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When to go?

You will hear varying ideas about the timing of your trip, but keep in mind that Kenya and Tanzania are great year round destinations. Each season has its advantages, so if you have fixed dates for travel, chances are you will be able to have a great trip no matter where you are going. It is important to understand the seasonal trends and how they will affect your trip; but remember that weather is variable and so it is quite possible to go for days without rain during the peak of the rainy season, or have thundershowers in the middle of the dry season.
 
January and February
Weather: Hot and dry
Advantages
  • Bird life flocks to the Rift Valley lakes in the greatest numbers. Excellent for bird watching
  • Drier seasons generally preferable for game viewing; Dry spells force game to congregate around the limited water sources, and sparser foliage makes the animals easier to find and see.
  • Dry weather offers more reliable road conditions.
  • Calving season
  • Ideal for mountain climbing
Disadvantages
Many of the properties i.e. hotels, lodges and tented camps enjoy their highest occupancy, and game reserves and parks endure more traffic, during these dry seasons.
 
March - May
Weather: Rainy season
 
Advantages
  • Less crowding in the parks
  • Calving and nesting season.
  • Pasture is abundant so animal concentrations at their highest.
  • Excellent time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park, carpeted by thousands of lesser flamingos that call it home
  • Wildebeest migration in Northern Tanzania
  • Off peak season; therefore a cheaper time to travel
Disadvantages
  • The rains make access to some of Kenya and Tanzania’s parks and reserves difficult; trekking also becomes a little more cumbersome.
  • Animals tend to spread out thus animal concentrations are lower.
  • Vegetation lush making it harder to spot the animals
 June – September
Weather: Dry, but also coolest months of the year (June-Aug)
 
Advantages
  • The great annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara
  • Drier seasons generally preferable for game viewing as animals concentrate around water sources.
  • Dry weather offers more reliable road conditions
Disadvantages
Most popular time to visit Kenya and Tanzania, therefore more crowded than other times of the year.
Many of the properties i.e. hotels, lodges and tented camps enjoy their highest occupancy, and game reserves and parks endure more traffic, during these dry seasons. Reservations must be made 6 – 8 months in advance.
 
September – October
Great time for mountain climbing
 
October - December
Weather: Short rain season
 
Advantages
  • Less crowding in the parks
  • Relatively cool temperatures.
  • Off peak season; therefore a cheaper time to travel
  • Wildebeest migration moves onto Tanzania.
Disadvantages
  • The rains make access to some of Kenya and Tanzania’s parks and reserves difficult; trekking also becomes a little more cumbersome.
  • Animals tend to spread out thus animal concentrations are lower.
  • Vegetation is lush making it harder to spot the animals.