18 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

18 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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18 days in Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
7
Naivasha, Kenya
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: Medellin, Colombia


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3
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Visiting Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Karura Forest, stroll through Giraffe Centre, and explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nairobi tour app .

Medellin, Colombia to Nairobi is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Medellin in November, plan for little chillier days in Nairobi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park

3
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Escape the urban bustle at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in November, expect Maasai Mara National Reserve to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

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

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serengeti National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paje.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
Paje, Tanzania

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then Head underground at Kuza Cave. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Kite Dream Zanzibar and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paje holiday builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Serengeti National Park to Paje takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Serengeti National Park in November, with highs in Paje at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kuza Cave
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Kite Dream Zanzibar ©
Kite Dream Zanzibar

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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.
On the 14th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, then relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City road trip planning website .

You can drive from Paje to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mtoni Palace Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

2
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Jumba la Mtwana, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mombasa travel planner.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Mombasa by flight takes about an hour. In November, daytime highs in Mombasa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Naivasha.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Fort Jesus Museum ©
Fort Jesus Museum

1
night
Naivasha, Kenya

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 18th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Enashipai Maa Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Naivasha day trip app .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle from Mombasa to Naivasha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or drive. When traveling from Mombasa in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Naivasha, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Museums
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park
Enashipai Maa Museum ©
Enashipai Maa Museum

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