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.

Quick links to travel advice

  • Watch our Wildebeest Migration animation on the right for a fun depiction of the timing and movement of this annual event. 
  • Read our month-to-month guide to the annual migration: How the Wildebeest Migration Works.


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.


Masai Mara climate chart

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