Kenya in October

October weather and where to go

October is the last month of the dry season in Kenya before the ‘short’ rains of November and December start. In general, this means a warmer, drier, clearer climate.Please note: the above chart shows averages based on the Masai Mara, apart from water temperature which is given for the Kenyan Coast.

October recommences the diving and snorkelling season off Kenya’s coast. Therefore, if you are unable to travel to Kenya during the ideal marine months (January-February) this will still offer you a good chance to explore the reefs and see the spectacular tropical fish. Impressive sunsets can also be seen from the west-facing beaches of the secluded Funzi Keys Island.

Anticipating the rains, the migrating ungulates slowly make their way back south to the Serengeti in Tanzania, so if you want to see them, the best place would be south-eastern Masaai Mara, or the north east of the Serengeti. It’s a great time to combine Kenya and Tanzania, which would give you a good chance of seeing the migration.

The pleasant climate and post-migration calm makes October a great time to go on safari and the wildebeest and zebra will still remain on the Mara throughout the month, giving you a chance to photograph them before the rains descend.

Although Kenya is renowned for its birdwatching opportunities year-round, many migratory birds will begin to arrive from Europe around October and November giving photographers and birdwatchers alike the chance to spot hundreds of species. Particularly favoured locations for birdwatching include Amboseli National Park in the north and Lake Nakuru in the west.

The south-easterly monsoon can affect the coastal regions during October and November making a visit to the beaches less favourable during this time, however, temperatures will remain agreeable. 

Overall, October is a decent time to visit Kenya with minimal to no rainfall, warm temperatures and sufficient sunshine hours. 


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