Best Time to Visit – Laikipia

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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There is good wildlife watching year-round at Laikipia Plateau, although heavy downpours can impede your safari. The condition of the roads can become a problem in the Wet season, and some lodges will close in April, May and November. The best wildlife viewing overall is in the Dry season from June to September.

Best Time June to September (Dry season)
High Season June to October and December to March (Some lodges get busy)
Low Season April, May and November (Roads might be in bad condition and some lodges are closed)
Best Weather June to September and December to February (Less rain)
Worst Weather March, April, May and October, November (Short and long rains)

June to September Dry Season

  • It is mostly sunny with little rain
  • Animals congregate around water sources and are easier to spot
  • Vegetation is thinner which aids in spotting animals
  • The roads are in good condition, and off-road driving is permitted in some reserves
  • Some lodges and reserves get very busy
  • There is a lot of dust in the sky and the scenery is less spectacular

October to May Wet Season

  • The reserves are less busy and low season rates might apply
  • Bird watching is excellent and migratory birds are present
  • There are many newborn animals
  • The scenery is lush and the air is clear and crisp which means stunning views of Mount Kenya when the clouds lift
  • There are many overcast days
  • The grass is long which makes smaller animals harder to spot
  • Road conditions can be bad
  • Off-road driving won’t be possible
  • Rain can interfere with game drives

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