A Full Guide to July Safari in Kenya

July Safari in Kenya Guide:

If you want an unforgettable game-viewing experience in Africa, particularly in Kenya, it’s best to come visit here this month(July). I happen to be writing this in the month of July. This is because there is no more rain, and the skies are clear, which makes wildlife-watching against the backdrop of the African savannah and major landscapes such as Mount Kilimanjaro even more amazing.

I did my first safari in Masai Mara in July a few years back and have dedicated this month to travel and exploring the incredible wildlife Kenya has to offer. A few things contribute to making July an ideal safari month – the vegetation, migratory birds, and the availability of plenty of animals that you can easily spot as they gather in watering holes during this dry month.

So, what makes July ideal to come for a Kenyan safari?

First, the wildebeest migration is in full swing. Every year from July to October, millions of wildebeests migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. This is a unique opportunity to witness one of nature’s most impressive sights and it’s definitely worth experiencing!

Second, you can expect clear skies and comfortable temperatures in July. Unlike other months, there are few chances of rain during this time which means you can enjoy wildlife-watching without worrying about the weather.

Third, the weather is perfect for getting the animals in the spots that you will be likely to spot them. During dry season , animals tend to visit the watering holes more often which means you can view them up close while they drink and bathe.

Fourth, the weather is just perfect for going on a safari. Not too hot as January and not too cold. For those with winter experiences, this is the ideal time to visit Kenya.

Finally, July offers plenty of opportunity for bird watching. With clear skies and no rain, migratory birds will be seen in high numbers in national parks such asAmboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park.

July Safari Weather in Kenya

July is an ideal time to visit because the weather is both warm and dry, making for comfortable temperatures and a lot of sunshine. Unless you are visiting the mountains, like Mount Kenya, it is unlikely that you will experience any rain. In the capital city of Nairobi, temperatures range from 73 to 77°F during the daytime—perfect for exploring markets or gardens.

However, at night it can become quite cool, hovering around 55°F, so packing a jacket is recommended.The coast is warmer, although not stifling hot, with average daytime highs of about 82 to 88°F. The sea breeze that comes off the water keeps the air pleasant and even with the increased temperatures, you can wander through town comfortably without sweating to death. The water is warm and generally speaking, it’s an ideal time of year for sunbathing and beach activities. 

If you are visiting Nairobi in June, expect temperatures to be between 70 and 80°F during the day, which is pleasantly warm. However, the evenings can be chilly with temperatures dropping to around 55°F. It is recommended that you bring a jacket and long pants for your visit to the capital during this time of the year. Compared to June weather, July is a bit more humid with temperatures ranging from 73 to 77°F during the daytime.

In Kenya, July is slightly warmer than August. August is one of the coolest months in the country. In Nairobi, temperatures range from 68 to 80°F during the day and 52 to 60°F at night. It’s warm and enjoyable, but not excessively hot. Beaches along the coast are usually hotter.

Packing for a July Safari in Kenya

Lightweight and breathable clothing is the best option for a July safari. Pack lightweight cotton shirts, shorts, and pants in neutral colors that will allow you to blend in with the environment. Also remember to bring some warmer layers such as sweaters or jackets for chilly nights and air-conditioned vehicles. A wide-brim hat is essential for protection against the sun, and sunglasses are also highly recommended. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must as most game drives require some degree of walking to spot animals. Remember to bring insect repellent and sunscreen too.

In summary, below is a great packing list with things to bring for your July safari;

– Lightweight clothing in neutral colors

– Sweaters/jackets for cool evenings and aircon vehicles

– Wide brim hat, sunglasses and sun cream

– Insect repellent

– Comfortable walking shoes

If you book your safari with Kambu Campers, we provide some items as complimentary to our guests so you don’t have to worry about packing them.

What to expect visiting Kenya in this month of July

Amazing game-watching:

Kenya is a great destination for wildlife viewing. During the dry season, animals tend to concentrate at waterholes making it easier to spot them. Some tourist destinations such as Masai Mara are home to more than 95 species of mammals and more than 470 species of birds – and you have the best chances of seeing the highest number in this month.

The wildebeest migration:

This is one of the most spectacular sights in Africa and if you are visiting in July, you will be able to witness this amazing phenomenon. Every year, millions of wildebeests migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya between July and October. You may need to visit Mara River inside the Park to get the best experience of this event.

We have details of the upcoming Wildebeest Migration in 2024 here.

Keen birdwatchers:

July is the perfect month for birds watchers. With clear skies and no rain, migratory birds can be seen in high numbers in national parks such as Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park. There are also some incredible lakes like Lake Naivasha that are home to spectacular birds and you can go for a boat ride to get the best views.

Beautiful landscapes:

Kenya is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent. From snow-capped mountains to lush savannahs – you can enjoy awe-inspiring sunsets and stunning views of the landscape.

Great weather:

Clear skies and comfortable temperatures make July the perfect time to visit Kenya. You can enjoy wildlife-watching without worrying about the weather and get to witness some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent.

