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Kenya in October


October is the last month before the short rains begin – wildlife viewing is fantastic due to dry conditions, and the herds of the Great Migration are grazing in the Maasai Mara.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 28°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 11°C
  • Average rainfall = 20mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

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

  • Days and nights are dry and clear
  • We’re in dry season, so the likelihood of rainfall is very small
  • Temperatures are warm to very hot, but cold in the evenings
  • It’s shorts-and-tees weather, or light trousers if you prefer
  • This is the final month of the dry season, just before the short rains of November and December begin

What are the highlights of visiting Kenya in October?

  • There’s good availability of properties
  • October heralds a significant decrease in accommodation prices
  • The dry season is fantastic for viewing wildlife
  • There are very few mosquitoes about
  • The huge herds of the Great Migration have just left the Maasai Mara National Reserve – if you’re set on seeing them, we recommend staying in the south-east of the Maasai Mara or the north-east of the Serengeti
  • Wildlife gathers around scarce water sources in the parks and reserves
  • Vast numbers of migratory birds start flying in from Europe – the north region of Amboseli National Park and the western side of Lake Nakuru are particularly brilliant for birders
  • January and February are considered best for a beach holiday in Kenya, but October is excellent for exploring reefs – and the diving and snorkelling season resumes this month
  • Impressive concentrations of wildlife around waterholes make for fantastic photo opportunities, and there are gorgeous sunsets from the beaches of Funzi Keys Island

Any Lowlights?

  • Towards the end of the month, the short-rains season might bring occasional rainfall, typically showers in the afternoon
  • Coastal areas can be affected by the south-easterly monsoon

Recommended Safaris to Kenya in October