11 days in Johannesburg & Kenya Itinerary

11 days in Johannesburg & Kenya Itinerary

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11 days in Johannesburg & Kenya Itinerary

Start: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Mombasa, Kenya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  30​min
3
Malindi, Kenya
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Diani Beach, Kenya
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then steep yourself in history at Nelson Mandela Foundation, and finally steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner .

Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abidjan to Johannesburg is 2 hours. In December, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Abidjan - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

1
night
Mombasa, Kenya

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 28th (Sat): stop by Imani Collective, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Jesus Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Old Town. On your second day here, stroll through Haller Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mombasa trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Mombasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Mombasa is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get a bit warmer in Mombasa: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Malindi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Haller Park ©
Haller Park
Fort Jesus Museum ©
Fort Jesus Museum

1
night
Malindi, Kenya

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.
On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins and then kick back and relax at Watamu Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Malindi vacation planning tool .

Malindi is just a stone's throw from Mombasa. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Malindi

Beaches Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gede Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Watamu Beach ©
Watamu Beach
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins

1
night
Diani Beach, Kenya

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Diani Beach trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Malindi to Diani Beach by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Diani Beach when traveling from Malindi in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
On the 1st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Mara Triangle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Plan my day in Maasai Mara National Reserve using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Diani Beach to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Diani Beach in December: high temperatures in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Giraffe Centre, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, then stroll the grounds of Nairobi War Cemetery, then view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi trip app .

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January, with highs in Nairobi at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

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