51 days in Kenya Itinerary

51 days in Kenya Itinerary

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51 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Nairobi
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lake Nakuru National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Naivasha
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Mount Kenya National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Lamu Island
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h
7
Watamu
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
8
Mombasa
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Diani Beach
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Tsavo National Park East
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Makindu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

11
nights
Nairobi

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Utamaduni Craft Centre, Nairobi railway museum and Nairobi National Museum. Let the collections at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi Gallery capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Nairobi War Cemetery.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip site .

Melbourne, Australia to Nairobi is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Nairobi is minus 7 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Central Island National Park, Kereita Forest, Mugie Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

2
nights
Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park ©
On the 17th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Nakuru. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Baboons & Vervits.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lake Nakuru National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Nairobi in January, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Lake Nakuru National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Naivasha.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Nakuru ©
Lake Nakuru
Baboons & Vervits ©
Baboons & Vervits
Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site
Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site

3
nights
Naivasha

Naivasha ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hell's Gate National Park and Crescent Island Game Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Longonot in Maai Mahiu (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Enashipai Maa Museum, stop by Life Beads Kenya, and stroll through Crater Lake Game Sanctuary.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naivasha sightseeing planner.

Drive from Lake Nakuru National Park to Naivasha in 2 hours. In January in Naivasha, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mount Kenya National Park.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Longonot
Highlights from your plan
Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park
Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot
Enashipai Maa Museum ©
Enashipai Maa Museum

3
nights
Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park ©
Visiting Mount Kenya and Lewis Glacier will get you outdoors. Explore Mount Kenya National Park's surroundings by going to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (in Isiolo) and Meru Museum (in Meru National Park).

Plan trip to Mount Kenya National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Naivasha to Mount Kenya National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Naivasha in January, Mount Kenya National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewis Glacier, Meru Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mount Kenya ©
Mount Kenya
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ©
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Meru Museum ©
Meru Museum

5
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Get outdoors at Mara Triangle and Mara North Conservancy. Spend the 26th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, stroll through Musiara Swamp, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner .

Fly from Mount Kenya National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In January, Maasai Mara National Reserve is little chillier than Mount Kenya National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lamu Island.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy

1
night
Lamu Island

Lamu Island ©
On the 30th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Siyu Fort, see the interesting displays at Lamu Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Lamu Old Town.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lamu Island trip planner .

Getting from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Lamu Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lamu Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Lamu Island

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lamu Old Town ©
Lamu Old Town
Lamu Museum ©
Lamu Museum
Siyu Fort ©
Siyu Fort

4
nights
Watamu

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.
Gede Ruins and Mnarani Ruins (Museum) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Watamu National Marine Park and Mida Creek will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Local Ocean Conservation: Watamu Turtle Watch, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Watamu trip planner .

Getting from Lamu Island to Watamu by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Lamu Island in January, Watamu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gede Ruins, Mnarani Ruins (Museum)
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park

9
nights
Mombasa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Jesus Museum and Jumba la Mtwana. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple and Mombasa Memorial Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Mombasa side-trips: Malindi (Ndoro Sculpture Garden Malindi & Portuguese Church). Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, wander the streets of Old Town, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mombasa road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Watamu to Mombasa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Mombasa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Malindi, Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

6
nights
Diani Beach

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.
Slave Caves and Diani Beach Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Diani Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Diani Beach: Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve (in Shimoni) and Coral Gardens (in Wasini Island). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Diani Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mombasa to Diani Beach takes 1.5 hours. February in Diani Beach sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shimoni, Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk, Coral Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Safaris

2
nights
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
On the 19th (Wed), stroll through Tsavo East. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forbidden Zone.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tsavo National Park East road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Diani Beach to Tsavo National Park East takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Makindu.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East
Forbidden Zone ©
Forbidden Zone

2
nights
Makindu

Makindu ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Makindu Sikh Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Makindu trip itinerary website .

Drive from Tsavo National Park East to Makindu in 5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Makindu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Makindu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Makindu Sikh Temple ©
Makindu Sikh Temple

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