19 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

19 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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19 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  26​h
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mafia Island, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
5
Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  34​h
End: Medellin, Colombia


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8
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Karura Forest and Mount Longonot. Get outdoors at Safaris and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairobi: Crescent Island Game Park (in Naivasha) and Waterfalls Inn Tigoni (in Kiambu). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Nairobi is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Medellin to Nairobi is 8 hours. When traveling from Medellin in November, plan for slightly colder days in Nairobi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Longonot, Waterfalls Inn Tigoni, Crescent Island Game Park, Central Island National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park

1
night
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Serengeti National Park and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Serengeti National Park route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nairobi to Serengeti National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in December; daily highs in Serengeti National Park reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip planner .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, Zanzibar City is warmer than Serengeti National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©

1
night
Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
On the 12th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Mafia Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Paje.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

3
nights
Paje, Tanzania

Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
On the 13th (Fri), head outdoors with Paje Scooter Rent and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Kite Dream Zanzibar and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paje sightseeing app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mafia Island to Paje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. December in Paje sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuza Cave
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Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Paje Scooter Rent ©
Paje Scooter Rent

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