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Your bespoke Kenya safari holiday is all about abundant game viewing, jaw-dropping scenery and long sandy beaches.
Widely regarded as the home of the Safari, Kenya encapsulates the magic of East Africa. Boasting a seemingly never-ending Indian Ocean coastline, dramatic landscapes, over fifty National Parks and Reserves and some of the most unique game viewing experiences on the planet – it is not hard to see why a visit to Kenya sits atop the Wishlist of many travellers.
Kenya’s Parks and Reserves are ranked amongst the very best in the world because of both the iconic species they play host to and the almost unrivalled opportunity to create unforgettable memories for those lucky enough to visit. Amboseli’s world famous Elephant herds, the Rhino of Lake Nakuru and the millions of Wildebeest migrating across the Masai Mara’s grassy savannahs are just some of the reasons that over a million people a year visit this nature lover’s paradise.
The crystal blue water of Kenya’s coastline offers the perfect beach getaway for all from newly-wed couples on their honeymoon to families enjoying their school holidays. Boasting hundreds of miles of coral reef, the coast is perfect for taking some time for rest and relaxation and for those looking to fill their days with activities like snorkelling, diving, day tours and non-motorised water sports.
Culturally, Kenya is as assorted as it is fascinating. The population of approximately 30 million people is amongst the most diverse in Africa with over 40 different tribes living within its borders. With such a wide range of cultures, excellent wildlife, hundreds of miles of coral reef lined coast and unique topographical features such as Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley, Kenya is perfect for both a first-time visitor and the most seasoned of travellers.
When to go to Kenya
Find out the best time to visit Kenya with our month by month guide.
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.
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.
Still a good option for wildlife viewing and diving, although with the 'long rains' just around the corner, expect wetter and hotter weather.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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