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Masai Mara

Situated in the south-western part of Kenya in the Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is one of Africa's most iconic safari destinations and offers outstanding game viewing all year around.

Amboseli National Park

With a spectacular backdrop of the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is just under 400 square kilometres in size, and is famous for its large elephant population.

The Kenyan Coast

Fringed by swaying palm trees one one side, and the warm Indian Ocean on the other, the Kenyan Coast is lined with coral reefs, making it an ideal destination for families, honeymooners and diving enthusiasts alike.

Laikipia Plateau

The Laikipia Plateau is situated at the foot of Mount Kenya, and is one of the few places in Kenya where you can view significant numbers of the endangered black rhino.

Holidays In Kenya

Kenya is an iconic wildlife destination, and boasts some of Africa's best beaches.

When to go to Kenya

Dry season and rainy season dates

The weather in Kenya can very simply be divided into 2 categories – when it is dry, and when it is rainy.

The Dry Seasons

January through to March, and June through to September, are classically the ‘dry seasons’. January and February are also the hottest months of the year.

For safari goers, this is a good time to spot game, for a couple of reasons – firstly as there is no surface water readily available, the game is concentrated around remaining rivers and waterholes, making finding the wildlife that much easier; and secondly, the bush and vegetation is dry and knocked back, so there is less cover for the wildlife to hide behind!

July onwards marks the start of the Great Migration, so this is possibly THE most popular time for visitors – but because of the popularity, be prepared for the Parks and reserves to be very busy and crowded, and for prices to be high.

The drier weather also means less mosquitoes, so this is another reason why these months are generally the busiest in terms of visitor numbers.

The Rainy Seasons

The much needed ‘long rains’ begin in April, and can last through until the end of May. Whilst the land and the wildlife embrace these rains, for tourists it is not so wonderful – many camps actually close over this period, as a lot of the roads become impassable, and those that do remain open have to cope with the roads that are still open turning from a driveable dirt track into a mud slick.

The vegetation very quickly turns into a lush green landscape, which is a wonderful backdrop to photographs but it does make spotting the wildlife harder. However, on the plus side, this is the low season, so for the camps that remain open, there are some very attractive rates being offered over these months.

November is when the ‘short’ rains fall, which typically last just a month.

Nairobi Average Max and Min Temperature

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Nairobi Average Rainfall (mm)

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Mombasa Coast Average Max and Min Temperature

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Mombasa Coast Average Rainfall (mm)

05010015020025030027Jan15Feb61Mar198Apr302May109Jun85Jul72Aug70Sep95Oct100Nov62Dec

Masai Mara Average Max and Min Temperature

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Masai Mara Average Rainfall (mm)

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Amboseli Average Max and Min Temperature

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Amboseli Average Rainfall (mm)

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