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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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Kenya in 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 from the November & December rains. A great time to travel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

See the Great Migration

From July to September, during the country's dry season, you will find the famous Great Migration in the Masai Mara.

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.

Kenya in September

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.

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. The land is drier at this time of year with short grass and higher daytime temperatures.

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.

Kenya in December

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.

Safari & Beach

Either January & February or July to November. Generally speaking these times experience little rain. The safari conditions may be a little drier fromJuly to November, but the beach is hotter in January and February.

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