31 days in Kenya, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

31 days in Kenya, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
— 1 night
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Fly to Nairobi Wilson, Train to Kibwezi, Drive to Tsavo National Park East
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive to Amboseli, Fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly to Mombasa, Ferry to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa, Drive to Watamu
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Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 4 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 19th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and look for gifts at Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nairobi travel route planning website.

Milan, Italy to Nairobi is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Milan to Nairobi. In September, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to fly to Samburu National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Samburu National Reserve online attractions planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Samburu National Reserve

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Tsavo East.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tsavo National Park East itinerary app.

Do a combination of flight, train, and car from Samburu National Reserve to Tsavo National Park East in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 5 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 22nd (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 23rd (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mara North Conservancy and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tsavo National Park East to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 2 nights
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.
On the 27th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with Wild Coast Air Safaris and then see Marco Polo Safaris.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Diani Beach travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Diani Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in September; daily highs in Diani Beach reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Watamu, Kenya

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at Yoga at Watamu Treehouse.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Watamu day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Watamu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Diani Beach in September since evenings lows in Watamu dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 6 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Spend the 7th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and test your problem-solving skills at Tribal Trap Escape Rooms.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Watamu to Victoria Falls takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Watamu to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Watamu in October, you will find days in Victoria Falls are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are little chillier (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 8 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Spas (in Kempton Park), Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, &more) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Spend the 9th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, test your team's savvy at HintHunt, and stop by Maboneng Precinct.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in October, expect Johannesburg to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 15:

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.