When to visit Kenya
The birthplace of safari
Kenya was the original birthplace of safari holidays, a diverse destination offering excellent game and great beaches. Home to the Maasai Mara and the stunning Laikipia Plateau, this is undoubtedly one of Africa's top safari destinations.
January & February
Temperatures are at their highest at this time of year, making it a wonderful time to be on the coast. On safari you might have the odd shower to cool things down, while the landscape is lush with long grass post the November rains. A great time to travel.
March to June
The wet season approaches in mid to late March and when it rains, it can pour. It can get hot also. If you are not a regular safari-goer, we suggest not visiting in April or May. By June the rains are over for the most part and the long dry season starts with tall post rain grass present.
July & August
The temperatures are enjoyable and mostly dry, making it one of the best times to visit. Incredible game viewing can be enjoyed now with the Great Migration reaching the Masai Mara. There's lots of action at the river crossings, as countless wildebeests make a risky dash across the crocodile-infested mara river.
The weather is dry and starts to warm. The game viewing action continues. The wildlife is excellent and the school holidays are over (thus less busy). A great time to travel.
The early rains may or may not show their face, however it is a great time to travel if you want to avoid busy crowds yet still have excellent game viewing opportunities. The land is drier at this time of year with short grass and higher daytime temperatures.
The short rains start and the temperatures increase. Spots like the Mara remain open. However, further north in the Laikipia Plateau, many camps are closed.
The start of the month has a higher chance of rain, which normally dies out by the end of the month. In the Masai Mara wildlife viewing remains very good. The weather at the coast is lovely and hot, making it a popular Christmas and New Year destination - though please book well in advance.