51 days in Kenya, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

51 days in Kenya, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

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51 days in Kenya, Tanzania & Botswana Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Arusha, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
7
Moshi, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Watamu, Kenya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
10
Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
11
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
12
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

5
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.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Giraffe Centre, and explore the striking landscape of Central Island National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip planner .

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Nairobi. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Central Island National Park, Mugie Ranch
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

5
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
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: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nairobi in December, with highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

3
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.
Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Seronera. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serengeti National Park, stroll through Serengeti Hippo Pool, explore the striking landscape at Oldupai Gorge, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. 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 Wildlife

Side Trip

Oldupai Gorge
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge

2
nights
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
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): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 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

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 4th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Tarangire National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tarangire National Park online vacation planner .

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 5 hours. In January in Tarangire National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arusha.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

6
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Masai Central Market, explore the activities along Lake Duluti, and examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre.

Find out how to plan Arusha trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tarangire National Park to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Arusha are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Masai Central Market, Mt Meru
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
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Climbing Tours
Mt Meru ©
Mt Meru
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

6
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

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.
Take a break from Moshi with a short trip to Mount Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 14th (Tue) on two wheels at Ascend Tanzania. The adventure continues: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, browse for treasures at Mama Africa Curio, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moshi online attractions planner .

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

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safaris

1
night
Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

Tsavo National Park East ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Tsavo East.

Plan a trip to Tsavo National Park East easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

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

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife Parks
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

4
nights
Watamu, Kenya

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.
Change things up with a short trip to 3 Degrees South in Kilifi (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Watamu National Marine Park, take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Watamu trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tsavo National Park East to Watamu by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gede, 3 Degrees South
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins

5
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

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 Mombasa's surroundings by going to Diani Beach (Diani Beach, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, & more). Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Fort Jesus Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Nyali Beach, and stop by Imani Collective.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mombasa online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Watamu to Mombasa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Mombasa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Diani Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Safaris
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Paje Beach (in Paje). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, kick back and relax at Nakupenda Beach, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

Plan a trip to Zanzibar City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Zanzibar City takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi, Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

4
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Linyanti River, stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park, and don't miss a visit to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park takes 10.5 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 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

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