When to visit Kenya

The best time to visit Kenya depends on what you want to experience. Let us break it down

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Kenya was the original birthplace of safari holidays, a diverse destination offering excellent game and great beaches. Home to the Masai Mara, 'the birthplace of safari' and home to the Big 5, this is undoubtedly one of Africa's most iconic destinations.

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Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in Kenya

For wildlife viewing, the dry season from June to October is ideal. During these months, animals gather around water sources, and the vegetation is thinner, making them easier to spot. Additionally, from July to October, you can witness the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara, where over a million wildebeests, zebras, and other animals migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Best Time for Beach Holidays in Kenya

For beach holidays, the dry seasons of January to February and June to October offer the best weather on the Kenyan coast, including popular destinations like Diani Beach, Malindi, and Lamu. These months provide sunny days and warm temperatures, perfect for relaxing on the beach and enjoying water activities.

Best Time to Avoid Crowds in Kenya

To avoid crowds and benefit from lower prices, you might consider visiting during the shoulder seasons in March or from late October to early December. These periods can offer good weather and fewer tourists, though there may be some rain, particularly in March and November. This is a great time to enjoy Kenya's attractions with more tranquility and affordability.

Best Overall Time to Visit Kenya

Overall, the months of January to February and June to October are generally dry and pleasant, making them ideal for various activities, including safaris, hiking, and beach holidays. These months provide the best conditions for exploring Kenya's diverse landscapes and experiencing its rich wildlife and culture.

the Great Migration

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

Safari & Beach

Either January and February or July to October. Generally speaking these times experience little rain. The safari conditions may be drier from July to October but the coast is hotter in January and February.

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