When is the best time for a Safari in Kenya?

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If your dream is to visit Africa and, in particular, you would like to do a safari in Kenya, there are some details that are best to know and plan in advance. What is the best time to leave? What documents are needed to visit this huge continent? Are special vaccinations necessary? And how much is it? To answer these and other questions, we have collected useful information. Prepare your bags!


  1. Rain, Climate and Seasons: here's when to go
  2. The 5 best places to go on safari
  3. Documents, Vaccinations and other useful information
  4. How much?
  5. User questions and comments
  6. Request a personalized quote

Rain, Climate and Seasons: here's when to go

Kenya is a vast territory and, given its size, the climate varies according to the different areas. Having the need to choose a period for a safari, the recommended months are undoubtedly February and March, but in principle also the months of During this time, in fact, the dry season persists in states such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, so it is possible to enjoy all the wonder of nature and animals!

At the coastal area, the climate is mild throughout the year, so it is possible to visit the beaches and the sea, even if the rainy season begins between April and May and between October and November. If, on the other hand, you are interested in admiring the migrations of different bird species, choose the first months of the year, January and February, for those of herbivores, wait for June and September instead.
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The 5 best places to go on safari

Before leaving, it is good to plan what are the expectations, which places and which aspects of the wonderful African fauna and nature you prefer to explore. Given the vastness of its territory, Kenya has different areas with different altitudes, ranging from 0 meters above sea level of the coast to over 2000 asl, reached in the highlands of the interior. Some areas of the country are generally distinguished, including:

  • the Masai Mara, the most famous park in Kenya where most tourists interested in safari go, thanks to the variety of animals present
  • Amboseli, right on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania
  • Tsavo East, the largest park in Kenya and one of the largest in the whole continent
  • Tsavo West, inhabited by the Big Five and generally combined with Tsavo East because there is less
    concentration of animals
  • Lake Nakuru, famous for the presence of the wonderful pink flamingos

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1 - Masai Mara

At this park, located in an area with an altitude ranging from 1500 to 2200 meters, the climate is a bit milder than in other regions of the country: during the day, it rarely exceeds 30 degrees, while at night it is stable around 12 - 13 degrees. Here there is an exceptional activity of animals: hippos, lions and rhinos as well the wonderful migration of wildebeest. These animals follow a more or less the same path, ending their journey in the reserve at the end of July. During the next two months the herds settle in the highlands west of the Mara River. The rainy season takes place in the months of April and May, the storms usually begin at night or in the late afternoon: this condition makes some areas of the park inaccessible.
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  • Type: plateau, park
  • best period: from the beginning of July to September, or in January

2 - Amboseli

During the recommended period, the temperature is certainly not mild but probably more bearable than the hottest period, that is, between January and March. The park is located in the Rift Valley, on the border with Tanzania, ed it is home to the very rare black rhino and the most impressive land animals on Earth, the majestic African elephants.

  • Typology: park
  • best period: from mid-August to the end of October, from the end of December to the end of March

3 - Tsavo East

The Galana river passes through this area, which cuts through the vast plains and creates dry plains, interrupted by fantastic oases rich in flora and lots of greenery. In this area the fauna is truly varied, among the visible species there are jackals, yellow baboons, bufali, dik-dik, wild cats and cheetahs, elephants, giraffe, leopards and lions, warthogs, rhinos, water antelopes, zebras and even ostriches, kingfishers and herons.
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  • Type: plateau, park
  • best period: from August to February, from October to December

4 - Tsavo West

Together with the area called Tsavo East it makes up the Tsavo National Park. Also here it is possible to make spectacular safaris, being able to observe animals such as buffaloes, leopards, hippos, lions, elephants and rhinos in their natural environment. On average, the temperature remains between 20 and 30 degrees, the rainy season occurs between March and April.

The landscape is broken up by hills and woods which make sightings more difficult, therefore the visit is usually combined with that of Tsavo East.
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  • Typology: coast, park
  • best period: from August to February, from October to December

5 - Lake Nakuru

This area of ​​Kenya is world famous for its large population of charming and elegant pink flamingos that crowd the waters of the lake. At this salt lake it is possible to observe not only flamingos, but also numerous species of migratory birds ending their journey started in other parts of the continent or even in Europe.

  • Type: park, lake area
  • best time: November, from the end of December to mid-February

Documents, Vaccinations and other useful information

To be able to enter Kenya regularly it is necessary to possess passport valid for at least six months ed the entry visa lasting three months (can be requested online at a cost of € 50,00). As soon as you pass the checks, the classic stamp will be placed on your passport, which will also indicate the period in which you will stay in the country: check carefully that the date is correct! To obtain the actual visa upon arrival, the boarding ticket is sufficient, while you can request and pay the entry visa already in Italy, at the Kenyan Embassy in Rome or at the airport. To travel to Kenya it is not mandatory to carry out any vaccination, even if it is recommended antimalarial prophylaxis.

Bring the classic drugs such as analgesics or antipyretics, antidiarrheals, antihistamines and rehydrating salts, light clothing and not tight to the body but also heavy if you go to the highlands. Beware of mosquitoes: equip yourself with products against the bites of these insects and clothing that covers the skin to use at night.

How much?

It all depends on the duration, the type and how many parks are included in the safari. Wanting to opt for a low cost solution, a one week safari costs around € 700,00 (for the visit of two children + a lake). This price is to be considered for a safari booked on site, therefore excluding any flight from Italy or other types of services such as transfers, overnight stays and more.
A trip from Italy that includes flights, safaris, overnight stays and other services included starts from about € 3.000,00 per person for about 10-12 days.
The parks of Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Samburu are a bit more expensive than Tsavo East, Amboseli and Ngutuni.

Staying in a tourist facility with average standards costs about € 100,00 per day, the cost of food is approx € 10,00 per person per meal. The cost of the trip must also include drugs for prophylaxis against malaria, even if it is not mandatory: for example, the Lariam can be purchased for € 1,00 per package upon prescription. For flights consider starting prices from € 400,00.

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