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March 03, 2023 4 min read

Discover a Hidden Side of Kenya: Why You Should Visit Outside of Peak Safari Season

I. Introduction

Are you dreaming of a Kenyan safari adventure, but worried about the crowds and high prices during peak season? The good news is that you can still experience the best of Kenya's wildlife and culture by visiting outside of the peak safari season. In fact, there are many benefits to exploring Kenya during the off-peak months that you won't want to miss. From more comfortable weather conditions to lower costs and unique cultural experiences, discovering Kenya outside of peak season can be a truly rewarding and unforgettable journey. In this post, we'll explore why you should consider visiting Kenya outside of peak safari season and what to expect during your adventure. Get ready to discover a hidden side of Kenya that you may not have known existed!

II. Benefits of Visiting Kenya Outside of Peak Safari Season

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Kenya's peak safari season runs from June to October, but visiting during the off-peak months can provide several advantages:

  • Weather conditions: Kenya's off-peak season occurs during the country's "long rains" from March to May, and the "short rains" from November to December. While rain is possible during these months, it is typically limited to brief showers or afternoon thunderstorms, and the landscape becomes lush and green. This can make for excellent game viewing and photography opportunities.
  • Lower costs: Kenya's peak season can be expensive, with prices for safari lodges, tours, and transportation at a premium. By visiting during off-peak season, you can often take advantage of lower prices and better value for their money.
  • Fewer crowds: Visiting Kenya outside of peak season means encountering fewer tourists and fewer vehicles on safari drives. This can provide a more intimate and immersive safari experience, with fewer distractions and a greater chance to see rare or elusive wildlife.
  • More Flexibility: With fewer visitors around, you'll have more flexibility to customize your safari experience to your liking. You'll be able to spend more time in specific areas or go off the beaten path to explore more remote areas of the park.
  • More Authentic Experience: Finally, visiting Kenya outside of peak season can provide a more authentic experience of the country and its wildlife. Without the crowds and commercialization that can come with peak season, you'll be able to experience the country in a more natural and unspoiled way.

III. What to Expect on a Kenyan Safari Outside of Peak Season

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While the wildlife viewing may be slightly different outside of peak season, there are still plenty of animals to see, and some unique experiences that you can enjoy:

  • Wildlife sightings: While the migration is the main attraction during the peak season, there are still plenty of opportunities to see wildlife throughout the year. During peak season, many animals congregate around water sources, but outside of peak season, they may be more dispersed. This can make for more interesting and varied game drives, as you may need to search for wildlife in different areas. However, the wildlife viewing in Kenya is generally excellent year-round, and many safari-goers report seeing incredible animal sightings during off-peak season.
  • Cultural visits: Outside of peak season, there may be more opportunities to visit local villages and learn about Kenyan culture and traditions. This can be a rewarding way to experience the country beyond the wildlife and landscapes.
  • Local festivals: Kenya has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, and there are many local festivals and events that take place throughout the year. By visiting during off-peak season, you may have the chance to attend one of these festivals and experience a unique aspect of Kenyan culture.
  • Green Scenery: Kenya's landscapes are lush and green during the non-peak season, which can be a beautiful sight to behold. The scenery may also be more varied and diverse, with different types of flora and fauna than during the dry season.

IV. Planning a Kenya Safari Outside of Peak Season

If you're interested in visiting Kenya outside of peak safari season, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your trip:

  • Best times to visit: The long rains from March to May can make some areas difficult to access, while the short rains from November to December can make game drives more challenging. However, you may find that the benefits of visiting during these months outweigh the potential drawbacks. Consider your priorities and preferences when selecting travel dates.
  • Choosing a tour operator: It's important to select a reputable and experienced tour operator or safari company, especially when visiting during off-peak season. They can help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable safari experience, and can provide insights into the best places to visit and when.

 V. Conclusion

In conclusion, visiting Kenya outside of peak safari season can be a fantastic option for those of you who want to experience the country's wildlife, culture, and landscapes in a more intimate and authentic way. From the lush green landscapes of the rainy season to the unique cultural experiences and lower costs, there are many reasons to consider visiting Kenya during the off-peak months. With careful planning and the right tour operator, you can have an unforgettable and rewarding safari adventure that showcases the best of what Kenya has to offer.


At Dusty Boots Travel we can help you plan the perfect safari in Africa, with tailor-made itineraries that cater to your interests and preferences. We will work with you to create an itinerary that includes all the must-see attractions and hidden gems that Kenya has to offer.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the magic of Kenya for yourself. Contact Dusty Boots Travel via email, Instagram or Facebook today to start planning your dream safari holiday.

Images by our travel partners & Beyond, Great Plains Conservation and Governors Collection.

Riaan van den Berg
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