The best times to visit Masai Mara for ideal weather are
January 8th to December 23rd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Masai Mara Travel Guide
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Weather in Masai Mara
Average temperatures in Masai Mara vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is among the most temperate — in the 97th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Masai Mara, the hottest months are March, February, and then October. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early March where highs are regularly around 82.1°F (27.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 52.7°F (11.5°C) at night.
Masai Mara Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Masai Mara Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Masai Mara Perceived Temperature (F)
Masai Mara Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Masai Mara Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Masai Mara are February, July, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early January with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of January 1st.
When can you find snow in Masai Mara? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Masai Mara.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Masai Mara (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Masai Mara has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is March (47.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (70.8%).
Wind in Masai Mara is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by March and November. October’s average wind speed of around 5.2 knots (6 MPH or 9.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 10.3 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Masai Mara.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||4||Light breeze||7.1||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.4||Light breeze||8.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.2||Light breeze||7.8||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.5||Light breeze||8||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4||Light breeze||6.9||Light breeze|
|Jul||4.1||Light breeze||7.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.4||Light breeze||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.6||Light breeze||7.8||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.2||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.8||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.2||Light breeze||8.1||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Masai Mara?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Kenya; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 18, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Masai Mara, Kenya is November, followed by June and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Masai Mara in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Masai Mara Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 82.1°F (27.8°C) and 72°F (22.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Masai Mara, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 78.5°F (25.8°C) and 73.5°F (23.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 2 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Masai Mara to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 81.2°F (27.3°C) and 75.8°F (24.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 3 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.