Kenya: when to travel there?
Best: January-February, June-September (migration time)
OK: October-December (so-so with small rains and low prices)
Worst: March-May (big rains, animals disperse and long grass conceals the action)
When to go
Although it varies year to year, the peak migration period is from July to September: lodges are full, the prices are high and the Mara River is lined with vehicles.
In the shoulder months of May, June and October, November – the Mara is relatively free of tourists and thus much more pleasant. You may not see the wildebeest crossing, but the game on the plains is plentiful.
The best guides in the Mara believe that even during the peak of the migration they can find you vantage points away from the minibuses – although they admit these do not include the narrow passageways across the Mara River that are the subject of famous documentary footage.
However, the good guides rise earlier, leave sightings when crowds descend and, most important, can take you off the beaten track. A good tour operator will be able to connect you to a quality guide.