20 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

20 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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20 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  19 h
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Moshi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
9
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada


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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.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, look for gifts at Penny Winter Boutique, explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Nairobi day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nairobi is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get warmer in Nairobi: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

3
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.
Spend the 26th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Olare Orok Conservancy and stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Maasai Mara National Reserve trip maker.

Fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in January; daily highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

1
night
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
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 29th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 31st (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tarangire National Park trip planner.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 5 hours. In January in Tarangire National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

1
night
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro National Park
On the 1st (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilimanjaro National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks Nature
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

1
night
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

Tsavo National Park East ©
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll through Tsavo East.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tsavo National Park East. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks Wildlife
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

2
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop, get interesting insight from Tours, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Moshi trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tsavo National Park East to Moshi takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Moshi

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Climbing Tours
Safaris
Mama Africa Giftshop ©
Mama Africa Giftshop

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.
When in Zanzibar City, make a side trip to see Nungwi Beach in Nungwi, approximately Nungwi away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens, and look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. February in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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