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Kenya in September


In September, there is generally excellent wildlife viewing in Kenya, especially as this is the dry-season month of the year. You can find the Great Migration herds grazing in the Maasai Mara.

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

  • It’s dry season, with only a small likelihood of rain
  • On Kenya’s coast, Mombasa is particularly hot this time of year
  • Days are clear, with plenty of sunshine hours
  • 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

What are the highlights of visiting Kenya in September?

  • Wildlife clusters around scarce water sources and Lake Naivasha is highly recommended for viewing giraffe, zebra, impala, and hippo
  • The dry-season conditions are perfect for watching wildlife
  • 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
  • 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
  • September is a great month for observing migratory birds, as well as specific highlights such as flamingo at lakes Bogoria and Nakuru
  • Mosquito numbers are low
  • The clear conditions are ideal for wildlife photography

Any Lowlights?

  • 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
  • It’s advisable to book your accommodation early if you’re hoping to travel during the first fortnight of September
  • Property prices are high

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