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Kenya in September


The Great Migration herds are grazing in the Maasai Mara, and there’s generally excellent wildlife viewing to enjoy during this dry-season month of the year.

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

  • Days are clear, with plenty of sunshine hours
  • It’s dry season, with only a small likelihood of rain
  • Temperatures increase as the month progresses
  • It’s hot enough for T-shirts and shorts, or light trousers if you prefer, but still take layers for the evening
  • On Kenya’s coast, Mombasa is particularly hot this time of year

What are the highlights of visiting Kenya in September?

  • Availability of properties is better than in July and August, as the school holidays come to an end and there are fewer Great Migration sightings in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • The dry-season conditions are perfect for watching wildlife
  • Mosquito numbers are low
  • Usually, the huge herds of the Great Migration do not cross rivers this month, but their sheer volumes on the plains entice lion, leopard, and other predators to hunt and kill
  • Wildlife clusters around scarce water sources, and Lake Naivasha is highly recommended for viewing giraffe, zebra, impala, and hippo
  • September is a great month for observing migratory birds, as well as specific highlights such as flamingo at lakes Bogoria and Nakuru
  • The clear conditions are ideal for wildlife photography

Any Lowlights?

  • It’s advisable to book your accommodation early if you’re hoping to travel during the first fortnight of September
  • Property prices are high
  • Hot weather and the Great Migration can continue to draw the crowds
  • If you’re interested in seeing the flamingos of lakes Bogoria and Nakuru, please be aware that they can be unpredictable in where they choose to settle

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