Kenya In September

Expect dry weather, and quite a high level of travellers in September. Wildlife is easily visible as the animals flock to water sources.

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Information to help you plan your safari

The delights of the dry season continue to be evident in September, a month characterised by clear skies, lots of sunshine and the presence of the Great Migration.

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At a Glance

Overview

  • Temperatures will increase as the month progresses, and it will often be warm enough for a t-shirt and shorts. Make sure to still take layers with you for the evening though.
  • Clear conditions are ideal for wildlife photography.
  • Generally, there will only be a small chance of rain in September.
  • With few viable water sources, wildlife will congregate around those that remain, resulting in lots of sightings.
  • Mosquito numbers, as always during the dry season, will be low.

 

Where to Go

  • September is a good time to see huge flocks of flamingos at Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria, as well as other migratory birds.
  • Lake Naivasha also offers the chance of memorable wildlife sightings, particularly if you’ve already crossed off the Big Five – the lake attracts zebra, giraffe, impala and hippo, to name but a few species.
  • River crossings are unlikely in September, but the sheer number of herbivores on the plains can make for some thrilling encounters between predator and prey.

 

Things to Remember

  • Booking your safari towards the end of September can be a shrewd move, as school holidays come to an end at this time while wildlife-viewing conditions remain optimal.
  • Camp and lodge popularity will begin to decrease as September draws on, but if you’re set on travelling at the beginning of the month, it is advisable to book well in advance.
  • Although the Great Migration begins to trickle out of the Masai Mara during September, expect to still see a fair amount of fellow safari-goers here.

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