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Safari and beach is a winning holiday combination and as the home of the big five safari, Kenya is a leading light. Increasingly after a safari on the Kenyan plains we look to more exotic climes such as the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mozambique for our beach R&R. Here our Kenya specialists say why we should stay closer to home and stick to the Kenyan coast for beautiful beaches and top watersports.
When To Go To Kenya
The best time to go to Kenya depends on the kind of holiday you are looking for.
The Cool Dry Season - June to October
This is the cooler dry season, when temperatures are the coldest in Kenya. Daytime temperatures vary between 23C to 28C on the coastal areas. These days are sunny with clear skies. The wildebeest migration reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. The wildlife is easier to spot because the bush is thinner and animals gather around waterholes.
The Short Rains - November
In November, Kenya experiences what is called the 'short rains'. While the forests and trees look very nice and green, you may see less animals on safari as they tend to hide in the bush.
During this month, it doesn't rain all day - it's usually more short outbursts and the temperatures are only a little bit lower than in the dry season.
The Hot Dry Season - December to February
This hot dry season is excellent for birds and animal viewing, though long grass may make some smaller species hard to spot. January through to February is the calving season. The days are hot and the nights are warm, making this high season a popular time for safaris and good for diving and snorkelling. The diving and snorkelling conditions are still good at the beginning of the month.
The Wet Season - March to May
Rains start to fall in March and the weather is characterised by spring-like conditions. During March to May the rains can be continuous and, when not raining, the skies are often clouded. Some lodges and camps close down during part of the wet season. Heavy rains bring run-off into the rivers, reducing visibility in the sea, so if you are planning to go diving, these months are best to be avoided.