When is the best time to go to Kenya?

When is the best time to go to Kenya? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Kenya, the weather is good everywhere in January and February
  • The best months to go to Nairobi are January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Nairobi are January, February, March, April, September, October and November, and the coldest months are January, June, July, August and December
  • April is the wettest month in this city
  • The cities with the best climate are Lake Naivasha National Park, Mombasa, Garissa, Kitale, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi, Mandera, Sibiloi National Park and Wajir, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Mombasa are January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December

Annual weather in Kenya

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Kenya for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 49°F to 97°F
0 to 11 days*
February 50°F to 99°F
0 to 11 days*
March 52°F to 99°F
2 to 16 days*
April 54°F to 95°F
6 to 25 days*
May 54°F to 94°F
1 to 26 days*
June 50°F to 94°F
0 to 20 days*
July 50°F to 92°F
0 to 19 days*
August 52°F to 94°F
0 to 23 days*
September 54°F to 95°F
0 to 22 days*
October 54°F to 95°F
2 to 22 days*
November 52°F to 95°F
4 to 23 days*
December 50°F to 95°F
1 to 18 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Kenya by cities

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The best months to go to Nairobi are january, february, march, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Lake Naivasha National Park

Lake Naivasha National Park

The best months to go to Lake Naivasha National Park are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The best months to go to Maasai Mara National Reserve are january, february, march, june, july, august, september and october.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Kenya

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Kenya and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Nairobi, Lake Naivasha National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Mombasa and Mount Kenya National Park, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Kenya

Find out when Kenya has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Kenya

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November. The number of visitors to Kenya is high in: July, August and December.

  • Very low season in Kenya: March, April and May.
  • Low season in Kenya: January, February, June, September, October and November.
  • High season in Kenya: July and August.
  • Peak season in Kenya: December.

Figure: Visitor index for Kenya month by month

Average price for flights to Kenya

A return flight between London and Nairobi is generally cheaper if you go in november ($ 561 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 265 more for your airline ticket to Nairobi if you go in august.

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Where to go in Kenya?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Lake Naivasha National Park77°F79°F79°F76°F74°F74°F72°F74°F76°F76°F74°F74°F
Maasai Mara National Reserve83°F85°F85°F81°F79°F79°F81°F83°F85°F85°F83°F81°F
Mount Kenya National Park72°F74°F74°F72°F70°F70°F68°F68°F72°F72°F70°F70°F
Tsavo West National Park86°F90°F90°F86°F85°F85°F85°F85°F86°F88°F86°F85°F
Amboseli National Park83°F86°F86°F85°F83°F85°F83°F85°F86°F88°F85°F81°F
Marsabit National Park86°F88°F88°F86°F86°F86°F85°F86°F88°F88°F85°F85°F
Mwingi National Reserve76°F77°F79°F76°F76°F76°F74°F76°F77°F77°F74°F74°F
Sibiloi National Park97°F99°F97°F95°F94°F94°F92°F92°F95°F95°F95°F95°F


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Is this weather information for Kenya reliable?

Climate data for Kenya has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Kenya allows us to determine the average for each month in Nairobi, Lake Naivasha National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Mombasa, Mount Kenya National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Amboseli National Park, Garissa, and 25 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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