Best Time to Visit – Nairobi 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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Wildlife viewing is at its finest in the Dry season (when animals can easily be seen around water sources), from June to September, although it’s possible to visit Nairobi NP any time of the year. Wildlife watching is usually more difficult during the long rains (March to May) and the short rains (October to November). During these months, rainfall might restrict game drives and the grass tends to be very high making spotting wildlife more challenging.

Best Time June to September is best for general wildlife viewing (Little to no rainfall)
High Season December to March and July to October (The park can get quite busy)
Low Season April to June (The park is less busy)
Best Weather June to September (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather April, May and November (Wettest months)

June to February Dry Season

  • Sunny and dry aside from the short rains around November
  • The grass is short and animals congregate around water sources, making them easy to spot
  • In July and August, animals from surrounding areas are attracted to permanent pools and move into the park
  • A lot of dust in the sky and the scenery is less pleasing

March to May Wet Season

  • Skies are clear of dust, the park is green, and there are lots of flowers
  • There are many newborn animals
  • Bird watching is excellent and migratory birds are present
  • Animals scatter and the grass is longer making wildlife viewing harder
  • April and May can be very wet and this can affect game drives
  • Less sunny days
  • The condition of the roads can be bad after heavy rain

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