14 days in Durban, Zanzibar Island & Kenya Itinerary

14 days in Durban, Zanzibar Island & Kenya Itinerary

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14 days in Durban, Zanzibar Island & Kenya Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
1
Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mombasa, Kenya
— 1 night
train + Drive:  6​h
5
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Durban, South Africa


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1
night
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 21st (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is King Shaka International Airport. December in Durban sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

1
night
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, then stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and then experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Zanzibar City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

1
night
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nungwi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Imani Collective and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mombasa vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Mombasa takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris

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night
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

Tsavo National Park East ©
On the 27th (Fri), stroll through Tsavo East.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tsavo National Park East travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of train and car from Mombasa to Tsavo National Park East takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

4
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.
Spend the 29th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Olare Orok Conservancy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mara North Conservancy.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve attractions planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Tsavo National Park East to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Maasai Mara National Reserve can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

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

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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.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, view the masterpieces at Fundii Centre for the Arts, stop by Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop), and explore the galleries of Upepo Photography Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairobi visit planner.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in December, expect Nairobi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Museums
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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