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Zebra migration across the Masai Mara

When is the best time to visit Kenya?

One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the country’s dry season, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra.

The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation. December in particular is a great time to travel to Kenya, since the rains are short and you have the chance to see newborn animals and migratory bird species. Only the peak of the ‘long rains’ in March, April and May are very wet.

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My favorite time to visit is July because the early Great Migration is in the Mara but there aren't too many visitors at this point in the year - great viewing without the crowds.

Izzy, Africa Safari Specialist

Kenya Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Amboseli National Park 86°F 2" 88°F 2" 86°F 3" 82°F 6" 79°F 3" 77°F 1" 75°F 0" 77°F 0" 81°F 0" 84°F 1" 84°F 4" 82°F 3"
Lamu Archipelago 86°F 0" 88°F 0" 88°F 1" 88°F 5" 86°F 12" 86°F 6" 84°F 3" 84°F 2" 84°F 2" 86°F 2" 86°F 2" 86°F 1"
Masai Mara National Reserve 82°F 3" 82°F 4" 82°F 5" 81°F 7" 79°F 4" 79°F 2" 77°F 1" 79°F 2" 81°F 2" 82°F 2" 81°F 4" 81°F 4"
Nairobi 79°F 2" 81°F 2" 81°F 4" 77°F 8" 75°F 6" 73°F 1" 72°F 1" 73°F 1" 77°F 1" 79°F 2" 75°F 5" 77°F 3"
Samburu National Reserve 90°F 1" 93°F 1" 91°F 2" 90°F 4" 90°F 2" 90°F 0" 88°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 0" 91°F 2" 88°F 6" 88°F 2"
Watamu 88°F 1" 88°F 0" 90°F 1" 88°F 7" 84°F 11" 82°F 6" 82°F 4" 82°F 3" 84°F 2" 86°F 3" 88°F 3" 88°F 2"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Kenya

Lesser Flamingos at Lake Nakuru

Visiting Kenya in December

The end of the year can be hot and potentially wet - it's the middle of the short rains, with some camps closed (particularly in the north) and some open. Where camps are open, wildlife viewing remains very good, with high bird numbers present.

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