51 days in Kenya & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

51 days in Kenya & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
— 1 night
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Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Naivasha, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
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Watamu, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 5 nights
Ferry to Mombasa, Fly to Zanzibar
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 9 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 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.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre, delve into the lush surroundings at Kereita Forest, and see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi journey planner.

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Nairobi is 3 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect Nairobi to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 13:

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 14th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 17th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and stroll through Mara North Conservancy.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nairobi in March, things will get a bit cooler in Maasai Mara National Reserve: highs are around 28°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Mount Kenya National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:

Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

— 1 night
On the 19th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kenya.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Mount Kenya National Park trip maker app.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Mount Kenya National Park in 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mount Kenya National Park when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in March, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Samburu National Reserve.

Things to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:
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Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Reteti Elephant Santuary and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Shaba National Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Samburu National Reserve tour builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mount Kenya National Park to Samburu National Reserve takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Naivasha.

Things to do in Samburu National Reserve

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Naivasha, Kenya

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Crescent Island Game Park and then explore the activities along Lake Naivasha.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Naivasha trip planner.

Getting from Samburu National Reserve to Naivasha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsavo East.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tsavo National Park East trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naivasha to Tsavo National Park East takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Watamu.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:
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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 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, explore the activities along Mida Creek, soothe aching muscles at Yoga at Watamu Treehouse, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Watamu trip app.

Traveling by car from Tsavo National Park East to Watamu takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Watamu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:

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.
Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 2nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, buy something for everyone on your list at Nyali Centre, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mombasa day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Watamu to Mombasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Mombasa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 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). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the galleries of Diani Beach Art Gallery, and tee off at Leisure Golf Club.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach trip itinerary planner.

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. April in Diani Beach sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

Nungwi, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nungwi: Panamwe Tours & Safaris (in Pwani Mchangani), Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe) and Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kendwa Beach, stop by blacklulu, and see some colorful creatures with Scubafish Dive Center Ltd.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nungwi itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Diani Beach to Nungwi in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Nungwi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:

Paje, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Paje is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Rising Sun Dive Center, stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paje online vacation planner.

You can take a shuttle from Nungwi to Paje in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April in Paje, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 9 nights
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.
Spend the 19th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, experience rural life at Shabuta Spice Farm, and stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip maker.

Traveling by car from Paje to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 25:

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.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.