The Best Time of Year to Visit Kenya

To help make your dream safari holiday or family adventure be one to remember, discover when to visit Kenya with Scott Dunn.

Best time to visit

As the equator runs through the country, Kenya’s climate is consistently warm throughout the seasons, making it a great destination to enjoy a range of activities at any time of year.

At Scott Dunn, our travel experts are on hand to help you craft your perfect Kenyan holiday based on when you’d like to travel and what you want to see and do.

Whether you’re wondering when’s the best time to visit Kenya for a safari or simply want to enjoy the country’s stunning beaches in the best conditions, we’ve got you covered.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Kenya?

For those looking for the best time of year to visit Kenya, there’s truly no ‘bad time’ to plan your trip, as each season brings its own rewards.

Kenya’s part of the Southern Hemisphere, with the winter months running from June to August, and December to February making up the summer. However, since the equator runs right through Kenya, the weather stays between the mid-20s and 30s throughout the year and doesn’t change much between the summer and winter months. Instead, Kenya’s seasons are shaped by the rains. The annual deluge falls in April and May (which can make travelling around the country and safari trips a challenge), with the dry season lasting from July to October.

The best time to visit Kenya for ideal safari weather conditions is the dry season. With its warm and sunny climate, this period is perfect for safaris and offers a chance to witness one of the animal kingdom’s most magnificent phenomena: the annual Wildebeest Migration. However, it’s important to note that prices will be at their peak during this time, with accommodation often booked out a year in advance, so planning is essential.

For those seeking a more exclusive experience, have you heard of Kenya’s secret season? Between November and March, dramatic skies, warm weather, and fewer crowds make this break before the rainy season a truly rewarding time to visit.

Whenever you want to travel, here are some of our favourite things to do in Kenya throughout the year.

Climate guide for Kenya

, Kenya

Average temperatures (Celsius) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
23°C 5mm
Feb
27°C 5mm
Mar
30°C 11mm
Apr
35°C 25mm
May
39°C 23mm
Jun
41°C 19mm
Jul
42°C 25mm
Aug
41°C 23mm
Sep
40°C 23mm
Oct
36°C 22mm
Nov
29°C 16mm
Dec
24°C 9mm
Jan
32°C 1mm
Feb
33°C 2mm
Mar
33°C 6mm
Apr
32°C 9mm
May
30°C 10mm
Jun
29°C 5mm
Jul
28°C 2mm
Aug
28°C 4mm
Sep
29°C 5mm
Oct
30°C 6mm
Nov
31°C 6mm
Dec
32°C 4mm
Jan
29°C 9mm
Feb
31°C 10mm
Mar
31°C 17mm
Apr
30°C 27mm
May
29°C 14mm
Jun
28°C 5mm
Jul
28°C 2mm
Aug
30°C 3mm
Sep
30°C 7mm
Oct
30°C 9mm
Nov
30°C 15mm
Dec
28°C 13mm
Jan
29°C 4mm
Feb
31°C 4mm
Mar
30°C 8mm
Apr
25°C 12mm
May
24°C 7mm
Jun
23°C 6mm
Jul
22°C 1mm
Aug
23°C 3mm
Sep
25°C 3mm
Oct
26°C 4mm
Nov
24°C 7mm
Dec
25°C 5mm
Jan
26°C 0mm
Feb
27°C 36mm
Mar
27°C 0mm
Apr
25°C 0mm
May
24°C 0mm
Jun
23°C 0mm
Jul
21°C 0mm
Aug
21°C 0mm
Sep
25°C 0mm
Oct
26°C 0mm
Nov
24°C 1mm
Dec
24°C 0mm
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