Weather in East Africa
There’s always a wonderful African experience to be had, whenever you visit our beautiful continent, but to give you a clearer idea of what to expect, here is the usual weather in East Africa at various times of the year. It does vary due to altitude and coastal conditions.
December to March
This is the short rainy season. Expect an hour of rain in the afternoon and temperatures of around 22 – 36 degrees C.
April to June
This is the start of the long rains with ideal daily temperatures (24 – 27 degrees C) and cooler evenings (22 degrees C).
July to November
This is a cooler time to travel with daily temperatures of 19 – 27 degrees C.
When to Travel to see the Wildebeest Migration in East Africa
You can get fabulous views of the wildebeest migration at all times of the year, depending on where you travel to:
From December to March migration is in the southern and central Serengeti plains, Tanzania.
From April to June the migration moves towards the Western Corridor and Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania.
From July to August the migration crosses the river and heads into the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.
From September to October the migration resides in the central and western region of the Masai Mara, Kenya.
In November the migration moves south into the Serengeti, Tanzania, anticipating the rains to come.
When to Travel to Tanzania National Parks
The Serengeti is one Tanzania’s most famous and stunning national parks. Game viewing here is at its best from late November to mid June when the wildebeest migration resides in various regions of the national park.
However, you can still get to see excellent game viewing the rest of the year too. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are highly recommended as this is the best time to see wildlife.
Tanzania also boasts other beautiful national parks (Selous, Ruaha, Mahale and Kitavi). These are best visited during the dry season from May to October.
When to Travel to Kenya National Parks
The beauty and tranquillity of Kenya’s National Parks can be experienced either in the dry season (June to October) or the wet seasons (March to May, and November to December). Both seasons offer excellent game viewing. Masai Mara can also be visited at any time of year, although the best viewing can be had from July to October.
If you wish to enjoy the serenity of Samburu National Park, then from December to March, and from July to October offers the best wildlife experience. If you would like to delight in the incredible birdlife along the Uaso Nyrio River, then it is best to visit between April and July.
When to Travel to East Africa Beaches
You can relax on the idyllic beaches of Mombasa virtually any time of the year, as the weather remains fairly consistent with beautiful warm and sunny days. However, you may wish to avoid the month of May as it is usually when the rains come.
If you wish to enjoy your piece of paradise of Lamu Island, it is best to visit January to March. This time of year is perfect for lazing on the beautiful beaches or, for the more adventurous, enjoying snorkelling and diving. Humidity rises from March, so it can be rather uncomfortable at this time. June and July can be rather windy, but this does create ideal sailing conditions.
Tanzania Beaches (Zanzibar & Islands)
If you would like to enjoy the heavenly peace of Zanzibar and the surrounding islands then from June to October is the best time to visit. Daily temperatures are between 20 and 36 degrees C making it warm and comfortable. The rainy season is from December to March and humidity rises from August.
When to Travel to Climb Kilimanjaro
The best time is during the mountain’s dry season which is January to mid March and June to October. You can trek in the rainy season but there is a much higher chance of cloud cover on the Kibo and Mawenzi summit.
Kilimanjaro is the highest and most spectacular mountain in Africa. Climbing this mountain proves an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.
However, due to its sheer size, it has its own weather climate, different from the rest of Tanzania. Its weather can thus be very unpredictable, meaning that there is no perfect time to climb.
The usual dry seasons are from January to March, and July to September. These times of year are usually best for climbing, although that can result in greater numbers of people there.
If you would like to experience the mountain in a more tranquil environment, then you can climb either during the short rain season (November to December) or the long rain season (mid-March to early June).
Whenever you chose to climb this crowning jewel of Africa, we know you will be in awe of its beauty and majesty and will experience a truly incredible adventure.
Weather in Southern Africa
Southern Africa is made up of diverse regions. The majority of the region receives
summer rainfall in the form of thunderstorms which relieves the heat of the day. The exception is the south west of South Africa which receives a winter rainfall.
Temperatures vary with winters ranging from cold mornings to warmer afternoons (16 – 26 degrees C) and summers reaching high 30’s.