When to Go to Kenya
Kenya by Season
Kenya’s climate varies depending on whereabouts in Kenya you go. The coast experiences a tropical climate, with high temperatures and high chance of rain, while inland the climate is drier, with significant temperature differences between day and night. Don’t forget too that even Nairobi is at an altitude of 1,798m, and so experiences the cold nights typical of mountain cities. To help you choose when to travel, we’ve split the year in half:
June to October
Although the June to October period is known as the dry season, in Kenya, rains are possible at any time of year, so it’s best to be prepared. The dry season is cooler than the wet though, with temperatures averaging 28°C and night-times getting pretty chilly, so do wrap up if you go on a night safari. September and October see strong winds on Kenya’s coast, bringing higher waves than the rest of the year.
Wildebeest Migration: from mid-July to late October, get yourself down to the Masai Mara and look out for the dramatic sight of huge herds of wildebeest migrating across the plains.
Safari in general: June to October’s dry season is the peak game viewing period in Kenya, so if it’s wildlife you’re after, now’s the time to visit one of the country’s national parks.
November to May
The rains arrive in Kenya in November; temperatures rise into the high twenties and the land turns green. November, April and May are especially wet months, with many safari camps closing at this time. From January to March the rains ease up a little, and temperatures rise further, reaching the low thirties. This is a good time to spot wildlife though, despite the tall grasses caused by the rains.
Beaches: October, November, March and April are the best times for lazing on Kenya’s beaches. The seas are calm with a gentle breeze, creating the ideal conditions for diving and snorkelling.
Birds: The rains may reduce visitor numbers but they increase bird numbers, so if birdwatching is your thing, now’s the time to come. Look out for huge flocks of pink flamingos in Lake Nakuru.