BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE VICTORIA FOR A WESTERN KENYA SAFARI
Like other parts of Kenya, Lake Victoria enjoys warm temperatures throughout the year, so it is a wonderful destination at any time. There are, though, subtle differences between the rainy and dry seasons.
For our guests who prefer to see higher diversity of birds, as well as ample opportunities to fish and tour local attractions, we generally recommend the cool-dry season from July to October. The reason is that there are few water sources on the mainland, so the birds and other wildlife gather at central aquatic sites. Additionally, the roads are dry enough for walking and mountain bike activities.
Guests who prefer a totally secluded vacation in Africa may find the visitors levels at the lake slightly increase during the long dry season which runs parallel to the wildebeest migration in Masai Mara, and may prefer visiting during other times of the year; though, with limited rooming on the private islands, it still minimal in comparison to other regions.
With the exception of the festive holiday season of Christmas and New Year’s, guest numbers are lower in November and December, a period known as the “short rainy season,” yet the precipitation can affect some path conditions. The short hot-dry season is in January and February, and water sources inland are once again scarce causing the birds and wildlife to congregate at principal areas. The long rainy season arrives around the end of March and lasts until June. The long rainy season is a unique time to visit Lake Victoria as the precipitation brings an abundance of new and renewed life – both flora and fauna.
Fresh green grasses, leaves and flowers erupt almost overnight, and the lake welcomes fauna especial avian chicks to its ecology. Do note the rains can impact your safari activities with choppy waters during boating excursions and muddy terrain during walks. With the exception of the Easter holiday week, this time of year is considered the low season, so you lodging rate with AfricanMecca may lower than other times of the year. Flights, transportation, conservation fees and other costs remain constant through the year.
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE VICTORIA
We recommend Mfangano Island Camp and Rusinga Island Lodge. Both of these lodgings are located on distinct islands on Lake Victoria in Kenya and offer an excellent balance of quality and cost.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE VICTORIA
Whether you are a birder, angler, cultural explorer, rock art and paleontology lover or an easy-going traveler, there is something for everyone on their distinct Kenya dream safari in Lake Victoria.
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GUIDE ON LAKE VICTORIA
For a relaxing, pleasurable lake vacation in East Africa, we recommend a visit to Lake Victoria in Kenya, the largest of the Great African Lakes and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
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Jambo Raza, The Lake Nakuru outing was great! We saw lots of pelicans, some flamingos, both black and white rhino... We've already recommended a Kenya safari to friends and relatives. Thanks again
Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
Dear AfricanMecca, We had a marvelous time in Kenya. Mfangano Island Lodge (Lake Victoria) was a gem in itself. Thanks to your excellent planning and communication with us.
Anthony and Hunter Percival - Colorado, United States
Hi Raza, I wanted to email you to say how well all your arrangements came together for Nairobi, Masai Mara-Governors IL Moran, Lake Victoria - Mfangano Island Camp, Lamu - Peponi Hotel. Thanks..
Robyn Taylor - Brisbane, Australia
Jambo Altaf, As usual the program went like clockwork and it was a wonderful holiday in Rift Valley & Masai Mara. Lake Nakuru is absolutely stunning and exceeded my expectations..
Simon Woodlock, Chief Financial Officer, Synovate - Surbiton, United Kingdom
Thank you so, so much for all of your help in planning our amazing safari to Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi. Everything went so smoothly. Our tour guides were the best!!
Joanne Wright - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - United States
Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
We were extremely pleased with our itinerary. All those elephants and giraffes just posing and asking to have their pictures taken. Thank you for planning one of the best trips I have ever taken.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE VICTORIA IN WESTERN KENYA
When visiting Lake Victoria, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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