16 days in Kenya Itinerary

16 days in Kenya Itinerary

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16 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  15​h
1
Nairobi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Watamu
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Mombasa
— 3 nights
train + Drive:  6​h
5
Tsavo National Park East
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  6​h
6
Naivasha
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Madrid

2
nights
Nairobi

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Giraffe Centre, explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, and examine the collection at Nairobi National Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi vacation website .

Madrid, Spain to Nairobi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Madrid to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in October; daily highs in Nairobi reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve

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 15th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 17th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve route planning app .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in October; daily highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Watamu

Watamu ©
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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Watamu National Marine Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Local Ocean Conservation: Watamu Turtle Watch, and then take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Watamu online attractions planner .

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Watamu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in October; daily highs in Watamu reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Gede Ruins
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Mombasa

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.
Step out of Mombasa to go to Diani Beach and see Diani Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum, and stroll through Haller Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mombasa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Watamu to Mombasa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Watamu in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mombasa, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Diani Beach
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Safaris
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

1
night
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Tsavo East.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of train and car from Mombasa to Tsavo National Park East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Naivasha.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Wildlife Parks
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

2
nights
Naivasha

Naivasha ©
Nestled on the shore of the eponymous lake, the market town of Naivasha boasts an enviable location and serves as gateway to several national parks, including Hell's Gate--inspiration for the landscapes of Disney's "The Lion King." Boating among the hippos of the vast, placid lake; camping; and bird-watching top the list of things to do in Naivasha.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crescent Island Game Park and then explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Naivasha day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and train from Tsavo National Park East to Naivasha in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and shuttle. October in Naivasha sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park

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