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The best time to travel to Kenya

The best time to travel to Kenya can depend on which area of the country you are touring, as weather can vary depending on geography.

In general, the best time to visit Kenya is either January or February when the dry, hot season brings wildlife to waterholes, making them easy to spot – or from June to October, when wildebeest sweep through the Masai Mara in dramatic numbers. 

For festivals, January is the ideal time to visit the coast and see the dhow racing in Lamu, or to Mombasa in November to kick up your heels and join the local Mombasa festival as it flows down the main street.

Climate charts for cities and places within Kenya

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Amboseli

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2984 2781 2577 2475 2475 2577 2781 2882 2882 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1763 1763 1661 1457 1355 1355 1457 1559 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 7 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 512 502 1064 25410 1546 392 261 151 131 361 1345 954
Rainy Days 9 7 10 16 11 3 3 3 2 5 14 13
Humidity M M M L L N N N L M M M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lake Naivasha

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2577 2373 2272 2170 2068 2170 2272 2373 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 948 1152 1050 948 846 846 745 846 948 846
Sunshine hours 6 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 6 6 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 381 422 602 1395 1034 432 381 432 371 462 703 522
Rainy Days 11 11 15 22 19 11 12 12 11 14 20 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lake Nakuru National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2781 2577 2475 2373 2373 2373 2475 2577 2475 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 1050 1152 1152 1050 1050 1050 948 948 1050 948
Sunshine hours 8 8 7 6 7 7 6 6 7 7 6 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 422 331 592 1265 1235 833 994 1235 803 763 1034 562
Rainy Days 8 9 12 21 18 14 16 18 14 16 18 11
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lake Victoria

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3086 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1763 1763 1661 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 402 663 1175 1697 1385 532 412 472 542 723 1104 944
Rainy Days 12 13 18 23 20 14 11 12 14 17 21 15
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2882 2781 2679 2577 2475 2577 2781 2781 2679 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1152 1152 1152 1050 1050 1050 1050 1152 1152 1050
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 7 7 7 5 6 7 7 6 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 572 572 944 2329 1165 151 161 231 211 2118 27911 1034
Rainy Days 10 8 12 19 13 8 11 8 7 13 22 16
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Masai Mara

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2781 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2679 2781 2679 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1254 1355 1355 1152 1050 1152 1152 1254 1254 1254
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 954 984 1325 1867 1185 572 331 462 602 693 1185 1004
Rainy Days 13 13 16 22 18 10 8 9 9 12 16 15
Humidity L L L L L L N L L L L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Meru National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3391 3493 3493 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3391 3493 3290 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1966 1966 1864 1661 1661 1661 1661 1864 1864 1763
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 120 110 371 1265 241 0 0 0 0 381 1546 723
Rainy Days 6 5 8 15 8 0 0 0 3 8 18 12
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mombasa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3290 3290 3188 2984 2882 2882 2882 2984 2984 3188 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2475 2373 2170 2170 2170 2170 2272 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 7 8 7 8 9 9 9 9
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 291 171 582 1767 27511 1044 833 643 663 894 964 632
Rainy Days 5 3 7 14 19 13 14 13 12 12 12 12
Humidity E E E E E VH VH E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2882 2984 2882 2781 2679 2577 2577 2679 2781 2882

Nairobi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2679 2475 2373 2272 2170 2170 2475 2577 2373 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1355 1457 1355 1152 1050 1050 1152 1254 1355 1355
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 7 6 5 4 4 6 7 7 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 572 492 934 24410 1867 422 221 271 291 673 1516 994
Rainy Days 9 8 13 20 18 7 6 7 5 9 20 12
Humidity L L L L N N N N N L N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Samburu National Reserve

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3290 3290 3188 3086 3086 2984 2984 3188 3290 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1763 1864 1864 1864 1661 1661 1661 1763 1864 1864 1661
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 7 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 361 361 934 27911 1355 100 50 70 100 1626 2309 823
Rainy Days 7 5 8 16 9 4 5 5 4 9 18 12
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Shompole

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3391 3493 3391 3290 3086 3086 2984 3086 3290 3391 3290 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 2068 2068 1966 1864 1763 1763 1864 1966 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 8 9 8 9
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 452 492 743 1064 472 70 40 30 70 191 422 572
Rainy Days 9 9 13 18 12 4 2 1 3 6 12 11
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A