When To Go To Kenya

Kenya has a great climate for safaris for most of the year, however the best time to visit is between June and October when the weather is hot but not humid and where the game viewing is excellent. Kenya is also a great winter sun option, however it can be very humid between October and May. The major rainy season to avoid is in April and May when the camps are generally closed. There is also a shorter rainy season that tends to fall during November and December however; most camps remain open during these months.

The Best Time to Visit Kenya


The short rainy season in November and December can be a good time to travel as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking abundance of flora on offer. The longer rains also occur alongside the calving season so if you brave the wet, you are guaranteed a front row seat to watching these births.

If you are a keen birder, migratory bird species visit between September and April where they endure the short rains yet leave before the long rains come. After these rains, the dry season commences in June, but to begin with game is widely dispersed due to the abundance of vegetation and water. As the dry season progresses, game becomes more concentrated around water points and viewing becomes easier.

 

The Best Time to go on Safari in Kenya and When to See The Great Migration


In summary, Kenya is great to visit all year round, especially during the dry season from June until October, but be cautious of visiting during the main rainy season in April and May. In July the large herds of wildebeest enter the Masai Mara from the Serengeti providing a stunning backdrop of your East African safari. With the high concentration of prey arriving and the low vegetation levels, the predator sightings become more frequent and drama is never far away. The herds leave the Masai Mara in late October before the long rains occur.

 

Kenya

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 323232312928282829293131
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 232324242321212121222323
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 999878789999
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 537141913141312121212
Rainfall (mm) 291758176275104836466899663

Masai Mara Reserve

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 272827262525252527272727
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 121212131312111111121212
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 998778778888
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 131417231912101212141715
Rainfall (mm) 969914620815593588297101153115

Samburu

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313232313030292931322929
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 161718181816161617181816
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 998888778878
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 758169455491812
Rainfall (mm) 36369327913510571016223082

Indian Ocean Mainland

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 323233313029282829303132
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 232424242321202021222323
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 9109868789999
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 648151912141312121312
Rainfall (mm) 301768181270977665638610266

Lamu

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313232323029282829303132
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 242525262523232323242424
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 9998888991099
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 4371215121297897
Rainfall (mm) 7332135299145824147374225

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