When to Travel to Kenya

The time of year you visit Kenya depends entirely on what you want to get out of Kenya holidays. Whilst there are certain timeframes that are best for some things, you can usually find something to do all year round.

Between July and October the wildebeest migration takes place through the Masai Mara which is when thousands of animals arrive in the area in search of food and water. This means you are more likely to see river crossings and a wide range of species. However, the Mara is home to an abundance of game year round so visiting between December and March will not be disappointing.
April, May and November tend to be particularly rainy, so Kenya holidays might be best avoided at this time if you are looking for glorious sunshine. The roads also have the tendency to turn into muddy, often impassable quagmires making game drives a little trickier.

Sightings of wildlife in the north of Kenya may prove more difficult or, if you look at it in another way, more of an adventure. If you are determined to observe the game on Kenya holidays, then your best bet is travelling between July and October in the dry season or, alternatively, in the warmer season which takes place between December and March.

Kenya holidays don’t always mean safaris. Many people visit this spectacular country for its beautiful beaches and laid back way of life. If you plan on catching up on some rest and relaxation on the coast, then we recommend you visit between late November and March or between late July and early October when the temperatures are at their hottest and the rains are nowhere to be seen.

Things to Do in Kenya

  • Masai Mara

Kenya holidays usually mean one thing; safaris, and there is no better place than the Masai Mara National Reserve which happens to be the most popular game park in the country. The reserve stretches out across almost 124 square miles of the Serengeti plains and is home to numerous species such as lions, cheetahs, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, and hippos. If you go at the right time of year you can experience the spectacular wildebeest migration which sees thousands of animals converge in the reserve in search of food and water. The reserve has been named after the Masai tribe who migrated from the Nile Valley and still live in the area today carrying out their fascinating traditions.  

  • Great Rift Valley

For breathtaking views and stunning scenery on Kenya holidays, head to the Great Rift Valley which boasts sweeping views across the vast space between Nairobi and Naivasha. Here you can witness the 2000m high walls plunging down to the smooth valley floor which is characterised by a small number of volcanoes and salty lakes.

  • Mombasa

Mombasa has a distinctly Arabic vibe running through its vein and is ideal for those who are hoping Kenya holidays will provide a healthy dose of history and culture. Visit the Old Town which is a rabbit warren of narrow, vibrant streets and watch the sailing dhows down in the Old Harbour before hitting up any one of the numerous museums.

  • Nairobi

Nairobi, as the capital city, is a popular starting point for Kenya holidays. Don’t write it off as simply a landing spot though, as it is a haven of history and knowledge. Check out some of the fascinating museums that the city is famous for, such as the ethnographic museum where you can find out about the cultural traditions of the country’s tribes, or the National Museum to wander amongst fascinating archaeological exhibits.

  • Watersports and Beaches

Kenya holidays are the perfect opportunity to dabble in a bit of fun in the sun. The stunning coastline plays host to a number of water-based activities set against the idyllic backdrop of pearly white beaches and sparkling waters. Try scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, waterskiing, swimming and surfing on Kenya’s Coral Coast to get up close and personal with the enchanting underwater world.