January weather and where to go
Although January falls in Kenya’s wet season in the wider sense of the term (November to May), it lies outside of the two notable ‘long’ and ‘short’ rain periods. This means much less rain and some stunning landscapes, but also some unpredictability; although potential rains are generally quite short and in the afternoon, so won’t affect your safari.
With temperatures rising and some clear, hot days January is a great time to visit and partake in wildlife safaris. It may be possible to see new born animals and you should see lots and lots of wildlife throughout the Masai Mara and its conservancies. Big cats and other predators will be roaming the plains, and in the water bodies, hippos and crocodiles cool off and wallow.
The Mara has one of its driest spells during January, with only around five days of rain and enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine per day.