Weather & Climate – Buffalo Springs NR

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.

Climate Chart Buffalo Springs National Reserve

Climate Chart Buffalo Springs National Reserve – 835-994m / 2,740-3,261ft

* 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.

Buffalo Springs has a hot and dry climate. Nights are usually cool. The average daytime temperature is 32°C/90°F, while the average nighttime temperature is 16°C/61°F. It is advisable to take warm clothing for early morning game drives. The annual rainfall is low, but peaks in April and November. The ‘long rains’ are generally expected from mid-March to mid-May, and the ‘short rains’ from mid-October to mid-December. Rain tends to fall as short, heavy showers, which are widely scattered.

Dry season June to September

Days are sunny and hot. It is very dry, and there is almost no rain at all.

  • June & July – It is hot and sunny. Afternoon temperatures are around 32°C/90°F.
  • August & September – Daytime temperatures increase before the rain breaks. The average temperature in September is 33°C/88°F, but the peaks are much higher.

Wet season October to May

The Wet season sees the 'short rains' followed by the 'long rains'. In between is a dry period during the months of January and February. Road conditions can deteriorate in April and May.

  • October, November & December – The rains usually break sometime in October. November is a peak month for rainfall. It doesn’t often rain all day, but afternoon storms can be expected. The average daytime temperature is 32°C/90°F.
  • January & February – This is a dry spell between the short and long rains. The exact timing is unpredictable. February is the hottest month, with average afternoon temperatures of 34°C/93°F and higher peaks.
  • March, April & May – The long rains usually break mid- to late-March. It seldom rains all day, but short, afternoon showers can be expected. April is the wettest month. Afternoon temperatures are around 33°C/91°F.

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