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What is the best time to visit East Africa as a destination?

The East African destination is well known for the rich flora and fauna that Kenya and Tanzania offer throughout the year. The East African high touristic season however happens during the months of July through August and on December. The great wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara Game reserve is the main drive for this high season and therefore parks and lodges are normally crowded. For visitors looking towards visiting the destination at the peak of the season, it therefore recommended that reservations and bookings be done few months in advance.

For birdwatchers, Kenya and Tanzania as a destination has a lot to offer. The hot season during the months of January through February make the destination more pleasant to most tourists. This also happens to be the time of the year where birdwatchers and enthusiasts can capture memorable moments as different bird species flock around the Great Rift Valley Lakes.

Seasonal rains in the region hit hardest from March to May (with lighter rains falling October through December).

How is the Weather in Kenya and Tanzania Destinations?

Kenya is strategically located along the Equator and Tanzania is a few kilometers south, both countries enjoy a tropical climate. The average annual temperatures in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi (4,980 feet above sea level) are a minimum of 56°F and a maximum of 77°F. The coastal region and the town of Mombasa lying at just 50 feet above sea level receive a minimum of 73°F minimum and a maximum of 86°F.

The Great Wildebeest Migration, Where and When?

The famous annual wildebeest migration never ends. The herds, nearly 2 million travel from their breeding grounds to the southern most regions of Serengeti in Tanzania and enjoy their summer as they migrate to Maasai Mara Game reserve in Kenya, returning back to Serengeti and the cycle repeats over and over.  Other than wildebeests, the migration also consists of other grazers such as antelopes, zebras, gazelles and more. The herds cross the Mara River into Kenya’s Massai Mara and the Mara triangle in late July, with the return making a spectacle in late September. During the rest of the year, the herds can be spotted in the massive Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

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