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

4
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. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, grab your bike and head to Karura Forest, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and join the crowd at GP Karting.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nairobi trip builder .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Nairobi. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nairobi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park

1
day
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East day trip planning tool .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nairobi in December: high temperatures in Tsavo National Park East hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife Parks
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

3
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 23rd (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 24th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve vacation planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Tsavo National Park East to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. In December, Maasai Mara National Reserve is slightly colder than Tsavo National Park East - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Malindi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Tours
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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. Go for a jaunt from Malindi to Watamu to see Safaris about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Malindi vacation planning tool .

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Malindi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. While traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Malindi, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Malindi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Diani Beach and Bamburi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mombasa Memorial Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nyali Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mombasa day trip app .

Mombasa is very close to Malindi. Traveling from Malindi in December, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Mombasa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Diani Beach
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Nyali Beach ©
Nyali Beach
Bamburi Beach ©
Bamburi Beach

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