Expect a lot of rain in April, with fewer sunshine hours – even if it’s dry, clouds often remain in the sky.
Although still hot during the day, evenings tend to be cool.
The rainfall, combined with the increasingly verdant vegetation, results in more water sources and more areas for animals to seek shelter. This can make it more difficult to spot wildlife at this time.
Elephants in particular are less likely to bathe in watering holes, as they are better able to regulate their temperatures during the rainy season.
Where to Go
Rainfall along the coast tends to arrive in the form of short showers, arriving in the late afternoon or overnight.
Although the coast is often hot, the arrival of the southeasterly kusi monsoon winds can see temperatures drop.
For those seeking beach activities in April, it may be worth combining a Kenya safari with a trip to the Seychelles for more calm and predictable weather.
If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, April is a good time to travel to the Masai Mara, but bear in mind that the muddy tracks will become harder to navigate – this can be good fun though!
Things to Remember
April is not a popular time for Kenya’s camps and lodges – properties tend to be quieter and prices lower.
Fairly hot temperatures and heavy rains mean layers and waterproofs are essential – both for yourself and your camera gear.
The weather during April can produce some spectacularly moody backdrops for wildlife and landscape photography, as long as you keep your equipment dry.
Mosquitoes abound during the rainy season, so make sure to bring enough repellent with you.