20 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

20 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Nairobi, Kenya
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
1
Naivasha, Kenya
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 day
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Nairobi, Kenya


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day
Naivasha, Kenya

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hell's Gate National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Naivasha trip planning website .

Nairobi to Naivasha is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Naivasha can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Naivasha

Nature Parks
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park

1
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, and then look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Naivasha to Oudtshoorn. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Naivasha in August, expect Oudtshoorn to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products ©
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Explore Kruger National Park's surroundings by going to Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Big Boabab (in Gravelotte). There's more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lonely Bull Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oudtshoorn in August: high temperatures in Kruger National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Boabab, Amarula Lapa
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then browse the different shops at Riverside Mall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. In August, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, stroll through Clifton Beaches, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

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Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nelspruit in August; daily highs in Cape Town reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

2
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.
Visiting Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Nairobi to Turkana District to see Great Rift Valley about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, get your game on at GP Karting, look for gifts at Utamaduni Craft Centre, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

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

Fly from Cape Town to Nairobi in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Nairobi is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Rift Valley
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

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

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