When is the Best Time to Visit Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry season from June to October.
I personally traveled to Kenya in the middle to late July, and I found the temperature perfect, amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, and endless activities to do!
June to October is also known as Kenya’s winter season, so the mornings are quite chilly, and the afternoons are dry and hot.
When traveling to Kenya in June to October, it’s best to pack at least 1-2 warm jackets and plenty of layers that you can easily take off. Try to wear natural or earth colors (such as brown, green, and khaki) that can easily hide sweat and dust.
Overall, the temperatures average around the low 50’s °F to high 70s °F, with plenty of clear beautiful days. Which is perfect weather for game drives.
From the end of July to the middle of October is the best time to see the great wildebeest migration. Where over two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles travel from the Serengeti to Masai Mara.
This is truly one of the coolest sights to see and will take your breath away!
During the dry months, you can enjoy some of the best activities to do in Kenya such as viewing the great migration, going on nature hikes, and hot air balloon safaris.
Since traveling to Kenya from June to October is considered the peak tourist season, it is also the most expensive time to travel to Kenya. So if you’re looking to travel on a budget, then I recommend traveling during the off-season.
When is the Cheapest Time to Visit Kenya?
The cheapest times to visit Kenya are during the rainy seasons from mid-March to June and November to December.
You can avoid peak season and take advantage of lower safari prices.
From March to April, you can expect around 1-12” of rain. Although it’s rainy, the downpours are often short and followed by clear weather.
Just keep in mind that due to the wet conditions especially in March and April, you may be limited from some activities or parks. But if the roads aren’t flooded then you can still enjoy game drives and cultural tours.
The great thing about traveling during the wet season is that Kenya will become a lush green landscape with birds migrating to Kenya. So you can take awesome pictures of the landscape or of the birds!
Best Time to Go on a Safari in Kenya
- Best Wildlife Viewing: June to October
- Best time to see the Great Migration: Late July to Early September
- Best Time to Visit Kenya Beaches: October to January
- Best Time for Green Landscape Photography: November to May
- Best Time for Bird Watching: November to May
- Cheapest Time for Budget Safari: November to May
While I update this article frequently to provide you with the most accurate information, temperatures, rainfall, and seasons are subject to change based on local weather and climate changes.
Month by Month Weather Guide for Traveling to Kenya:
January in Kenya:
January is in the summer months in Kenya and offers dry weather and hot temperatures.
The average temperatures in these areas are around 30°C (86°F), ideal for soaking up the sun in the coastal areas like Mombasa and Diani Beach.
You can enjoy clear views of wildlife, as the animals tend to walk towards watering holes.
February in Kenya:
February has similar temperatures to January as the weather is good for enjoying safaris. Day temperatures can average around 83°F. So you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as climbing Mount Kenya with warm temperatures and minimal rainfall.
During February, you may experience mild conditions in the central highlands and hotter temperatures along the coast. While it’s dry overall, you may experience occasional showers. So it’s best to bring a rain jacket for any planned outdoor activity.
March in Kenya:
March is typically the end of the summer season and the official start of the heaviest rain season, also called masika.
Game drives may be tougher due to the wet conditions. You also have to be careful of closed roads due to muddy or wet conditions. During this wet season, you’ll find fewer visitors so you can enjoy more space and at generally lower costs.
April in Kenya:
April is known as the wettest month of the year. However, due to all the rain, Kenya’s landscapes turn from dry to lush green. Which is perfect for any photographer looking to capture the green beauty.
If you enjoy birdwatching, then you will enjoy the wet season in Kenya. As the heavy rain provides tons of food opportunities for birds migrating from Europe or other parts of Africa.
May in Kenya:
By May, you may still experience heavy rain, but it also marks the beginning of the Winter Season. During this time, you can enjoy the inland or center regions.
Along the coast, you may experience more showers and cloudier conditions.
If you’re traveling to Kenya during this wet season from March to May, then you will enjoy fewer crowds and plenty more budget-friendly opportunities. Plus, you can enjoy tons of bird-watching opportunities and be able to take pictures of Kenya’s green landscapes.
June in Kenya:
By June, the rainy season has typically finished and you may experience some colder weather around the middle 50 to 70 F.
June is also the start of the dry season and offers the best ‘Out of Africa’ safari experiences. Due to the generally dry conditions, you can easily spot animals along major water sources.
June is an ideal time to explore Kenya’s national parks and reserves, with temperate weather and clear skies enhancing your safari adventure.
July in Kenya:
July marks the start of the Great Migration in the Masai Mara. During the great wildebeest migration, you can view millions of zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles traveling from the Serengeti to Masai Mara. This truly a special time in Kenya and it’s when I personally traveled to Kenya this past summer.
July has cold mornings and evenings, but during the day, the temperatures are dry and hot.
These are comfortable conditions for game drives and an excellent opportunity for wildlife photography.
August in Kenya:
August temperatures are similar to the ones in July. However, during August you can enjoy the peak of the Great Migration.
With pleasant day temperatures, you can have a comfortable safari experience and witness dramatic wildlife scenes around the Mara River crossing.
During June to August: I would highly recommend wearing a warm jacket or hoodie in the morning and evenings. If you like the cold, then you should be fine in a regular outfit.
During the day, try to wear something that you can easily take off into layers or have pants that zip off into shorts. Especially, if you’re prone to overheating and sweat a lot, then please be careful as the conditions can get very hot and sunny during mid-day.
Since June-August is considered the dry season, you will have tons of dust on you. So I would recommend packing earth colors(brown, green, khaki, etc) that won’t easily show dust or sweat.
September in Kenya:
In the middle of September, the winter season comes to an end.
During September, you can still enjoy excellent conditions for wildlife viewing and it’s a great time to explore different regions and enjoy varied safari activities.
October in Kenya:
In October the migratory herds begin to leave the Masai Mara. However, you still have plenty of opportunities to see other animals, such as the Big 5.
October is one of Kenya’s shoulder seasons, so you can enjoy fewer crowds and better prices. You can expect temperatures in the upper 70s to low 90s.
November in Kenya:
In November, Kenya begins its short rainy season, known as ‘vuli’. Typically the rain showers are brief as plenty of parks stay open and the game drives continue.
Since there are fewer tourists, you can have a more intimate experience with nature while enjoying budget-friendly prices. Plus, the reduced crowds mean lower prices, so it’s kinder on your budget too.
Thankfully, due to the rain, you can have less dust in the air with greener landscapes. So your pictures will come out more stunning!
December in Kenya:
December has occasional rain showers, but the temperatures begin to heat up. December is actually known to be the start of the summer season, so you can enjoy tons of beach activities along Kenya’s coast.
Since the temperature begins to warm up, tons of bird species migrate to Kenya, so you also have a unique opportunity to do tons of birdwatch activities.
The best time to visit Kenya to view the great migration is during the dry season from June to October.
If you prefer taking stunning pictures of green landscapes or of migratory birds, then November to December and from March to April is an excellent time to travel.
As you start planning your next adventure in Kenya, I encourage you to look at these best travel groups for singles. Many of these tour groups offer great trips to Kenya as you have to do very little to no planning on your side.