Weather & Climate Masai Mara : Masai Mara national reserve is one of the most famous wildlife destinations on the global famed for the Great Wildebeest Migration the greatest movement of wildlife ever witnessed on earth.

Weather & Climate Masai Mara

Masai Mara national reserve is a great destination to visit all year round, weather in sunshine or rain it will never be in vain to pay a visit to this glorious wildlife destination.

As a tourist, before packing it advised to take a look at what you can expect as far as weather and climate in the great Masai Mara national reserve.

MASAI MARA CLIMATE

Many travelers might assume Masai Mara national reserve‘s would be stiflingly hot, that is without knowledge and they would be wrong but it is absolutely understandable. Masai Mara national reserve is what you would expect when thinking of Africa. However, Masai Mara national reserve’s altitude causes the reserve and its climate to be cooler and wetter than you would expect it to be. The reserve sits at an altitude varying from 1500 to 1900 meters, as a tourist you can expect pleasantly warm daytime temperatures and much cooler nights so do not forget to include a sweater in your bags for the early morning game drives in the rolling plains of Masai Mara.

MASAI MARA SEASONS

RAINY SEASON

Masai Mara national reserve’s rainy season or wet season begins in November and goes up to May, however there are a couple of dry months in January and February. Days in the wet/rainy season are often overcast with showers in the afternoon and chilly mornings with temperatures hovering around 13°C (55°F).

  • November & December

In this period you will experience short rains throughout these months with average afternoon temperatures about 27°C (81°F).

  • January & February

In this period there is typically less rainfall, though you can still expect some showers, the timing of this dry period varies but falls around this time.

Weather & Climate Masai Mara
Game drives in maasai mara
  • March, April & May

This period is known for long rains with April being the wettest months experiencing regular showers, in these months tracks become slippery and are not easy to navigate. Early mornings have an average temperature of 13°C (55°F).

DRY SEASON

Dry season in Masai Mara national reserve is experienced from June to October with weather that is perfect for a safari and it is one of the best times to visit the reserve. In this season you will enjoy warm weather during the day, although there may be a shower or two times and cold weather at night given the varying altitudes of Masai Mara. Visitors will need warm clothes during morning game drives.

  • June, July & August

In this period there are chances of rain in June but mostly it’s sunny and dry, afternoon temperatures reach 25°C (77°F), however colder weather sets in during the evenings and early morning s when temperatures of around 12°C (54°F) are normal.

  • September & October

In this period it is still dry with a chance of rain on some days, temperatures can get a little warmer in October and hover around 27°C (81°F) and higher but can decrease with rain. Expect chilly early mornings in these months as well.

MASAI MARA WEATHER MONTH TO MONTH

Masai Mara national reserve’s weather and climate are ideal for Kenya safari travels and adventures all year round with average daytime temperatures that are comfortable, evening temperatures can become quiet chilly.

Masai Mara weather overview

January – February

January – February is the dry spell between the short and long rainy season with only an incidental rain shower.

March – May

March – May is the long rainy season with April being the wettest month, as a traveler you do not have to worry about raining all day long, but it does rain regularly. During this period, safari trails tend to get a little slippery.

Early morning game drives are slightly with average temperatures of 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit).

June – August

In the period of June – August the average daytime temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). Generally it is sunny and dry in this period with only an incidental rain shower.

September – October

In this time of the year, occasional rain showers are expected but it is mostly dry. Daytime temperatures in October are slightly higher at 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit), it can be slightly cooler after rain.

Early morning game drives in the plains of Masai Mara national reserve can be chilly at around twelve degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit).

November – December

This time of the year, is the lighter of two rainy seasons in Masai Mara national reserve, in these two months expect short rain showers. Average afternoon temperatures in this period are approximately 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).

Weather & Climate Masai Mara
Weather of Maasai mara

RAIN FALL IN MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

In Masai Mara national reserve an average rains are approximately 1400 millimeters (55 inches) per year, as a traveler you are most likely to encounter a rain shower in April and least likely to feel raindrops in July. Masai Mara national reserve experiences two rainy seasons, the short rain season is experienced in November and December and the long rainy season is experienced in March – May. The heaviest rainfall in Masai Mara national reserve can be expected in April, however flooding can occur in both rainy seasons.

Masai Mara national reserve climate charts

MONTH TO MONTH AVERAGE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Max °C 28 28 27 26 25 25 25 25 27 28 27 27
Min °C 12 12 12 13 12 13 12 11 11 11 12 12
Max °F 82 82 81 79 77 77 77 77 81 82 81 81
Min °F 54 54 54 55 55 54 52 52 54 54 54 54

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
In mm 95 100 145 210 155 95 60 80 95 100 155 115
In inches 3.7 3.9 5.7 8.3 6.1 3.7 2.4 3.1 3.7 3.9 6.1 4.5

Hours of Sunshine Per day in Masai Mara national reserve

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Hours or day 9 9 8 7 7 8 7 7 8 8 8 8

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