When to visit Masai Mara

Masai Mara National Reserve is regarded as year round safari destination as its offers ideal climate with abundant resident wildlife for excellent game viewing. The average daytime temperatures remains comfortable while the nights are much cooler. While these conditions makes for excellent game viewing any time of the year, we advise our clients of weather patterns which may influence their timings to visit the reserve. Like any other location in Kenya, the reserve experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. The presence and the absence of rain affects vegetation and water sources thus affecting movement and concentration of animals.
However, most of the visitors come for the wildebeest migration and the best time to visit Masai Mara for this spectacular migration is between late July/early August to end of October. Although due to varrying rainfall patterns, the timings varies from year to year.
Before making your plans to visit Masai Mara it is important to consider the following factors; weather, wildlife and migration and prices inorder to meet your expectations.

Weather

The climate in Masai Mara is pleasantly warm, with cool nights all year round.The area is located just south of the Equator, but at an altitude between 1,500 and 1,900 meters. Temperatures are slightly higher from October to March, while they are slightly cooler from June to August. At night it can be a bit cold, and the temperature can drop below 10 °C , especially from June to August. Rainfall amounts to about 1,400 millimeters per year. The wettest month is April, the driest is July.

December - February March - May June - mid September Mid September - November
Generally drier & warmer with clearer skies and lower rainfall Still pleasant temperatures but with higher rainfall. Sunshine & clear skies still encountered. Cloudier & cooler but drier with less rainfall but also fewer clear skies 'Short' rains are a possibility but skies also tend to be clearer & sunny days possible

Weather patterns in Masai Mara are not as predictable as in years gone by so last minute variations are possible to experience.

Wildlife & Migration

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the major parks in Kenya, known for excellent wildlife viewing through out the year.The park is dominated by an incredibe variety of mammals from large herds of herbivores which include the wildebeest, zebra and Thompson's gazelle to the famous 'big five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & bufallo).It is also home to Nile crocodile, the continent's largest reptile. The region also provides habitat for a variety of birds with over 450 species having been recorded.
However for those visiting to watch as the great wildebeest migration unfolds, with approximately 1.5million of wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebras, ellands and gazelles crossing Mara River in the reserve in search of food and water. The best time to visit is between late July/early August to October. Although the timings may vary from year to year due to rainfall patterns.

July - August September - October Rest of the year
Higher wildlife numbers due to annual Wildbeest migration typically between early July to late August Good time to spot game with large herds of plains game still being in the Mara before they migrate back to Serengeti There is always a good amount of wildlife in Masai Mara through the year

Prices

There are quite a number of factors that influence how much you will pay for your Masai Mara Safari Packages cost. This include:
a]The number of persons travelling; Obviously, when travelling in a group the cheaper it is for everyone, as you get to share the costs compared to when one or two persons are travelling. Also, depending on the ages of the children who are on the trip, it will affect the cost. Children under the age of 12 will pay a reduced cost compared to what adults will pay.
b] The season you are travelling; prices tend to be high during the peak season which is normally during the wildebeest migration as more people visit the reserve making it more expensive to secure rooms. Peak season months are July to October. If you are on budget, avoid the peak season.

Jan - March
Nov- mid Dec
July - October April - June
Mid to High Season Peak Season Low Season

July and August are the most expensive months to travel to Masai Mara. September to October are equally expensive but due to higher room availability it is possible to enjoy slightly lower prices. The cheapest months to visit Masai Mara are April to mid June excluding Easter period.

c] Transportation; Depending on which mode of transport you prefer either flying or going by road, it will affect the cost. Flying to Masai Mara is more expensive compared to travelling by road. For road transport, there are normally two types of vehicles that are used for safaris i.e Toyota Landcruisers or safari tour vans that carry upto 7 persons. Note that the landcruisers are more expensive than the tour vans but more comfortable. You hardly feel the rough road as you travel.
c] Type of accommodation; depending on your preference, you have an option to book for your accommodation either in lodges or tented camps. There are different classes of accommodation ranging from the very basic to midrange to the most luxurious depending on what you want.
d] Number of days on the safari; The cost for your safari is dependent on the number of days you are planning to be on safari. The more days you stay, the more you pay.