53 days in Kenya Itinerary

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Nairobi
— 7 nights
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Samburu National Reserve
— 1 night
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Narok
— 3 nights
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Maai Mahiu
— 2 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 5 nights
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Wasini Island
— 3 nights
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Tsavo National Park West
— 3 nights
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Malindi
— 6 nights
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Lamu Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Mombasa, Ferry to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach
— 7 nights
Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa
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Mombasa
— 12 nights
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Nairobi — 7 nights

Green City in the Sun

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 Gallery and Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nairobi War Cemetery and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir for their historical value. Make the 18th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, experience rural life at Brown's Cheese Factory & Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngong Hills, and view the masterpieces at Polka Dot Art Gallery.

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New York City, USA to Nairobi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from New York City to Nairobi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Nairobi reach 75°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Samburu National Reserve.
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Samburu National Reserve — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shaba National Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Samburu National Reserve trip website.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Narok.
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Narok — 3 nights

Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya's economy in south-west of the country, along the Great Rift Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Narok Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Narok trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Samburu National Reserve to Narok takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In November in Narok, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Maai Mahiu.
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Maai Mahiu — 2 nights

On the 27th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Mount Longonot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): play a few rounds at Limuru Country Club.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Maai Mahiu trip maker.

You can drive from Narok to Maai Mahiu in 1.5 hours. In November in Maai Mahiu, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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Maasai Mara National Reserve — 5 nights

Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Mara North Conservancy. Step out of the city life by going to Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve online tour planner.

Getting from Maai Mahiu to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Maai Mahiu in November: highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Wasini Island.
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Wasini Island — 3 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wasini's Blue Whale Boat Operators and Wasini Island. Get in touch with nature at Coral Gardens and Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wasini Island itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Wasini Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Wasini Island, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tsavo National Park West.
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Tsavo National Park West — 3 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and Tsavo Safaris Tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsavo National Park West journey app.

You can take a train from Wasini Island to Tsavo National Park West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Wasini Island in December, you will find days in Tsavo National Park West are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are slightly colder (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Malindi.
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Malindi — 6 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gede Ruins and Off-Road Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Che Shale Beach and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malindi: 3 Degrees South (in Kilifi) and Watamu (East African Reptile Park, Isola dell'Amore Watamu, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falconry of Kenya, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Malindi Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Malindi travel planner.

You can drive from Tsavo National Park West to Malindi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tsavo National Park West in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Malindi, with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lamu Island.
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Lamu Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lamu Museum and then steep yourself in history at Lamu Old Town. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Siyu Fort.

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Fly from Malindi to Lamu Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Lamu Island when traveling from Malindi in December, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.
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Diani Beach — 7 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at African Bush & Beach Adventures - Day tours and Colobus Conservation. Shop till you drop at Diani Beach Art Gallery and The Diani Beach Shopping Centre. When in Diani Beach, make a side trip to see Sheldrick Falls in Kwale, approximately Kwale away. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Diani Beach, get to know the resident critters at Snake Park, and take a peaceful walk through Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Lamu Island to Diani Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December in Diani Beach, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.
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Mombasa — 12 nights

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.
Old Town and Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bombolulu Workshops and Nyali Centre. Take a break from Mombasa with a short trip to Kikambala Beach in Kikambala, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Mombasa Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Mombasa Tusks, pause for some serene contemplation at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Jumba la Mtwana.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mombasa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Mombasa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Wed).
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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.
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