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Kenya: Best Time to Visit


The climate of Kenya varies depending on the region. It can range from being cool every day to warm or hot. The climate along the coast is tropical. This means rainfall and temperatures are higher throughout the year than inland. In the coastal cities of Mombasa, Lamu, and Malindi, the air changes from cool to hot almost every day.

The best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the dry seasons which go from late June to October and from December to March. However, wildlife viewing is good all year round but can differ for some national parks. Kenya's long dry season also includes the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. This is a very popular time to be in Kenya. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. Wildlife is easier to spot during the dry seasons because the bush is less dense and animals gather around waterholes and rivers.

The rainy seasons can also be good times to visit as there are fewer visitors and the vegetation is lush. The peak times for heavy rain are in April and May with less rain in October and November. Some lodges and camps close down during part of the wet season.

Average Temperatures.

 

Jan

Apr

Jun

Aug

Oct

Nairobi 26 C/79 F 25 C/77 F 23 C/73 F 23 C/73 F 27 C/81 F
Mombasa 31 C/88 F 30 C/86 F 27 C/81 F 27 C/81 F 29 C/84 F

NOTE – All quoted temperatures are daytime average highs unless otherwise stated and can vary.

 

 

 


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