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Your bespoke Kenya safari holiday is all about abundant game viewing, jaw-dropping scenery and long sandy beaches.

A luxury Kenya holiday really captures the spirit of East Africa, as well as the imaginations of all who venture to its vast savannahs, tropical shores and dramatic peaks. Widely regarded as being the home of the Safari, Kenya boasts over fifty National Parks and Reserves, offering some of the most unique game viewing experiences on the planet. Combined with the seemingly never-ending Indian Ocean coastline, it’s easy to see why Kenya is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Africa.

Kenya’s Parks and Reserves are ranked amongst the best in the world, playing host to both iconic and endangered species, and offering unrivalled wildlife viewing. As well as classic game drives and bush walks, tailor made Kenya safaris are all about doing something a little different. Such as hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara, camel trekking across the Laikipia Plateau, and spending the night fly camping beneath the twinkling stars. Kenya is also known for its tribal diversity, and it’s likely your safari guide will a warrior or tribe member from the community. Visits to villages can be arranged which gives a fascinating insight into the local culture.

Perhaps the main wildlife spectacle is the great Migration between July and October, when torrents of wildebeest and zebra flood the savannahs of the Masai Mara, because the grass is always greener! If it’s elephants you’re after, head to Amboseli or Tsavo, and for unusual endemic wildlife, Samburu is the place to be. Meanwhile bird-watchers should check out the Great Rift Valley, with its shimmering pink flamingo-filled lagoons and over 450 other bird species to look out for.

Yet it’s not all about safari. With its striking blue waters lapping gently against pristine white sand beaches, Kenya’s coast offers an idyllic getaway for honeymooners, families, and everyone in between. Boasting hundreds of miles of coral reefs, world-class diving, deep-sea fishing and enough watersports activities to keep you entertained for weeks, a stay in Watamu, Mombasa or Lamu is the perfect way to end your safari holiday.

When to go to Kenya

Find out the best time to visit Kenya with our month by month guide.

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January

January is a great time for wildlife viewing. The landscapes are lush and green after the 'short rains' and newborn animals can been seen. It is hot, but brief afternoon or evening showers cool things down, without compromising your safari. Over on the coast the sea is clear, making it ideal for diving and snorkelling, and the days are warm and bright.

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February

February is an ideal time to visit Kenya, and great for game viewing. The landscapes are green and thriving thanks to the short rains, and newborn animals will be hopping around the plains. There maybe a few afternoon showers which are welcome in the heat, and don't impact on wildlife viewing. Water clarify is excellent at the moment, which is good news for watersports enthusiasts. And if you want to spot a whale shark, now is the time to try.

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March

Still a good option for wildlife viewing and diving, although with the 'long rains' just around the corner, expect wetter and hotter weather.

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April

April brings the start of the 'long rains' which means game reserves and national parks become muddy and harder to drive around. Over on the coast it's hot and wet, so it isn't the best time of year to travel. Some camps and lodges close during this period.

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May

The 'long rains' continue into May, making park tracks difficult to navigate in the mud, and the coast very warm and wet. There will be less accommodation choice at this time as several lodges and camps during this period.

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June

June is a beautiful time of year to visit Kenya, with the rains receding to just light showers, and the long dry season not far ahead. The high grasses can sometimes make it more of a challenge to spot game, but the landscapes are lush and some animals may begin arriving early for the migration. At altitude nights can be cool, but elsewhere the temperature is pleasant.

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July

July marks the beginning of the great migration into the Masai Mara, and with warm and generally dry weather, this is a great time of year to visit. Days are sunny, skies are blue and there isn't too much dust around, so it's a great time for photography.

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August

The migration is now in full swing in the Masai Mara, with lots of river crossing action, so if you want to see those massive herds of wildebeest and zebra, now is the time to come. Game viewing in general is excellent and it's one of the most popular times of year to visit, so some of the main parks do become crowded. Temperatures are warm and dry.

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September

Game viewing continues to be excellent, and the weather is generally dry so this is another ideal month to visit Kenya's parks. The bush is less dense and as animals gather around waterholes and rivers it makes wildlife spotting much easier.

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October

October is a great time if you want to avoid the crowds and don't mind the temperature slowly starting to rise. There may be a few short showers, but game viewing remains excellent with the end of the migration, and it's a good time to holiday anywhere in Kenya.

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November

November heralds the start of the 'short rains' and with hotter temperatures some camps are closed. The Mara however is still open, and despite sometimes stormy skies, game viewing is still good. Fewer crowds and lower prices make this an attractive month to visit. Over on the coast water clarify is good for snorkelling and diving.

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December

The 'short rains' are bringing the landscapes back to life, and as the plains start to become green again, wildlife viewing remains good, and it's a great time for birding. Some camps are closed (mainly in the north of Kenya) but many others remain open. The showers tend to fall in the afternoons and don't impact greatly on a safari. Take advantage of reduced visitor numbers and lower prices.

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