Kenya in August

August weather and where to go

After a wild crossing in July, August is when the great migration is usually starting to settle and graze on Kenya’s healthy green plains, but if the season is a little late, you can still see river crossings at this time. Please note: the above chart shows averages based on the Masai Mara, apart from water temperature which is given for the Kenyan Coast.

With the bush becoming even less dense throughout the dry season, wildlife is easier still to view and photograph. Yet, parks teeming with game vehicles can be a photographer’s nightmare. This is worth keeping in mind when planning your trip. 

Although our guides will make every effort to avoid crowds and get you in the right place at the right time, if you want a quieter atmosphere, you may want to consider travelling to Kenya at a different time of year.

However, if it is your dream to witness the wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara, then July-October is the season for you. The migratory animals tend to arrive in July and stay in the Mara until around October/November. If you’re lucky enough to catch the herds at the river crossing you may glimpse the hungry predators go in for the kill. It is possible to see river crossings in August, however you are more likely to see the wildebeest settled in the rolling savannah, meaning plenty of big cats and some dramatic action.

As an alternative, or indeed add on, to the Great Migration, why not experience the famous International Camel Derby in Maralal in the arid north of Kenya. This three-day festival celebrating these beloved animals takes place annually in August. 

With August having little to no rainfall and less humidity than earlier months, it can be an ideal time to visit the Kenyan coast. Daytime coastal temperatures remain at around 28°C. 

With increased popularity and demand during this time, prices will rise and availability will be limited. We recommend Kenya safaris in august are planned and booked well in advance to ensure you get the accommodation and locations that will give you the best safari experience, from great wildlife, to a more peaceful trip, away from the crowds. 


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