Seasons and Weather
Kenya is a year-round destination, however it broadly follows four main seasons. January to March is hot and dry, then the climate becomes hot and wet with the arrival of the ‘long rains’ from April to June. This is followed by a warm and dry period from July to October, before the ‘short rains’ and warm and wet weather is observed in November and early December.
Generally, the best time to visit Kenya is in either of the two dry seasons, from January to March or July to October. Given the nature of the dry season, wildlife spotting is at its best at this time. Vegetation is sparser, making distance viewing a lot easier. Plus, the animals tend to gather around waterholes as well as rivers and lakes, so finding them is also much easier.
The main tourist seasons tend to tie in with the dry seasons, with the biggest influx of visitors from December to January and July to August.
Kenya’s two rainy seasons, from April to June and November to December, aren’t considered great for wildlife viewing. However, the rains transform the country’s scenery with the landscape becoming lush and emerald green, making for some beautiful photography. Migratory birds are also present from September to April, so keen bird watchers shouldn’t be put off by the showers.
As the wetter months also coincide with low tourism seasons, rates can drop for accommodation and tours, as well as the safari parks seeing much fewer crowds.
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