35 days in Kenya Itinerary

35 days in Kenya Itinerary

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35 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Nairobi
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mount Kenya National Park
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Samburu National Reserve
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  4​h
4
Lake Nakuru National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Naivasha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Narok
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Tsavo National Park East
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Diani Beach
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
10
Watamu
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
11
Mombasa
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: New York City

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nairobi National Park and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Central Island National Park.

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New York City, USA to Nairobi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Nairobi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Nairobi reach 75°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mount Kenya National Park.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Central Island National Park
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

1
night
Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lewis Glacier and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kenya.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Kenya National Park online holiday planner .

Getting from Nairobi to Mount Kenya National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nairobi in December since evenings lows in Mount Kenya National Park dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Samburu National Reserve.

Things to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lewis Glacier
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Mount Kenya ©
Mount Kenya
Lewis Glacier
Lewis Glacier

1
night
Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shaba National Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Samburu National Reserve trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mount Kenya National Park to Samburu National Reserve takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Samburu National Reserve

Parks Nature
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Shaba National Reserve ©
Shaba National Reserve

1
night
Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Nakuru.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lake Nakuru National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Samburu National Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Lake Nakuru National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Naivasha.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

Parks Nature
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Lake Nakuru ©
Lake Nakuru

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crescent Island Game Park and then explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Enashipai Maa Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Longonot.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Naivasha trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Lake Nakuru National Park to Naivasha in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Narok.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Longonot
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park
Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot
Enashipai Maa Museum ©
Enashipai Maa Museum

1
night
Narok

Narok ©
Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya's economy in south-west of the country, along the Great Rift Valley. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mara Naboisho Conservancy.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Narok online route planner .

Traveling by car from Naivasha to Narok takes 2 hours. December in Narok sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Narok

Parks Wildlife
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Mara Naboisho Conservancy ©
Mara Naboisho Conservancy

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Spend the 12th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, stroll through Eluai Plain, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Maasai Mara National Reserve itinerary builder website .

Getting from Narok to Maasai Mara National Reserve by combination of car and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. While traveling from Narok, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

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
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy

2
nights
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Tsavo East. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Forbidden Zone.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Tsavo National Park East takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks Wildlife
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East
Forbidden Zone ©
Forbidden Zone

4
nights
Diani Beach

Diani Beach ©
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.
Get outdoors at Diani Beach and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Diani Beach: Shimoni (Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve & Slave Caves) and Coral Gardens (in Wasini Island). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tsavo National Park East to Diani Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Shimoni, Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk, Coral Gardens
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Safaris

4
nights
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.
Visiting Watamu National Marine Park and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Take a break from Watamu with a short trip to 3 Degrees South in Kilifi, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Local Ocean Conservation, take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, and take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Watamu road trip planning tool .

Getting from Diani Beach to Watamu by combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Watamu are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gede, 3 Degrees South
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: stroll through Haller Park, explore the striking landscape of Mombasa Marine National Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Nyali Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mombasa trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Watamu to Mombasa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Watamu in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mombasa, with lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

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