21 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

21 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly to Mombasa, Ferry to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 1 night
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Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa, Drive to Watamu
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Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 day
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Taxi to Arusha, Fly to Zanzibar City
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 3 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Attractions like Nairobi National Park and Karen Blixen Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Nairobi National Museum and Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages. Spend the 28th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, bet on your favorite at GP Karting, take a peaceful walk through Karura Forest, and hunt for treasures at The Maasai Market.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi online tour itinerary planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Nairobi is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Reykjavik to Nairobi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in December, with highs in Nairobi at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 4 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 30th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 31st (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Musiara Swamp and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nairobi in December: high temperatures in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 1 night
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): play a few rounds at Leisure Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Diani Beach route maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Diani Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Diani Beach, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Watamu, Kenya

— 3 nights
Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Relax by the water at Watamu Beach and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Che Shale Beach. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins and delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Watamu trip website.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Watamu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Watamu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tsavo National Park East tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Watamu to Tsavo National Park East in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 1 night
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge and then make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ngorongoro Conservation Area vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tsavo National Park East to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 10.5 hours. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
You'll get in some beach time at Nungwi Beach and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Uroa Bay (in Uroa) and Paje Beach (in Paje). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani).

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Zanzibar City takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.