BEST TIME TO VISIT THE NORTHERN FRONTIER FOR A KENYA SAFARI
Average high and low temperatures on the highlands tend to be lower than at the lowland desert lake surrounds. Also, Lake Turkana receives less annual precipitation than Matthews Mountain, Mount Nyiru and Namunyak. The temperatures in the upland areas can be cool, especially at night, so we recommend that you bring a fleece to keep you warm.
The average temperature during the day in the Matthews Mountain Range, Mount Nyiru and Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy range from 84 F (29 C) to 90 F (32 C) degrees while the nighttime temperatures drops to 61-64 F (16-18 C) degrees depending on your month of travel. Sibilio, Lake Turkana and Chalbi Desert and Suguta Valley have average daytime temperatures ranging from 109 F (43 C) to 115 F (46 C) degrees while the temperature drops to around 57-59 F (14 -15 C) degrees at night, again varies from month to month.
In addition to your personal comfort, the weather patterns affect the type of exploratory African safari experiences you have in the Northern Frontier. Specifically, precipitation levels affect the water sources and vegetation. The Northern Frontier experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons, and AfricanMecca considers the dry seasons to be the best times to plan your bush travel in Kenya. The reason for this is that, although the wildlife are more central and less dispersed, the Northern Frontier has below average animal populations.
During the dry seasons, the animals gather around the few remaining water sources. Additionally, the lack of rain means that the vegetation is sparse, and the dry terrain is much more conducive to game drives and safari walks, as well as excursions to the many archaeological, cultural and historical sites, especially around Lake Turkana. All of these variables translate into the best ecological observations because the viewing sites are better accessible.
Due to these excellent conditions for game viewing and exploring the Northern Frontier, visitor levels slightly increase during the dry seasons; though, not considerably due to its remoteness and limited number of accommodations. Also, visitor levels elsewhere in Kenya increases in correlation to American and European school holidays when families often plan their summer vacations in Africa, as well as Christmas, New Year’s and Easter travel.
If these environmental conditions appeal to your personal Northern Frontier safari tour preferences, please note that the long-dry season occurs from July to October, and the short dry season is in January and February with parts of March. However, the unique aspects of the rainy seasons are worthwhile. The moisture brings renewed life in both the flora and fauna, and you may witness the birth of the newest generation of herbivores due to the abundance of water and pasture.
Visitor levels decrease during the long rains in April and May through parts of June, and the safari lodges and camps often have reduced room rates, although logistical prices, conservancy fees, AfricanMecca guided services in Lake Turkana and other costs remain constant throughout the year. Navigating wet roads and terrain in the Northern Frontier, though, is more challenging during the long rains, as well as the short rains in November and December.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NORTHERN FRONTIER
The Northern Frontier has varied wildernesses, each with a distinct accommodation. In Lake Turkana, we recommend Lobolo Camp. Namunyak only has two camps: Sarara and Kitch. Desert Rose is sited on Mount Oldonyo Nyiru.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NORTHERN FRONTIER
There are several activities on offer in the Northern Frontier depending on where you are staying e.g. game drives, bush walks, cultural visits, desert explorations, archaeological tours, camel rides, fishing and many more.
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GUIDE ON NORTHERN FRONTIER
The Northern Frontier is a vast, pristine wilderness expanse in northern Kenya. The landscape, flora, fauna, archaeological sites and small villages contribute to an unsurpassed, authentic vacation in the wildest of Africa.
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NORTHERN FRONTIER WILDERNESS
The Northern Frontier is divided into 7 areas, each of which brilliantly lends to an adventurous and distinct safari. The areas are Sibilio, Lake Turkana, Koobi Fora, Matthews Mountain, Namunyak, Chalbi Desert, Suguta Valley.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NORTHERN FRONTIER IN KENYA
When visiting Northern Frontier, 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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