Best Seasons of the year to Visit Kenya for Safaris

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It is very important to know the best time to visit Kenya for safaris. Weather determines what you will see in the wild, sea and what activities to do at the beach.

Weather is divided into summer, winter autumn and spring. In Africa, there are two seasons the dry season and the wet season. It is very important what you should know what will encounter in the wet season and dry season of the year.

Kenya is one of those countries one can visit throughout the year, this is because it does not have very cold weather seasons that will results in snow, however, there are times in Kenya that are considered the best time to visit for safaris and beach holidays. This page will explain in detail the best time to visit Kenya for safaris.

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Visiting Kenya for safaris during March to April (Short peak season)

January, February and Early March are very hot seasons in Kenya. During this season the grass will be very dry and animals will be looking for water and grass to eat. Most trees will shed their leaves. You will see a lot of wildlife between January and Early much. Wildlife animals are spotted easily spotted in. Herds of herbivores like elephants, impalas, zebra, gazelles will be spotted easily. At rivers and dams because the grass will be very dry. Wildlife needs water each day for them to survive.

Animals will only have to come out to the open to look for water, grass and leaves. Herbivores would not be able to hide in thick bushes. On the other hand. Big cat carnivores like lions, cheetahs, and leopards will be around the water catchment.

When you visit these First three months of the year. You will see wildlife which could not see during the wet season. This is a good time for you to see animals like zebras, impalas and buffaloes with their young ones.

If you are thinking of beach holidays and sporting water sport activities, then this is the best time you can come to Kenya. The hot weather and clear sky will give you an opportunity to do activities like snorkelling, sunbathing and scuba diving. Do you want to see spinner dolphins?

The first month of the year are good for you to see spinner dolphins at Wasini Island. Dolphins are is spotted jumping and rolling in the air. Mombasa marine park and reserve and Kisite Mpungute National Reserve. From January to March, most trees will shade the leaves. Most birds will not be seen making their nests on trees. Therefore it will not be a good season for birding in Kenya. Malaria infection is also very low from January to March.

See Zebras during the high peak season
Zebras are big nine wildlife and can be easily seen during the dry season

Visiting Kenya For Safaris between April to June (Long Off-peak season)

April is the beginning of long rains in Kenya. The dry grass that weathered during the first month of the year will start to grow again. Trees will be green and birds will start chirping.  When grass grows there will be less movement of wild animals. Wild animals will relax since the grass they eat has a lot of moisture. Wild animals will not need a lot of water to drink, grass and leaves will be plenty.

You won’t be able to see much wildlife because they can be hiding in bushes. Trees in the national parks will look very green and with many leaves. Animals like lions and leopards will hide in the thick bushes.   Parasites like mosquitoes and tsetse flies will increase so you need a good mosquito repellant to avoid getting Malaria.   During this season starting from April to June. Kenya has had low bookings in hotels and lodges.Sometimes some hotels, camps and lodges will have to shut down

A weaver bird in Tsavo East National park during low season
Birds build their nests during the rain seasons

July to October Best time to visit Kenya (Long peak season)

In July the dry season will begin. It also starts with the weather being very cold

. This will make the grass dry very fast. Trees shading their leaves, and this is also the best time to visit the national parks for game drives.

The dry weather will bring competition for food and water; the herbivores will be looking for grass, leaves and water to drink. Grass and leaves are very dry the herbivores must drink water each day. You will see many animals very easily than rain season.

On other hand. Many carnivores like lions, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, and cheetahs will be busy looking for an opportunity to catch prey. It is will not be easy for carnivores like lions, leopards and cheetahs to catch prey during the season. This gives you the opportunity to see both the carnivores and herbivores easily; it is during this period of July to November when you can see the migration of much wildlife like wildebeests, zebras and impalas in Masai Mara national reserve. These are the months you can see lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses, zebras and rhinos.

From August to October. It is also one of the best times you can visit Kenya if you would like to see humpback dolphins in the Malindi Marine National Reserve.

Wildebeest migration in Masa Mara during high peak season
Wildebeests migration in Masai Mara national reserve during the dry season
November to December (Short peak season)

These months are not very bad for safaris. The weather is not very hot or too cold for adventures on the beaches. Birds will also be making their nests during this season. This is a good time you can visit Kenya to see wildebeest migration from Masai Mara to Serengeti. If you would like to know which season you should visit Kenya for Safari please Click here to contact us.

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