When to go?
In short and in truth it does not really matter!
Here a few considerations:
- Basically there are 2 ‘rainy seasons. The so called ‘long rains’ from March to May and the ‘short rains’ in October/November. However it should not be read into the terms that during this period it does nothing else but rain. Indeed it can be pleasant during both these seasons..
- The implications of traveling in the rainey seasons are that it might be a bit cloudier with occasion rains. The grass will be longer and greener but sometimes wildlife spotting can therefore be a bit more difficult.
- Travel during the rains is generally quieter and of course a little cheaper. I have traveled in beautiful May weather and been the only person at several lodges.
- In the rainy season some Park trails may be more difficult to negotiate but this is your guides problem!
- The coast is hotter and more humid ..but not unpleasantly so with temperatures averaging no higher than 82C in February, March and April the hottest months.
Kenya sits on the equator and you may well cross it a few times. The varied altitude on which many of the Parks sit makes for surprisingly moderate temperatures and a pleasant climate. The early colonialists choose the settlements wisely! Nairobi has daytime temperatures averaging 73F in the day down to 64F at night. The temperatures at night at altitude are refreshing with Mountain Lodge offering a hot water bottle on visit!
Generally, although not exclusively, with East African Experience the term ‘low season’ means from April 1st to May 31st….occasionally longer. The ‘high season’ is the rest of the year and any major holidays.