The best time to visit Kenya depends on what you want to see and do. The high season for tourism is typically from June to October, when the weather is dry and cool and wildlife sightings are plentiful. However, this is also the busiest time of year, and prices can be higher.
The shoulder seasons, from January to March and November to December, can offer a more affordable and less crowded experience. The weather can be unpredictable during these months, with some rain and occasional flooding, but the scenery is lush and green. Wildlife sightings can also be abundant during these months, and visitors can witness the calving season, where thousands of wildebeest give birth to their young.
The low season, from April to May, is the least busy time of year for tourism. The weather can be wet, with some lodges and camps closing for the season, but visitors can still enjoy safari experiences and explore the country’s landscapes. This is also a good time to witness the annual wildebeest migration, which typically takes place in May.
Kenya also has several festivals throughout the year that are worth checking out. The Lamu Cultural Festival in November celebrates Swahili culture with traditional dances, dhow races, and street parades. The Maasai Mara Music Festival in December showcases traditional Maasai music and dance, as well as contemporary Kenyan music. The Kenyan International Sports Film Festival in April screens sports-related films from around the world. No matter when you visit Kenya, there is always something to see and do.