Kenya in March: All You Need to Know
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Monsoon gradually settles across Kenya in March. But every region within the country, from highlands to deserts and the savanna, has a varied climate. For instance, the month is a good time to explore the remote and arid Samburu Reserve. This scenic nature reserve sees low foot traffic during this time, offering visitors a rare opportunity to explore the place without rushing or being distracted. The coastal region of Kenya, including cities like Mombasa, also has plenty of treats, especially at the beginning of March. Steal a few days of clear weather conditions to bask on the beaches of the Indian Ocean and enjoy water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling before heavy rains lash the region.
Kenya Weather in March
Kenya in March can be hot and humid as the month falls between summer and monsoon. This is particularly true in cities like Nairobi in the south-central highlands. Expect daily highs to hover around 28°C and the evening temperature of 14°C or so. This region receives moderate to high rainfall during this time of year, aggregating to about 56mm of regular precipitation throughout the month.
In the southern port city of Mombasa, the mercury could soar up to 33°C, with chances of occasional rain showers. If you travel to the Rift Valley in the west, you can find milder temperatures. Here, average daily highs reach 26°C, with gentler 12°C evenings.
For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Kenya.
Weather in Kenya in March - 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 March
Kenya is a treasure trove of natural wonders in March. From lush grasslands to beautiful coasts, there is no shortage of destinations to visit during this period despite it being a low tourist season. Here are some reasons why it is a good idea to visit Kenya in March:
- Better rates: With the wet season approaching, travel and accommodation rates drop significantly. Grab some steal deals at safari lodges and wildlife tours before rains set in for good.
- Fewer crowds: March can be a blessing if you want to escape tourist crowds as you explore the vast Kenyan grassland. While most wildlife reserves and national parks are still in operation, the sparse foot traffic of the low season makes safaris more manageable.
- Festivals: Immerse yourself in the colorful culture of this ancient land in Nairobi's East African Arts Festival. This three-day-long event is replete with art exhibitions, live musical performances, theater shows, and a handicrafts market for a great souvenir haul.
- Ultimate safari experience: With grasses still short, and animals gathering around watering holes to quench their thirst and cool off, safaris can be a rewarding experience this month. This is a great time to encounter rich African wildlife, their tottering newborns, and plenty of migratory birds.
- Perfect beach escape: With clear sea visibility till mid-March and a toasty 28°C water temperature, coastal holidays make up for an ideal Kenyan beach escape during this period. But be advised that you have to handle heavy heat on the land, so sunbathing can get a little scalding.
Where to go and what to do
The beginning of March is relatively dry and warm. Weather conditions are ideal to venture out to Mount Kenya early in the month before muddy trails become impassable. However, once the rain hits the high mountains, you might want to take shelter in a relaxing beach resort in coastal Kenya. Enjoy the solitude of Mombasa or Malindi in March, otherwise packed during the high season. Make the best of this opportunity by engaging in water activities and taking in the stunning marine life underneath the surface.
If you are traveling to Nairobi, check out the capital’s museums, restaurants, and art festivals, or travel to Nairobi National Park to see rare black rhinos. Exploring the iconic Massa Mara is another popular alternative among visitors. March is also a great month to discover Amboseli, Samburuland, Nakuru, Tsavo, and other national parks.
The weather in Kenya in March is one of contrast. A long rainy season starts in earnest by the end of the month, so the preceding period is characterized by hot and humid conditions. Safari opportunities and beach trips are tempting before the onset of monsoon.
The best way to get around the country in March is to contact our local experts, who can help you with a customized holiday in Kenya. For more information and inspiration, browse through our trips to Kenya in March.