The long, dry months draw the most visitors, but the green season — March, June, and November — can also be the best time to visit Kenya.
Storms can occur, but the tropical sun quickly burns them away. And you’ll get a kick out of seeing the bush come to life.
The plains turn emerald green in a matter of days, and tired, overheated animals stretch their legs and venture out into the grass. You’ll have the parks and wildlife almost completely to yourself, and the sunsets will be unforgettable thanks to the towering storm clouds.
When does the green season begin and end?
There are two distinct cycles: the ‘short rains’ that fall in November, and the ‘long rains,’ which begin from March to early June
Why should you visit Kenya during the green season?
- Generally, the parks and reserves are yours alone.
- Guides and camp workers will give you more individual attention.
- The places to stay are quieter and there are fewer people around.
- Although the wildlife is a little harder to see due to the growth of vegetation, you shouldn’t have to wait long to see anything different, and you can still see all of the animals you will see during the dry months.
- It’s much less costly.
During the Green Season, Where Should You Go in Kenya?
1. Samburu National Reserve
Since it is relatively uncrowded, Samburu is regarded as a gem by discerning safari-goers. Elephants and predators such as lions, leopards, and wild dogs thrive in the reserve. With over 450 species reported, including the vulturine Guinea fowl, Lesser kestrel, and Taita falcon, the Samburu birdlife is diverse. One of the most compelling reasons for animal and safari enthusiasts to visit Samburu is to see the quasi-endemic animals that have adapted to the arid and hillier conditions.
2. Masai Mara National Reserve
Kenya’s most popular wildlife destination is without a doubt the Masai Mara National Reserve. The game is easy to spot here, not just because its numbers are increasing as a result of active conservation efforts, but also because the landscape is flat and accessible, allowing you to search the horizon for a tell-tale “lump” or “shadow” that could be anything from a topi to a cheetah.
3. Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park, second only to the legendary Masai Mara in terms of fame, not only provides excellent game watching but is also the best place to see the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is made up of swamps, woodlands, and open fields, and it is home to hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, wildebeests, and zebras in addition to elephants. The various species found here, including kingfishers, herons, pygmy falcons, and secretary birds stalking through the grass, will not disappoint birdwatchers.
Cheers & Stay Safe!