Weather Patterns

Kenya experiences the equatorial type of climate which consists of two seasons of rain,  Long rains (between April and June) and short periods of rains (between November and December). There is also a dry season (mid December to March) and a cool season popularly known as the perennial ‘winter spell’ (June to October)

 Regions within the country however vary in temperatures depending on humidity and altitude. Hence if you are down at the coastal region of Kenya you would expect temperatures not to go lower than the 20 degrees Celsius mark from dawn to dusk and rainfall at any time of day if you are up in the highlands.

January is known as the warm season – hot in lower altitude but with low humidity making the conditions tolerable. If you want to experience a Kenyan safari or a dive into the Indian Ocean, this is the month to mark on your calendar. February also falls within Kenya’s dry season and is still a good time to watch wildlife.The dry spell comes with almost cleared grazing fields; the action will be at the water points with predators trying their luck on the grazers.

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March is popular for lower rates and diving conditions while April is low season and marks the onset of Kenya’s long rains. This is also the ideal month for travelers wishing to enjoy the greenery and the low rates. In May you still get to enjoy the green vegetation and photography but you will find less wildlife compared to previous months. June and July have the coolest weather conditions and you can decide to experience the most comfortable conditions in the year or watch the amazing wildebeest migration in July. You can still catch up with the Great migration in August but you will have to endure tourist traffic on the roads leading to the park.

September has plain skies and slightly dry weather as ttemperatures begin to become warmer. It is low season for tourism hence you can enjoy a good quiet safari. For most visitors however October is a better month for adventure in the wild safari or diving in the ocean because of its dry weather conditions and low tourist numbers. November experiences the short rain season in its last two weeks and is ideal for safari if you are on a lean budget and want a quiet visit.  December’s mid-month marks the end of the shorter rains and the beginning of the tourism peak season.