Kenya in December: Weather, Tips & Festivals


From pleasant river valleys and exotic mountains to dense jungles and rare wildlife, visiting Kenya in December introduces you to all the charms of nature you can imagine. Embark on a trek to the laps of Mount Kilimanjaro or venture into the vast Kinangop Grassland. December is one of the best times to enjoy these activities, as the visitor numbers are low and accommodations are cheaper during this month.

Kenya Weather in December

Watamu Beach in Kenya in December
Watamu Beach is known for the sandbar walkways comprising a variety of sea life like hermit crabs and starfish.

Kenya in December begins with a good spell of showers. However, the precipitation tapers off by the middle of the month. Temperatures across the country also vary from one region to another. For instance, in Nairobi, the mercury stays at around 23°C during the day, dropping down to 15°C at night. It gets much hotter in the coastal region.

Prepare for temperatures to average around 31°C in Mombasa or Kilifi. Evenings in this region are cooler, with the temperature dropping to about 25°C. This is the perfect time to chill by the sea and witness the evening fold into the dark night.

For a seasonal overview, check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Kenya.

Weather in Kenya in December - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)262827252423222326272524
Avg Nightly (°C)131314151412111111131413
Avg Daily (°F)78.882.480.67775.273.471.673.478.880.67775.2
Avg Nightly (°F)55.455.457.25957.253.651.851.851.855.457.255.4
Avg Rainfall (mm)406090130120301010204011080

Why Visit Kenya in December

Elephants in Amboseli National Park Kenya in December
Elephants in Tsavo East and Amboseli National Park Kenya in December
Massai warior, Kenya in December
The Massai tribe of the Masai Mara region has a reputation as fearsome warriors.

While December may not be a preferred month for beach holidays, safari expeditions are worthwhile. In fact, there are some who prefer visiting Kenya in December to spot a variety of exotic wildlife in the country. Listed below are some reasons you should plan your vacation to Kenya in December.

  • Fewer crowds: December is not a popular month among tourists because of unfavorable climatic conditions. But traveling to Kenya in December has its own share of advantages. You can avoid long queues at attractions and on jungle safaris tours.
  • Cheaper rates: Considering that December is a low season in Kenya, the prices of flights and accommodations drop. Those planning to explore Amboseli and Masai Mara will find safari and resort rates cheaper during this time of year compared with peak months.
  • Festivals: On the last Thursday and Friday before Christmas, the locals of Rusinga Island observe the Rusinga Cultural Festival. This festival celebrates the culture, lifestyle, and cuisines that are part of the native Suba people. Go to Nairobi to be a part of the largest block party and art festival — PAWA. In addition to showcasing the unique visual arts of the area, this event also sees workshops consisting of local handicrafts.
  • New Year celebrations: On New Year’s Eve, Nairobi hosts the biggest fireworks display. Parades and parties are also held in cities and towns across the country. For some beach fun, head for Mombasa. Here, you can enjoy live music and DJ sessions at beach parties often hosted by local radio stations.

Where to Go and What to Do

Reticulated giraffes, Kenya in December
The reticulated giraffe, found in Kenya, is a subspecies or species of giraffe native to the Horn of Africa.

Kenya is best known for its spectacular wildlife and exotic beaches. But besides these attractions, there are plenty more things to do during your stay in the country. Visit Amboseli National Park to catch the captivating views of Mount Kilimanjaro or go on an excursion to Lake Nakuru to see pink flamingos. Alternatively, you could also visit Nairobi National Park, which is home to numerous endangered species. You could also trek Mount Kenya or book a city tour in Nairobi. Make sure that you include the iconic Masai Mara, whose grasslands provide refuge to lions, zebras, and giraffes, in your itinerary. If you have time, you could also head up north from Nairobi to see the green mountains of Aberdare.

There is a chance of rain showers in Kenya in December, but the weather gradually improves from mid-December. So the latter half of the month offers an ideal condition to visit this beautiful country in East Africa. Explore its charming wilderness, discover its many wildlife, learn about the local culture and enjoy the festivals. December is part of the low season in Kenya, so visitors can enjoy the popular attractions with fewer crowds around. Hotel and travel rates are also cheaper during this time, which is a good thing for budget travelers.

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