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 National Reserve
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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

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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 13.5-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.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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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. The adventure continues: stroll through Diani Beach, play a few rounds at Leisure Golf Club, take a peaceful walk through Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Diani Beach driving holiday planning website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Watamu.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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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. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Mida Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Watamu Beach, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Do a combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Watamu in 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. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tsavo National Park East.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
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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 8.5 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 fly to Mount Kenya National Park.
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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 2.5 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.
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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.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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. Step out of Nakuru with an excursion to Hell's Gate National Park in Naivasha--about 2 hours away. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Baboons & Vervits. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Nakuru, get impressive views of Menengai Crater, and stop by KraftyArtZ.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nakuru online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nanyuki Town to Nakuru takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nanyuki Town in December, expect nights in Nakuru to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Parks · Nature · Shopping
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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 Olypunyata Swamp.

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

Nairobi, Kenya — 10 nights

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: see Off-Road Tours, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, and browse the exhibits of Nairobi National Museum.

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 2.5 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 fly to Livingstone.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, examine the collection at Railway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Crocodile Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Livingstone holiday planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Livingstone in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Livingstone. Traveling from Nairobi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Livingstone, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
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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. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, get a new perspective on nature at Geological Survey Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove Mall of Namibia.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Livingstone to Windhoek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Livingstone in January: highs in Windhoek hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Namib-Naukluft Park.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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 3 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.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
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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.