12 days in Kenya Itinerary

12 days in Kenya Itinerary

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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 maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Naivasha trip maker app.

Ayia Napa, Cyprus to Naivasha is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ayia Napa in August, expect nights in Naivasha to be cooler, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Naivasha

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tsavo National Park East

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsavo National Park East trip itinerary planning website.

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. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Watamu.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife · Parks
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at Yoga at Watamu Treehouse, then gain insight at Local Ocean Conservation, then explore the activities along Mida Creek, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Watamu day trip app.

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, daily temperatures in Watamu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Diani Beach, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jackal Adventure Safaris.

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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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Watamu in August since evenings lows in Diani Beach dip to 24°C. Finish 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 · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Mara Triangle. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Olare Orok Conservancy.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip site.

Getting from Diani Beach to Maasai Mara National Reserve by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · 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.
Karen Blixen Museum and Fundii Centre for the Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum, try your luck at Ngong Racecourse, and browse the different shops at The Hub Karen.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planning tool.

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. August in Nairobi sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · 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.