Kenya In January

The weather in January can be a little unpredictable, but the wildlife sightings can be amazing, and the landscapes will look stunning soon.

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Information to help you plan your safari

Although January is not the driest of the dry-season months, the generally hot, clear days provide some of the year’s best conditions for wildlife-viewing.

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At a Glance

Overview

  • Temperatures will be rising throughout the month, with occasional short spells of rain occurring usually in the afternoon.
  • Humidity is high on the coast, but there are no mosquitoes at this time of year.
  • Although the Great Migration is absent during January, Kenya’s plains and rivers will be full of wildlife, from big cats to crocodiles.
  • The chance of warm evenings invites sundowners, stories shared around a campfire, and photographers looking for that perfect sunset snap.

 

Where to Go

  • The dry-season heat makes for great wildlife-viewing in the Masai Mara and its conservancies, where you may be lucky enough to spot newborn animals.
  • January is one of the best times for diving and snorkelling along the coast, where you’ll be in with a good chance of seeing turtles, rays, snappers and other marine life.
  • If you’re after something other than a safari, visit the Lamu Archipelago to take in a spot of dhow racing.

 

Things to Remember

  • Parks and reserves are relatively quiet during January, meaning there’s good availability at camps and lodges throughout Kenya.
  • Evenings can be cold in Lewa, Laikipia and the Masai Mara, so make sure to take layers with you on safari.
  • Light waterproofs can also be useful in case of rain.
  • Bring your binoculars to spot migratory birds.

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