9 days in Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

9 days in Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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Jinja, Uganda
— 1 night
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Entebbe, Uganda
Drive to Kampala, Bus to Nairobi
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 day
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Jinja, Uganda

— 1 night

Adventure Capital of East Africa

Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Source of the Nile - Speke Monument and then take in the dramatic scenery at Itanda Falls.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jinja driving holiday planning tool.

Entebbe to Jinja is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Entebbe.

Things to do in Jinja

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Entebbe, Uganda

Nestled on Lake Victoria Peninsula, the laid-back town of Entebbe once served as seat of the colonial government, yet remains widely known as the scene of the 1976 Israeli rescue of hostages kidnapped by Palestinian and German plane hijackers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Aero Beach and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile village in Entebbe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Entebbe route planning site.

Getting from Jinja to Entebbe by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Entebbe can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nairobi.

Things to do in Entebbe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Nairobi National Museum and then admire the striking features of African Heritage House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nairobi planning tool.

Do a combination of car and bus from Entebbe to Nairobi in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Entebbe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nairobi, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 3 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Take a break from the city and head to Mara Triangle and Olare Orok Conservancy.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve road trip 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. In September, Maasai Mara National Reserve is little chillier than Nairobi - with highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dar es Salaam day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Dar es Salaam with the Route module. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in September, expect nights in Dar es Salaam to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. You'll set off for Nungwi on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife
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Nungwi, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Escape the urban bustle at Nungwi Beach and Kendwa Beach. Relax by the water at Uroa Bay and Matemwe Beach. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nungwi day trip planner.

Getting from Dar es Salaam to Nungwi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. September in Nungwi sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
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

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
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.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

3.7
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.