14 days in Kenya Itinerary

14 days in Kenya Itinerary

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14 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Nairobi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Mombasa
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
4
Watamu
— 6 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Malindi
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  30 min
6
Mombasa
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Nairobi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, then look for gifts at Matbronze Wildlife Art, then browse the exhibits of Upepo Photography Gallery, and finally stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip itinerary app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Nairobi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Nairobi. In December, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre
Safaris

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Olare Orok Conservancy and Musiara Swamp. Spend the 17th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve online vacation planner .

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. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get slightly colder in Maasai Mara National Reserve: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mombasa.

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
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Bombolulu Workshops and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mombasa online travel route planner .

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Mombasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in December; daily highs in Mombasa reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Mombasa

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bombolulu Workshops ©
Bombolulu Workshops

6
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mida Creek. Get some cultural insight at Gede Ruins and Mnarani Ruins (Museum). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Watamu Turtle Watch.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Watamu trip planner .

Getting from Mombasa to Watamu by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Watamu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Malindi.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gede Ruins, Mnarani Ruins (Museum)
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling

few
hours
Malindi

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

Plan my day in Malindi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Watamu to Malindi in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Malindi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris

1
night
Mombasa

Mombasa ©
On the 26th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mombasa driving holiday planning site .

Mombasa is just a short distance from Malindi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Malindi in December since evenings lows in Mombasa dip to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Fort Jesus Museum ©
Fort Jesus Museum
Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple ©

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