Where to go when you visit Kenya in July:

Masai mara:

This is one of the most famous wildlife reserves in Kenya and July is the best time to visit. Because of its phenomenal number of animals, you can spot a lot of wildlife during this period. This is also home to famous wilderbeest migration that occurs during this period.

Amboseli National Park:

This park is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and offers breathtaking views of the mountain. With its large number of birds, it’s a great spot for bird watching in July. You can also see elephants, zebras, and other African wildlife while you’re there.

Lake Nakuru National Park:

This park is a great spot for bird watching. The lake is home to more than 450 species of birds and you can also see other wildlife like giraffes, antelopes, zebras, buffalos, and rhinos in the area. It’s also known as one of the best parks to see the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.

Mount Kenya region:

The Mount Kenya region is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa. This is a great spot for hiking and you can explore its snow-capped peaks and lush forests. It’s also a great place to go camping and enjoy the amazing views.

Coastal region/beach safari:

During July, the coastal temperature ranges from 82 to 88°F with a warm sea breeze that keeps the air comfortable. It’s a perfect time for sunbathing and beach activities, as the water is usually warm. Even with increased temperatures, you can explore the town without sweating excessively.

What I don’t like about July Safaris in Kenya: 5 reasons;

Crowds:

July is one of the busiest months for tourist activities in Kenya. The wildebeest migration brings a lot of visitors to Masai Mara and other national parks, which can lead to overcrowding in certain areas.

High prices:

Because July is a popular tourist month, you can expect prices to be higher than usual. Accommodations and activities can be more expensive during this period.

Insects:

The warm and humid weather makes July a great time for insects. Mosquitoes, flies, and other biting bugs are active during this period so it is recommended that you bring insect repellent with you.

Unpredictable weather:

Although July is one of the driest months in Kenya, it can be quite unpredictable. Rain showers are common during this period and you may experience some unexpected rainfall while you’re out on safari.

Not ideal for some types of safaris:

If you are into birdwatching, July is an ideal time to visit Kenya. However, if you are looking for a more adventurous safari such as mountain climbing or white water rafting, then this month may not be the best choice.

Key takeaways from this guide about visiting Kenya this peak-season month of July:

1. Bring lightweight clothing in neutral colors, sweaters/jackets for cooler evenings, a wide brim hat and sunglasses, insect repellent, sun cream and comfortable walking shoes.

2. Expect amazing game-watching, the wildebeest migration, stunning landscapes and great weather.

3. Visit Masai Mara National Park to witness the wildebeest migration, Amboseli National Park for bird watching, Lake Nakuru National Park for Rothschild’s giraffe and Mount Kenya region for scenic hikes.

4. The coastal region is great for beach activities in July.

5. Be aware of the crowds, higher prices and unpredictable weather that come with peak season in Kenya this month.

6. Choose activities that are suitable for the season such game watching instead of bird watching, or mountain climbing

7. Make sure to have fun and enjoy the unique experience of visiting Kenya during peak season!

Getting started with your July safari trip to Kenya:

1. Research the best national parks and reserves to visit in Kenya in July.

2. Make a list of activities you would like to do while on safari.

3. Choose accommodations that are suitable for your budget and needs.

4. Book flights and arrange transport to get around with ease during your trip.

5. Get all the necessary vaccinations before your trip and familiarize yourself with health safety protocols.

6. Have a realistic budget and stick to it when planning for activities, food, souvenirs etc.

7. Get travel insurance in case of any unexpected incidents while on safari. Our package at Kambu Campers includes Amref Flying Doctors insurance which is beneficial incase you need to be evacuated for medical emergencies.

8. Pack light and only take essential items with you on your trip.

9. Have the details of your itinerary ready and a contact list of people you can reach out to incase of emergencies.

10. Enjoy your trip! Make sure to have fun and appreciate being able to experience all that Kenya has to offer during this unique period.

Is July a good month for a camping safari in Kenya?

Yes! July is a great time for a camping safari in Kenya as the weather is comfortable and you get to witness some of the most amazing landscapes. You can camp out in national parks or at Kambu Campers campsites, which offers glamping tents with all the necessary equipment and amenities. With Kambu’s private tours, you get to visit some of the most breathtaking places in Kenya during this time.

Is it safe to go on a Kenya safari in July?

Yes, it is generally safe to go on safari in Kenya during July. However, it is important to take basic safety precautions such as avoiding traveling alone at night and not carrying large amounts of cash with you when visiting remote areas. It is also recommended that you get travel insurance for your trip and familiarize yourself with health safety protocols before leaving the country.

As long as you take the necessary safety precautions, a safari in Kenya during July can be an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

This post was prepared by Kambu Campers’ founders. We are the leading experts when it comes to camping and glamping safaris in Kenya. We offer private tours to some of the most amazing places in Kenya, and with our all-inclusive packages, you can enjoy a worry-free holiday. Visit us at https://kambucampers.com to find out more about our safari packages and get ready for an experience that you’ll never forget!

Happy July Safaris!

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