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Africa's majestic wildlife

Famed for game rich national parks, this is the safari capital of Africa. Kenya holidays are perfect for experiencing a unique adventure against the backdrop of dramatic landscapes. The captivating beauty of the country, the thrill of encountering the 'Big Five' on the desert plains and the contrast of idyllic white sand beaches will reflect a true essence of Africa on your holiday to Kenya.  Take a game drive through the golden savannah of the Masai Mara or combine your safari with a beach stay. You can also choose to travel on to the Indian Ocean coastline for a multi centre dream holiday.

 

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Weather

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
20°C
74mm
FEB
21°C
49mm
MAR
21°C
89mm
APR
20°C
120mm
MAY
19°C
129mm
JUN
18°C
16mm
JUL
17°C
16mm
AUG
17°C
30mm
SEP
19°C
21mm
OCT
20°C
36mm
NOV
20°C
151mm
DEC
19°C
79mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Nairobi

Dry Season

Because of Nairobi’s elevation, the extreme hot temperatures in the rest of Africa are non-existent. Temperatures are warm and comfortable most of the year. The dry seasons are cooler between June and September and warmer in January and February. 

Our Favourite Season

Nairobi is best visited in the cooler dry months of June through September when you will find sunny days with blue skies and little rain. July through September is the wildebeest migration, occurring not far from Nairobi. 

Rainy Season

Nairobi is best visited in the cooler dry months of June through September when you will find sunny days with blue skies and little rain. July through September is the wildebeest migration, occurring not far from Nairobi. 

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JAN
18°C
30mm
FEB
19°C
30mm
MAR
20°C
62mm
APR
19°C
119mm
MAY
18°C
106mm
JUN
18°C
73mm
JUL
17°C
83mm
AUG
17°C
97mm
SEP
17°C
73mm
OCT
18°C
83mm
NOV
17°C
100mm
DEC
18°C
61mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Nakuru National Park

Dry Season

Nakuru National Park’s two dry seasons have very little rain and quite hot temperatures. The days are long and sunny and spectacular for viewing the wildlife the park has to offer, particularly the sea of flamingos that grace the lake. 

Our Favourite Season

The best months to see hundreds of pink flamingos lining the shores of Nakuru National Park in a sea of pink are January and February or July through September. These months are dry and sunny with beautiful blue skies providing a spectacular backdrop to the lake. 

Rainy Season

The rainy season in Nakuru National Park are hot and humid, although fortunately not quite as wet as other parks in the area. Most rain falls early in the morning or in the afternoon and only for a few hours so you can still get out and see the wildlife during the day.

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
18°C
102mm
FEB
19°C
34mm
MAR
20°C
91mm
APR
19°C
230mm
MAY
19°C
107mm
JUN
18°C
10mm
JUL
17°C
12mm
AUG
17°C
9mm
SEP
19°C
28mm
OCT
20°C
214mm
NOV
19°C
348mm
DEC
18°C
167mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Meru

Dry Season

January through mid March and June through September or October are very warm and dry, especially on the eastern side of Meru National Park. January and February are extremely hot while June through September are not quite as hot. 

Our Favourite Season

Remote and rugged, Meru National Park is best visited between the hot, dry months of January and February. During this time the wildlife congregates around the water holes, making them easy to spot. 

Rainy Season

Even during the rainy season, rain is usually not a problem in Meru National Park. The west of the park receives more rain than the east. Rainfall in the east of the park is usually received in the form of violent storms. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
24°C
60mm
FEB
25°C
28mm
MAR
25°C
66mm
APR
25°C
80mm
MAY
25°C
39mm
JUN
22°C
0mm
JUL
22°C
0mm
AUG
22°C
0mm
SEP
23°C
0mm
OCT
24°C
0mm
NOV
23°C
216mm
DEC
22°C
119mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Amboseli

Dry Season

The dry season brings hot, dry weather to Amboseli National Park. Even at night the temperatures remain fairly warm. Drought is common and evaporation is high throughout the park during the dry season 

Our Favourite Season

Magnificently located beneath Mount Kilimanjaro, we love visiting Amboseli National Park during the dry seasons of January and February or June through September. During these months the weather is warm and sunny and wildlife easy to view, especially early in the morning or late in the afternoon. 

Rainy Season

April to May and November to December see Amboseli’s annual rains come to the region. Since all the rain the park receives in one year is concentrated in these months, it can be quite heavy and make roads impassable.

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
18°C
30mm
FEB
19°C
31mm
MAR
19°C
62mm
APR
18°C
119mm
MAY
18°C
106mm
JUN
17°C
73mm
JUL
17°C
83mm
AUG
17°C
97mm
SEP
17°C
73mm
OCT
17°C
83mm
NOV
17°C
100mm
DEC
17°C
61mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Naivasha

Dry Season

The two dry seasons in Naivasha last from January through February and June through September. During these months there is very little rain and the days are long and sunny 

Our Favourite Season

Located in the Great Rift Valley, the best time to visit the lush shores of Lake Naivasha are between July and September when the temperatures are not so high and the days are clear and sunny. 

