Best Time to Visit – Aberdare NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

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The Aberdares offer good wildlife viewing throughout the year, but heavy rain can be a hindrance. Most people will spend at least one night at one of the tree hotels – it is possible to see a lot of wildlife from the hotel without venturing further. People who want to explore the park extensively – especially hikers – should choose to visit in the Dry season from June to September or January and February.

Best Time June to September (Dry season)
High Season June to October and December to March (Hotels get very busy)
Low Season April and May (Some roads might be in bad condition and rain can sometimes interfere with your trip)
Best Weather June to September and December to February (Less rain)
Worst Weather April, May and October (Peaks of the short and long rains)

June to September Dry Season

  • It is mostly sunny and there is less rain
  • Animals congregate around the waterholes in front of the tree hotels
  • Roads are less slippery and driving around the park is easier
  • Best time for hiking and exploring the moorland zone at higher altitude
  • Hotels get very crowded
  • Elephant and some antelope move to higher altitudes away from tourist facilities

October to May Wet Season

  • Hotels are less busy, making wildlife viewing from hotel balconies very special
  • Low season rates apply in April and May
  • Bird watching is excellent and migratory birds are present
  • Visibility can be low in misty, rainy conditions
  • Rain can interfere with game drives and hiking
  • Roads get very slippery and muddy

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