Kenya has a dry season from June to October, a wet season called ‘short rains’ in November and December, another dry spell in January and February, followed by the ‘long rains’ in March, April, and May. The southern hemisphere winter means June, July, and August are the coolest months, with temperatures averaging 27°C / 80°F.
As with most areas in Kenya, it is best to visit Amboseli in the dry period from June to October. But also the short rain months of November and December are excellent for visiting Amboseli. As Amboseli gets its water supply directly from Kilimanjaro, there is never a shortage of water. This guarantees you will see elephants as they come here especially during the dry season.
If you are able to avoid the busy season like the school holidays around the European summer months of July and August and the Christmas break, you will find a quieter Amboseli and still have excellent wildlife viewing. The months June, September, October, November, first half of December, January, and February are all excellent times to avoid the crowds.
Most people avoid the rainy season in Amboseli NP from March till May. April is the wettest month.
Best bird watching time in Amboseli
There are always lots of birds in Amboseli, but if you want to add even more species you should visit from October to April. During this period Amboseli is visited by many migratory birds.