KENYA

OVERVIEW

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.

CAPITAL / Nairobi

CURRENCY / Kenyan shilling

WHEN TO VISIT

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Jan

A dry-season month, January has high inland and coastal temperatures, with only occasional rainfall – it’s one of the best times for viewing wildlife.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
81°F 50°F 42MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in January?

  • Days are hot and clear, but evening in Laikipia, Lewa and Mara can be cold
  • We’re in the dry season, so only occasional short spells of rain occur, usually in the afternoon
  • It’s getting hotter throughout the month, and the water temperature around Kenya’s coast averages to 81 degrees
  • Take layers for safari, including light waterproofs just in case

The Maasai Mara National Reserve receives just five days of rain in January and eight sunshine hours daily

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Feb

February’s hot and dry conditions are fantastic not only for classic vehicles and walking safaris but for horse riding and other activities too.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
81°F 50°F 42MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in February?

  • Days are clear and dry, with infrequent rainfall
  • We’re well into the dry season, though there are slim possibilities of cloud and rain on Diani Beach
  • The average water temperature for Diani and other coastal regions is 82 degrees
  • It can be cold at night so pack layers
  • The Maasai Mara National Reserve gets just three days of rain

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Mar

March starts quite humid, with high temperatures and good visibility of wildlife due to short grasses. Near the end of the month, the rains begin.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
82°F 52°F 95MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in March?

  • It can be hot and humid, especially in inland areas at the beginning of March
  • The season of long rains begins at the end of the month or beginning of April
  • Temperatures are moderately high but cool in the evening

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Apr Hover

Travel in April is not recommended due to heavy rains

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon May

May is characterized by the rains, which can make wildlife sightings challenging and reduced vehicle access through safari areas, but breathtakingly beautiful green landscapes.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
81°F 52°F 120MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in May?

  • Days and nights can rainy
  • We’re approaching the end of the long rains season, so it’s still very wet
  • Temperatures remain high, including in coastal areas, but cool at night
  • It’s recommended to have waterproofs available or a mixture of layers

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Jun

Emerging from the long rains, June is a great time of year to be on safari, with pleasant temperatures and low humidity and wildlife sightings increasing.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
79°F 50°F 20MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in June?

  • Days are comfortable and nights are occasionally cool at high altitudes
  • Drier and cooler conditions predominate as we emerge from the long rains
  • Temperatures are comfortable
  • It can be variable, so we suggest packing layers and a light waterproof coat
  • The Kusi monsoon sometimes brings rains at the beginning of June

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Jul

It’s Great Migration time! Come July the first herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles enter the Maasai Mara for the thrilling river crossings – and dry conditions are superb for safari everywhere.

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in July?

  • Both day and night temperatures are cooler and drier than June
  • The Maasai Mara National Reserve and Laikipia are chilly as they’re at higher altitudes than other safari areas

Morning and evening safaris we recommend layers of clothing

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Aug

August sees the Great Migration herds settling to graze in the Maasai Mara, and dry conditions ensure fantastic wildlife viewing throughout Kenya’s parks and reserves.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
81°F 50°F 25MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in August?

  • Days are sunny and hot, while nights are cool especially in higher areas
  • We’re in the dry season, and August is one of Kenya’s least humid months
  • Water temperatures hit on average 77 degrees
  • It’s hot enough for light layers
  • Coastal areas benefit from very little to no rainfall, and low humidity

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Sep

September brings the Great Migration herds grazing in the Maasai Mara, and there’s generally excellent wildlife viewing to enjoy during this dry-season month of the year.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
82°F 50°F 30MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in September?

  • Days are clear, with plenty of sunshine hours
  • It’s dry season, with only a small likelihood of rain
  • Temperatures increase as the month progresses
  • It’s hot enough for T-shirts and shorts or light trousers but still take layers for the evening

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Oct

October wildlife viewing is fantastic due to dry conditions, and the herds of the Great Migration are grazing in the Maasai Mara.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
82°F 52°F 20MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in October?

  • Days and nights are dry and clear
  • We’re in the dry season, so the likelihood of rainfall is very small
  • Temperatures are warm to very warm but cold in the evenings
  • It’s shorts and t-shirts or light trousers are appropriate choices

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Nov

Kenya’s short rains season begins in November – wildlife viewing may become more challenging near the end of November beginning of December. This is an excellent month to see newborn animals

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
82°F 51°F 105MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in November?

  • Days are hot however mornings and evenings become cooler near the end of the month
  • November marks the beginning of Kenya’s short rains season
  • Temperatures range from 75 to 86 degrees during the day
  • It’s hot enough for light layers, and you might like to bring a waterproof shell for late afternoon and evening rain

Best time to travel with African Safari Kingdom icon Dec

The short rains begin to clear from mid-December leading to January’s dry conditions. Consider celebrating the New Year in Kenya with the wildlife.

DAY TIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE NIGHT TIME MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AVERAGE RAINFALL AVERAGE DAYLIGHT
81°F 63°F 111MM 12 HOURS

What’s the weather going to be like in Kenya in December?

  • Days and nights are warm to hot when nearing the end of the month
  • The short rains season comes to an end in about mid-December, preparing the way for the dry conditions of January and February
  • Temperatures increase as the month progresses

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KENYA TOURS

Kenya Fly In Fly Out

from $5970 USD // 8 DAYS

See the best that Amboseli, Mt Meru, and Masai Mara national parks and game reserve has to offer from a bird’s eye view on this fly in fly out safari. You will have the opportunity to see all the wildlife Kenya has to offer, visit a Maasai village, take a walking tour with a Maasai escort, and enjoy a bush breakfast.  You will stay in luxury accommodations and enjoy three-course meals specially prepared by our chefs. You will also enjoy second to none service from all the people taking care of your every need.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing
Max 6 per vehicle/guide

Kenya & Tanzania

from $2415 USD  // 10 DAYS

Kenya’s famous Masai Mara National Park is host to large herds of zebra, giraffe, elephants, lions, wildebeest, gazelles, hippos, hyena, topi, warthogs, cheetah and 470 species of beautiful birds including the flamingo. It is also home to the great migration from July–October each year.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing
Max 6 per vehicle/guide

Kenya Bush & Beach Safari

from $2500 USD  // 11 DAYS

This is an excellent safari that offers an enchanting bush and beach experience. Setting out from Nairobi, this safari ventures into Amboseli National Park which offers unique game viewing opportunities against the backdrop of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. From here, the safari goes southeast into rugged Tsavo East National Park, home of the famed man-eaters. After 4 nights in the wild, the safari heads down to Diani Beach on the south coast 5 night to enjoy some sun, sand, and sea. Wildlife Highlights: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe, black and white rhino.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing

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