Best time to visit Kenya
The beauty of Kenya is you can visit throughout the year. If you're hoping to do something specific, certain seasons or times of year are better than others. Find out when to visit Kenya based on which adventure you seek upon the country's glorious soil.See all Kenya tours
Best time for a safari in KenyaDepending on what wildlife you want to see, some months are better than others! In general, the best time to visit Kenya for a safari is during dry season.See all Kenya safaris
January and February: These are the warmest months in Kenya, and it's possible to see animals in high densities.
June to September: As the dry season begins, animals congregate around waterholes and riverbanks.
December: This is a beautiful time to visit if you want to see birds that have migrated to the region and baby animals.
March - May, October to November: This is the rainy season in Kenya. The wet season makes for poor wildlife spotting - but you will snag an African safari deal!
Best time to see the Great MigrationThe Great Migration is an annual journey that millions of animals embark on through Tanzania's Serengeti in the south and Kenya's Masai Mara in the north in a circular route (view migration map).See all Great migration tours
July and August: During these months you can catch the Great migration in Kenya. July and August are when the wildebeest move to Masai Mara and cross the Mara River in droves, a sight that many travellers to this region hope to see. If you want to catch herds of wild animals crossing the flowing river, this is the best time to see the Great Migration in Kenya.
Alternatively, look for a cross-country Kenya-Tanzania safari to experience the migration any time of the year.
Best time to visit Kenya's beachesKenya is the perfect setting for a beachside getaway for most of the year! Thanks to the sun shining down on the coastline consistently, the sand and sea are usually warm.See all Kenya beach tours
January and February: The probability of rain is low, and the sea temperatures hover at 29°C (84°F). January and February are great months to work on your tan and take a dip.
October to December: If you don't need to wait for the school holidays, these months are a great time to visit for a sandy escape and go snorkelling.
April, May and June: These months are not recommended. There's a high probability of rain. In May, you can expect an average of 17 rain days and 300mm of precipitation.
Best time to visit the big citiesThe slightly cooler months of July and August might be the best time to visit cities like Mombasa or Nairobi in Kenya, but there are plenty of other fantastic cities you have to check out while you're visiting this beautiful country.See all Kenya tours
Best time for a cheap Kenya holidayThe cheapest time to fly to Kenya is from March-June and September-November; the rest of the year is peak season. If you are flying in peak season, another way to score a good deal is to book a separate ticket to Europe and fly to Kenya from there.See all Kenya budget tours
Best time for a Kenya family holidayFor families and travellers who are worried about malaria, visit during the dry season from June to December or January to February. Malaria epidemics are more common during the rainy season.See all Kenya family tours
Best month to visit Kenya
If you're craving a beach holiday, January's a great time to visit. You'll find good wildlife spotting and it's also an ideal time for families.
February is also prime for beachside family fun and game viewing opportunities are abundant.
If you're on a budget and don't mind warm and humid weather with a lot of rain, then the start of the low season is a good time to visit.
Still in low season, low budget travellers will find solid deals in April. The weather will still be warm and humid, so bring waterproof clothes.
Warm and humid weather will persist for another month yet, and as the low season continues budget travellers will find May is also a good option for travel to Kenya.
As the rains start give way to dry season (which starts in late June), this month is a great time to visit Kenya for wildlife viewing.
The weather will be warm, but not hot and as dry season continues, you'll find wildlife viewing at its best in Kenya. Wildebeest and zebra begin to arrive in Masai Mara, and this time is also recommended for beach holidays and families.
Dry season will be in full swing by now, and you can continue to enjoy beach holidays and travel with the family at this time and experience incredible wildlife viewing along with the Great Migration.
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.
The last month before the wildebeest and zebras move on to Tanzania. It's still a good time to visit the beach resorts and even better for bird-watching.
November is a quiet month for tourism so low budget travellers can usually snag deals in Kenya.
As holiday season picks up, December is a peak month for travel in Kenya especially around Christmas and New Year's.
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