Kenya in July: Safari Underneath Clear Weather
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July is part of the dry season in Kenya and one of the best times to visit the country for game-viewing. The rains have gone and the skies are cloud-free, making wildlife-watching against the backdrop of the African savannah and Mount Kilimanjaro unrivaled.
Kenya’s beautiful coastline enjoys warm weather with hot temperatures during July, while Nairobi is slightly cooler, which is great for doing some shopping and exploring galleries and museums. The only downside to traveling around Kenya in July is that since it falls in the high season you should expect large crowds of tourists.
Kenya Weather in July
Weather-wise, July is a fantastic month in the country, with warm temperatures and clear skies all around. The rainy season is over and it is pleasant and sunny across the country without being too hot. Mountainous regions like Hell's Gate National Park and Mount Kenya do get some rain during this time of year, but the rest of the country is dry. This is the perfect time for strolling through the bustling markets of Nairobi or going on safari trips.
Temperatures in Nairobi range between 22°C and 25°C, with nights cooling down to around 12°C during this month, while coastal regions are warmer with temperatures averaging between 27°C and 31°C. Despite higher temperatures, a cool breeze blows off the sea, making the weather along with the coast ideal for lazing on a beach and swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
For a seasonal overview of the weather in Kenya, browse through our travel guide on the best time to visit Kenya.
Weather in Kenya in July - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||26||28||27||25||24||23||22||23||26||27||25||24|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||13||13||14||15||14||12||11||11||11||13||14||13|
|Avg Daily (°F)||78.8||82.4||80.6||77||75.2||73.4||71.6||73.4||78.8||80.6||77||75.2|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||55.4||55.4||57.2||59||57.2||53.6||51.8||51.8||51.8||55.4||57.2||55.4|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||40||60||90||130||120||30||10||10||20||40||110||80|
Why Visit Kenya in July
Kenya in July has perfect weather for all kinds of activities, from safaris to urban exploration and beach-bumming. However, since this month falls in the peak season for tourists, you should expect large crowds and significantly higher costs.
- The great wildebeest migration: Do not miss out on one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles when millions of wildebeests arrive at the Mara River and gather on the riverbank in a jostling mass, waiting to cross its swirling waters. This is a spectacle unto itself and tens of thousands of travelers descend on Masai Mara each year just to see the creatures push each other towards the water in nervous anticipation.
- Climb Mount Kenya: Towering over the plains of Meru and the East African Rift Valley, the rugged, glacier-clad peaks of Mount Kenya boasts one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. Standing over 17,000 feet tall and once an active volcano, Mount Kenya is the second-highest peak in Africa and is home to a diverse array of wildlife, birds, and vegetation.
- Birding in Lake Nakuru: On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, a Lake Nakuru National Park trip cab turn into a birdwatcher’s paradise. At the heart of the park is Lake Nakuru, one of the Rift Valley’s many soda lakes, which is shallow and alkaline and attracts a myriad species of birds, in particular, lesser and greater flamingos, which flock to the lake in such vast numbers that the water sometimes literally turns pink!
- Celebrate Eid al-Adha: Muslims in Kenya celebrate the ‘festival of sacrifice,’ known as Eid al-Adha or Eid Qurban, towards the end of July. This event commemorates the sacrifice Ibrahim made for god with chanting, praying, and feasting.
Where To Go and What to Do
Kenya is home to a range of spectacular landscapes, from the magnificent Masai Mara and its Masai tribesmen to the Great Rift Valley and its network of glassy lakes that teem with hippos, crocodiles, and plenty of birdlife. Amid the pleasant July weather, you can take to the air on a hot air balloon safari over the golden plains of Masai Mara National Park and watch one of the world’s greatest spectacles —the wildebeest migration. If you enjoy hiking and walking, you could head into the rugged wilderness of Tsavo National Park with expert guides on walking safaris. This wildlife reserve is home to the famous red elephants of Tsavo along with Cape buffaloes, leopards, and Masai giraffes.
Another great Kenyan adventure to experience in August is to explore the barren, open wildernesses of Samburu along with the rugged ridges and otherworldly rock formations of the spellbinding Amboseli region, which is home to hundreds of giant, big-tusked elephants. You could also put on your climbing boots and head up to the peak of the mighty Mount Kenya.
Boasting some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery of glassy lakes, towering volcanic outcrops, and grassy, wind-swept plains, Kenya’s lake system on the floor of the Great Rift Valley provides an exceptional experience of nature. Remote and vast, this is a must if you like venturing into the unknown. Or, make your way towards the hypnotic, alluring, and spellbindingly beautiful northern coast of the country for a different kind of experience. A shimmering ribbon of sand borders this rugged safari country, swaying coconut palms line the sandy, ivory-colored coastline, and luxury lodges are nestled amongst mangrove trees, creating a tropical slice of heaven.
Kenya is a country of epic landforms that stir deep longings for Africa. The vast regions of this country each offer a unique and diverse experience that promises to leave lasting memories. Wondering how many days you will need to see the best of Kenya? Design your tailor-made itinerary to Kenya with the guidance of our local travel experts so that you do not miss a beat. Else, check out our top tours around Kenya in July for some inspiration.