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Kenya During The Long Wet


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#1 marsden73

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:25 AM

I'm hoping to get over to Kenya sooner rather than later to shoot in Aboselli, in fact there is a chance I may have to do this work during the long wet season. I haven't been to Kenya since I was a child and so I was wondering if I could seek the advice on this forum of photographers who haveworked overthere.

How wet is it? Is it pouring everyday making camping impossible and shooting a miserable experience?

Quality of light as we all know is often better during overcast days, is this true of Kenya during the long wet? Do we have the great sky softboz working at this time of year?
Finally, I have to get the mountain in the background. Is this going to happen during the long wet or can I forget even glimpsing the mountain?

Anyone who can answer these concerns will be my instant best buddy for life.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:32 AM

Probably no one will be able to adequately answer this as it is a movable feast. Seeing Kili is hard to predict and sometimes in the wet you will get clear days and lots of snow on the peak which makes for great pictures but you need time up your sleeve. In my experience, much of the rainfall is at night and sometimes heavy, sporadic down pours during the day. I haven't had a complete day's wash out but I'm sure it happens. Camping in the wet may be interesting, if you are staying in dome tents! Overcast skies are helpful as are stormy skies if you like landscapes. Sunny, blue skies are a bit boring in my opinion. The rains are unpredictable these days so you almost have to take your chances.

I'm sure others will have a better opinion.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:48 PM

Thanks for this and apologies for the late reply. It would seem that camping is out of the question during the long wet however, the prospects for photography sound good and yes, I do have a bit of time up my sleeve. Thanks again.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:15 PM

I have yet to encounter anyone who went in the wet season and said it was awful, the light was terrible, it rained all the time, and we saw no animals. I recall a few years back during floods in December that people were stuck in the mud for the better part of the day. Much scarier and far more tragic, in Samburu a flood destroyed properties one February as I recall and several local people lost their lives.

After a heavy rain, everything is more clear, including Kili probably.



As Twaffle says, camping would offer new challenges should the skies let loose often and for lengthy periods.

If the prospects are go during the rainy season or don't go, I'd go any time of year.
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