BEST TIME TO GO TO ON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA
Masai Mara is known to have excellent wildlife viewing all year round. However for those looking for an opportunity to watch as the great wildebeest migration unfolds the best time to visit the Mara is from July to October. See below what to expect from one season to the other.
From January to March
The lion season falls when most big plain game wildlife like the wildebeest, zebras are giving birth to their young ones. A few weeks at the start of the year, Maasai Mara is dotted with young ones tagging along after their mothers. Along with the overwhelming numbers of newborn calves come the predators. Masai Mara Game Reserve and Mara Naboisho play host to one of the highest concentrations of predators including the lions in Africa. During this time, you can expect to see lions regularly and often by pride. Masai Mara and Naboisho conservancy offers endless days of adventure all year round. With the absence of rain, the vegetation is less dense, so animals are easier to observe while on a game drive safari in Masai Mara.
From April to June
Early spring, usually referred to as the Green Season, is a particularly magnificent period to go on a Masai Mara safari. These are the months that typically receive the largest amounts of rainfall. The savannah becomes clear, free of dust and haze making Africa’s stunning landscapes look at their absolute best. The synchronized birth of hundreds of young antelopes, impalas, kudus, waterbucks and a host of others attracts several predators and you stand a good chance of watching them in action. This is also the best time for bird watching when migrant birds arrive in their thousands to take up colourful residence on the savannah. The beautiful blooming trees and flowers create ideal shelter and food for a variety of birds. Besides the dramatic splendor of the season, visitors traveling during the Green Season benefit from reduced prices and fewer people visiting compared to peak periods. Going on a Masai Mara safari during the green season with Basecamp is the ultimate way of spending the Easter Break.
From July to September
The Great Wildebeest Migration rightfully deserves its standing as one of the natural world’s most astonishing spectacles. Comprising more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes, the Great Migration constitutes the last surviving multi-species migration on the planet. From the end of June onwards, millions of freshly arrived brown and black dots scatter the great plains of the Mara, making this Natural Wonder of the World even more wondrous.
Experiencing the Great Migration with Basecamp adds another layer to witnessing this Natural Wonder of the World. A safari with our Maasai guides is a life-changing experience that will provide you with a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the intricate details of the Masai Mara ecosystem. No one knows the Mara like the Maasai: they are the true nature specialists. Because of our longstanding commitment to the Maasai community, we are able to provide authentic safari experiences that leave our guests filled with lifelong memories, a sense of purpose, and a longing to participate. Read more about the migration here.
From October to November
From mid-October to December, the herds pick up the pace as the short rains lure them southwards. The grass on the Mara plains are short due to the constant grazing by the large herds of zebra and wildebeest. As the rains decrease and the grass begins to dry up, the wildebeest head south in search of greener pasture. After passing through Naboisho Conservancy the Northern Migration arrives in the Mara just in time to greet their Southern sisters and brothers- a family reunion with more than 1.5 million attendees! On their way back to Lloita the Northern Migration once again roam through Naboisho, staying with us until the end of the year. This is a great time to watch the Migration gradually spilling from the Masai Mara back into the north-east Serengeti.
From December to the beginning of January. Rather than being whitened by snow, the Maasai Mara plains are covered with rich wildlife species. More than any other time of the year, Christmas is a time for celebration, for reflection, for family, and for friendship. Preparations are underway to create a unique celebration for our Christmas visitors, hoping to escape the chill of wintertime. At Basecamp we also create fun and interactive programs for your children to explore the flora, fauna and beautiful culture of the Maasai people while on a Masai Mara safari. This is indeed a special time for Basecamp, as these principles are the core aspects of the Basecamp philosophy. At Basecamp we are lucky enough to be more than a business – we are a family.