Best Time to Visit – Kenya

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The best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the Dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some parks. See below to learn when to visit which park.

Best Time June to October, January to February (All parks)
High Season July to November, January and February (Some of the parks get very crowded especially the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru)
Low Season March to May (Some lodges and camps in high rainfall areas close down)
Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather March, April and May (Peak of Wet season)

June to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife is easier to spot because the bush is less dense and animals gather around waterholes and rivers
  • It's unlikely to rain, the days are sunny with clear skies, and there are fewer mosquitoes
  • July to October are the best months to see the wildebeest migration
  • It gets very busy and crowded in the most popular parks

November to May Wet Season

  • The scenery is beautiful and green
  • Rates drop because it's the low season
  • Newborn animals can be seen, and in general, you will still see plenty of wildlife
  • Migratory birds are present from September to April
  • Except for March, April and May, rains are short showers in the afternoon or evening and will rarely compromise your safari
  • During March to May the rains can be continuous – some lodges and camps close down during part of the Wet season

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Best Time to Go to Kenya by Major Park

The Masai Mara offers great wildlife viewing throughout the year. In the peak of the rainy season, most other parks, especially in the highlands and along the coast, can be problematic with regards to heat, humidity and continuous rain. Some of the lodges close as a result. The dry months offer quality wildlife viewing throughout Kenya.

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