Written on 23/07/2018 by Stephen
This is the question that usually comes to the mind of anybody planning to come to Kenya on a safari or holiday. There is no simple answer to this question.
Many factors will determine the time that a person chooses to visits Kenya for holiday or safari. The factors could range from:
- School holidays, if traveling with children.
- Your budget. Peak seasons are expensive than low seasons.
- Your interest. Which type of safari are you interested in
- What time are you free.
- And many other factors
When planning to come to Kenya, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect during the period you will be traveling.
The tourism season in Kenya is roughly divided into 3 categories.
- Shoulder season
This is the period between November to March. There are usually short rains between November to December. January to March is usually rainless with hot weather. Hotel rates are slightly lower.
- Low season
This is the period between April to June. Around this time there is heavy rainfall ending in the early June. Hotel rates are at their lowest
- Peak season
This is the period between July to October. This is long dry season is from which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. Hotel rates and other costs are at their highest.
Weather through the year
January: The sky is clear; the days are hot and nights warm making this month a popular time for safaris and good for diving and snorkelling.
February: Continuation of the long dry season , less grass and wildlife gathering close to water points, this is still a good time for a safari and staying in hotels near water point comes with advantage.
March: Hot and Humid weather, good diving and snorkelling conditions at the start of the month, onset of rains.
April: Lower temperature, heavy rains. Advisable to use 4×4 a jeep for safari. Predators avoid wet grass and are regularly seen on the tracks.
May: There is a lot of vegetation around making it ideal for photography. Predators hide on the long grass and grazers are scattered in the vast parks and reserves
June: Rains cease and give way to cloudy, cooler weather, making for very comfortable conditions, especially in the highlands. Sometimes wildebeest migration starts towards the end of this month.
July This is the coldest month in Kenya. Wildebeest starts arriving in from Serengeti. This is a very busy month in terms of tourism. Most of the hotels in Masai Mara are fully booked.
August The temperature is pleasant and mostly dry. The wildebeest and Zebra have filled Masai providing lots of action. Still a very busy time and getting accommodation in Hotels becomes a challenge.
September This is the start of, dry weather with little chance of rain. The game viewing action continues in the Mara, and it is still excellent throughout Kenya for wildlife.
October There are some light rains. It’s a lovely time to travel if you want to avoid the crowds but still have excellent game viewing opportunities. The migratory herds are leaving the Masai Mara, but excellent resident populations remain. All other Kenya destinations are great at this time of year. It’s also good for diving and snorkelling.
November The short rains are starting and the temperature is hotter. There is still good game viewing under the heavier skies and activities continue. Crowds are fewer and you can get good deals on this month.
December The end of the year can be hot and potentially wet. It is still great time to view wildlife with high number of birds present in places like Lake Nakuru.
We have been taking people on safari throughout the year. Every time they come back with great stories of what they have seen on safari. This proves that Kenya is ideal country to visit all year round. I hope this guide will help you decide the best time for you to visit Kenya.