Edison Komora, assistant general manager at Elewana Tortilis Camp in Amboseli National Park, talks about the advantages of going on safari in Kenya or Tanzania during the Green Season that comes at the end of the year (November-December).
What are the main advantages of traveling to East Africa in Green Season?
EK: There are a surprising number of benefits from traveling during the green season compared to the dry season. No crowds is the obvious one. That means guests get a more focused and peaceful time with the animals. There are also big savings to be had, so this is the time to take advantage of the deals on offer.
What can guests expect from the weather?
EK: Amboseli is warm and humid during this time, although the evenings are a bit cold. Visitors can expect rain showers, especially in the afternoons.
EK: This is the time animals are giving birth due to plenty of food on offer. There are a lot of babies around everywhere, which in itself is very magical. We also tend to get a lot of migratory birds around during this time and so many different types of fascinating insects.
What are the highlights in Amboseli during Green Season?
EK: The scenery during this time is amazing, with Kilimanjaro showing herself most days. There is more snow on the peak after the rains compared to the rest of the year. That, combined with the lush greenery around it, makes it one of the most amazing sights to wake up to.
Is there anything special the camp arranges at this time?
EK: We definitely encourage guests to take a nature walk, as there are more birds, insects and plants flowering, so it can be very interesting. The weather is more pleasant for a walk, as it is not as hot as the dry season.
What’s your advice on packing for the Green Season?
EK: Amboseli is generally warm, so light clothing is good during the day. Although a few warm jumpers are also advisable, as some of the early mornings and evenings can be cold. After the rains, we tend to have more insects and bugs especially in the evenings, so long sleeves and trousers are highly recommended for the evenings.