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Kenya's long dry season is from July to September, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. This is a very popular time to travel, but the country has plenty of reasons to visit outside of this period. In fact, the rainy seasons can be good times to travel as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation, with only the peak of the 'long rains' in April and May being 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

Goliath Heron, Meru National Park

Visiting Kenya in April

The 'long rains' of April and May can turn the tracks through the parks into quagmires and make the beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline hot and very wet, so this isn't the best time to travel.

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