Kenya

Unforgettable wildlife, varied and glorious scenery and fabulous tropical beaches, all in one country.

Overview

Kenya is arguably the classic safari destination in Africa. An image evoked by unforgettable film scores, powerful novels and wildlife documentaries: from the adventure, scenery and romance of Out of Africa to the drama of the Big Cat Diaries. There is nowhere to compare with a Kenya luxury safari for its diversity of landscapes, eco-systems and wildlife. Indeed the very term ‘safari’ was coined here. It’s the local Swahili word for ‘a journey’. The timeless combination of tropical beaches and renowned wildlife creates the perfect Kenya safari.

Many people worry that their game-viewing might be spoiled by hordes of minibuses crowding around sightings. Certainly this is a problem in the more accessible and developed parts of the Kenyan game reserves. Some lodges are large and sophisticated, but not the ones we use. Rather we favour the smaller game reserves and independent safari lodges. These are off the beaten track and work closely with local communities.

Features

Why you may love it

  • Wildebeest migration through the Masai Mara – one of the most unique African safari experiences
  • Easiest destination to combine ‘bush and beach’
  • Offers first-class game-viewing, plus white sandy beaches and warm tropical oceans
  • Situated on the equator, so the climate is warm and pleasant when game-viewing is at its best
  • Offers wildlife tours, safari lodges and beach hotels to cater for all budgets
  • Infrastructure makes this quicker and more affordable than elsewhere in Africa

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When to visit Kenya

Mid-December to mid-March

Summer in Kenya

Due to its position on the Equator, the climate in Kenya is tropical with little overall seasonal variation in temperature. Rainfall is the greater differential. However Kenya does have three climatic zones. Broadly hot and humid on the coast. Hot and arid in the north and more temperate in the west and south-west where the higher altitude mitigates the temperatures. The summer is fairly dry and is the hottest season. The prevailing winds come from Arabia to the north (called Kaskazi).
AVG RAINFALL 72mm
HOURS OF SUNSHINE 9 Hours
MAX TEMP 29 ℃ / 84 ℉
MIN TEMP 14 ℃ / 57 ℉

Mid-March to May

Autumn in Kenya

The prevailing winds change and blow cooler, wetter weather in from the Indian Ocean. This brings the start of the “long rains” mid-March and this is the wettest time throughout Kenya. Many camps close during this time as park roads can become difficult to navigate.
AVG RAINFALL 195mm
HOURS OF SUNSHINE 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 15 ℃ / 59 ℉

June to mid-October

Winter in Kenya

This is the start of the long dry season which is also considered the best time to visit. The wildebeest migration crosses over from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara somewhere between mid-July and August so this is the peak safari season and peak time for visitors as well.
AVG RAINFALL 30mm
HOURS OF SUNSHINE 7½ Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 13 ℃ / 58 ℉

Mid-October to mid-December

Short Rains in Kenya

Again a change in prevailing winds heralds the second rainy period, the 'short rains', from mid October to early December. However the rain mainly takes the form of downpours or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, so it is not too disruptive to safari activities.
AVG RAINFALL 103mm
HOURS OF SUNSHINE 8 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 80 ℉
MIN TEMP 14 ℃ / 58 ℉

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  • Language68 different languages in Kenya
  • NameNamed after its tallest mountain, Mount Kenya

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