base for wildlife viewing in neighboring Samburu and Buffalo Springs, can be visited year-round. The dry months from June to October and December to March, however, are recognized as the best time to see wildlife. Visitors present through the wettest months of the year (November, April and May) find spotting animals far more challenging. The vegetation is thicker and taller in the wet months, and animals tend to disperse across the reserve.

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 reserves 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

  • Best time for wildlife viewing – vegetation is shorter and animals gather at water sources
  • Sunny and little rainfall
  • Not much malaria around in the Dry season
  • Conditions are dry and dusty
  • Scenically the park is not at its best

November to May Wet Season

  • The lush scenery is beautiful
  • April to June is low season and lower rates may apply
  • Wildlife viewing is better in the Dry season, but there are still plenty of animals around
  • Best time for bird watchers (migratory birds are around)
  • Road conditions can be frustrating when it’s wet in April and May
  • Rain can hinder your wildlife viewing plans in the peak rainfall months, especially April

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