Weather in Kenya in July

In July, Kenya enters the heart of its dry season, offering an optimal opportunity to experience the country's captivating landscapes. With mild temperatures and predominantly clear skies, July provides ideal conditions for embarking on unforgettable wildlife safaris and engaging in a myriad of outdoor adventures. Whether you're exploring the arid expanses of the north or enjoying the verdant beauty of the central highlands, here's our guide to the weather in Kenya in July.

Kenya in July at a glance

  • The average temperature in Kenya in July varies by region. In Nairobi, temperatures typically range from 11°C to 23°C (52°F to 73°F), while coastal areas are warmer, averaging 20°C to 29°C (68°F to 84°F).
  • July is usually dry and cool, marking the start of the peak tourist season
  • When the dry season is in full swing, wild animals congregate around water sources, making it a great time for wildlife watching.
  • Cool temperatures and clear skies create ideal conditions for exploring Kenya's national parks and natural attractions.

What is the weather like in Kenya in July?

The weather in Kenya in July is typically cooler and dry, making it one of the best times to visit for wildlife viewing and outdoor adventures. You can expect sunny days and clear skies, providing excellent conditions for safaris in Kenya's national parks and reserves. 

However, it's important to note that mornings and evenings can be chilly, so packing layers is advisable for early morning game drives or outdoor activities.

July falls within the high season for tourism in Kenya. As a result, accommodations and safari tours tend to book up quickly, and prices may be higher compared to other times of the year.

On average, Kenya receives very little rainfall in July, with only around 20mm throughout the month. This minimal precipitation contributes to the dry and sunny weather conditions, enhancing the overall experience for travelers seeking outdoor adventures and wildlife encounters.

Overall, July can be a great time to visit Kenya because of the prime wildlife viewing opportunities. However, it's essential to book accommodations and safari tours well in advance due to the high demand during this peak tourist season.

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With dry and sunny weather, July is ideal for exploring Kenya's beautiful coastline. Enjoy the white sandy beaches of Diani, snorkel at Watamu, or visit the historic Gedi ruins near Malindi.

Landscape in Mount Elgon National Park, Kenya ©  Belikova Oksana/Shutterstock

Landscape in Mount Elgon National Park, Kenya ©  Belikova Oksana/Shutterstock

Is Kenya warm in July?

The weather in Kenya in July is dry and mild. This month is also a bit cooler compared to other months. Some regions are warmer than others. For the most accurate and up-to-date weather information, you can refer to AccuWeather's Kenya page.

Northern Kenya

In Northern Kenya, July typically brings warm daytime temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), while nights can be cooler, dipping to approximately 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). 

It's important to mention that certain elevated regions in Northern Kenya might encounter slightly chillier conditions. This climate creates ideal conditions for outdoor pursuits.

Central Kenya

Central Kenya experiences mild to cool temperatures in July, particularly due to its higher altitude. Daytime temperatures typically range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), while nighttime temperatures can drop to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F). 

It's advisable to pack warm clothing for visits to this region during July. Inland regions provide thrilling wildlife safaris in national parks like Maasai Mara and Amboseli, where cooler temperatures increase the likelihood of wildlife sightings. 

Coastal Kenya

Coastal Kenya remains relatively warm in July, with daytime temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). Nights are generally milder, with temperatures seldom dropping below 20°C (68°F). 

Additionally, coastal areas may experience higher humidity levels compared to inland regions, contributing to the overall warm feel throughout the day and night. If you visit Kenya in July, the coastal areas offer excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and diving in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Maasai Mara, Kenya © Shutterstock

Is July a good time to visit Kenya?

July is generally considered an excellent time to visit Kenya, particularly for wildlife enthusiasts. 

The dry weather in July creates ideal conditions for safari adventures, as animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot. This makes it an optimal time to witness the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara.

July is also a great time to explore the picturesque Rift Valley Lakes, including Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, and Lake Baringo, renowned for their birdlife, boat safaris, and scenic landscapes.

Dolphin watching is also popular in July, as many will during this season take a boat trip in Watamu Marine National Park to spot them. While here, don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel at the nearby vibrant coral reef. 

The weather in July makes for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities in Samburu, known for its unique species like the reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra.

July may be high tourist season, but for many, the abundance of wildlife and pleasant weather make it a worthy trade-off.

Unsure about the best time to visit Kenya? Check out our comprehensive year-round Kenya weather guide.

A group of Lesser flamingos flying over a soda lake in the Rift Valley, Kenya © Shutterstock

The weather in Kenya in July is great for seeing wildlife like flamingos © Shutterstock

What about crowds and costs?

In Kenya, July marks the ongoing peak of tourism, especially in renowned spots such as the Maasai Mara. Like August, this month witnesses a significant influx of tourists eager to witness the Great Migration. 

Consequently, national parks and reserves become crowded, with heightened competition for viewing areas and lodging. Accommodation prices tend to be higher during this peak season.

While July offers excellent weather and wildlife viewing opportunities, you’ll want to be prepared for larger crowds. You’ll also want to book accommodations and safari packages well in advance to secure preferred options and avoid disappointment. 

Consider visiting lesser-known reserves like Samburu National Reserve or Meru National Park for a more intimate wildlife viewing experience with fewer crowds.

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Oloolua waterfall, Kenya © Shutterstock

Oloolua waterfall, Kenya © Shutterstock

Festivals and events in Kenya in July

In July, Kenya presents a diverse array of events and festivals spotlighting its culture, wildlife, and heritage. It's important to note that these festivals draw considerable attention, so securing accommodation well in advance is strongly recommended to ensure availability. For more inspiration for your trip, see our guide to the best things to do in Kenya.

Safaricom Lewa Marathon

Held in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, this marathon combines sportsmanship with wildlife conservation. Participants can run through breathtaking landscapes while supporting community projects and wildlife conservation initiatives. 

Booking accommodations and race registrations in advance is recommended due to high demand during this event.

Safaricom International Jazz Festival

The Safaricom International Jazz Festival is a premier music event that brings together local and international jazz artists for electrifying performances in Nairobi. Jazz enthusiasts can enjoy a diverse lineup of musicians, workshops, and jam sessions during this multi-day festival.

Machakos Festivals

Machakos County hosts various cultural festivals in July, including the Machakos International Drum Festival and Machakos Music Festival. These events celebrate Kenyan music, dance, and traditional arts, showcasing the talents of local performers and promoting cultural tourism in the region.

Lamu beach in Kenya © Shutterstock

Lamu Beach in Kenya © Shutterstock

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Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 03.06.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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