12 days in Kenya Itinerary

12 days in Kenya Itinerary

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12 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Naivasha
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Lake Nakuru National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Diani Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mombasa
— 1 night
train + Drive:  6​h
6
Tsavo National Park East
— 1 night
Drive + train:  4​h 45​min
7
Nairobi
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Amsterdam

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hell's Gate National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Naivasha online tour planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Naivasha is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Naivasha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, you will find days in Naivasha are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park

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night
Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Nakuru.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lake Nakuru National Park trip planner.

Getting from Naivasha to Lake Nakuru National Park by car takes about 2 hours. October in Lake Nakuru National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

Parks Nature
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Lake Nakuru ©
Lake Nakuru

3
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.
Spend the 31st (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Olare Orok Conservancy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Lake Nakuru National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Lake Nakuru National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Maasai Mara National Reserve, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Diani Beach day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Diani Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in November, expect Diani Beach to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): browse the different shops at Nyali Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mombasa route planner .

Drive from Diani Beach to Mombasa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Mombasa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Nyali Centre ©
Nyali Centre

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night
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tsavo National Park East vacation 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 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks Wildlife
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

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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.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, bet on your favorite at GP Karting, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nairobi trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and train from Tsavo National Park East to Nairobi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park

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