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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 season which goes from late June to October. However, wildlife viewing is good all-year-round but can differ for some national parks. Kenya's long dry season is from July to September which 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. The other dry season is from late December to mid-March. Wildlife is easier to spot because the bush is less dense and animals gather around waterholes and rivers.

The rainy seasons can 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.







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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