Rain is not much fun on a beach holiday, so we recommend avoiding April and May if you want to include time by the coast. However, on safari it has less of an impact. In Kenya, where climate change is tending to make marginal places more arid, rainfall is welcomed. Rain in Kenya often comes as sharp showers, refreshing the land, sometimes creating spectacular cloudscapes. It tends to come early afternoon or overnight and so early morning safaris usually see the driest part of the day.
If Easter falls in April, you may experience the beginning of the main rains, though often these don’t start in earnest until the second half of April. The main summer holidays coincide with the immense migration of wildebeest, antelope and zebra and good weather. This is the busiest time of year, making it even more important to stay on private reserves. Christmas usually sees warm, mainly dry weather. It is a great time for safaris and the coast, but you need to book early as this is a narrow time window.