The Best Time to Visit Kenya For Safari Holidays
The Kenyan climate and weather are perfect for your next African Safari and beach holiday. The moderate to equatorial temperatures mean that you are comfortable during your daytime game drives and other outdoor activities such as game walks, Massai Community Visits, and many others.
In the evenings and early mornings, you may only need a light jacket or warm fleece to prevent yourself from the slightly cooler temperatures in the Great Rift Valley highlands. Temperatures and rainfall levels fluctuate throughout the year.
The best time to go on safari in Kenya is anytime between January and March as well as June to October. These Months offer hot weather that prompts wildlife to be seen easily. Travel in early September and you can almost guarantee that your trip will coincide with the famous wildebeest migration across the Masai Mara.
That said, Kenya is brimming with wildlife throughout the year, so it’s tough to go wrong. Visit at another time of year and you’ll avoid peak season and get more of a wilderness experience. Visit Kenya in winter, from October to May, to see birds in full breeding colors.
Month by Month Kenya Safari Guide – Month-by-month guide for traveling in Kenya
The rainy seasons are also good times to visit Kenya, as there are fewer visitors and you can enjoy the green vegetation in any Kenyan Park. December to January to March, in particular, is a great time to travel to Kenya, since the rains are short and you have the chance to see newborn animals and migratory bird species. Only the peak of the ‘long rains’ in March, April, and May are very wet.
January to March
We have always recommended our guests visit Kenya between January to March since the temperatures are hot, favoring wildlife sightings in the different Kenya National Parks. The months of January to March make it easy to spot big cats and also get a chance to see a hunt like in Masai Mara.
April to June
This is a very wet and humid season. The long rains in Kenya start from late March to June, these rains are known as Masika. The months of April to June are a bit difficult to visit East Africa, especially Kenya and Tanzania for safari since the access roads and even wildlife sightings become hard to spot.
July to October
It’s one of the best times to visit Kenya and there is a better and more favorable climate to spot wildlife. The plains are filled with grass and enough food for wildlife. It coincides with the great wildebeest migration where more than 8000 Wildebeests migrate from the South of Serengeti to Northern Serengeti into Masai Mara.
The weather is generally dry. The game-viewing action continues in the Mara, and it is still excellent throughout Kenya for wildlife.
November to December
It’s a wet and humid season from November to December. Although it’s a short rainy season, it’s a good time to visit Kenya for safari holidays and enjoy lots of activities and wildlife sightings. Visiting parks like Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks can be well explored during these months. Towards the end of December, the month gets hot as January comes in.
The end of the year can be hot and potentially wet — it’s the middle of the short rains, with some camps closed (particularly in the north) and some open. Where camps are open, wildlife viewing remains very good, with high bird numbers present.
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