• Kenya safari: elephant

Information to help you plan your safari

Rains are the key feature of this month, and although this does provide a treat for the eye in the form of lush green scenery, wildlife sightings are often tricky.


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At a Glance


  • Expect a lot of rain throughout the month, as well as relatively high temperatures and cooler evenings.
  • There is very little dust in the air during May, but there are a lot of mosquitoes to make up for it.
  • Tall grasses, dispersed wildlife and muddy tracks make for difficult wildlife sightings, but this may appeal to the safari-goer seeking a challenge.


Where to Go

  • Lots of rain, few sunshine hours, and high temperatures along the coast make May a bad month for sunbathers.
  • Water clarity is decreased compared to previous months, which is bad news for divers and snorkellers as well.
  • Wildlife may be more difficult to spot in May, but the profusion of greenery and colourful flowers throughout Kenya’s protected areas can be a real boon for those interested in their flora.


Things to Remember

  • As May is in the off season, accommodation prices are at their lowest, and some of Kenya’s properties will be closed.
  • Waterproofs are essential for all activities, but make sure to bring layers as well since temperatures fluctuate between the days and the evenings.
  • Keep your camera at the ready to take advantage of the lush foliage and shifting palette of clouds in the sky.


Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to Kenya. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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