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East Africa in October

October is a wonderful time to discover the Great Rift valley in Kenya. The Rift Valley experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons.

The long, cool dry season occurs from July to October. During and especially at the end of the dry season, water and vegetation are scarce, so the animals congregate around any remaining water sources. It is also a great time to combine a visit to the Rift Valley with a safari to the Masai Mara to view the tail end of the great wildebeest migration.


Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a 6,000-mile crack in the earth’s crust, and much of it is in Kenya. The Rift Valley boasts beautiful lakes and escarpments that provide havens for abundant wildlife. Lake Naivasha,

Lake Nakuru, and Lake Elementaita are the most well-known of the Rift Valley lakes. A Rift Valley safari offers a fascinating insight into Kenya’s cultural diversity and incredible landscapes alongside game viewing.

The location is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with vast flocks of flamingos wading alongside hippos and crocodiles. Travelers can expect to see leopards, white rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffes, and a variety of plains species.


Check out our Kenya’s Private Reserves or Active Kenya safari to experience the incredible game viewing East Africa offers in October.

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