23 days in Kenya Itinerary

23 days in Kenya Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kenya vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nairobi
— 5 nights
Fly
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Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake Nakuru National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mount Kenya National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Samburu National Reserve
— 2 nights
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Fly to Nairobi Wilson, Train to Kibwezi, Drive to Tsavo National Park East
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Tsavo National Park East
— 1 night
Drive
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Watamu
— 3 nights
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Drive to Mombasa, Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach
— 2 nights
Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa
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Mombasa
— 3 nights
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Nairobi

— 5 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.
Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Karen Blixen Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, and stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nairobi itinerary site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Nairobi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to Nairobi. Traveling from Stockholm in November, things will get much hotter in Nairobi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

Maasai Mara National Reserve

— 4 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Spend the 4th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip maker.

Getting from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Maasai Mara National Reserve to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Lake Nakuru National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Nakuru.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lake Nakuru National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in December, expect nights in Lake Nakuru National Park to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mount Kenya National Park.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Mount Kenya National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kenya.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mount Kenya National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lake Nakuru National Park to Mount Kenya National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lake Nakuru National Park in December: highs in Mount Kenya National Park hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Samburu National Reserve.

Things to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Samburu National Reserve

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shaba National Reserve. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Samburu National Reserve online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Mount Kenya National Park to Samburu National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Samburu National Reserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Tsavo National Park East

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Tsavo East.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tsavo National Park East trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and car from Samburu National Reserve to Tsavo National Park East in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Watamu.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Watamu

— 3 nights
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 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Mida Creek, and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Watamu trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Tsavo National Park East to Watamu in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. In December in Watamu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Watamu

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Diani Beach

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at African Bush & Beach Adventures - Day tours. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Diani Beach vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Watamu to Diani Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Watamu in December, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Diani Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Mombasa

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Fort Jesus Museum and then stroll through Haller Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mombasa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Diani Beach to Mombasa by combination of car and ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. December in Mombasa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Kenya travel guide

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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.