19 days in Nairobi, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

19 days in Nairobi, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Mafia Island, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Upepo Photography Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Nairobi National Park and Mount Longonot. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Giraffe Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi holiday planner.

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much warmer in Nairobi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Longonot
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Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Serengeti National Park itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Nairobi to Serengeti National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nairobi in December, with highs in Serengeti National Park at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Paje.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Olduvai Gorge
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Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
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 24th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, Head underground at Kuza Cave and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paje trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Serengeti National Park to Paje takes 5 hours. In December, Paje is warmer than Serengeti National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jambiani
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Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mafia Island planning app.

You can fly from Paje to Mafia Island in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Christ Church Cathedral and Matemwe Beach. When in Zanzibar City, make a side trip to see Kendwa Beach in Kendwa, approximately Kendwa away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip maker website.

You can fly from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. In December in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Matemwe Beach, Kendwa Beach
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Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Savute Reserve and Boab Prison Tree. Step out of the city life by going to CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park takes 13 hours. Traveling from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga

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