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
— 4 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya — 3 nights

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 Giraffe Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Karen Blixen Museum and Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages. Spend the 28th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, join the crowd at GP Karting, identify plant and animal life at Karura Forest, and explore the galleries of Nairobi National Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nairobi online road trip planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Nairobi is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Nairobi is 3 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, expect Nairobi to be much warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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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.
Outdoors · Golf · Beaches · Parks
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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 Che Shale Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. 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.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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.
Wildlife · Parks
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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 Hamamni Persian Baths. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Paje Beach (in Paje) and Uroa Bay (in Uroa). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins, 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.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
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 · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.