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Best Time to Visit the Masai Mara

Choosing when to go to the Masai Mara is something that needs to be carefully considered in order to meet your expectations. For general game viewing there is no real best time to go; thanks to its abundant resident wildlife and temperate climate, the Masai Mara is widely regarded as a year-round safari destination.

However, many visitors come for the wildebeest migration and the best time to visit the Masai Mara for this famous spectacle is between July/early August and the end of November although due to varying rainfall patterns, the exact timing varies from year to year.

Ensure you're in the right place at the right time: use our detailed climate guide below or contact one of our African Safari Experts to help you plan when to go on a Masai Mara safari for maximum reward.

Planning on combining a visit to the Masai Mara with other East Africa destinations? Read our advice on the:


  • Watch our Wildebeest Migration animation on the right for a fun depiction of the timing and movement of this annual event. 

Masai Mara climate chart

Masai Mara

At a Glance

Home to the July - November wildebeest migration, Kenya's flagship reserve delivers excellent year-round game viewing as well as hot-air balloon safaris and Maasai village encounters.


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