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Cheetah in the Masai Mara National Park

Visiting Kenya in green season

The long, dry months tend to attract the most visitors, but it's savvy to go to Kenya in the lush months of the green season - March, June and November.

You might get the odd storm, but the tropical sun soon burns them off. And your reward is watching the bush come to life. 

In a few days, the plains turn emerald green, and tired, over-heated animals stretch their legs and head out into the grasslands.

You'll have the reserves and the wildlife largely to yourself, and towering storm clouds make for unforgettable sunsets.

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Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

When is the green season?

There are two distinct periods, when the 'short rains' fall in November, and either side of the 'long rains', from March and early June.

Why we recommend Kenya in the green season

  • You generally have the parks and reserves to yourself. 
  • You'll receive more personal attention from guides and camp staff. 
  • Places to stay are quieter with far fewer guests around. 
  • It’s a time of plenty for the animals and they take full advantage of the abundant food as well as giving birth to their young. 
  • Although the wildlife is a little harder to spot because the vegetation has grown, you shouldn't have to wait too long before you see something new and you should still see all the animals you would normally see in the drier months. 
  • And, it's cheaper.

Parks and reserves we love in green season

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