17 days in Kenya Itinerary

17 days in Kenya Itinerary

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17 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Nairobi
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h
3
Nanyuki Town
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Naivasha
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Lamu Island
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
6
Malindi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
7
Diani Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

4
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.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, stop by Noorjehan Collections Ltd, have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting, and examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi trip itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nairobi is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Nairobi. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in August; daily highs in Nairobi reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Safaris
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olare Orok Conservancy and Off-Road & ATV Trails. There's more to do: explore the activities along Mara River and look for all kinds of wild species at Mara Triangle.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nairobi in September, expect Maasai Mara National Reserve to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Nanyuki Town.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

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

few
hours
Nanyuki Town

Nanyuki Town ©
On the 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nanyuki Town tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nanyuki Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Nanyuki Town is somewhat warmer than Maasai Mara National Reserve - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Naivasha.

Things to do in Nanyuki Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy ©
Ol Pejeta Conservancy

3
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 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Crescent Island Game Park and then explore the activities along Lake Naivasha. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hell's Gate National Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naivasha vacation builder.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Nanyuki Town to Naivasha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Naivasha can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lamu Island.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Naivasha
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Lake Naivasha ©
Lake Naivasha
Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park
Crescent Island Game Park ©
Crescent Island Game Park

1
night
Lamu Island

Lamu Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Siyu Fort, then examine the collection at Lamu Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Lamu Old Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lamu Island trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Naivasha to Lamu Island by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Naivasha in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lamu Island, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Malindi.

Things to do in Lamu Island

Historic Sites Museums
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Lamu Old Town ©
Lamu Old Town
Siyu Fort ©
Siyu Fort
Lamu Museum ©
Lamu Museum

2
nights
Malindi

Offering pristine, palm-lined beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and warm, sunny weather, the port town of Malindi rightly established itself as one of Kenya's prime tourism spots.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marafa-Hells Kitchen and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Malindi with an excursion to Isola dell'Amore in Watamu--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, and make a trip to Malindi.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Malindi sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lamu Island to Malindi in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Malindi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Gede, Isola dell'Amore
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Safaris
Marafa-Hells Kitchen ©
Marafa-Hells Kitchen
Isola dell'Amore ©
Isola dell'Amore

2
nights
Diani Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach vacation builder.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Malindi to Diani Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Malindi in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Diani Beach, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari ©
Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari

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