å When to Visit Kenya
Best time to visit Kenya: a breakdown of the various seasons to give you an idea of when to go and what to pack.
January and February
This is high season in some of the parks which can get very crowded, especially in the Masaai Mara, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru areas. The temperatures are usually milder and there’s less rain in general.
March to May
This is the low or green season which experiences the highest rainfall. Some of the lodges and camps close down during these months as the roads become impassable with the heavy rains which can be continuous. The skies are also often overcast and cloudy. The bush is lush and green and birdlife is at its most prolific. Rates are often better and the parks are less crowded. While Kenya’s beaches are good all year round, bear in mind that coastal temperatures and rainfall are highest at this time of the year.
June to October
This is arguably the best time to visit as the weather is great and there is little to no rainfall. It’s the dry season and game are easy to spot as they gather around available water sources and rivers. The bush is less dense and the grasses are trampled down making visibility good. It’s also the time when the Great Migration is most active – particularly from mid-August to late October. Please note that rates at the safari lodges will also be at a premium and overcrowding can be overwhelming, especially in the more popular public reserves like Masai Mara,Amboseli and Lake Nakuru.
November to December
The start of the early rains. Once again, the bush transforms into a lush, green paradise and birds, especially migratory ones, flock to the area. It’s also birthing season and you’re likely to see plenty of babies in the wild. Accommodation rates are also lower and the parks are less crowded. The rainy seasons are much better for keen birders.
The best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are those of the dry season, from late June to October. The biggest wildlife event in Kenya is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration. This reaches the Masai Mara in July and the animals usually remain there until about October, when they start moving back to the Serengeti in Tanzania once more.
However, there is plentiful, year-round game viewing in Kenya; depending on which area and which park you wish to visit. What’s more, Kenya’s beautiful beaches are tropical and great all year round, lapped by the tropical Indian Ocean.