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The Best Time to Visit Kenya

Kenya’s diverse geography means that the weather varies widely, but generally the climate is warm and humid on the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and north-east.

The hot and dry weather experienced in January and February is great for wildlife watching before the long rains occur between March and early June, particularly in the Central Highlands and the Rift Valley. Wildlife is harder to spot because of the heavy rain and mosquitoes but there are fewer vehicles in the conservancies and reserves and the accommodation is much quieter. Stick around at the end of June for annual Lewa Marathon, a brilliant event to witness right in the heart of the conservancy.

Once the rains disperse, wildlife becomes easier to see again. It’s the best time to stay in the Masai Mara, for between July and October the Great Migration sees over a million wildebeest arrive in the Mara from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The short rains (when rainfall is less frequent and less intense) fall during October and November but wildlife watching is still good and migrating birds arrive, making it an excellent time to go on a safari holiday.

Kenya Travel Advice Essentials

Do I need any vaccinations for Kenya?

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended. If entering Kenya from a yellow fever zone, you must be in possession of a valid international yellow fever innoculation certificate. Please consult your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel for current advice and medical precautions regarding Malaria.

What is the time difference between Kenya and the UK?

The time difference is GMT +3 hours.

How long is the flight to Kenya?

The flight time from London to Nairobi is 8½ hours.

What is the currency in Kenya?

The currency is the Kenyan shilling.

Do I need visa for a holiday in Kenya?

All UK nationals need a visa to enter Kenya. The visa application can be completed online prior to your trip, with a three-month eVisa costing US$51.

 

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a rainforested bolthole that offers the ultimate in tropical seclusion. It has seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches and acres of island wilderness that you can explore and enjoy almost all to yourself, bar a few inquisitive rock iguanas and migratory birds. Bliss!

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a rainforested bolthole that offers the ultimate in tropical seclusion. It has seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches and acres of island wilderness that you can explore and enjoy almost all to yourself, bar a few inquisitive rock iguanas and migratory birds. Bliss!