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What is the best time for a safari to Kenya and Tanzania. I have heard Jan/Feb and also Aug/Sept. Our interest is the wildlife.

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1. Re: Safari

For Tanzania Jan/ Feb and for Kenya the Migration is around Aug/Sep

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The best time is this august up to end of september

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This isn't really a simple question, especially since you are asking about Kenya AND Tanzania. You need to first ask yourself whether you have time to visit both. If you have 10-14 days like most people, I would say stick to one country. If longer, you could consider both.

A lot of people will talk about the migration- the herds of wildebeest that traipse round between the Mara and the Serengeti. Are you interested in seeing it? I would think twice before saying yes, because the migration is accompanied by almost equally large herds of tourists trying to see it. The Mara is particularly bad, with photos from this year showing up to 160 vehicles queued up to try and watch the herds cross the river. It's a circus. Frankly, in Kenya it's a time (July-Sept/Oct) I would avoid like the plague. As it coincides with school holiday time this also makes it popular with peak prices to match.

I like Jan/Feb. It's a dry time between the short and long rains. You will still see all the rest of the wildlife, and the wildies who don't migrate. Prices are more reasonable and there aren't hoards of people. If you choose Kenya over Tanzania, personally I would forget the migration and combine the Mara with some of the beautiful northern areas- Laikipia/Meru/Samburu/Lewa.

If I wanted to go to see the migration, I would rather go to Tanzania. It will still be busy but not quite as bad as the Mara. Feb is a popular time when the wildebeest herds congregate in the Southern Serengeti for calving.

If you have time to combine both, I'd go with Feb.

Since you asked about Kenya and Tanzania I should also mention the Southern parks of Tanzania (Ruaha and Selous). These are best visited in the dry season, June-Oct. These are one of my favourite safari destinations.

Edited: 15 August 2013, 14:44
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