- Masai Mara Safari
When to Go
Masai Mara is a year-round safari
The Masai Mara is a year-round safari destination thanks to its abundant resident wildlife and relatively benign climate. Its elevated setting means average maximum temperatures vary little between 26°C and 28°C (79°F – 82°F). Nights are warm to mild. Rain can fall at any time of year but there are also two distinct rainy seasons – the short rains between September and November, and the long, heavy rains from March to May.
The best time to visit the Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration is from mid-June until the end of November. Beginning with their arrival at the Mara River at June, the river-crossing drama peaks in July and August before the herds spread out over the greater Masai Mara area. For the next three months, game viewing is at its most rewarding but some areas of the reserve become crowded – we highly recommend staying in a private reserve at this time.
A Masai Mara safari can be equally rewarding out of migration season too. The dry December to early March period sees many animals gathering at water, making for great sightings and easy photography.