Kenya In March

It can be a little humid at this time of year, but there is lots of birds and other wildlife to be seen. Make sure you;re prepared for a little rain!

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Information to help you plan your safari

Hot and humid to begin with, March also heralds the arrival of the rainy season as the days progress, making this a month of contrasts.

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At a Glance

Overview

  • Temperatures and humidity will remain high, especially in inland areas, while evenings tend to be cooler.
  • The dry northeasterly monsoon winds known as kaskazi are present during March, and can be felt blowing in on the coast.
  • The rains will arrive towards the end of March, which may result in mountain park closures as tracks become muddy and sometimes impassable.
  • Short plains grasses and limited water sources make for great wildlife-viewing, but as the rains return, animals will spread out and vegetation will become more lush.

 

Where to Go

  • Before the rains arrive, clear waters provide excellent conditions for snorkelling and diving. Afterwards, high temperatures and heavy rain along the coast make beach trips less than ideal.
  • The East African Arts Festival takes place in Nairobi every March, offering an exciting schedule of art, music, fashion, literature and theatre events to enjoy.
  • The Great Migration is absent during March, but wildlife-viewing is excellent across many of Kenya’s national parks, reserves and conservancies.

 

Things to Remember

  • Although March isn’t in high season and thus offers better pricing and camp/lodge availability than other months, it is worth bearing in mind that some safari properties will close for the upcoming wet season.
  • Photographers will want to pay particular attention to the arrival of the rains, as the bush will grow greener with each passing day.

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