What is the best time to visit Kenya?
This question is wildly vague as everyone has their own definition of a good time to travel. Whether you have financial constraints or you are claustrophobic I believe the below information will be greatly helpful.
The beginning of January right the way through to the end of February signals the warmest period to visit Kenya with higher concentrations of animals congregating in popular tourist destinations, such as the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli. This is a great time of year for divers to go to Kenya as visibility in the Indian Ocean is much clearer thanks to the lack of surface run off.
Early March still has some blue skies although animals will already be in shorter supply due to the start of the rainy season which runs right through April and into May. Flooded roads, an abundance of vegetation and generally wet weather at this time makes for poor wildlife watching and slippery summits to Mount Kenya however, if you’re looking to bag a bargain then this is certainly a time of year worth bearing in mind.
June sees the start of Kenya’s dry season with waterholes and river banks teeming with animals and although prices will go up during July and August, being able to observe the wildebeest migration crossing the Masai Mara is well-worth a few extra Shillings.
With the school holidays out of the way in September you’ll find fewer visiting families and October through to November is a great time to go to Kenya if you’re not tied to the kids.
December can be an excellent time to visit Kenya with lush green scenery making an ideal habitat for migratory birds and new born animals.
In general, mosquitoes are much more prevalent during Kenya’s rainy season and heading to higher ground Laikipia or the Aberdares, for example, is best advice if you want to avoid irritating bites.
The great migration
Many travellers visit Kenya to see the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara. Linked to annual rainfall patterns and the growth of new grass, this remarkable migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra is a constant movement of huge, nomadic herds. In Tanzania, it can be seen throughout the year: you just need to know where to look. The migrating herds enter Kenya for a much shorter period, roughly from July or August until October – though recent years have seen major arrivals as early as June, and late-stayers still in the Masai Mara region until November or even later.