Masai Mara in August

landscape masai mara Credit: Mara River Kati Kati

  • August is one of the driest months of the year, and has the same cooler temperatures of July: average lows at night of 11C and highs during the day of 25C.

  • August is very popular time for people to visit the park to witness the daily dramas of the Great Migration. As the dry season progresses, it becomes easier to see animals in the thinning bush. In terms of wildlife viewing, it’s hard to beat. Along with September, it’s the busiest and most expensive month to visit the reserve.


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August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

day 1

Welcome to your migration safari
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

day 2 to 3

Head to the Tarangire National Park

day 4 to 5

The game-rich Ngorongoro

day 6 to 7

Nature's greatest spectacle

day 8 to 9

Massive herds of wildebeest

day 10

Your migration safari ends

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