Masai Mara Safari Kenya
Masai Mara is located in the South western part of Kenya and is part of the Great Rift Valley. The Masai Mara National Park has different feature that are worth seeing like the various hills and plains, the vast grasslands, the large number of wildlife safaris and bird species found in the area and the great migration.
Masai Mara is one of the best safari destinations in Kenya due to the various animal and bird species that are found in the area. Masai Mara is greatly known for the Great wildebeest migration that leaves Serengeti and crosses to the Masai Mara in Kenya. During the wildebeest migration you will be able to see animals like Gazelles, zebras and many more other animals.
Masai Mara also has a wide range of wildlife that you can view even before the Great migration starts and these include lions, leopards, buffaloes, black jackals, elephants , giraffes, cheetahs, foxes, spotted hyenas and many more other species.
Masai Mara also various accommodation facilities that tourists can book in advance for proper planning and these camps and lodges always accommodate people according to their African safari budget. you will also be able to visit the nearby villages and meet the Masai and Mara and get to know about the different cultures that they practice and also get souvenirs.
Masai Mara is a good place to visit and you can take a safari to Masai Mara all year round and below is a list of what you can do throughout the year when you visit the Masai Mara.
Masai Mara safari in January
If you are a fun of bird watching, this is a very good month to visit the Masai Mara. Although January does not receive a lot of rainfall like December, you will be able to see the different birds lazing around the park and some of these include the Little Bittern, African Darter, ostriches, long tailed cormorant, dwarf Bittern, little Grebe, Intermediate Egret, Rufous Bellied Heron Na many more unique bird species and January is also known to be a birthing month for many of the animals, so this will give ample time and chance to see the baby animals taking their step on earth.
Masai Mara safari in February
February is much the same like January receiving an average of 17 days in a month with rain. It is a very good time to see the different local bird found in the Masai Mara National park including the migratory birds from Asia and Europe, and if you are into game watching, you will be able to see the different baby animals in the area. But you should also note that there will be the thunderstorms during this time so it is advisable to carry appropriate clothing for the Safari and most of the wildebeest animals that take part in the great migration are born within this month.
Masai Mara Safari in March
A safari to the Masai Mara in March is good especially for those that do not want a lot of crowds. The Masai Mara receives a lot of rain almost every day and it makes the roads to be inaccessible due to the heavy rains and they become muddy. Some camps and lodges also close during this month due to the bad weather but you can get to see the different migratory birds that fly into the country.
Masai Mara safari in April
April is the month when the herds start moving North wards from Ndutu and Serengeti after calving. It also receives heavy rainfall and it is known to be the wettest month of the year and if you are not a fan of many crowds, this is the best time to visit. April is the month that receives the lowest number of tourists and once you visit during this period, you will get a glimpse of the start of the migration and a few sightings of animals with a less crowd and not forgetting the discounts given to people from the different camps and lodges.
Masai Mara safari in May
A safari to Masai Mara in May is not advisable as many of the roads leading to the park are muddy and extremely impassable. The only good thing about May is that the lodges reduce their prices but some of them close due to the heavy rains. Therefore if you are planning your safari to Masai Mara, do not plan for the May month.
Masai Mara safari in June
June is a bit drier as compared to the past three months. The days during June in Masai Mara are cooler and this marks the start of the busy season. you can view the different wild life found in the area although by this time most of the animals from the great wildebeest migration have not yet arrived in the Masai Mara National park.
Masai Mara safari in July
This is also a very busy month in the Masai Mara but one of the best months to visit the area as this is the time that some of the animals from the great wildebeest migration start arriving in the area. You will get a glimpse of the world’s 8th wonder when you visit in July. The problem with visiting during this time is that the sightings can be extremely crowded and the prices of the camps and lodges hike due to the large numbers of people who visit during this period.
Masai Mara safari in August
August is the most expensive month and busiest when it comes to a safari in Masai Mara. During this period, the Great wildebeest migration is at its peak and tourists can easily see the animals as they trek from one place to another due to the thinning vegetation in the area. The thinning vegetation is due to the dry conditions in the area and this causes the animals to move from one place to another in search of food and water giving the tourists the best game view in the Masai Mara.
Masai Mara safari in September
September has a temperature of 27 degrees Celsius making it slightly hotter than August. The weather condition during this period leads to many animals moving around the Masai Mara and you get a good and clear view of the Great wildebeest migration in full swing as most of the animals by this time have crossed form Serengeti and are traversing in the Masai Mara. There will just a little rain which might disrupt the game viewing for a short time and when visiting during this period, make sure you pack appropriately and note that the camps and lodges also hike their prices during the September month due to the large crowds found in the area.
Masai Mara safari in October
October marks the end of the dry season and the start of the short rains in the Masai Mara. During this time, the herds will start making their way back to Serengeti in Tanzania through the Loliondo Game Reserve controlled area although some animals can be found still cross marking the Mara River into Kenya. October has very thin vegetation which will help you view the animals with ease and you will also be able to sight some animals still crossing the River. Note that the great wildebeest migration starts leaving Kenya after the start of the rains.
Masai Mara safari in November
The November month is the beginning of the heavy rains and this is the time when the Great wildebeest migration returns to Serengeti in Tanzania and you might get a glimpse of these animals trekking back. It is also a good month for bird watching and you can also walk to the neighboring villages and mix with the locals and get to know about the various cultures they practice and get you various souvenirs.
Masai Mara safari in December
December also receives heavy rains which lead to the wild growth of the vegetation and this makes it hard for one to see the animals during this period. This season however is extremely good for birders as you get to see the different bird species in the Masai Mara although you should pack appropriately for the weather and note that Christmas period is always busy.
The Masai Mara safari is a bit expensive from the transport costs, food costs to the accommodation costs although most people prefer to go to Masai Mara for a solo safari. A solo safari is where only one person goes for the safari without any other people and this is done because then you will not spend a lot due to the hiked prices in the area. You can also get to do personal drives and these allow you to drive through the Masai Mara freely without being limited.
In conclusion, to have a very good Masai Mara safari one should book in advance and find out which months are worth visiting, what to pack before coming for the safari.