Best time 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.

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Visiting Kenya in January & February

The Southern hemisphere summer is an excellent time to visit. Temperatures are high, though with the odd shower to cool things down, while the landscape is lush with long grass from the November & December rains. The days are hot and sunny on the coast and the sea at its best.

Visiting Kenya in March, April and May

The wet season approaches, and when it rains, it can pour. It can get very hot also. If you are not a regular safari-goer, we suggest not visiting at this time of year.

Visiting Kenya in June

The rains are over -for the most part- although some light showers are still possible, and the nights are cool. The long dry season is ahead, and although the grasses are high, making the game harder to spot at times, it is a lovely time to visit.

Visiting Kenya in July

The weather is warm and dry but not too dusty, making this an excellent time to visit. The first herds of The Great Migration arrive into the Masai Mara from Tanzania's Serengeti, and peak game-viewing season begins.

Visiting Kenya in 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 at its height in 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.

Best time for safari

Generally from July to September, during the country's dry season, which coincides with the famous Great Migration (of wildebeest and zebra).

Coast for Christmas?

December is a particularly good time to be at Kenya's coast. It's hotter and the coast is seaweed free, and the Christmas spirit is noticeably in full flow.

Visiting Kenya in September

The weather is dry. The game viewing action continues. The wildlife is excellent. A great time to travel.

Visiting Kenya in October

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.

Visiting Kenya in November

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.

Visiting Kenya in December

The year end can be hot and possibly wet. It's the middle of the short rains and some camps closed. Where camps are open however, wildlife viewing remains very good. The weather at the coast is lovely and hot, making it a popluar Christmas and New Year destination.

Safari & Beach

July and August. Safari conditions are at their optimum and the coastal areas experience low humidity and little to no rainfall at this time - perfect sunbathing conditions.

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