A luxury safari in Kenya. Talk about once in a lifetime opportunities... How does an adventure to uncover the big five sound? In the wild? In Africa? In your own private jeep?
When you travel is something to consider when planning your safari in Kenya. There are advantages and disadvantages to all seasons of the year; the best time to go really depends on what experience you're looking for. For us, we wanted to avoid heavy rain and tourism but wanted to maximise our chances of seeing the animals. We went for the second half of March due to aligning all of our work schedules and it ended up being perfect. We saw so many animals and there were hardly any other jeeps or safaris, so it felt like we had the parks and hotels to ourselves - a very special experience.
June - October is the best weather window in Kenya, as in this time you reduce your chances of rain and mosquitoes. The 'worst' weather sits in March, April and May - considered the peak of rainy season. If weather is bad enough, some parks shut. We visited in March (19th - 28th) and had a few nights of rain but nothing in the day!
End of June - September. If you're planning your safari in Kenya and you want to guarantee seeing all your favourite animals, this is the time to go. This is when the animals migrate distances of around 2000km over to Kenya from Tanzania and 'the greatest wildlife show on earth' takes centre stage. The great migration is supposedly the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe so, as you can imagine, during these months people come in from all over the world. Parks can get busy and very crowded but for good reason. Wildlife can also be easier to spot during June - September (the drier months) because there's less foilage and bush and animals will head to watering holes.
Having said that, during our safari in March we saw… Allll the elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and zebras amongst a million dik diks, gazelles, grand gazelles, oryxes, buffaloes, wart hogs (hey Pumba), impalas, heart beasts and guinea fowls! Honestly, all the birds and bees and trees; I couldn’t possibly remember all the names but it was sensational. Different parks can have higher chances of seeing different animals so visiting a combination of parks is a popular choice to maximise the number of animals you see in the wild.