Best Time To Visit Kenya
Did you know around half of Kenya is positioned on each side of the equator? This means Kenya's climate doesn't have as clear-cut a 'wet' and 'dry' season as other African destinations, with the 'dry season' experiencing a period of short rains, and the 'wet season' sandwiching a short dry time. To ensure you have the best experience possible, it's important to time your journey around how you want to spend your days, what you want to see, what kind of safari experience you want, and of course what kind of weather you want to enjoy.
Green Season: November to May
During the green season Kenya's landscapes erupt with colour, with indigenous flora and fauna blooming. Wildlife make the most of the natural coverage and baby animals are born. When it comes to weather, rain is minimal except for the months of March to May. January to mid-March is known as a 'short dry season' and rains are typically short, heavy showers in the afternoon and temperatures are mild which makes game drives pleasant. This is also one of the best times of the year for snorkelling and diving. These months also see less crowds in popular safari areas and more accessible pricing.
Highlights: Beautiful scenery, animal births, migratory birds, lesser visitor numbers and low season prices.
Remember: Seasonal camps may be closed.
Dry Season: June to October
August to October are the best months to visit the Maasai Mara and its surrounding reserves as this is when the iconic Great Migration is moving through. With clear skies, this is a great time to enjoy other activities like walking safaris, or cultural experiences.
Highlights: Great Migration, visible game viewing, iconic migration river crossings and predator activity.
Remember: Most popular destinations can get crowded.
Peak Season: July to October & December to January
Peak season (or high season) refers to the time when most people travel to Kenya. This results in accommodations being under heavy demand and prices are at a high. Peak season typically lasts from July to October, and over the festive season in December and January.
Highlights: Great Migration, game viewing and dry days.
Remember: Consider organising trips well in advance to avoid limited availability at the best properties.