17 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

17 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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17 days in Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  23 h
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Watamu, Kenya
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
4
Paje, Tanzania
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
5
Mafia Island, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Newark, United States


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3
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Karura Forest and Upepo Photography Gallery. Visiting Nairobi National Park and Safaris will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting, and stroll through Giraffe Centre.

Plan trip to Nairobi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Newark, USA to Nairobi is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In July, Nairobi is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olare Orok Conservancy and Safaris. Visiting Mara Triangle and Olypunyata Swamp will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve route maker.

Fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

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

2
nights
Watamu, Kenya

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mida Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Watamu driving holiday planner .

Getting from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Watamu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Watamu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paje.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mida Creek ©
Mida Creek

1
night
Paje, Tanzania

Paje ©
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jambiani Beach and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paje day trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Watamu to Paje with the Route module. In July in Paje, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Jambiani
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Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mafia Island tour itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kendwa Beach and Matemwe Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, and experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip planner.

You can fly from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kendwa Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Matemwe Beach
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Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©

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