When to visit Kenya : The best month to visit Kenya are July through to September and December to February, these periods are the dry seasons in Kenya offering better conditions for safaris in Kenya’s various safari destinations and chances of wildlife sightings. Animals can easily be sighted as they congregate round the remaining water holes, also the vegetation cover is thin offering unparalleled views of the animals in the savannah grasslands.
Kenya’s Seasonality, at a glace
Kenya experiences two seasons that is dry season and wet season, the dry season is divided into two seasons that is long and short seasons. The long season is from June to October and is the best time to visit the country, generally when you visit Kenya in the dry season you are rewarded with the better game viewing sights.
From January to March, is a short dry season in Kenya, this period you are rewarded with beautiful landscapes following the rains while keeping mostly dry.
In November and December marks the short rainy season in Kenya and in this period, the country is particularly beautiful as plants are in bloom and there is a wealth of migratory birds.
The long rainy season takes place from April to May.
In Masai Mara national reserve, the dry season from June to October is the best time to visit the reserve to witness the wildebeest migration. If you visit the reserve during the wet seasons, you will enjoy benefit from cheaper rates and quite drives but you might get wet due to rains.
When is the best time to visit Kenya?
Kenya in January
January is a great time to visit Kenya, temperatures are high – about 30 °C and the skies are blue, January marks the middle of the short dry season that runs from December to February.
Conditions are great for safaris across Kenya, the humidity is surprisingly high this time of the year around 70%.
Kenya in February
February is one of the hottest and driest months in Kenya, February receives less rainfall than January which means humidity is lower so the days feel more pleasant and slightly less muggy.
Seasonal rates which will apply from December to February, this season coincides with higher traveler numbers.
Kenya in March
March marks the beginning of the wet season in Kenya with heavy, persistent rainfall which begins in March although these are intermittent and tend to increase in frequency as you get closer to April.
Conditions usually put safaris on hold, so it is perfectly fine to visit in March if it’s your only window of opportunity.
Kenya in April
April marks the start of the long rainy season in Kenya, April and May are typically the worst months to visit Kenya for a safari. Kenya in April receives an average of 230 mm of rainfall and over 80% humidity, rains tend to safaris and sometimes result in last minute cancellations of excursions.
In April, some lodges and safari camps are closed in April and May.
Kenya in May
May in Kenya is a peak of the rainy season and many lodges will be closed and there are long and heavy rains throughout the month.
Kenya in June
June marks the end of the rainy season after two months of heavy rain, in this month showers being to seize. Most lodges are open again and there is a good amount of sunshine and blue skies.
The benefit of visiting immediately after the rainy season is that Kenya is at its most beautiful, all flowers are in bloom and the country is verdant
June sees about 15 mm of rain on average compared to 120 mm in May.
Kenya in July
July is the start of the long dry season in Kenya and one of the best months to visit the country, the skies are blue and sun shining and the flowers are still in full bloom following the rainy season.
Seasonal rates will apply for July.
Kenya in August
August is the least humid month of the year in Kenya, this period is the best months to visit. Many of the smaller water holes dry up in August meaning the animals flock to the larger lakes for water which makes wildlife sightings much easier.
Kenya in September
Temperature remain high in September and chances of rain are low, this month is the last month of the long dry season as October is the beginning of the short wet season in Kenya.
Kenya in October
By the month of October, the dry season is officially over, conditions typically hold up for safaris in October. The first half of the month avoids most of the rain but showers begin to pick up as you edge closer to November.
Kenya in November
November is the start of the short rainy season in Kenya which runs until the end of the year, the month sees unpredictable showers and temperatures remain high leading to high humidity.
If you are traveling to Kenya in the month of November, you should bring waterproofs. Also visitors get to enjoy lower prices due to the decrease in the number of travelers in November.
Kenya in December
December is a great month to visit Kenya, the rains are typically short and seize off towards the end of the month.
In December, temperatures are pleasant and wildlife sightings are some of the best in December due to migratory patterns and mating seasons.
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