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Kenya in December

December

The short rains clear from mid-month or so, preparing for January’s dry conditions – and Kenya is a dream destination for a Christmas/New Year holiday.

What's the weather going to be like in Kenya in December?

  • Days and nights are warm to hot, more so towards the end of the month – if you holiday on the coast, you’ll relish the fresh sea breeze
  • The short rains season comes to an end in about mid-December, preparing the way for the dry conditions of January and February
  • Temperatures increase as the month progresses

What are the highlights of visiting Kenya in December?

  • Usually, December is cheaper and quieter than other months, such as July to October (the long dry season) – and Kenya is a dream destination for Christmas and New Year
  • You can avoid the Christmas crowds by booking exclusive-use properties such as a safari house
  • Towards the end of the month, water sources begin to dry up, making for larger groups of wildlife around waterholes
  • The migratory bird species that arrived in November can still be spotted in parks and reserves
  • Landscapes look lush and green
  • It’s a good month for wildlife photography, and plant photos too

Any Lowlights?

  • Some properties close during December, especially in Kenya’s north region
  • Where safari camps and lodges are less available, prices tend to increase
  • If you’re considering going on safari over Christmas and New Year, you’ll need to book ahead to be sure of making the most of the best offers and staying in your favoured accommodation – tourist numbers can swell from mid-month
  • The rains attract mosquitoes
  • The lushness of the bush can result in trickier wildlife viewing

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