Kenya In August

As the migration calms down, the crowds do too. The bush is less dense at this time making wildlife easier to spot and photograph.

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Information to help you plan your safari

The excellent wildlife-viewing conditions of the dry season continue into August, as the herds of the Great Migration settle into grazing on the plains of the Masai Mara.

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At a Glance

Overview

  • August is one of Kenya’s least humid months. Days are usually sunny and hot, while nights are cold, especially in areas of higher altitude.
  • It’s hot enough for light layers, but keep something warm to wear at night.
  • Water sources continue to dry up and vegetation continues to thin, which means wildlife is increasingly easy to spot.

 

Where to Go

  • Coastal areas experience low humidity and little to no rainfall at this time, making August one of the best months for sunbathing on the beach.
  • Although you may witness some river crossings associated with the Great Migration in August, the herds will mostly have settled on the plains of the Masai Mara.
  • As the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle graze the green savannah, they will often be pursued by predators like lion, leopard and cheetah: the circle of life in motion.

 

Things to Remember

  • As with July, accommodation is at a premium in August, in terms of price and availability. It is a good idea to plan ahead if you plan to take advantage of the great wildlife-viewing on offer.
  • Peak-season months like August are not ideal for safari-goers seeking a quiet getaway, particularly in the Masai Mara. If you’re looking for somewhere with few other visitors, try travelling to Kenya in the off season, or opt for a different destination altogether.

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