​Weather & Climate – Amboseli NP

Anthony Ham
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.

Climate Chart Amboseli National Park

Climate Chart Amboseli National Park – 1,124-1,169m / 3,688-3,835ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Conditions in Amboseli National Park are hot and dry. Rain typically falls as short, heavy showers. Expect average temperatures of around 28°C/82°F during the day and 15°C/59°F at night. Early morning activities, such as game drives, may require warm clothing. When they arrive, the long rains usually fall from mid-March to mid-May while the short rains are from late October or November to mid-December.

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Dry Season June to October

These are the coolest months and typically have bright, sunny days. It is very dry with practically no rain.

  • June & July – It is normally sunny. Expect average temperatures of around 26°C/79°F in the afternoon.
  • August & September – Daytime temperatures are on the rise until the rain breaks. Although temperature peaks are far higher, the average in September is about 27°C/81°F.
  • October – It is very hot and humid. The first rain comes as a relief.

Wet Season November to May

The Wet season is marked by the short rains followed by the long rains. January and February is a drier period in between. Driving can be a challenge in April and May when rains cause road conditions to deteriorate.

  • November & December – ‘Short rains’ – The rains generally peak in November. Normally it doesn’t rain for the whole day, and afternoon storms are common. The average temperature is 28°C/82°F during the day, but it increases before it rains.
  • January & February – The exact start and finish of this dry period separating the rains is never predictable. February, though, is the hottest month, and the average afternoon temperature is 30°C/86°F (expect higher peaks).
  • March, April & May – ‘Long rains’ – The long rains generally start in mid- to late March. It seldom rains for the entire day, but afternoon showers can be expected. The wettest month is April. Expect temperatures in the afternoon to reach 30°C/86°F.

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