41 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

41 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly to Mombasa, Ferry to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Watamu, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 6 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Walking tours. Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Tanzanite Experience.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arusha trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Arusha is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Arusha. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, things will get much warmer in Arusha: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paje.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Paje, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Take a break from the city and head to Jambiani Beach and Paje Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Rising Sun Dive Center and Paje Scooter Rent. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jozani Forest.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paje travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Paje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Arusha in December, expect Paje to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and Stone Town. Escape the urban bustle at The Safari Blue and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and kick back and relax at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip builder.

Traveling by car from Paje to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nungwi, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kendwa Beach and Matemwe Beach. Get outdoors at Scubafish Dive Center Ltd and Nungwi Beach. When in Nungwi, make a side trip to see Off-Road Tours in Kiwengwa, approximately Kiwengwa away. There's more to do: Head underground at Tazari Caves.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nungwi driving holiday website.

Drive from Zanzibar City to Nungwi in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nungwi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to African Bush & Beach Adventures - Day tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend the 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Diani Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Diani Beach trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Nungwi to Diani Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Mombasa, Kenya

— 5 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nyali Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Old Town and Fort Jesus Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: see Off-Road Tours and tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mombasa trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Mombasa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Watamu.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Watamu, Kenya

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Mida Creek and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Watamu National Marine Park and Bio-Ken Snake Farm. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, and head outdoors with Isola dell'Amore.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Watamu trip builder app.

You can drive from Mombasa to Watamu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Watamu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Watamu

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 5 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Get in touch with nature at Mara Triangle and Olare Orok Conservancy. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eluai Plain.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary website.

Getting from Watamu to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Watamu in January, you will find days in Maasai Mara National Reserve are little chillier (26°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Nairobi, Kenya

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Karen Blixen Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Nairobi National Park and Karura Forest. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore the galleries of Nairobi National Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip planner.

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, Nairobi is a bit warmer than Maasai Mara National Reserve - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
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.