16 days in Kenya Itinerary

16 days in Kenya Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Tsavo National Park East
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
2
Diani Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mombasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
4
Malindi
— 2 nights
Fly:  45 min
5
Lamu Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
6
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Nairobi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Forbidden Zone.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsavo National Park East road trip site.

Barcelona, Spain to Tsavo National Park East is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks Wildlife
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East
Forbidden Zone ©
Forbidden Zone

1
day
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 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Diani Beach, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stop by Sand & Sea Beach Shop.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Diani Beach sightseeing planning site.

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Tsavo National Park East to Diani Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mombasa online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Diani Beach to Mombasa in 1.5 hours. In July in Mombasa, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Malindi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris

2
nights
Malindi

Offering pristine, palm-lined beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and warm, sunny weather, the port town of Malindi rightly established itself as one of Kenya's prime tourism spots.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Mangrove Boardwalk Mida Creek, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe and then kick back and relax at Che Shale Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Malindi trip itinerary maker app.

Malindi is just a short distance from Mombasa. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mombasa in July since evenings lows in Malindi dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lamu Island.

Things to do in Malindi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mangrove Boardwalk Mida Creek, Gede Ruins, Spiaggia delle Tartarughe
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Safaris
Che Shale Beach ©
Che Shale Beach
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe ©
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe

1
night
Lamu Island

Lamu Island ©
On the 29th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Siyu Fort, see the interesting displays at Lamu Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Lamu Old Town.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lamu Island day trip planner.

You can fly from Malindi to Lamu Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Lamu Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Lamu Island

Historic Sites Museums
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Lamu Old Town ©
Lamu Old Town
Lamu Museum ©
Lamu Museum
Siyu Fort ©
Siyu Fort

2
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.
On the 30th (Tue), stroll through Musiara Swamp and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mara Triangle.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lamu Island to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Get a sense of the local culture at Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA) and Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages. Spend the 1st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and grab your bike and head to Karura Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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