19 days in Nairobi, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

19 days in Nairobi, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

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19 days in Nairobi, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + 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


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4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Nairobi National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Karura Forest and Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA). Step out of Nairobi to go to Maai Mahiu and see Mount Longonot, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, take in the exciting artwork at Upepo Photography Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi trip itinerary maker tool .

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from London to Nairobi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Longonot
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serengeti Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serengeti National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Oldupai Gorge and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nairobi to Serengeti National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get slightly colder in Serengeti National Park: highs are around 23°C and lows about 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 Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Balloon Rides
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
Paje, Tanzania

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.
On the 24th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paje travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Serengeti National Park to Paje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Serengeti National Park in December: high temperatures in Paje hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mafia Island trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough 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
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 some cultural insight at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib). Take a break from the city and head to Kendwa Beach and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kiwengwa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral and stop by Aromas of Zanzibar.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City holiday builder website .

Getting from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. In December in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up 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

Kendwa Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Matemwe Beach
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Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral ©

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Escape the urban bustle at Savute Reserve and CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

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Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park takes 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

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

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