Best time to visit Kenya

Best time to visit Kenya

January

A dry-season month, January has high inland and coastal temperatures, with only occasional rainfall – it’s one of the best times for viewing wildlife.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 27°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 10°C
  • Average rainfall = 55mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN KENYA IN JANUARY?

  • Days are hot and clear, but evening in Laikipia, Lewa and Mara can be cold
  • We’re in dry season, so only occasional short spells of rain occur, usually in the afternoon
  • It’s getting hotter throughout the month, and the water temperature around Kenya’s coast averages 27 degrees
  • Take layers for safari, including light waterproofs just in case
  • The Maasai Mara National Reserve receives just five days of rain in January and eight sunshine hours daily

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING KENYA IN JANUARY?

  • Good availability and rates at camps and lodges
  • The dry-season heat provides great conditions for watching wildlife
  • There are no mosquitoes
  • Parks and reserves are relatively quiet
  • Predators including big cats are commonly sighted on the plains, while the rivers contain good numbers of crocodile and hippo
  • There’s a possibility of spotting newborn animals
  • Migratory birds may be viewed
  • The average water temperature (27°C) is superb for snorkelling and diving, with very little surface run-off – look out for rays and turtles
  • The warmer evenings invite photographers out to snap some stunning sunsets, whether on evening game drives or while sinking sundowners

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • Day-to-day temperatures can be difficult to predict
  • There’s high humidity around the coast
  • January is not a Great Migration month – if you’re keen to see the migration, we recommend visiting the Maasai Mara from July to September

RECOMMENDED SAFARIS TO KENYA IN JANUARY