13 days in Kenya & Kampala Itinerary

13 days in Kenya & Kampala Itinerary

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13 days in Kenya & Kampala Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
flight:  7​h
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Lamu Island, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Kampala, Uganda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Nairobi, Kenya

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Upepo Photography Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, then see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and finally stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Nairobi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg to Nairobi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in Nairobi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mombasa online road trip planner .

Getting from Nairobi to Mombasa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in March, expect Mombasa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Lamu Island.

Things to do in Mombasa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Fort Jesus Museum ©
Fort Jesus Museum

3
nights
Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Lamu Old Town and Lamu Mysteries. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lamu Museum and Siyu Fort.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mombasa to Lamu Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March in Lamu Island, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Nairobi on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Lamu Island

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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Lamu Old Town ©
Lamu Old Town
Siyu Fort ©
Siyu Fort
Lamu Museum ©
Lamu Museum

1
night
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
On the 9th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral, and finally get your game on at GP Karting. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi tour planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lamu Island to Nairobi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lamu Island in March: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Museum ©
Nairobi National Museum
All Saints Cathedral ©
All Saints Cathedral

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Mara Triangle.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Maasai Mara National Reserve online vacation builder .

Fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle

2
nights
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Uganda Museum. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kampala trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Kampala in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in March, Kampala is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gaddafi National Mosque ©
Gaddafi National Mosque
Uganda Museum ©
Uganda Museum

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