60 days in Uganda & Kenya Itinerary

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Fly to Pakuba Airfield, Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Masindi, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Drive to Pakuba, Fly to Kihihi, Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kampala, Uganda
— 12 nights
Fly
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Watamu, Kenya
— 6 nights
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Drive to Mombasa, Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 6 nights
Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 7 nights
Train to Mtito Andei, Drive to Tsavo National Park East
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
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Naivasha, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nakuru, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 8 nights
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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Murchison Falls. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Nile Delta Cruises - Murchison Falls.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Murchison Falls National Park journey planner.

Lagos, Nigeria to Murchison Falls National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lagos to Murchison Falls National Park. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lagos in December: high temperatures in Murchison Falls National Park hover around 35°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Masindi.
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Masindi, Uganda — 2 nights

Masindi is a town in the Western Region of Uganda. On the 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Murchison Falls National Park. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Polish Cemetery Masindi.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Masindi trip maker.

Drive from Murchison Falls National Park to Masindi in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Masindi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bwindi Impenetrable National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Masindi to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Masindi in December: high temperatures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge) and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katic Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Katwe Tourism Information Centre, admire all the interesting features of Kazinga Channel, and then explore the striking landscape of Queen's Pavillon.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Queen Elizabeth National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park takes 6 hours. In December, Queen Elizabeth National Park is somewhat warmer than Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kampala.
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Kampala, Uganda — 12 nights

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Get out of town with these interesting Kampala side-trips: Jinja (Source of the Nile Museum & River Rafting & Tubing) and Entebbe (Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Off-Road Tours, &more). Spend the 19th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 21st (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, examine the collection at Uganda Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaddafi National Mosque.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kampala itinerary site.

Getting from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kampala by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. December in Kampala sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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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 30th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Spend the 31st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, Maasai Mara National Reserve is little chillier than Kampala - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Watamu.
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Watamu, Kenya — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to 3 Degrees South in Kilifi (about 56 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, step off the mainland to explore Isola dell'Amore Watamu, and stroll through Local Ocean Conservation.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Watamu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Watamu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January, expect nights in Watamu to be warmer, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Diani Beach.
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Diani Beach, Kenya — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shimoni (Slave Caves, Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve, &more). Spend the 11th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Diani Beach, surround yourself with nature on African Bush & Beach Adventures - Day tours, play a few rounds at Leisure Golf Club, and browse the exhibits of Diani Beach Art Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach route planner.

Getting from Watamu to Diani Beach by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. January in Diani Beach sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Mombasa.
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Mombasa, Kenya — 7 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 16th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bamburi Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mombasa trip planning site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Diani Beach to Mombasa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tsavo National Park East.
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Tsavo East.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tsavo National Park East trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of train and car from Mombasa to Tsavo National Park East takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Naivasha.
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Naivasha, Kenya — 3 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.
Step out of Naivasha with an excursion to Mount Longonot in Maai Mahiu--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Hell's Gate National Park. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Naivasha and stroll through Crescent Island Game Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Naivasha travel route builder.

Getting from Tsavo National Park East to Naivasha by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car, train, and shuttle. January in Naivasha sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nakuru.
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Nakuru, Kenya — 3 nights

Nakuru is the fourth-largest city in Kenya, the capital of Nakuru County and former capital of the Rift Valley Province. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Baboons & Vervits. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Nakuru, get impressive views of Menengai Crater, explore the ancient world of Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site, and take an exotic tour of Hisia Safaris.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nakuru itinerary app.

Drive from Naivasha to Nakuru in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nakuru are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nairobi.
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Nairobi, Kenya — 8 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 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 2nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nairobi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nakuru to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Nakuru in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nairobi, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Uganda travel guide

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Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.
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Kenya travel guide

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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.
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