As a top wildlife destination, Kenya is highly the recommended destination more so for those booking a first-time safari. Masai Mara provides great encounters with big cats and the yearly wildebeest migration. The palm-lined beaches provide an excellent location for one to relax after a thrilling safari.
Pros and Cons
- Magnificent viewing of wildlife such as yearly migration of wildebeest in Masai Mara
- A broad range of habitats and scenery
- Beautiful beaches with many resorts
- Excellent services and well-managed tourism sector
- Tourist attraction sites are usually overcrowded with tourists.
Apart from the lions, the big cats are not common when compared to other sizeable wildlife in Kenya like Giraffe, and Elephant. The only area where one can see plenty of them together with a variety of wildlife is in Masai Mara. Rhinos and the African wild-dog are also rare. The wildebeest and zebras put on a show through the great migration.
Weather and Climate
The tropical location of Kenya rules out as a different summer and winter, but it has clear wet and dry season. November to May are the more humid months and characterized by warm temperatures of about 30°C/86°F, with the addition of sticky humidity within the coast. June to October is drier months characterized by cold nights and mornings, and pleasant afternoons. The other significant climatic impact is altitude, with temperatures decreasing to roughly 6°C/3.5°F for every 1,000m/1,000ft the higher you go.
Best Time to Visit
June to October (Dry season) are the best bet for watching wildlife. It is when the bush thins out, making animals tend to be visible as they go to the nearest waterhole. It is also when the wildebeest and zebra pass through. November to May (Wet season) have their attractions. These entail magnificent green scenery, many young animals, and affordable low-season rates.