September Safari in Kenya & Weather Guide

Wondering if September is a great month to go on a Kenyan safari? The answer is yes! September in Kenya brings some of the best weather and wildlife sightings. I personally went for my first Masai Mara safari in September a few years back and really loved it. I previously wrote about when to go on a Kenyan safari and specifically when is the best time to go come for a safari in Kenya.

So, what makes September a great month to visit Kenya?

September is an ideal time to witness the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. In addition to Masai Mara, you can explore several other places in Kenya’s Northern circuit such as Laikipia, Lewa Conservancy, Samburu, and Matthews Range to see wildlife. The weather is also pleasant during this time of the year, with Nairobi and the central highlands being hot during the day and cool at night with minimal rainfall. However, Mombasa and the coast experience high daytime temperatures, lower night temperatures, and a fair amount of rainfall.

What’s the Kenyan weather like in September?

During September, the temperatures range from 72 to 84°F during the day and drop to around 52 to 62°F at night. It is recommended to bring a jacket for evening strolls. The coastal areas such as Mombasa and Malindi remain hot with daytime temperatures reaching 80 to 88°F (source).

September is an ideal time for safari-goers and beach-goers alike. You can enjoy game viewing in the Northern circuit of Kenya, while still having plenty of time to relax on the sandy beaches and explore some of the country’s cultural attractions. If you are planning a Kenyan safari for September, make sure to pack light clothes during the day and something warm for night game drives.

According to Thomascook weather reports, the average temperature in Kenya in September is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celcius). Comparatively, South Africa experiences 31 degrees Celcius on average during the same month.

The temperature range in Maasai Mara is from 83°F (high) to 58°F (low) during this month of September.

In terms of rain, September is the 3rd driest month after July and August as per the chart below;

What should I pack on my safari to Kenya this month?

Visitors should pack light clothing for the day, and something warm like a jacket or sweater for night game drives. For those who plan to visit the coast, it is best to bring some bathing suits, shorts, and lightweight t-shirts. Sunscreen is essential for protection against the sun’s powerful rays. A hat and sunglasses are also recommended to avoid getting sunburned. Don’t forget to bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes, as well as insect repellent to ward off pesky mosquitoes.

What you shouldn’t miss when you visit Kenya this month:

Wildebeest migration:

As mentioned before, tourists should not miss the great wildebeest migration that takes place in Maasai Mara every year. It is an amazing spectacle to witness thousands of animals migrating across the grasslands in search of better pastures.

Beaches:

Kenya’s tropical beaches are a paradise for beach-goers and sun-seekers alike. The white sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and simply relaxing in the sun.

Cultural attractions:

Kenya is home to a rich cultural heritage that can be explored through its many museums, galleries, monuments, and archaeological sites. From the Maasai Mara National Reserve to Lamu Island, visitors can learn more about Kenyan life and culture.

The disadvantages of a Kenya safari in September:

Crowds:

Although September is a great time to visit Kenya, it can also be quite crowded. This is because schools in the Northern Hemisphere are on vacation during this month, and many international tourists flock to the country at this time of year.

High Prices:

September is considered peak season in Kenya, and prices for airfare, accommodation, and safaris tend to be higher than during other months. There are some great deals out there though, so make sure to shop around and compare prices before booking your trip.