Best Time to Visit – Marsabit NP

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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Like most of Kenya’s parks, it is possible to visit Marsabit year-round and see wildlife. However, the best months are when it is dry, from June to October and December to March. If visiting during the height of the short rains (November), and especially during the long rains (April and May), then the wildlife experience may not be as good. Road conditions deteriorate in the wet months, and animals tend to disperse across the landscape.

Best Time June to September and January to February are best for general wildlife viewing (Vegetation is thinner and animals come to the crater lakes)
High Season December to March & July to October is high season in other parks (The reserve is rarely visited throughout the year)
Low Season April to June is low season in other parks (The reserve is rarely visited throughout the year)
Best Weather June and December (It tends to be cooler and fresher after the rains)
Worst Weather April (Wettest month)

June to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife viewing is best in the dry months when animals regularly come to drink at the crater lakes
  • It is sunny and there is almost no rain
  • Very little malaria in the dry season
  • Very dry and dusty
  • The sky is hazy and scenery is less beautiful

November to May Wet Season

  • Scenery is beautiful and lush
  • Best time for bird watching and migratory birds are in the reserve
  • Road conditions can be bad in April and May
  • Rain can interfere with your activities in the peak rainfall months, especially April

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