57 days in Namibia, Kenya & Zambia Itinerary

57 days in Namibia, Kenya & Zambia Itinerary

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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa, Drive to Watamu
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Watamu, Kenya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
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Drive to Kibwezi, Train to Nairobi, Fly to Samburu
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Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
— 1 night
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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive
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Nanyuki Town, Kenya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nakuru, Kenya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 10 nights
Fly
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
Drive to Victoria Falls, Fly to Windhoek
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 5 nights
Drive to Walvis Bay Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to 3 Degrees South in Kilifi (about 1h 45 min away). Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Haller Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Nyali Centre, and kick back and relax at Nyali Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mombasa day trip planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mombasa is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in November: high temperatures in Mombasa hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 5 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.
Explore Diani Beach's surroundings by going to Shimoni (Slave Caves & Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve) and Coral Gardens (in Wasini Island). Spend the 6th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Diani Beach, play a few rounds at Leisure Golf Club, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take a peaceful walk through Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Diani Beach attractions planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mombasa to Diani Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. December in Diani Beach sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Watamu, Kenya

— 5 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 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Watamu Beach, explore the activities along Mida Creek, and delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Watamu driving holiday planner.

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. In December, daily temperatures in Watamu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Tsavo East.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East online trip maker.

Drive from Watamu to Tsavo National Park East in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Samburu National Reserve.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Shaba National Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Samburu National Reserve trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and flight from Tsavo National Park East to Samburu National Reserve takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mount Kenya National Park.

Things to do in Samburu National Reserve

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kenya.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mount Kenya National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Samburu National Reserve to Mount Kenya National Park takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nanyuki Town.

Things to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Nanyuki Town, Kenya

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, identify plant and animal life at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and then don't miss a visit to Equator Marker. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nanyuki Town road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Kenya National Park to Nanyuki Town. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nakuru.

Things to do in Nanyuki Town

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Nakuru, Kenya

— 4 nights
Nakuru is the fourth-largest city in Kenya, the capital of Nakuru County and former capital of the Rift Valley Province. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nakuru: Hell's Gate National Park (in Naivasha) and Lake Nakuru (in Lake Nakuru National Park). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Baboons & Vervits. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Menengai Crater and stop by KraftyArtZ.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nakuru trip planning website.

You can drive from Nanyuki Town to Nakuru in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Nanyuki Town, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Nakuru, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nakuru

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

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 23rd (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Spend the 24th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and stroll through Eluai Plain.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nakuru to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 6 hours. When traveling from Nakuru in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 10 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 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, see Off-Road Tours, steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi tour builder tool.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in December, expect Nairobi to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 6:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, examine the collection at Railway Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Crocodile Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Livingstone takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Livingstone when traveling from Nairobi in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 6 nights
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
When in Windhoek, make a side trip to see Hoanib River in Kaokoland, approximately Kaokoland away. Spend the 13th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, browse the different shops at Maerua Mall, and stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Windhoek day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Livingstone to Windhoek takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Livingstone to Windhoek. Traveling from Livingstone in January, expect nights in Windhoek to be slightly colder, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 5 nights
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Explore Namib-Naukluft Park's surroundings by going to Gobabeb (Gobabeb Desert Research Station & Dorob National Park) and Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire). There's still lots to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune, make a trip to Kuiseb Pass, and explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip planning tool.

You can fly from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Windhoek in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Namib-Naukluft Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

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.

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.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.