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What is the best time to go on safari to Kenya?

 
As with many good questions, there is a short answer and a longer one. The short answer is that the main rains in Kenya arrive in early April and usually peter out in early June. Some safari lodges close then, using that time to refurbish and take a break. Kenya also sees “short rains” fall in November, though this is still a great time to visit.
Double rainbow over Kenya plains

Will rain be a problem on safari in Kenya?

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Elephants and zebras in the Masai Mara

Will rain be a problem on safari in Kenya?

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Bush breakfast under acacia tree

Will rain be a problem on safari in Kenya?

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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.
Family watching elephants in Laikipia

What is Kenya like at Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays?

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Wildebeest herd crossing river in a line

What is Kenya like at Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays?

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Family Christmas lunch at Lewa House in Kenya

What is Kenya like at Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays?

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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.
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