Rainy Season

The long rains of Naivasha fall from late March to early June and the short rains fall from October to December. The long rains tend to be heavier and the weather is warmer and more humid. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
26°C
63mm
FEB
27°C
24mm
MAR
28°C
74mm
APR
27°C
85mm
MAY
25°C
34mm
JUN
24°C
5mm
JUL
23°C
2mm
AUG
23°C
21mm
SEP
24°C
14mm
OCT
25°C
40mm
NOV
26°C
108mm
DEC
26°C
134mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Tsavo National Park

Dry Season

During the park’s two dry seasons practically no rain falls in Meru National Park. The days are long, hot, and sunny and the humidity is low throughout most of the seasons. January and February see some humidity paired with the heat. 

Our Favourite Season

The warm, dry months of June to September are our favourite months to visit Tsavo National Park. During this time rain is practically non-existent and the spectacular wildlife the park has to offer flock to the waterholes, allowing easy viewing. 

Rainy Season

Tsavo’s two rainy seasons fall from March to May and November to December. The longer rainy season of March to May can get very wet, making some roads impassable in the park. Humidity levels are quite high between March and May. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
28°C
82mm
FEB
28°C
95mm
MAR
28°C
124mm
APR
27°C
166mm
MAY
26°C
110mm
JUN
26°C
59mm
JUL
25°C
28mm
AUG
26°C
44mm
SEP
27°C
52mm
OCT
28°C
56mm
NOV
27°C
100mm
DEC
27°C
111mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Masai Mara

Dry Season

The Masai Mara has two dry seasons, from January to March when the weather is hot, and July to October when temperatures are cooler. Animals gather round water holes and rivers, while more barren landscapes make them easier to spot.  

Our Favourite Season

The Masai Mara is a superb game viewing destination all year round, but the absolute best time to visit is from July to October, when millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate across the plains followed by hungry predators.  

Rainy Season

There are two rainy seasons too; the long rains from around April to June and the short rains in November and December. The short rains are usually followed by sunny skies and do not last long. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
26°C
6mm
FEB
27°C
3mm
MAR
27°C
51mm
APR
27°C
132mm
MAY
26°C
264mm
JUN
25°C
135mm
JUL
24°C
111mm
AUG
24°C
72mm
SEP
25°C
36mm
OCT
26°C
51mm
NOV
27°C
63mm
DEC
27°C
33mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Watamu

Dry Season

Watamu’s first dry season (mid December to mid March) is hot and lacking in humidity. The sea is clear and calm and the beach clear of seaweed. During the second dry season, July to September, the heavy rains turn into occasional showers while the sea turns rough. 

Our Favourite Season

Watamu’s excellent dive locations are best seen between November and March when the winds and water are calm. If you fancy a beach holiday we recommend visiting Watamu in December and January, when the days are warm and sunny with lower humidity. 

Rainy Season

April through June sees very heavy wind and rains in Watamu, the moisture and heat increasing the humidity. October to December is the short rainy season when there are just occasional showers, usually occurring in the mornings and making the area lush and green. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
27°C
37mm
FEB
27°C
15mm
MAR
28°C
49mm
APR
27°C
124mm
MAY
26°C
238mm
JUN
24°C
85mm
JUL
24°C
61mm
AUG
24°C
60mm
SEP
25°C
54mm
OCT
26°C
113mm
NOV
26°C
118mm
DEC
27°C
69mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Mombasa

Dry Season

December through April and July through September are the dry seasons in Mombasa. The hottest months are December to April, while July through August or September are a bit cooler. 

Our Favourite Season

The dry, slightly cooler months of July and August are the best times to visit Mombasa. Temperatures are still quite warm but the skies stay clear and sunny, perfect to enjoy the pristine beaches around Mombasa. 

Rainy Season

April through June is the long, very wet season and October and November is the short wet season when occasional showers may occur. The wettest month is May, when up to 20 days of the month are rainy. Because of the heat, the rain turns the air very humid. Typically rain comes in short bursts before the sun appears. 

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
18°C
40mm
FEB
19°C
40mm
MAR
19°C
80mm
APR
19°C
150mm
MAY
18°C
130mm
JUN
16°C
50mm
JUL
16°C
30mm
AUG
16°C
40mm
SEP
17°C
40mm
OCT
19°C
70mm
NOV
18°C
140mm
DEC
18°C
90mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Aberdare National Park

Dry Season

Our Favourite Season

Rainy Season

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
18°C
40mm
FEB
19°C
40mm
MAR
19°C
80mm
APR
19°C
150mm
MAY
18°C
130mm
JUN
16°C
50mm
JUL
16°C
30mm
AUG
16°C
40mm
SEP
17°C
40mm
OCT
19°C
70mm
NOV
18°C
140mm
DEC
18°C
90mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Samburu National Reserve

Dry Season

Our Favourite Season

Rainy Season

Excursions in and around Kenya

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Flight Information

There are a number of carriers flying to Kenya from the UK.

