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.

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


  • 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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