9 days in Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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Jinja, Uganda
— 1 night
Drive
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Entebbe, Uganda
Drive to Kampala, Bus to Nairobi
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 day
Fly
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Fly
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Jinja, Uganda — 1 night

Adventure Capital of East Africa

Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Source of the Nile - Speke Monument and then take in the dramatic scenery at Itanda Falls.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jinja trip builder site.

Entebbe to Jinja is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Entebbe.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Entebbe, Uganda

Nestled on Lake Victoria Peninsula, the laid-back town of Entebbe once served as seat of the colonial government, yet remains widely known as the scene of the 1976 Israeli rescue of hostages kidnapped by Palestinian and German plane hijackers.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Aero Beach and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile village in Entebbe.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Entebbe day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jinja to Entebbe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Nairobi, Kenya — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum and then admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairobi vacation tool.

Getting from Entebbe to Nairobi by combination of car and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Entebbe in February since evenings lows in Nairobi dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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Museums

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya — 3 nights

Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Get outdoors at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nairobi in February: high temperatures in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dar es Salaam.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Dar es Salaam in 19 hours. When traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in February, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Dar es Salaam: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 29°C at night. You will leave for Nungwi on the 8th (Wed).
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Nungwi, Tanzania — 2 nights

Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Uroa Bay and Matemwe Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Nungwi Beach and Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Kendwa Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nungwi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dar es Salaam to Nungwi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. February in Nungwi sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Uganda travel guide

4.3
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

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.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.
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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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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.
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