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When to Go to Kenya

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When to Go to Kenya

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By Matthys van Aswegen

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Choosing the best time to visit Kenya can significantly enhance your safari and beach experiences. Here’s a detailed guide to help you decide when to go based on weather patterns, wildlife viewing, and overall conditions:

Dry Season (June to October)

View of snow capped Mount Kenya in Kenya.
View of snow-capped Mount Kenya in Kenya.

Overview: The dry season is the best time to visit Kenya for safaris and beach holidays. The weather is cool and dry, making it ideal for wildlife viewing and exploring the beautiful beaches along the Kenyan coast. 

Weather:
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F), while nighttime temperatures can drop to 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F).
  • Rainfall: This period sees very little rain, resulting in clear skies and excellent wildlife viewing conditions. 
Activities:
  • Safaris: Ideal for game drives in Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo National Parks.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Animals congregate around water sources, making it easier to spot the Big Five.
  • Beach Holidays: Perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports in Diani and Malindi. 
Pros:
  • Cool, dry weather perfect for safaris.
  • High wildlife concentrations around water sources.
  • Clear skies and warm beaches. 
Cons:
  • Higher visitor numbers due to peak tourist season.
  • Prices for accommodation and tours may be higher. 

Recommended Tours: Explore our Dry Season Kenya Safari Package for the best wildlife and beach experiences.

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Short Rainy Season (November to December)

Elephants at Ewaso Nyiro river, Samburu National Park, Kenya
Elephants at Ewaso Nyiro river, Samburu National Park, Kenya

Overview: The short rainy season features brief showers that quickly give way to sunny skies. This period is perfect for those looking to enjoy Kenya with fewer tourists and greener landscapes. 

Weather:
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 24°C to 30°C (75°F to 86°F), with warm, humid conditions.
  • Rainfall: Short, sporadic showers with plenty of sunshine in between. 
Activities:
  • Bird Watching: Migratory birds arrive, making it a great time for bird enthusiasts.
  • Quieter Safaris: Enjoy less crowded parks and attractions.
  • Cultural Tours: Explore local villages and experience Kenyan culture. 
Pros:
  • Lush, green landscapes.
  • Fewer tourists and lower prices.
  • Excellent time for bird watching. 
Cons:
  • Occasional rain showers may interrupt outdoor activities.
  • Higher humidity. 

Recommended Tours: Check out our Short Rainy Season Kenya Package for a quieter, more intimate safari experience. 

Ngare Serian

Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cozy and intimate. It can only...

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Ol Donyo Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising of 111,000 hectares...

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Fairview Hotel

Owned and managed by three generations of one family since 1946, the Fairview stands out as...

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Long Rainy Season (March to May)

Wildebeest crossing the Mara river during the annual Great Migration, Kenya.
Wildebeest crossing the Mara river during the annual Great Migration, Kenya.

Overview: The long rainy season is characterized by heavy and consistent rainfall. This period is best for budget travelers and those who enjoy lush, green landscapes. 

Weather:
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 22°C to 28°C (72°F to 82°F), with warm, humid conditions.
  • Rainfall: Expect heavy and frequent showers, often lasting for several hours. 
Activities:
  • Lush Scenery: The parks’ vegetation flourishes, making them incredibly green and beautiful.
  • Low Tourist Numbers: Enjoy a more peaceful and intimate experience with fewer visitors.
  • Affordable Rates: Lower prices on accommodation and tours.
 Pros:
  • Vibrant, lush landscapes.
  • Fewer tourists, offering a more exclusive experience.
  • Lower prices for accommodation and activities. 
Cons:
  • Heavy rainfall may disrupt outdoor plans.
  • Higher humidity and increased mosquito activity. 

Recommended Tours: Discover our Long Rainy Season Kenya Package for a budget-friendly, lush safari experience.

Ngare Serian

Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cozy and intimate. It can only...

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Ol Donyo Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising of 111,000 hectares...

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Fairview Hotel

Owned and managed by three generations of one family since 1946, the Fairview stands out as...

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Hot Season (January to March)

African lion couple and safari jeep in the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Overview: The hot season is the warmest time of the year in Kenya, with high temperatures and occasional short showers. This period is perfect for beach lovers and watersport enthusiasts. 

Weather:
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 28°C to 35°C (82°F to 95°F), with warm nights.
  • Rainfall: Mostly dry with occasional short showers. 
Activities:
  • Warm Waters: Ideal for swimming, diving, and snorkeling along the Kenyan coast.
  • Marine Excursions: Excellent time for dolphin watching and exploring coral reefs.
  • Festivals: The Lamu Cultural Festival in February is a vibrant cultural event. 
Pros:
  • Perfect for beach activities and water sports.
  • Warm, sunny days with occasional rain for a refreshing break.
  • Vibrant cultural festivals. 
Cons:
  • High temperatures and humidity can be intense.
  • Higher prices and more tourists compared to the long rainy season. 

Recommended Tours: Experience our Hot Season Kenya Package for a sun-soaked adventure.

Ngare Serian

Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cozy and intimate. It can only...

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Ol Donyo Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising of 111,000 hectares...

Luxury

Fairview Hotel

Owned and managed by three generations of one family since 1946, the Fairview stands out as...

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Key Considerations for Each Month:

Tsavo National Park in Kenya
Tsavo National Park in Kenya
June to October (Dry Season):
  • June: The start of the dry season; perfect for safaris and beach holidays.
  • July to September: Peak safari season with excellent wildlife viewing.
  • October: End of the dry season; great for beach activities and wildlife spotting.
November to May (Wet Season):
  • November: Short rains begin; greener landscapes and fewer tourists.
  • December to February: Warm temperatures with occasional rains; ideal for birdwatching and water sports.
  • March to May: Long rains; lush landscapes and fewer tourists.

Each season in Kenya offers unique experiences and opportunities for visitors. Whether you’re looking to witness the Great Migration, relax on stunning beaches, or explore vibrant cultural festivals, there’s a perfect time for every type of adventure in Kenya.

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