Best Time to Visit – Arabuko Sokoke

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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It is possible to plan a trip to Arabuko Sokoke any time of year. However, heavy rain might interfere with drives and forest hikes. There is rain along the coast throughout the year, but the less than ideal months – due to peaks in rainfall – are November, April and May.

Best Time July to September and January to February are best for driving and hiking in the forest (Little rainfall)
High Season December to March and July to October (The park never gets very busy)
Low Season April to June (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather July to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Worst Weather April, May and November (Wettest months)

December to March & June to September Drier Seasons

  • Mostly sunny and not much rain
  • The park never gets busy
  • Roads are in good condition
  • Resort hotels, which can be used as a base, get very busy
  • Scenery is drier and there might be haze in the sky making views harder to appreciate

April to May & October to November Wet Season

  • Everything is green and lush with many flowers
  • Very few other tourists
  • Bird watching is excellent and the Clarke’s weaver arrives
  • Frogs are most active after rain
  • Many overcast days and rain can dampen enthusiasm for activities
  • Roads in the forest can deteriorate

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