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Best Time To Visit Kenya

Understanding Kenya’s climate

The best time to visit Kenya depends on your planned activities. Divided by the equator, Kenya enjoys a tropical climate.

Kenya’s weather is generally favorable, though the coast can be very humid, and the areas around Lake Magadi and Lake Turkana experience hot, desert-like conditions. Most regions have daytime temperatures ranging from 71-91°F, rarely dropping below 55°F at night. Even during the short rains, daytime humidity is low, and the skies are clear enough to see the Milky Way at night.

During the coolest months of June, July, and August, temperatures in Nairobi hover around 60°F and can drop to about 50°F in the Aberdare region and the Mount Kenya massif.

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Best time to visit Kenya by season

  • Hot Months: January to March
  • Long Rains: April to June
  • Cold Months: June to August
  • Short Rains: November to December

During the short rains, it rarely rains all day. Short, heavy showers are typically followed by sunny periods, making this a very pleasant time to visit Kenya

What to Pack for Kenya Tours

Safari wear should be comfortable and casual. Since evenings and early mornings can be chilly, warm sweaters are recommended. Low-heeled, comfortable sports or trekking shoes are best for walking safaris.

We recommend packing warm clothes, including a fleece or light wool sweater and socks, in addition to your regular safari gear. During the day, it can get quite hot, so remember to bring sunglasses, high-factor sunscreen, and a sun hat with a small brim.

For specialist trips like mountain climbing, extra clothing and footwear are necessary. Many hotels, lodges, and camps have swimming pools, so pack a swimsuit as well.

Due to limited space in vehicles and light aircraft, we advise packing minimally. Use a small bag weighing no more than 15 kgs, the luggage limit for local flights. Almost all safari lodges and camps offer same-day laundry service.

Popular Trips to Kenya

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Best Places To Visit

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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Tsavo East & West National Park

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park, located near the town of Nakuru in Kenya, covers approximately 188 square kilometers. It

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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park, in southern Kenya, is famous for its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife. Located about 240

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Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve, located in northern Kenya, is a wildlife-rich area characterized by its stunning landscapes and unique

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Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park, established in 1946, is a unique wildlife reserve located just 7 kilometers from Nairobi’s city

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Things To Do

Live your safari dream on your Kenya tour with us – where the Masai Mara, the Great Migration, vast savannas, and untouched beaches await. Click the link below to explore our curated list of the top ten highlights, attractions, and activities to experience in Kenya.

Safety

While Kenya is widely regarded as a safe travel destination, it is advisable to travel in a group or with a local tour guide rather than independently. To ensure your safety during your visit, our experts have curated some essential guidelines for traveling in Kenya.

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2024-05-27
Unforgettable trip to Serengeti with African Diurnal Safari It was a fantastic trip especially with my escort driver. He’s very patient and makes sure I see what I want. It interesting see these wild animals in their own habitat. I was able to see big 3 out of the big 3; Elephants, lion and buffalo. I saw cheetah too so that will replace my leopard, unfortunately I couldn’t see Rhino. There were numerous animals at Serengati aside the big 5.
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2024-04-03
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2023-10-11
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2023-09-12
Remarkable Lifetime Safari Experience! I had an unforgettable safari with Lameck's team. The tailored made itinerary for me as solo woman traveller, quick and easy communication and well controlled within my budget with quality accommodations! My driver Samson was a great guide and he knows everything about wildlife and parks, within five days I was lucky to see all the big five up close. I would definitely recommend African Diurnal Safaris to anyone looking for remarkable lifetime safari experience.
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2023-05-19
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2023-05-07
Amazing! Wonderful experience! My tour guide taught me so much about the Serengeti and the animals that live inside. We had an amazing picnic lunch under a tree in the Serengeti while watching animals graze in front of us. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I highly recommend!
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2022-12-16
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2022-11-16
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2022-11-15
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