June is generally a nice, cool month. It is particularly quite cold during the wee hours of the morning, and when it’s dead in the night. The grass in the plains is still quite long, and the green color has just about started to fade.
Tourists are not as many around this time, thus the Mara is less busy and crowded. Many people seeking to travel to Kenya, particularly to the Masai Mara, assume that June is a dead month to watch game. However, this is one of the most dramatic time to visit the Game Reserve. Young ones born between December and February are quickly learning to stray away from their maternal confines, making easy prey. Watching a predator go after its meal for the day, is an epic experience, nature doing what it does best – survival for the fittest. Tourists in this month get to see the sighting of prey, the hunt and the feast.
The elephants, giraffe, zebra and the Cape buffalo are also one of the easy game to spot, due to the length of the grass. They are usually spread out across the reserve. It is a normal occurrence to see zebras and giraffe grazing outside our chalets at Mara West Camp. On occasional evenings, you can see the elephants start to move up from the Masai Mara Game Reserve to camp and in the middle of the night, you can hear them tramp across camp!
By the end of June, the Masai Mara has just begun drying up. The wildebeest migration is on its initial stages, and once in a while, although rare, tourists can spot a crossover of the first herds of the wildebeest.