THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KENYA
Best time to go on a Kenya safari: To best answer this question of when is the best time to visit Kenya, there are several other questions that arise and as well require answers such as what to do and see on a Kenya safari at different period of time and many other questions that may follow under the same category. However, most tourist enjoying visiting Kenya during the months of June, July, August, September and October which all falls under the dry season in Kenya and some other parts of East Africa including Uganda and Kenya. This is considered the best time for wildlife viewing safari in Kenya and across East Africa. However, this doesn’t mean that wildlife is only viewed in these months. No, tourists can enjoy wildlife viewing safaris in Kenya all year round regardless of the season. Apart from wildlife viewing safari, Kenya has a whole lots of tourist activities to engage in all year round.
Let’s take a look at the best time to visit Kenya and what is the best thing to do month by month;
From the month of January to February: January and February are one of the best months to explore Kenya. In fact, this as well covers the dry season in Kenya which is divided into 2 with a long dry season and the short dry season. These two months are undoubtedly some of the best months for you to explore Kenya be it for wildlife viewing safari or any other activity. This is the best season to spot plenty of animals as they graze in their natural habitats. The best safari destinations to explore during these months of January and February include Maasai Mara national reserve, Lake Nakuru national park, Tsavo national park, Amboseli national park and many other stunning savanna parks in Kenya. This is as well the best time to explore the coastal Kenya for beach lovers since this is summer time thus best to soak up in the beautiful beaches within Kenya.
From the month of March to May: these 3 months of March, April and May fall under the wet season thus at this period of time, Kenya receives rainfall which starts late in Mark and goes on as far as may. At this time, most of the roads in the parks are impassable thus the only recommended vehicles that can manage to navigate such muddy trails are only 4×4 safari vehicle. This then may spoil your entire adventure and thus not recommended for travelling to Kenya for a safari.
From the months of June to September: During the months of June, July, August, and September Kenya receives the highest population of tourists with June being the start of the dry season that sees plenty of animals gathering along the waterholes in the park. However, during June, there is still some little showers of rains and the vegetation in the parks is still tall and fresh thus you will have a lot to see.
Here comes July which is the famous time to visit Kenya especially for those who wish to watch the annual wildebeest migration as these animals are getting ready to depart Serengeti national park and arrive in Maasai Mara national reserve in July. At this time, Kenya is in dry season and yet it is the best period of time to explore the best of this beautiful country for wildlife viewing safaris, beach tours and many more. July sees the first group of the wildebeests as they crossover from Serengeti national park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya.
This dry season goes on to August which is the peak of the dry season in Kenya and as well termed as the high season in tourism industry. August offers fantastic views of lots of park dwellers including the magical river crossing of the wildebeests. Tourists are able to watch the most fascinating experience as the hungry crocodiles are eagerly waiting for these animals to cross the river and they grab some to feast on making the entire river bloody and those that survive as well find the hungry predators waiting at the opposite side of the river.
The climax of dry season is in September as we wait for the second rainy season in October. September is as well a beautiful month to plan your Kenya safari.
The months of October and November: These months of October and November as well fall under the rainy season in Kenya. However, this is not much as the one in March to May thus it still remains a good time to visit Kenya for any safari including wildlife viewing and many more. However, for those who wish to do camping, it is advisable to always avoid rainy season.
December: The month of December is known as the festive month especially for the Christians since this is the season where Christians celebrate their Christmas and as well the whole world enjoy the end of year. Good news is that December is as well part of the dry season just like January and February.
Weather and climatic conditions in Kenya;
Kenya just like any other neighboring countries in Africa including Uganda, are situated across the equator thus there is nothing like winter or summer thus we only experience either dry season or rainy season. This implies that Kenya experiences 2 dry seasons and 2 wet seasons. The wet seasons include the months of October and December which is a short wet season and March, April and May that cover the long wet season. The dry seasons then include the short dry season from December to February and June to September for long dry season.
Kenya remains one of the best safari destinations in Africa with a lot of attractions to see and do at least once in a life time. Now that you have all the information about the weather in Kenya, you already know which one is the best time you need to plan your Kenya safari. Get in touch with our experienced tour consultant to plan for your next adventure to Kenya any time.