Weather & Climate – Shaba NR

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.

Climate Chart Shaba National Reserve

Climate Chart Shaba National Reserve – 731-1,313m / 2,398-4,308ft

* 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.

In general, Shaba has a hot and dry weather pattern. The average temperatures are 32°C/90°F in the daytime, and 16°C/61°F at night. If early morning game drives are on the itinerary, bring warm clothing. Shaba has a low annual rainfall which tends to occur as short, heavy, widely-scattered showers. The ‘long rains’ generally occur between mid-March and mid-May, while the ‘short rains’ fall between mid-October and mid-December. The peak months for rainfall are April and November.

Dry season June to September

It is very dry with almost no rain and hot, sunny days.

  • June & July – The days are full of sunshine. Afternoon temperatures average around 31°C/87°F.
  • August & September – Daytime temperatures rise in the build-up to the breaking rains. During the day in September, the mercury will average 32°C/90°F, although peaks are much higher.

Wet season October to May

There are two Wet seasons – the ‘short rains’ and the ‘long rains’. Separating the two Wet seasons is a brief, dry period during January and February.

  • October, November & December – The rains frequently break sometime in October. November is one of the wettest months. Storms in the afternoon are typical. The average temperature is 32°C/90°F, but it sneaks higher prior to rain and cools down afterwards.
  • January & February – This dry patch separates the short and long rains. Its beginning and duration is unpredictable. February is the hottest month – the average afternoon temperature is 34°C/93°F and it peaks higher.
  • March, April & May – The long rains typically begin to fall mid- to late-March. While it rarely rains all day, brief afternoon showers are common. April is the wettest month. Roads become slippery as driving conditions worsen. Afternoon temperatures are around 33°C/91°F.

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