53 days in Kenya Itinerary

53 days in Kenya Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kenya trip planner

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Nairobi
— 7 nights
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Samburu National Reserve
— 1 night
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Narok
— 3 nights
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Maai Mahiu
— 2 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 5 nights
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Wasini Island
— 3 nights
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Tsavo National Park West
— 3 nights
Drive
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Malindi
— 6 nights
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Lamu Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Mombasa, Ferry to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach
— 7 nights
Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa
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Mombasa
— 12 nights
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Nairobi

— 7 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.
Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA) and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Ngong Hills and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Make the 18th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: stop by Anselm's Kitengela Hot Glass, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rivers Mall, browse the exhibits of Nairobi Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Upepo Photography Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi day trip planning app.

New York City, USA to Nairobi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Nairobi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Samburu National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 22:

Samburu National Reserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shaba National Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Samburu National Reserve trip website.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Narok.

Things to do in Samburu National Reserve

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:
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Narok

— 3 nights
Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya's economy in south-west of the country, along the Great Rift Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Narok Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Narok trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Samburu National Reserve to Narok takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In November in Narok, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Maai Mahiu.

Things to do in Narok

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Maai Mahiu

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Mount Longonot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): play a few rounds at Limuru Country Club.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Maai Mahiu trip maker.

You can drive from Narok to Maai Mahiu in 1.5 hours. In November in Maai Mahiu, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Maai Mahiu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

Maasai Mara National Reserve

— 5 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Step out of the city life by going to Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Safaris. Spend the 30th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: stroll through Musiara Swamp.

You can plan Maasai Mara National Reserve trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Maai Mahiu to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Maai Mahiu in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Wasini Island.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

Wasini Island

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wasini's Blue Whale Boat Operators and Wasini Island. Get in touch with nature at Coral Gardens and Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wasini Island itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Wasini Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Wasini Island, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tsavo National Park West.

Things to do in Wasini Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Tsavo National Park West

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Tsavo National Park West road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Wasini Island to Tsavo National Park West takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Wasini Island, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Tsavo National Park West, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Malindi.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park West

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Malindi

— 6 nights
Offering pristine, palm-lined beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and warm, sunny weather, the port town of Malindi rightly established itself as one of Kenya's prime tourism spots.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Che Shale Beach and Isola dell'Amore. Malindi Museum and Gede Ruins will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malindi: 3 Degrees South (in Kilifi) and Watamu (Bio-Ken Snake Farm, Spiaggia delle Tartarughe, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Falconry of Kenya, and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Malindi tour planning site.

Drive from Tsavo National Park West to Malindi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tsavo National Park West in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Malindi, with lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lamu Island.

Things to do in Malindi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:

Lamu Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the galleries of Lamu Museum and then steep yourself in history at Lamu Old Town. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Siyu Fort.

To plan Lamu Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from Malindi to Lamu Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Lamu Island when traveling from Malindi in December, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Lamu Island

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Diani Beach

— 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at African Bush & Beach Adventures - Day tours and Sheldrick Falls. Shop till you drop at Diani Beach Art Gallery and The Diani Beach Shopping Centre. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Colobus Conservation, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Diani Beach road trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Lamu Island to Diani Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 24:

Mombasa

— 12 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.
Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple and Shiva Temple will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bombolulu Workshops and Nyali Centre. Take a break from Mombasa with a short trip to Kikambala Beach in Kikambala, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Mombasa Marine National Park. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Mombasa Tusks, explore the galleries of Rabai Museum, and stroll through Nguuni Nature Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mombasa trip builder website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Mombasa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 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.