I was just wondering how comes that I find so many special offers for Kenya in March. Kind of half price compared to other periods. Is it really the worst time to go? and why is it? shall I just take advantage of the cheap price and go anyway?
March would be the start of the "big rains", the first of the two rainy seasons in east Africa. It's not a constant rain, though, and because the plains get lush and green, it's an interesting time to go game viewing as you get a difference experience than during the drier seasons. I just think the concept of "rain" keeps people away.
Like GregW said, the rains built up, but usually April is the only month that can be difficult to travel to certain places. So March still will be ok. And we the climatic changes of the last decade, rains don't tend to stick to certain time anymore. Rains can come much later or earlier, if sometimes at all!
Rainy season is the reason for the cheaper prices. If you are fortunate and miss the rains it is the best time to go because of the lack of other travelers at that time. I took a chance in 2000 and went in April and never saw a drop of rain in 10 days and the places, parks I mean, were all but deserted. Only 5 rooms in a 90 room lodge were occupied at one place and you got great pics without having jeeps, land rovers and mini vans of other visitors to clutter up the background. I went again 2 years later in September and got caught in a hailstorm, which made for some very errie landscapes once the sun came out again. Ice everywhere, steamy vapors rising as it melted away in the sunshine. You take a chance no mater when you go so you have to ask yourself...........Do you feel lucky?
Hi, April is the tricky month though rain can begin in March. But for now its still ok little signs of rain. March this year is great coz there's the crosscountry marathon being held in Mombasa..this an international event on the 24th. so many visitors will be there.
The parks are great though no migration signs at the mara. It's best to try tsavo, amboseli and the beaches...coral gardens,snorkelling and dolphin watch in wasini scuba diving in watamu and the sandy beaches of Mombasa. Mountain climbing not so advisable as the weather here might change and might be prove hard or risky.
Welcome to Kenya anyway.... www.timeout-kenya.com
Kenya like many developing destinations has not yet diversified its produst offering to the level that you can have travelling options with or without rains, thus the all too common outdoors travel, coupled with access by road issued in some of these rainy places have led to that particular season not being very popular. However, most of the famous and exciting cultural and sporting events happen then. you ll realise that save fr the rain, you might actually enjoy this side of the travellers itinerary.
I was once in Kenya during march/april and had almost no rain at all and a real good time! Anyway the rainy seasons in Kenya hardly ever seem to start when they are supposed to ..
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 5, 2007, at 8:03 AM by Winkekatze ]