When to visit Kenya
Africa brings many colours to life, but Kenya's deep orange sunsets, shimmering blue coastline, desert landscapes and incredible wildlife are the hues you've been dreaming of. If you're wondering when to visit Kenya, the answer is always. But there's a perfect time for everything depending on which adventure you seek upon the country's glorious soil.See all Kenya tours
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Best months to see wildlife in Kenya
- January and February: These are the warmest months in Kenya, and it's possible to see animals in high densities in many of Kenya's popular parks.
- March: This is the start of rainy season in Kenya which continues right through April and May. The wet season makes for poor wildlife spotting - but you will snag a deal!
- June: As the dry season begins, animals congregate around waterholes and riverbanks, this is an excellent time to spot lots of species quenching their thirst at waterbodies scattered throughout Kenya's national parks.
- July and August: During these months you can catch the Great Migration of wildebeest and other species through Masai Mara. It's a little more pricey but worth it!
- September, October and November: As school holidays wind down, parks throughout Kenya become a little quieter, and this is a good time to visit if you want fewer crowds during your safari.
- December: This is a beautiful time to visit if you want to see birds that have migrated to the region and baby animals.
Best time to visit the big cities
Must-see cities in Kenya
- Mombasa - Renowned for its beach resorts and pristine coastline, Mombassa is also a cultural hub. Discover how Indian, Arabic and African influences have fused in this port city.
- Nairobi - Kenya's capital is home to lots of attractions that tourists will enjoy. You'll also find entertainment and a vibrant food scene.
- Lamu - The oldest major town on the Kenyan Coast, Lamu appears idyll, but storms your senses with gusto. The eclectic mix of wooden architecture, a bustling waterfront, and culture makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site a delight to visit.
- Nakuru - Most travellers pass through this town (fast becoming a city) on their way to the stunning lakes and parks, but it's a great place to enjoy local culture and nightlife.
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