19 days in Kenya Itinerary

19 days in Kenya Itinerary

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19 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
1
Nairobi
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Naivasha
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Amboseli National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Watamu
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Mombasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

3
nights
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 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 24th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre, grab your bike and head to Karura Forest, and examine the collection at National Museums Of Kenya Nairobi National Museum.

Plan trip to Nairobi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Nairobi. In December in Nairobi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Naivasha.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

2
nights
Naivasha

Naivasha ©
Nestled on the shore of the eponymous lake, the market town of Naivasha boasts an enviable location and serves as gateway to several national parks, including Hell's Gate--inspiration for the landscapes of Disney's "The Lion King." Boating among the hippos of the vast, placid lake; camping; and bird-watching top the list of things to do in Naivasha.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Crescent Island Game Park and then explore the activities along Lake Naivasha.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Naivasha driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Nairobi to Naivasha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Naivasha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Amboseli National Park.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Naivasha
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park
Lake Naivasha ©
Lake Naivasha

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Amboseli National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Hill.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Amboseli National Park vacation maker website .

Getting from Naivasha to Amboseli National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Amboseli National Park when traveling from Naivasha in December, with lows around 22°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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Observation Hill ©
Observation Hill

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 30th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 1st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mara Triangle and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner .

Fly from Amboseli National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Amboseli National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Maasai Mara National Reserve: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Watamu

Watamu ©
Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, and enjoy the sand and surf at Watamu Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Watamu trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Watamu by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Watamu: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gede Ruins, Watamu Beach
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Safaris
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mombasa: Diani Beach (Sand & Sea Beach Shop & Diani Beach). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Mombasa Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for gifts at Bombolulu Workshops, kick back and relax at Bamburi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mombasa travel route planning app .

Drive from Watamu to Mombasa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Mombasa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Diani Beach
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Safaris
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

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