Kenya is one of Africa’s top destinations. If you have come this far, you are planning to go on safari in Kenya or get to know the life of the Maasai tribes. We want the trip to be unforgettable and not ruined by bad weather. It is important to know what is the best time to travel to Kenya, especially if we are doing a safari with children or celebrating our honeymoon.

In this article we explain what you need to know about the weather in Kenya. Which months are the best and which months can you expect daily rain?

Best time to travel to Kenya

It’s recommended to plan your trip to Kenya in advance, and if you’re flexible with dates, that’s even better. You can save money on airline flights.

The best time to go to Kenya is during the dry season.

The best time to go to Kenya is between June and October, Where we can go on safari and see the Great Migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, and elephants. The months of December, January, and February are ideal for visiting Kenya, particularly during the calving season. We will be in the southern hemisphere during December and February, which means it will be summer. We should be cautious with the sun and the high temperatures that can occur at midday.

Between June and October, besides being the dry season, as it is winter, we can enjoy a cooler and more pleasant climate.

The best time to travel to Kenya is during the dry season.
Sunset in the Maasai Mara. Photo Trip to Help.

Traveling to Kenya during the rainy season

The rainy season is from March to May and is when it is with fewer tourists. It is easy to find cheaper accommodations or other bargains due to the heavy rains that can occur during these months.

Due to the rains, some trails are no longer passable, making it difficult to carry out safaris. On a positive note, the lack of other tourists and 4×4 cars means that the parks are empty of tourists and the experience is more unique and solitary than in high season. Another positive point is that all the maasai mara is green and with beautiful colors :).

Another important issue during the rainy season is the appearance of mosquitoes, which can transmit malaria through mosquito bites. However, climate change is making the rains more intermittent than in the past, so you can enjoy the safari with much more peace of mind without the risk of having rain all day long.

Safari in Kenya during the mid season

The average season is defined as the months of November and December (with the exception of Christmas). These are months of “transit” where the influx of tourism decreases a lot. It is a very good time to go to Kenya, as accommodation rates are cheaper, there are fewer tourists and it is ideal to see birds and other animals in the wild. As a negative point, the rains that may appear during the afternoon.

The best time to go on safari in the Maasai Mara

If I had to choose when to do a safari in the Maasai Mara, I would do it during the months of June, September, October, December, January and February. Why? Because I would combine the high chances of good weather with the months with less tourism (except for Christmas when almost everything is full). Personally, I have always been a fan of traveling during the months of September and October, as you tend to find cheaper flights and hotels. The only thing to watch out for is the weather, but you should know that if you want to travel to Kenya and go on safari in the Maasai Mara, the months of September and October are ideal to do so.

When is the ideal time to visit Kenya’s beaches?

If you want to visit Lamu or Mombasa, the coast of Kenya, you have to know that there is a tropical climate all year round. In general, it can always be visited, although the seasons are divided between dry and wet and it is preferable to travel during the dry months.

The beaches of Kenya are a very good option to end a trip if you have at least 10 days in Kenya, as it allows you to see another area of the country very different from the safari area, and relax a little before returning home.

Lamu is a good beach destination and can be visited all year round, although the best time is during the dry season.
Lamu Island

Conclusions: Travel to Kenya.

If you have read this far, you want to travel to Kenya. At Trip to Help, we can organize everything from safari to accommodation in Lamu, so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience. If you are hesitating between Kenya or Tanzania, we can also help you. Feel free to contact us without any obligation and we will share our experience of visiting Kenya and Tanzania.

Best regards!

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