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July or Feb.?

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July or Feb.?

Which time of year would be the best to see the Mara? I know Feburary is warmer and July is colder. I am not really too interested in seeing the migration- it is not a huge selling point for me. Is there any other reason that going in July would be better? The reason why I ask is that airfare and safari camps seem to be a lot more expensive in July than Feb.

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1. Re: July or Feb.?

To be honest, because it's almost on the equator, there's not a huge variation in temperature through the year in the Mara – nothing like as much as in Europe or US for example.

If you're not interested in the migration, then I would choose Feb, fewer other visitors and if the climate behaves itself then the game viewing should be good as the land gradually dries out.

But I'm also asking myself, if the migration isn't a strong selling point for you, why you're interested in going at all?

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I guess I don't truly know what the "migration" is. I was under the impression that was centered around many wildebeest running through the Mara. Is there more to it than that? Are there more animals around of every species at that time?

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I wondered if it was perhaps that you didn't know. It is simply *the* most awe-inspiring wild animal phenomenon you can witness. To be right in the middle of it is jaw-dropping, as you have tens of thousands of wildebeest all around you. Think of the biggest music festival you can imagine, multiply that by 100 and then make all the festival-goers a different species. You're there, they don't care. That's what it's like.

What makes it particularly memorable is the river crossings, where it's often possible to witness crocodiles ambushing wildebeest as they cross in their brainless desperation to get to the other side. It's utterly compelling. If you love nature, wildlife, animals, you really wouldn't wan to miss it. There's much more to the Mara than the migration, of course. But I guess it would be a bit like going to Egypt and just casually avoiding the pyramids of Giza. Or going to Las Vegas and spending your whole time on a beach at Lake Mead, and never even go inside a casino.

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Well, then it definetely seems like a waste not to go in Feb! We were going to go to tsavo, but finally narrowed it down to the mara. I can't wait to see all of the action. Unfortunately we can only go for 5 days, but hopefully that will be enough.

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6. Re: July or Feb.?

Hey, I don't go into casinos is Las Vegas, nor any of the shows. Though I did visit the Pyramids and Sphinx and lots other when in Egypt :)

There's more to a visit to Kenya than the migration and if February is the time you can go, I can assure you there are still resident wildebeest herds around and other game which don't have the liberty of going on holiday as we do. Besides, rates are good during February.

As to weather, while the daytime temps can be a tad higher in February than July, so too are the mornings/nights which are always cooler.

Enjoy.

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