Q : When is the best time to see the Great Wildebeest Migration?

A : If you are planning a visit to East Africa seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration is something extraordinary. 

You should consider planning your trip according to their migration pattern. Part of the year the great herds are in Kenya and during most of the year they are in Tanzania. The iconic river crossings occur at the Mara River bordering Kenya and Tanzania, and the Grumeti River in Tanzania. 

Here is a map that illustrates the best locations by month to view the migration. For more details on this map, see here.

Q : When is the best time to visit East Africa?

A : What is the best time of year to travel to East Africa? Visiting this area is wonderful year round, but there are some things you should consider.

Seasons in East Africa are opposite of North American seasons. Summer is December through February; Autumn is March through May; Winter is June through August; Spring is September through November. Depending on the areas visited in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda you are either just north or just south of the Equator.

The temperatures and rainfall will fluctuate with the seasons. Visiting during the dry season (Summer, Winter and most of Spring) ensures you avoid floods, mudslides, and downpours. The animals tend to congregate around predictable water sources during the dry season offering the best viewing opportunities. Temperatures are warm year-round with the hottest months in January and February and coolest in June and July.

Animal births are an exciting time in East Africa. Watch thousands of new babies being born each day during Tanzania’s calving season from January to April. February is an ideal time in Kenya and Uganda. Wildlife like lions, hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs are most active during these months as they stalk for prey.

Below is an overview of the best months to visit East Africa’s National Parks and Reserves. Click on chart for larger view.

Q : When is the best time to visit Southern Africa?

A : See the best months to travel to Southern Africa here.

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