What kind of weather can you expect during your Kenya safari?
Because of Kenya’s diverse habitats and elevations, temperatures and rainfall vary widely from region to region. The country can be divided into four sections: the arid north, savannah in the south, the central highlands, and the lowlands of the coast and along Lake Victoria. There really is no bad time to visit Kenya because game is good year-round (especially in the Mara!) and the rains, which can be heavy, typically don’t last long. Resident game is always good in Kenya, no matter where you are. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, zebra, antelope, rhino, and all the major and most minor animals can be found in good numbers in Kenya any time of the year. The migration brings the incredible numbers of wildebeests, zebra and gazelle into Kenya but you can still find those animals, in lower numbers, the rest of the year.
January-February: January marks the end of the short rains. The water is beginning to dry up and animals are beginning to congregate at the watering holes, making them easier to spot and increasing movement to find prey. Weather is typically hot and dry, with the largest concentration of birdlife on the Rift Valley Lakes (Lake Nakuru). February is even hotter and dryer.
March: March is typically hot and dry but the long rains can begin in mid to late March. However, before the rains come March is optimal game viewing because until those rains come, the land gets dryer and visibility is high.
April-May: This is the "rainy" season. The long rains are typically showers in the early AM but then clear skies and milder temperatures till early evening. As the rains come the land starts to turn green and lush. While this is the rainy season, rains typically do not last long and don’t affect safari in most areas. Some roads become inaccessible during this time but not the roads we will be using. Note that we are in 4x4 Land Cruisers, not the safari minivans.
June-September: These are generally the best months because the temperatures are down…game viewing is good YEAR ROUND! However, July through September is when the migration is typically in the Masai Mara - crossing in July and crossing back in September. June through September is a great time to visit Lake Nakuru for birdlife as well.
October-December: These are the short rains. Temperatures start to increase but game viewing is still excellent and prices are down from peak season levels.