21 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

21 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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21 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Diani Beach, Kenya
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

3
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
Karen Blixen Museum and Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Safaris make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Giraffe Centre, have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting, see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Maasai Market.

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Reykjavik, Iceland to Nairobi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Nairobi. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get much hotter in Nairobi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Olare Orok Conservancy and Safaris. Spend the 31st (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in December; daily highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Ol Kinyei Conservancy ©
Ol Kinyei Conservancy

1
night
Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach ©
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), play a few rounds at Leisure Golf Club, look for gifts at Sand & Sea Beach Shop, and then stroll through Diani Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Diani Beach travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Diani Beach in 4 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 hotter nights in Diani Beach, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Diani Beach

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Parks
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Leisure Golf Club ©
Leisure Golf Club
Sand & Sea Beach Shop ©
Sand & Sea Beach Shop

3
nights
Watamu, Kenya

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 Che Shale Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Safaris and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Watamu trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi from Diani Beach to Watamu in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Watamu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Watamu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Gede, Che Shale Beach, Watamu Beach
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Safaris
Che Shale Beach ©
Che Shale Beach
Watamu Beach ©
Watamu Beach

1
day
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

Tsavo National Park East ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Tsavo East.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Watamu to Tsavo National Park East by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Watamu in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tsavo National Park East, with lows of 22°C. 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
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

1
night
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
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.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Oldupai Gorge and then don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Tsavo National Park East to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oldupai Gorge
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge

4
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Nungwi Beach and Uroa Bay will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown. Change things up with a short trip to Paje Beach in Paje (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, take an in-depth tour of Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani), steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, and explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zanzibar City journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Zanzibar City takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown, Mtoni Palace Ruins, Paje Beach, Uroa Bay
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay

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