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When to Travel to Topi House

The popular migration season in the Mara is from July to October, but there’s plenty to see all year round. July and August are the busiest months with travellers descending upon the Mara for the migration. We recommend travelling outside this period if your schedule permits, such as during December to June, as there’s so much wildlife to see — especially big cats — and far fewer people. January through April is a perfect time to travel to the Mara. 

The Mara is less busy during these months, mainly because the migration is in the southern Serengeti. But there’s still all the resident wildlife to spot, including big cats, giraffe, elephant and even black rhino. It’s also when a lot of animals give birth to their young. There are perfect photographic conditions, with clear skies and lots of flowers that spring up after the short rains of November and December. Migratory birds have also arrived in the region. 

Climate

There is a break in rainfall between December and early March, when the long rains start, but there may still be the odd shower. This is also the hottest time of year (though the Mara is rarely sweltering), with the average temperature peaking at 28°C/82°F in February. The average minimum temperature is 13°C/55°F throughout January to March. 

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