When to travel to Maasai Mara

Because of its high altitude, the Maasai Mara is blessed with perfectly pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. Unlike in the Arctic, where seasons can differ dramatically, the Mara witnesses merely subtle changes over the course of a year. With average temperatures ranging from 22°C in July to 28°C in March/April, the Mara represent a magnificent travel destination throughout the year.

MIGRATION SEASON

From end of June until mid October. The Great Wildebeest Migration rightfully deserves its standing as one of the natural world’s most astonishing spectacles. Comprising more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes, the Great Migration constitutes the last surviving multi-species migration on the planet. From the end of June onwards, millions of freshly arrived brown and black dots scatter the great plains of the Mara, making this Natural Wonder of the World even more wondrous.

Experiencing the Great Migration with Basecamp adds another layer to witnessing this Natural Wonder of the World. A Safari with our Maasai Guides is a life-changing experience that will provide you with a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the intricate details of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. No one knows the Mara like the Maasai: they are the true specialists. Because of our longstanding commitment to the Maasai community, we are able to provide authentic safari experiences that leave our guests filled with lifelong memories, a sense of purpose, and a longing to participate.


TAIL OF MIGRATION

From mid October to 22nd December. The Northern Migration is an integrated part of the Great Migration. After passing through Naboisho Conservancy the Northern Migration arrives in the Mara just in time to greet their Southern sisters and brothers- a family reunion with more than 1.5 million attendees! On their way back to Lloita the Northern Migration once agains roam through Naboisho, staying with us until the end of the year. The tail of migration is a great time to travel.


FESTIVE SEASON

From 23rd December to 1st January. Rather than being whitened by snow, the Maasai Mara plains are dotted black with wild animals. Preparations are underway to create a unique celebration for our Christmas visitors, hoping to escape the chill of wintertime in Europe. More than any other time of the year, Christmas is a time for celebration, for reflection, for family, and for friendship. This is a special time for Basecamp, as these principles are the core aspects of the Basecamp philosophy. At Basecamp we are lucky enough to be more than a business - we are a family. 


CALVING SEASON

From 2nd January until 3rd March. Most big plain game animals give birth during this period. Maasai Mara is dotted with young ones tagging along after their mothers. The weather is usually dry, and great for game drives.


GREEN SEASON

From 1st April to 30th June. Early spring, usually referred to as the Green Season, is a particularly magnificent period to visit the Mara. March, April and May are the months that typically receive the largest amounts of rainfall. Still, rain usually comes only in the form of short-lived and highly local showers (even in the wettest period the Mara only receives on average 150 mm rainfall per month). Due to its scarcity, these limited bursts of life-providing water are enough to transform the Mara into an ‘emerald city’ of lush plains gloriously speckled with golden oat grass.

Unlike people in Northern Europe, the habitants of the Mara see rain not as a nuisance, but as a blessing. Rain is as essential to people and livestock as it is for wildlife. The pursuit of water is the primary driving force for migratory animals, such as the wildebeest, the elephants and the antelopes. During the Green Season these species start returning to the Mara, following the smell of rain and the promise of fresh grass this entails. The return of the migrating animals is heartily welcomed by the Big Cats and other predators who find easy prey in the newborn calves accompanying their parents up from the Serengeti. The Green Season is indeed a time of dramatic splendour on the Mara Savannah. Besides the dramatic splendour of the season, visitors travelling during the Green Season benefit from reduced prices and lower tourism compared to peak periods. Going on a Safari with Basecamp is the ultimate way of spending the Easter Break.