Direct Carriers: Kenya Airways offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi. British Airways also fly to Nairobi. Kenya Airways has an unrivalled route network making any safari and beach combination possible.

Indirect Carriers: Emirates fly to Nairobi via Dubai and KLM offer flights via Amsterdam.

Departure Taxes: In Kenya there is a departure tax of US $40, however this is usually included in the cost of your airline ticket. If you are unsure, please contact your airline.

Visa Information

British passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya.

UK travellers can benefit from an e-visa service. The visa may be applied for through the e-visa portal: www.evisa.go.ke

Visitors can also get a visa on arrival, however wait times may be long so we would advise wherever possible to apply in advance for an e-visa.

Visa fee payable on arrival (USD 50 a for single entry visa or USD 10 for a transit visa). Please ensure you have two blank pages in your passport for your visa or you may be refused entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Kenya. Please contact the Kenya High Commission for up to date country and visa information on 0207 636 2371.

 

Currency

Kenya's currency is the Kenyan Shilling. The country has an open currency so you can exchange your UK pounds prior to leaving for your holiday in Kenya.

How to get your currency

We recommend taking both cash and credit cards on your holiday to Kenya. Don't bother to change your money until you get here, as the exchange rates are better in Kenya than in the UK. Cash is easy and inexpensive to change, although you will not want to carry too much at a time. Avoid changing money at hotels or Safari lodges, as you pay high fees. Bring a credit or debit card to withdraw cash from, although expect to encounter connection failures regularly. Most major currencies are accepted in Nairobi and Mombasa, but away from these cities you will need to carry shillings.

Currency code

KES

Tipping

Tipping is common practice in Kenya and safari rangers and guides as well as hotel staff rely heavily on tipping.

We suggest tipping your driver guides and trackers approximately US $5 per person per day and for porters and hotel staff, we suggest approximately US $1 per service they perform for you. As a rough guide, there are approximately 100 Kenyan Shillings to one US dollar.

Health

Before travelling you should make sure you are up to date with the standard vaccinations such as Diptheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Polio. Also recommended are Typhoid and anti-malarial protection. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country or area. For full details, please contact your GP.

What to pack

The diverse geography of Kenya means there are different weather patterns, temperatures, humidity levels, and rainfall from region to region. You will want to pack according to which season you go on holiday to Kenya in. Generally the dry seasons fall between January to March and July through October.

• Umbrella or rain poncho in the rainy season;

• Sunscreen and hat to protect you from the sun;

• Lightweight cotton clothes in muted colours - neutral tones like beige

khaki and light brown are idea;

• Jacket and snow gear if you are going to Mount Kenya;

• Converter and adapter (Kenya's power supply is 240 volts at 50 hertz);

• Mosquito repellent with DEET;

• Good walking shoes and socks

especially if you plan to do a walking safari

plus beach sandals and trainers;

• A good pair of sunglasses and binoculars for viewing wildlife;

• Swimming suit as many lodges

campsites and hotels have pools;

• Headtorch for safari;

• A camera is essential on any safari;

• Long sleeved t-shirts to protect your skin from the sun and mosquitos;

• Trousers for cooler mornings and evenings. One that can be turned into shorts are great if you’re out all day

• A fleece or jumper for chilly early mornings and evening safaris;

Kenya Specialities

Since Kenya is a country consisting of many tribes with different traditions, the cuisine is quite varied. Staples include maize and other cereals served with various meats and vegetables. Food is very simple and hearty, without a lot of seasonings. Since Kenya was controlled by various countries in the past, the cuisine from each has left its mark. The Portuguese brought bananas, pineapple, chillies, and peppers; Europeans brought white potatoes, cucumbers, and tomatoes; and Indians brought dishes such as curries, chutneys, and chapattis (bread).

Nyama Choma
Swahili for ‘roast meat’, nyama choma is an East African dish of freshly butchered meat (usually goat or beef) slow roasted over coals and seasoned with nothing more than salt. Sometimes the meat is sprinkled with more salt or served with chillies and a tomato salsa salad called kachumbari. You will find this tasty dish everywhere on your holiday in Kenya, from the finest restaurants to street vendors.

Githeri
Githeri is a simple corn and bean dish that originated from the Kikuyu tribe. The dish supplies an extra protein punch for the diet of many Kenyans. Corn and beans are cooked together with a touch of salt. Many variations exist, such as substituting hominy for the corn or cooking the beans and corn with potatoes and greens.

