39 days in Africa Itinerary

39 days in Africa Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa, Train to Mtito Andei, Drive to Tsavo National Park East
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
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Naivasha, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
— 1 night
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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
— 1 night
Train to Railways, Fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip itinerary builder app.

London, UK to Livingstone is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Livingstone, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Livingstone reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 30th (Sat), stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary site.

Getting from Livingstone to Ngamiland East by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. While traveling from Livingstone, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve and explore and take pictures at Boab Prison Tree.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park itinerary tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
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Arusha, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of Arusha to go to Arusha National Park and see Mt Meru, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 5th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Arusha holiday planner.

Fly from Chobe National Park to Arusha in 11 hours. Traveling from Chobe National Park to Arusha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Mombasa.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mombasa, Kenya

— 5 nights
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.
Step out of Mombasa to go to Kilifi and see 3 Degrees South, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 10th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 11th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mombasa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Arusha to Mombasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Arusha in December: high temperatures in Mombasa hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 4 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.
When in Diani Beach, make a side trip to see Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve in Shimoni, approximately Shimoni away. Spend the 18th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Diani Beach, view the masterpieces at Diani Beach Art Gallery, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mombasa to Diani Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. In December in Diani Beach, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Tsavo East.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tsavo National Park East trip website.

Getting from Diani Beach to Tsavo National Park East by combination of car, ferry, and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Naivasha.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Naivasha, Kenya

— 2 nights
Nestled on the shore of the eponymous lake, the market town of Naivasha boasts an enviable location and serves as gateway to several national parks, including Hell's Gate--inspiration for the landscapes of Disney's "The Lion King." Boating among the hippos of the vast, placid lake; camping; and bird-watching top the list of things to do in Naivasha.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Crescent Island Game Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hell's Gate National Park. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Oloidien and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Naivasha.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Naivasha vacation planner.

You can drive from Tsavo National Park East to Naivasha in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car, train, and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Naivasha can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Nakuru.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lake Nakuru National Park route planning website.

Traveling by car from Naivasha to Lake Nakuru National Park takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lake Nakuru National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mount Kenya National Park.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kenya.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mount Kenya National Park online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lake Nakuru National Park to Mount Kenya National Park. Traveling from Lake Nakuru National Park in December, expect nights in Mount Kenya National Park to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

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 24th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve journey planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mount Kenya National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mount Kenya National Park in December; daily highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 5 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.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, look for gifts at Matbronze Wildlife Art, explore the galleries of Nairobi National Museum, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nairobi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, Nairobi is somewhat warmer than Maasai Mara National Reserve - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
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.