Located on the Eastern Coast of Africa with the third largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and South Africa. Kenya is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Kenya is one of the most diverse countries within Africa in terms of culture and the linguistics. It boasts of over 42 ethnic groups all who speak different languages that merge to become the unique mix of Kenyan culture . The three major categories of these groups are Bantus, Nilotes and Cushite’s. Typically the many tribes that we have speak their mother language within their communities but Swahili serves as the national language followed by English as the official language. It is also home to various people of foreign descent for instance Indians.
Kenya not only boost of the diversity of cultures but also it has very nice climatic patterns. The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate inland to arid in the north and northeast parts of the country making it receive a great deal of Sunshine every month with cool temperatures at night and early in the morning inland at higher elevations. A times the climate change alters the natural pattern of the rainfall period causing and extension of the short rains which comes with floods as well.
The “long rains” season occurs from March/April to May/June. The “short rains” season occurs from October to November/December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings.
In terms of Tourist destination places, from the Dramatic Great Rift valley and the Mountain Highlands, to the Annual Migration Safari that takes from early July to late October in Maasai Mara Game Reserve with millions and millions of wildebeest crossing over the Mara River all the way from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures this is just but to mention a few. In terms of seasons and deciding on which dates to visit Kenya, the below can be the best guideline for you:
Kenya in January – March [high Season]
This is a ‘high’ season in Kenya; the perfect time for luxury Kenya safari packages. January to March is characterized by hot, humid days and relatively warm nights. It is the best times to visit Kenya. There will be fewer crowds than later in the year, minus the wetness that soon follows this period. It is a good time to do those out of the box activities such as game drives nature walks and other outdoors events like snorkelling and diving.
April – June [Low Season]
This is the ‘low season’ Kenya holiday season. Lodges and camps will be at their cheapest meaning it is the best time for a budget Kenya safari. It is also the season of long rains hence spotting game animals is a bit trickier during this season as vegetation runs out. The grass will be green, and grazers will be abundant, so if you don’t mind some rain. this might be a good time to visit Kenya. Some lodges/camps prefer to close down for renovations at this time of the year.
July – October [Peak Season]
The rainy season gives way to a cool July and relatively warm August. This is the most popular game-viewing period in Kenya, courtesy of the Great wonders of the world, the wildebeest migration making it the most preferred month to travel. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Maasai Mara in August and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania but at times this differs depending on the weather patterns. The Maasai Mara can be quite crowded this time of the year. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some parks. Although the migration is the show stopper this time of the year, don’t forget to visit other areas of the country as well.
November – December [Shoulder Season]
Another shoulder season when things slow down a bit, with accordingly lower cost of the safaris and accommodation! New calves will be in abundance, and there will be short showers and the parks are never crowded. It can be a dream to spend Christmas and New Year in the bush with those you love which is a always the best experience.