January and February

  • This is high season in some of the parks which means it can get very crowded, especially in the popular Maasai 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 relentless
  • 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
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June to October

  • 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 is 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 safari lodge rates will also be at a premium and overcrowding can be overwhelming, especially in the more popular national reserves like Maasai Mara, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru

November to December

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Thunderstorm Brewing over Plains, Kenya

  • 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, with lots of predator action
  • Accommodation rates are lower and parks are less crowded
  • The rainy seasons are much more rewarding for keen birders

Year Round

  • The best wildlife viewing in Kenya takes place in the dry season from late June to October
  • The biggest wildlife event in Kenya is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration which reaches the Maasai Mara in July
  • The animals usually remain there until October when they start the trek back to the Serengeti in Tanzania
  • Game viewing is plentiful all year round in Kenya, depending on which area and reserve you wish to visit
  • Kenya's beautiful beaches are tropical and temperatures are great all year round
  • The temperature of the warm Indian Ocean remains consistent throughout the year
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