Kenya: When to Go

Sitting on the equator, Kenya enjoys a temperate climate and is pretty much a year-round destination. 

Many guests prefer to time their safari to attempt to catch the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra as they descend on the Mara plains with predators in close pursuit. The migration can take place any time starting from July and ending in November but this is a natural phenomenon and the timing depends on the rains, so lady luck does need to be on your side. The most productive months are August to October.

June to September is also one of the best times to visit other parks in Kenya, along with January to March which are also dry months. With a scarcity of water during the dry seasons, animals tend to congregate around rivers, waterholes and lakes so become easier to find – and in larger numbers. Also visibility is improved as vegetation dies back. January to March is also an excellent time to enjoy Kenya’s spectacular bird life.

July and August are the coolest months, and are often overcast (especially in the morning, and at the coast). December to mid March is the hottest time of the year.

Many safari lodges and camps will close during the “long rains” in April and May. The short rains are in October / November and can result in animals dispersing over a much wider area once water becomes readily available.

Coastal areas enjoy a tropical climate, steadily hot for most of the year with long hours of sunshine. Peak season is November to February when the beach resorts provide a welcome retreat from the Northern Hemisphere winter.