51 days in Kenya, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

51 days in Kenya, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 6 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 6 nights
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
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Watamu, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
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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 wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, and browse the exhibits of Karen Blixen Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip itinerary planning app.

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 12-hour flight. 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 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

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 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 26th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

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Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, Maasai Mara National Reserve is slightly colder than Nairobi - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area (about 1h 45 min away). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Seronera. There's more to do: stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park takes 3.5 hours. December in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 2 nights
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tarangire National Park tour planning site.

Getting from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park by car takes about 4 hours. January in Tarangire National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

Arusha, Tanzania

— 6 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Take a break from Arusha with a short trip to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, and hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arusha trip website.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Arusha takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Moshi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:

Moshi, Tanzania

— 6 nights
Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park (about 1h 50 min away). Spend the 13th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Ascend Tanzania, and explore the activities along Kikuletwa Hotsprings.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Moshi itinerary builder app.

Traveling by shuttle from Arusha to Moshi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Moshi to Tsavo National Park East takes 6.5 hours. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Watamu.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Watamu, Kenya

— 4 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.
Step out of Watamu with an excursion to 3 Degrees South in Kilifi--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Watamu National Marine Park, experience rural life at Bio-Ken Snake Farm, explore and take pictures at Local Ocean Conservation, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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You can drive from Tsavo National Park East to Watamu in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Watamu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mombasa: Diani Beach (Diani Beach, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, &more). Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nyali Beach, and stroll through Haller Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mombasa sightseeing website.

You can drive from Watamu to Mombasa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mombasa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 6 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Paje Beach (in Paje). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip planning website.

Fly from Mombasa to Zanzibar City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 4 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, admire all the interesting features of Boab Prison Tree, and stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park journey planning site.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park by flight takes about 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:

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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

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.