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Best Time to Visit Kenya


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.

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 to 81 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 (81°F) is superb for snorkeling 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

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