12 days in Kenya Itinerary

12 days in Kenya Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kenya visit planner

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Drive to Larnaca International Airport, Fly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Drive to Naivasha
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Naivasha
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsavo National Park East
— 1 night
Drive
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Watamu
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mombasa, Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Mombasa, Fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nairobi
— 4 nights
Fly

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Naivasha

— 1 night
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): explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Naivasha tour builder.

Ayia Napa, Cyprus to Naivasha is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ayia Napa to Naivasha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ayia Napa in August: highs in Naivasha hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Tsavo National Park East

— 1 night
On the 9th (Mon), stroll through Tsavo East.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tsavo National Park East road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naivasha to Tsavo National Park East takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Watamu.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Watamu

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Yoga at Watamu Treehouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Local Ocean Conservation, then explore the activities along Mida Creek, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Watamu sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Tsavo National Park East to Watamu in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Watamu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Diani Beach

— 1 night
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 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Diani Beach, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get interesting insight from Jackal Adventure Safaris.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Watamu to Diani Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Diani Beach when traveling from Watamu in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Maasai Mara National Reserve

— 2 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mara Triangle. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Olare Orok Conservancy.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Diani Beach to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Nairobi

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Karen Blixen Museum and Fundii Centre for the Arts. Escape the urban bustle at Nairobi National Park and Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, try to win big at Ngong Racecourse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nairobi online tour planner.

Getting from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
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.