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Kenya climate, rainfall, temperature and seasons

Once travellers have just booked up personalised Kenya holidays, it is the immediate post booking phase which is incredibly exciting for the individuals involved.


Sandwiched in between a few celebratory glasses of champagne, most would-be explorers will take to the internet, scurrying to source out additional day trips, local trails, souvenir shops and so on.


To assist such excitable souls, we have pieced together a handy guide regarding what weather travellers can expect during their holidays in East Africa.


 Kenya Climate



Given Kenya’s sheer vastness in comparison to the UK, travellers will soon find out that the climate differs dramatically depending on the region visited.


For those staying in Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, tourists can expect a tropical climate while for those travelling to the likes of the Turkana National Park in Kenya’s north, the climate in this region of the country is arid.


Throughout the duration of the year, Kenya receives a great deal of sunshine with light clothes advised to be packed in one’s suitcase, not to mention all necessary sun block measures.



Pre-determined envisagement’s of Kenya usually revolve around a dry savannah or plain distinguished by a lone acacia tree and a giraffe.


In reality, it must be mentioned that Kenya receives its fair share of rainfall and again, some regions are more prone to severe showers than others.


For visitors to Kenya’s Western Plateau, they can expect to experience rainfall all year round but it’s not all bad news. Invigorating day trips to the likes of the Aberdare National Park in Kenya’s Central Highlands are met by a temperate climate with June to October representing this region’s dry months.



We’ve mentioned that some regions of Kenya receive high rainfall but don’t let this deceive you; Kenya is hot all year round in the general sense with coastal regions such as Mombasa and Malindi being cooler localities given their Oceanside location.


Many Kenya safari adventures originate out of Nairobi and in the country’s capital, February represents the hottest month with a maximum temperature of 26 degrees but the temperature doesn’t drop below 21 degrees all year round.


However, for those looking to tackle Kenya’s famous Masai Mara, visitors wanting to make the most of their trip are advised to travel between July and October when the optimum number of wildlife is out roaming the plains of this fascinating reserve.



Seasons in Kenya are split into two distinct categories - the ‘long rains’ season and the ‘short rains’ season.


The long rains take place between March and the start of June and game drives often take place during the early mornings with heavy rainfall occurring in the late afternoon. For tourists, visiting Kenya is generally quieter during this season.


The short rains occur throughout October and November and following this period is what is officially categorised as the Kenyan summer whereas June to October represents winter but you wouldn’t know it - unless you’re hiking up Mount Kenya where understandably, it gets rather chilly!



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