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  • Hi Rob, just wanted to say thank you so much for putting together such a fantastic holiday for us – your advice was spot on and we really have had a family holiday of a lifetime. The combination of camps, and the order we visited them in, was perfect. We got to do all the activities we wanted to do in Sosian, & more. Riding was as magical as I had hoped, and, yes, I did get to ride right up to giraffe, as well as canter along with impala. Fly camping, game walks, hurling ourselves off waterfalls were all pretty memorable…And Kenya, its wildlife and its people have enchanted us. Wherever we went the hosts, guides and other guests were brilliant with teenagers too. As for game – we saw everything we could hope for. I really am grateful to you for your great advice and for putting together a fantastic holiday that went like clockwork – not a hassle in sight!

    Ian, Mary, Connie and Duncan from Suffolk travelled to Kenya
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When to Travel & Seasons

Kenya seasons and weather – When to see the migration

The dry seasons in Kenya are generally from mid-June to October, and from late-December to mid-March, and game-viewing is best at these times. Only a limited number of camps and lodges are open in the wettest months of November, April and May. However, rain can be experienced at any time of year, and the seasons on the coast are slightly different.

Day time temperatures and humidity are affected by altitude but it is generally warm to hot throughout the year (averaging around 28C but slightly higher from October to March). Night time temperatures also vary considerably according to altitude, but aside from the Mount Kenya and Aberdare highlands, rarely fall to low single figures (areas such as the Laikipia and Masai Mara might see low double figures at night and during the rains).

On the coast, temperatures are high year round (averaging around 30C). The best conditions are found from October/November to March/April when the Kaskazi wind blows gently from the north-east. This is also the most humid time. From April/May to September/October, when the Kuzi ‘monsoon’ wind blows more strongly from the south-east, sea conditions can be choppy and certain beaches affected by seaweed. During this time, snorkelling and diving options could be restricted.

The wildebeest and zebra migration season in the Masai Mara is from mid-July to late October. Please see wildlife highlights for more information.