15 days in Kenya Itinerary

15 days in Kenya Itinerary

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15 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
Watamu
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Mombasa
— 3 nights
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 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Naivasha driving holiday 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. When traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Naivasha: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow 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 26th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Nakuru.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lake Nakuru National Park visit planning app .

Drive from Naivasha to Lake Nakuru National Park in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to 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 28th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Olare Orok Conservancy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve online vacation planner .

You can drive from Lake Nakuru National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 6 hours. Other options are to 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 little chillier days and about the same nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Watamu.

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

2
nights
Watamu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Watamu National Marine Park and then stroll through Mida Creek. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Local Ocean Conservation, take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Watamu planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Watamu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in October, things will get much warmer in Watamu: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Gede
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest ©
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Mombasa side-trips: Diani Beach (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Diani Beach). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Haller Park, take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mombasa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Watamu to Mombasa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Watamu in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Mombasa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Diani Beach
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Safaris
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

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night
Tsavo National Park East

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

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tsavo National Park East trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of train and car from Mombasa to Tsavo National Park East in 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 enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks Wildlife
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

3
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, browse the exhibits of Upepo Photography Gallery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stop by Penny Winter Boutique.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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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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