Photography seasons in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is an iconic location for wildlife photography, boasting a diverse range of animals, birds and boundless grasslands stretching as far as the eye can see. Even outside of the migratory season, this location remains a paradise for photographers.

Two distinct seasons: the Predator Season and the Crossing/Migration Season. Both present endless opportunities to witness and capture the beauty of nature in all its glory.

During the Predator Season, which occurs on either side of the migratory pattern in the shoulder season, the dusty savannah plains are transformed into lush, green, short-grassed plains by the arrival of spring rains. This brings new life, with young wildebeest, zebra, and other herbivore calves for the resident herds that stay behind. However, this also attracts the attention of big cats and other predators. If you’re a passionate bird photographer, January and February are great times to visit the Masai Mara, as the trees and skies are filled with migratory birds. June marks the beginning of the Migration and usually arrives around mid-July, as predators prepare themselves for the abundance of food. It’s a great time to visit this destination as tourist numbers are low and the relatively quieter park allows for more photography time and flexibility.

The Crossing/Migration Season is the most photographed event on the planet and undoubtedly a bucket-list trip for nature enthusiasts who are passionate about wildlife. In mid-July, a remarkable journey unfolds as 1.5 million wildebeest make their way to the expansive plains, now teeming with wildebeest, zebra, and other herbivores. This yearly spectacle draws a crowd of dedicated photographers and nature lovers, eager to see the herds cross treacherous, crocodile-infested rivers and face the predators waiting on the opposite bank.

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