• Kenya safari: Mara river crossing migration

Information to help you plan your safari

The Great Migration finally arrives in the Masai Mara in July, while dry and cool weather produces excellent safari conditions throughout Kenya.



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At a Glance


  • The dry season is in full swing, so the weather is cooler and drier than in previous months.
  • Photographers will be provided with clearer skies and more sunshine hours in July.
  • Bringing layers with you on safari is a must, as game drives in particular can bring with them a wind chill that makes it feel colder than the ambient temperature.
  • Scarce water sources and thinning vegetation makes wildlife-viewing easier.


Where to Go

  • This is the month to visit Kenya if you want to witness the famous river crossings associated with the Great Migration.
  • The first herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle arrive in the Masai Mara in July, pursued by big cats on land and fearsome crocodiles that lie in wait in the rivers.
  • Visits to some of Kenya’s smaller parks and conservancies, such as Tsavo East, can be a good addition if you’re hoping to get away from the crowds.
  • Clear skies are good news for photographers hoping to capture the wildlife and scenery of Nairobi National Park on camera, using Kenya’s capital city as a backdrop.


Things to Remember

  • This is Kenya’s peak season, so properties are at their most expensive and tend to book up very fast.
  • July also falls within the school holidays, which further drives up tourist numbers. Bear this in mind if you are looking to experience Kenya in a more intimate setting.
  • Although both day and night temperatures will be cooler in July than in previous months, this will be even more pronounced if you’re travelling to areas at higher altitudes, such as Laikipia or the Masai Mara.
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Your Next Steps

View our Kenya safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Kenya. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.