Pulaos
The coastline of Kenya has been heavily influenced by Arabs and Indians, and the food reflects this. This dish includes a variety of spiced rice dishes in which the rice is first sautéed, then boiled. There are literally hundreds of variations, including adding a cup of chopped vegetables or a couple of tablespoons of cashews, raisins, or toasted almonds.

Street Food

Street food in Kenya is a tasty and excellent (and inexpensive) way of getting a good sample of the variety that the Kenyan cuisine has to offer. There are countless stalls lining the streets in the larger cities. Be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh, and cooked right in front of you.

Ugali
This staple dish is the most common street food you will find on your holiday in Kenya. You will find it absolutely everywhere, from the finest restaurants to the multitude of street vendors throughout Nairobi. Ugali is a stiff cornmeal starch that looks a bit like polenta. It is made into a thick paste and eaten with fried vegetables or meat stew.

Sukuma Wiki
Known as collard greens in English, sukuma wiki is another staple dish in Kenya. It literally means ‘stretch the week’ in Swahili and is a nutritious way the Kenyans found of stretching out the kitchen resources for a full week. The collard greens are sliced finely, fried with onions and tomatoes, and eaten with ugali. This ubiquitous Kenyan dish is available at street vendors as well as in restaurants.

Roasted Maize
This common street snack is cheap, filling, and available just about anywhere. The maize is roasted and served with lime and chilli sauce and is a national favourite. 

Average Prices

Kenya is unique in that travel can cost as much or as little as you like. Accommodation will be your biggest expense and Nairobi or anywhere on the coast will drive your budget up sharply. Street food is cheap and costs from about 80 to 300 Kenyan Shilling. If you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant it will cost from about 400 to 3,000 Kenyan Shillings. A litre of water costs about 50 Kenyan Shillings and a bottle of imported beer cost around 200 Kenyan Shillings.

National Dress

Each of Kenya's tribes and ethnic communities has their own unique, traditional practices, so there is no single national dress. In 2004 there was a government push to create a national dress but this was not successful and nobody took to wearing it. Kenyans wear the same westernised-style clothing as the rest of the world. In the Mombasa region, some dress in more traditional Arabic garb. During ceremonies, some Kenyans wear kitenge, a tie-dyed, cotton fabric with heavy embroidery. The indigenous Masai people wear dark red garments which are symbolic of their love of the earth and the blood given to them by nature. The kanga, often worn by women around the waist and torso, is a piece of fabric printed with Swahili sayings that is also very popular.

Customs & Traditions

Kenya’s vastly varied ethnic groups each have their own customs and traditions. Overall, however, politeness is king and you will never offend anybody with a smile and a handshake. Because the country is quite conservative (most people are Christian or Muslim) you will want to dress modestly.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when travelling in Kenya:

•    Always shake hands with your right hand, as the left hand is considered unclean. To show respect hold your right forearm with your left hand while shaking hands.
•    Once you have greeted somebody, make sure to ask about the person’s health, family, etc. Rushing this part of the greeting process is considered very poor manners.
•    Grooming is a reflection of credibility in Kenya. Kenyans take pride in their appearance and dress well.
•    Kenyans are very non-confrontational and are uncomfortable with blunt statements. They often refer to things indirectly and rarely give an outright ‘no’.
•    Losing your temper or shouting is considered extremely rude.
•    Avoid directly pointing or beckoning with your index finger.
•    Kenyans wash their hands before and after eating a meal.
 

Wildlife

The open savannahs, expansive plains, deserts, forests, lakes, meadows, caves, and river deltas of Kenya are home to Africa's famous Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos. There are also numerous and varied species of birds, such as ostrich, vultures, and flamingos. Seeing the wildlife of Kenya on safari is one of the best ways to experience the natural behaviour of the species of Africa.

Wildebeest Migration
Between July and October thousands of wildebeests migrate to Kenya from Tanzania on the sun-drenched plains of the Serengeti. The wildebeest migration takes place in Masai Mara and is called the greatest wildlife show on earth. This unforgettable sight is certainly worth a few days of your safari in Kenya.

Mount Kenya National Park
This ancient extinct volcano has rugged summits, forested slopes, and numerous lakes and valleys. Thanks to such diverse geography, the park is home to a range of wildlife, such as spotted hyenas, black rhinoceroses, zebras, and golden cats. Hiking trails wind throughout the mountainous park for trekking.

Bird Watching

Kenya has over 400 species of birds making its vast landscape home. Rare birds such as yellow-bellied wattle-eyes, dusky tits, and brown-eared woodpeckers can be seen in Kakagema Forest. In Nakuru National Park you will find pink flamingos and an assortment of other beautiful birds. If you love bird watching, Kenya also has Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Mount Kenya, and Samburu to delight your viewing. 

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