When I’m asked by a client when is the best time to go to go on a Kenya wildlife safari, I can’t help but remember the punchline of an old Kenyan joke; “Sir, there are no bad safaris in Kenya; we only have wet ones and dry ones.” It’s true that Kenya hosts the world’s best wildlife safaris and it’s also true that Kenya can also host some of the wettest.
Kenya’s main tourist season is in January and February because it’s hot and dry and the game parks burst with big crowds and bigger rates. For one reason, the animals are easier to spot as they congregate around water holes and river banks, and for another, the northern Masai Mara is packed and overflowing with big beasts and big predator cats. It’s calving season for the wildebeests in the beginning of February and there’s no better season to see wild pursuits, high speed chases, and narrow escapes.
The reasons for us sponsoring our accessible safari every year in the middle of the summer are of course the naturally perfect weather, and July coincides with the greatest animal spectacle on Earth – the great migration. Every year in June and July, millions of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes migrate north from their winter home in Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains up to the grassy plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya. Incredibly, the migration leads millions of animals directly through the world’s two most crocodile infested rivers; the Grumeti, in Tanzania, and the Mara River in Kenya. Here, during the crossings legions of hungry crocodiles wait in the murky waters as stampedes of wild beasts fights the currents of the raging rivers and the carcasses of the stampeded float dead downstream.
By September all the migrated wildlife from Tanzania are overflowing on the plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara and every animal’s taking advantage of the abundant food; including the predators. In November/December the Short Rains begin and the moisture plagues the wildebeests with hoofs fungus as the mud develops. Rain, mud, and the hoof fungus start the herds back to their winter home in the Serengeti plains in Tanzania.
Temperature throughout Kenya can range dramatically and is mainly a factor of altitude. In July, our accessible Kenya safari visits the Masai Mara, the Rift Valley and the Central Highlands when the temperature is the most agreeable and the rainfall is the lowest. The cool nights in the Central Highlands are wonderfully unexpected and the warm wood campfires around your encampment, or the wood burning fireplace in your room make the lower temperatures more agreeable.
Our wheelchair accessible safari in Kenya avoids the “Long Rains” (March to the beginning of June) and the “Short Rains” (October to the end of November) when the going is wet. It’s during the “long rains” that the pace of life is slowed by too much water and mud. Roads are closed, soggy wet landscape becomes off limits to vehicles, wildlife are difficult to spot, and the mosquitoes grow so thick they can carry a grown man away…so we’ve been told. The conditions during the “Short Rains” can be equally bad, except the rain doesn’t last as long. Like the punchline says, there are no bad safaris in Kenya.
Let us make your wheelchair wildlife safaris in Kenya memorable, accessible, and dry – call us about the accessible, dry, possibilities at 800.846.4537.