Kenya

Kenya in July

July weather and where to go

July in Kenya sees a slight drop in the mercury, with daytime temperatures dropping to around 20-23°C and approximately 8-10°C between dusk and dawn. The wind chill factor on game drives will also come into play making it feel more like 5°C, so be prepared with lots of layers especially for morning and night drives. This is even more important in higher altitude parks and conservancies such as the Mara and Laikipia. Please note: the below chart shows averages based on the Masai Mara, apart from water temperature which is given for the Kenyan Coast.

Of course, there are no guarantees, however this is usually the month when we see thousands of wildebeest and zebra crossing from Tanzania to Kenya. They jump over the croc-infested waters of the Mara River looking for greener plains to graze on, often getting picked off by the hungry reptiles as they pile into the water. Big cats and other predators stalk their prey, picking of the weak and injured as easy meals. Viewing this wildlife spectacle is a real once in a lifetime experience and we have year of experience getting people to the right place at the right time to see it.

July is known to be one of the most exciting months to visit Kenya, as it is finally time for the great migration river crossings.

The weather is cooler and drier at this time of year. The mild climate attracts travellers from around the world, especially families whose children are on summer holidays in the Northern Hemisphere. Wildlife is easier to spot as the animals are drawn to the watering holes and rivers during this period, making it a great time for excellent wildlife encounters.

Clouds are likely to be less dominant during July so clear skies and dry weather make for ideal safari conditions. We suggest you add on some of the smaller conservancies or parks, such as Tsavo East, to your journey to get away from the larger groups. This will ensure a more private experience away from any crowds. To see the migration, we know some wonderfully intimate tented camps in excellent locations for river crossings. You’ll have to give us a call to find out our top spots. 

Nairobi National Park is difficult to get around during the rainy season which makes it challenging to see the wildlife. However, by visiting during the drier, sunnier month of July your chances of getting some great photographs and experience will improve. Although there are no elephants in the Nairobi National Park, hippos and crocodiles can often be seen along the lush Embaksi River. 

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