17 days in Kenya Itinerary

17 days in Kenya Itinerary

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17 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
train + foot + Fly:  8​h
1
Nairobi
— 3 nights
train + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Tsavo National Park East
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Amboseli National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Malindi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  30​min
6
Mombasa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Nairobi

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.
Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 20th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, have fun at GP Karting, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi vacation planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nairobi is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Nairobi is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Nairobi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Nairobi

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris

few
hours
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Tsavo East.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tsavo National Park East online itinerary planner .

Drive from Nairobi to Tsavo National Park East in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in December; daily highs in Tsavo National Park East reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amboseli National Park.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

1
night
Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park ©
On a tour of Amboseli National Park, you can discover Kenya's diverse wildlife while enjoying stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Amboseli National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Selenkay Conservancy and then take in panoramic vistas at Observation Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amboseli National Park travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Tsavo National Park East to Amboseli National Park in 5.5 hours. In December in Amboseli National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Amboseli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Selenkay Conservancy
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Amboseli National Park ©
Amboseli National Park
Observation Hill ©
Observation Hill
Selenkay Conservancy ©
Selenkay Conservancy

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 24th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 25th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. It doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Amboseli National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amboseli National Park in December: high temperatures in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Malindi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Malindi

Offering pristine, palm-lined beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and warm, sunny weather, the port town of Malindi rightly established itself as one of Kenya's prime tourism spots.
Relax by the water at Watamu Beach and Che Shale Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Watamu (Safaris & Bio-Ken Snake Farm). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Malindi trip itinerary app .

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Malindi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in December, you will find days in Malindi are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Malindi

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Mombasa

Mombasa ©
Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
You'll get in some beach time at Diani Beach and Nyali Beach. Step out of Mombasa to go to Diani Beach and see Sand & Sea Beach Shop, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Fort Jesus Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mombasa trip planner.

Mombasa is just a short distance from Malindi. Traveling from Malindi in December, Mombasa is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mombasa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Diani Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Nyali Beach ©
Nyali Beach
Safaris

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