Kenya in March

March

March starts pretty humid, with high temperatures and good visibility of wildlife due to short grasses – but everything changes when the green-season rains start to sweep in.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 82°F
  • Night time minimum temperature = 52°F
  • Average rainfall = 95mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN KENYA IN MARCH?

  • It’s fairly hot and humid, especially in inland areas at the beginning of March
  • The season of long rains begins at the end of the month
  • Temperatures are pretty high but cool in the evening
  • The kaskazi, dry north-easterly monsoon winds, are blowing in on the coast

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING KENYA IN MARCH?

  • Availability of properties is good, and there are fewer tourists overall
  • March isn’t in high season, so costs are less than in January, February, and June to October
  • At the start of the month, conditions for snorkelling and diving are superb
  • Before the rains come, plains grasses are very short so wildlife is easy to spot – and it’s a great time to take trips to Kenya’s animal sanctuaries and game reserves
  • Also before the rains, wildlife is gathering around a limited number of water sources
  • As wet weather moves in, the landscape revives and becomes lush and green
  • Exciting art, music, fashion, literature, and theatre events take place in Nairobi, as part of the East African Arts Festival
  • Photographers will love capturing the bushscape as it grows greener with each passing day

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • Once the rains settle in, some safari properties close for the wet season
  • Kenya’s coast is not at its best in March, due to high temperatures and heavy rain
  • The humidity can feel oppressive
  • Mosquitoes are starting to hatch
  • The long rains often result in mountain park closures as tracks become muddy and sometimes impassable – and the Great Migration is in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park this month

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