​Weather & Climate – Laikipia

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 Laikipia Plateau

Climate Chart Laikipia Plateau Game Reserves – 1,222-2,845m / 4,009-9,334ft

* 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.

The climate is cool and temperate. Temperatures are uniform throughout the year as a result of being so close to the equator. Daytime temperatures are in the mid to high twenties, while it cools off considerably at night. Warm clothing for early morning game drives is strongly recommended.

Dry season June to September

The Dry season has mostly sunny days, but it can rain at any time. Temperatures don’t vary too much and are around 26°C/78°F. It is cold at nighttime and in the early mornings as the temperature is around 10°C/50°F.

  • June & July – Although it can rain at any time, days are mostly sunny. The average afternoon temperature is 26°C/78°F. Don’t forget warm clothing for early morning game drives.
  • August & September – During the month of August, rain increases a little, but temperatures pick up slightly as well. Afternoon temperatures reach up to 28°C/82°F.

Wet season October to May

A drier period, from December to February, interrupts the Wet season and separates the ‘short rains’ and the ‘long rains’. Days are often overcast, but it seldom rains all day. It is cold in the morning and warm clothing is necessary.

  • October & November – ‘Short rains’: The rains normally begin sometime in October. Afternoon temperatures are around 27°C/73°F.
  • December, January & February – There is not as much rainfall in this period, which separates the short and long rains. It will still rain some days, however.
  • March, April & May – ‘Long rains’: The wettest month is April. There is a lot of rain but it doesn’t always shower the whole day. Driving is more problematic as tracks can get slippery. Early mornings are warmer with average temperatures around 11°C/52°F.

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