AH! The Maasai Mara Rain Season. This has got to be one of my favourite times of the year in the Mara. March April May are considered by many the worst time of the year as this is the peak of the wet season, but for a number of reasons Id like to share with you, it is also the best time of the year.
Our trip to the Maasai Mara in March 2018 saw a tremendous amount of rain. It virtually rained every day. But the pattern was somewhat predictable. In the morning there were light showers which gave way to a bright and sunny midday. Then by mid afternoon the clouds would roll in and this is the best time for Wildlife Photography is Kenya. You see the rain off in the distance as the gigantic thunderclouds let light rays shine through. All you need is a willing subject in the right position and you have, for me, the best opportunity for a perfect wildlife photo.
Another positive element is that everyone else is so focused on the busy season (in other words the Migration) that it leaves the rainy season empty of competitors. You have the space to breathe and explore at your own leisure often being the only car for miles around.
I absolutly love dramatic clouds
The Maasai Mara Rain Season is dramatic and rich in drama and texture. Of course the river crossings & getting stuck come with the territory, but it add to the excitement.
The main obstacle of the Maasai Mara rainy season, to me, is not the rivers & mud, but rather the sudden growth of the grass. many of the predators take this opportunity to hide away. However as they come out to look for prey they often find a tree to climb up to see over the long grass. This, although challenging, makes for some incredible wildlife photography opportunities.