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When to Go

Best time to see the MIgration

A diverse geography means a varied regional climate but Kenya is generally regarded as a year-round holiday destination. However, if you’re looking for a specific experience – the wildebeest migration, the best beach weather or swimming with whale sharks – then you’ll need to plan according to season.

Kenya’s January – March peak safari season delivers in terms of comfort and game viewing. It’s warm and mostly dry and sunny with many animals concentrated around water. Visitor numbers are high – especially in popular parks – so it’s worth thinking about an out-of-season safari if you want to avoid the crowds. Kenya’s safari destinations turn green and leafy during the ‘long rains’ of late March to June and the ‘short rains’ of October to December. It makes for great photography and you’ll also enjoy low season accommodation and tour rates.

By late July the wildebeest are arriving in the Masai Mara and it’s the best time to see the herds crossing crocodile-infested rivers. It is however a very popular time to travel so book well in advance! The wildebeest stay in the Masai Mara until the short rains send them south into the Serengeti but ‘the Mara’ is worth visiting any time of year thanks to its diverse and abundant wildlife.

Visitors to Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast and islands can expect hot and humid conditions all year round. Rain can fall at any time but is heaviest between mid-March and late May. The best conditions for diving and snorkelling is between October and January (especially November). Divers keen to swim with whale sharks should visit Kenya between October and April when these gentle giants migrate along the Kenyan coast.

Jan/ Feb/ Mar
Peak safari season; great for beach holidays
Apr/ May/ Jun
‘Long’ rains across Kenya; low season
Jul/ Aug/ Sep/ Oct
Best time for Masai Mara migration
Nov/ Dec
‘Short’ rains; great time for beaches


Perfect safari and beach destination

1. See the Great Migration

Kenya’s legendary Masai Mara greets the arrival of the herds with crocodile-infested rivers, big cats, hyena packs & wild dogs – it’s nature at her most dramatic.

2. Ride a Hot Air Balloon

Watching the sun rise over the African savannah is a sight never forgotten; enjoy it from 1000 feet up & come down for a champagne breakfast. A must-do in migration season!

3. Live ‘Out of Africa’

Looking for a candle-lit tented camp set under flat-topped acacias? Kenya is where it all began – luxurious, old-world accommodation with private butlers, afternoon tea & silver service.

4. Hit the Beach

Home to dazzling beaches packed with activities & offering superb diving, Kenya is perfect for a safari & beach holiday. Choose between family resorts, romantic lodges & exclusive islands.

5. Check out Kilimanjaro

Africa’s iconic peak stands in Tanzania but the best views are enjoyed from Kenya’s Amboseli Park. You’ll sit back to good game viewing too.

6. Have a Breakfast

Kenya travel usually needs a night in Nairobi: super-size your stay-over at the city’s Giraffe Manor & enjoy one of the world’s most unique dining experiences.

7. Meet the Maasai

The red-robed Maasai people are synonymous with Kenya’s savannahs & many lodges offer guided visits to local communities. You’ll learn how to track game, make fire & even perform the famous ‘jumping dance’.

8. Look for Flamingos

Kenya’s central highlands are home to flamingo-covered lakes, the Aberdares forest & Mt Kenya; further north are family-friendly Meru Park & the wild Samburu Reserve – home to big cats & desert animals.

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