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So, you’re dreaming of visiting Kenya? Good choice – Kenya has so much to offer with its remarkable wildlife, friendly people and spectacular landscapes. If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Kenya, read on! From thrilling African safaris across plains and wetlands, to tranquil beach holidays at the coast, here are the best times to go.
Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as viewed from the savannah – image credit: Sergey Pesterev
Kenya has two rainy seasons that punctuate the changes between summer and winter, thanks to its location close to the equator. The first one is between March and May, which is also called the long rainy season because it can rain for few days in a row. The second, short rainy season is between October to mid-December just before summer hits. If you don’t mind the rain, then you can take advantage of the green travelling season to score specials and quieter attractions. Kenya’s dry season, between June and October, is the busiest time of the year because it gives great opportunities to go on safari and watch the Great Migration.
Ride camels on Diani beach
If you don’t mind some downpours and dramatic skies, this time of the year is astounding for bird watching and spectacular landscape photography. Kenya boasts an impressive diversity of bird species and the numbers swell with migratory birds flocking to Kenya’s lakes.
Flocks of flamingo gather at Lake Nakuru, Kenya
The Great Migration is truly a spectacle and if it’s not on your bucket list yet, it should be! After the long rainy season ends in May, it’s really a case of “the grass is greener on the other side” which propels hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and various antelope species, to cross between the Maasai Mara on Kenya’s side and the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Thousands of wildebeest migrating in Kenya – image credit: Daniel Rosengren
Just after the busy summer holidays have ended, grab the opportunity to enjoy safaris without the crowds. This gives you greater opportunities for interactions with rangers, guides and local communities in Kenya. With sporadic rains, migratory birds flock to the lakes and you can be lucky to witness births. It’s ideal to visit:
Maasai men performing the adamu, a rite of passage dance for warriors – image credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
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Jessica grew up surrounded with stories and photographs of the Congo and Lake Kivu, where her grandfather experienced his childhood. After reading several National Geographic magazines, she realised her dream of travelling and writing about Africa. Jessica is proudly Deaf and fluent in South African Sign Language and hopes to master more languages. Besides being an avid reader, she loves animals and wants to experience owning as many pets as possible.
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Well written and laid out making it easy to decide when best to go suiting the individual taste. I will now share it and hope it will influence all my foreign students to visit
Hello Carol, I’m glad you find the article easy on the eye! Thank you 🙂
Voyage inoubliable au Kenya en août…..
Hello Sylvie, nous sommes ravis que vous ayez apprécié votre voyage au Kenya, c’est un si beau pays !
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