If you have ten days to spend in Kenya, you'll likely want to spend a few of them on safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve. How you organize the rest of your time is up to you: round out your adventure with more wildlife viewing in the country's top national parks or opt for a relaxing trip to the white sandy coastline of Diani Beach. You could even add Uganda into the mix, crossing the border to enjoy a one-of-a-kind gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Itinerary #1: "Big Five" Safari Experience

On this safari tour of Kenya's most beautiful landscapes, you'll encounter the so-called "Big Five" — the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros — in the wild.

A leopard walking in the Maasai Mara
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi  Nairobi
Day 2 Explore Lake Nakuru National Park Nakuru
Day 3 Meet Locals in a Maasai Village Maasai Mara
Day 4 Explore Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 5 Travel from the National Reserve to Naivasha Naivasha
Day 6 Day Trip to Hell’s Gate National Park  Naivasha
Day 7 Hike to the Top of Mt. Longonot  Naivasha
Day 8 Spot Elephants Near Mt. Kilimanjaro Amboseli Park
Day 9 Tour Amboseli National Park Amboseli Park
Day 10 Transfer to Nairobi  

 

Welcome to Kenya! You'll arrive in Nairobi and begin your adventure on day two with your first safari experience at Lake Nakuru National Park. The next day, you'll have the chance to meet local people in a Maasai village and shop for local handicrafts in a village market. Then you'll spend a full day on safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve, hopefully spotting lions and cheetahs in the park's vast grasslands. It's a hot, dusty ride from the Maasai Mara to Naivasha, where you'll have some free time to relax midway through the trip.

Next, you'll visit Hell’s Gate National Park, home to giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and gazelles. Depending on your energy and interests, you can hike, cycle, or drive to the park's scenic gorge. The following day, you'll hike to the summit of Mt. Longonot. The trip ends with one more safari adventure in Amboseli National Park where you'll likely spot elephants in the wild, framed by massive Mt. Kilimanjaro. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Wildlife and Beaches of Kenya

Outdoor enthusiasts will love this well-rounded tour of Kenya's best beaches, national parks, lakes, and wildlife reserves, including a visit to an elephant orphanage.

A baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi  Nairobi
Day 2 Visit an Elephant Orphanage & a Giraffe Center  Nairobi
Day 3 Tour Lake Naivasha by Boat Naivasha
Day 4 Explore Lake Nakuru National Park Nakuru
Day 5 Go to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp Maji Moto
Days 6-7 Explore Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Days 8-9 Relax on Diani Beach Diani Beach
Day 10 Fly to Nairobi & Depart  

 

The trip begins in Nairobi, but you'll soon venture outside the city to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage and a local giraffe center where you can interact with elephants and giraffes, respectively. You'll then take to the waters to explore beautiful Lake Naivasha by boat. On day four, head to Lake Nakuru National Park to spot exotic birds, rhinos, leopards, and hippos. 

Take a break from the wilderness for some cultural education at the Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp. Here, you'll learn about Maasai traditions, chat with locals, visit a village school, and sleep in a traditional cottage. The experience offers context for your next few days, which you'll spend exploring Maasai Mara National Reserve. If your trip is happening between July and September, consider yourself extra lucky: the Great Migration is underway then, so abundant wildlife is easily visible on the plains. Kick back on the white sandy coastline of Diani Beach for the last few days of the trip, then circle back to Nairobi to catch a flight out. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Running Experience in Kenya

Designed for long-distance runners, this active adventure offers travelers the chance to jog through magnificent scenery, observe elite athletes in training, and soar high above the Mara River in a hot air balloon.

Runners training in Iten, Kenya
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi  Nairobi
Day 2 Tour the High Altitude Training Center  Iten
Day 3 Visit Kamariny Stadium Iten
Day 4 High-Altitude Run in Iten Iten
Day 5 Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 6 Safari in the Maasai Mara Maasai Mara
Day 7 Relax on Diani Beach Diani Beach
Days 8-9 Explore Beaches and Forests Diani Beach
Day 10 Depart  

 

After a day of sightseeing in Nairobi, transfer to Iten, the so-called  "Home of Champions." You'll spend a few days here, going on early morning runs with a local running group, touring the High Altitude Training Center, and watching elite athletes train at Kamariny Stadium. Enjoy an excursion to a nearby village to sample traditional specialties of the Rift Valley before transferring to Maasai Mara National Reserve, where you'll spend the next few days experiencing the park from different perspectives. 

In addition to a safari, you'll have the option to see wildlife from above on a hot air balloon tour. On day seven, you'll fly to Diani Beach and spend the rest of the trip relaxing on sandy beaches, swimming in the Indian Ocean, visiting a sacred forest, and learning about monkeys at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Head back to Nairobi, where the trip ends, to catch a flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Safari and Gorilla Trek in Kenya & Uganda 

Explore Kenya's famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve before crossing the border to Uganda for an unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure on this wildlife-focused itinerary

A gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Check-in at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Amboseli
Day 2 Explore Amboseli National Park Amboseli
Day 3 Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 4 Safari in the Maasai Mara Maasai Mara
Day 5 Continue Exploring the Maasai Mara Maasai Mara
Day 6 Depart Kenya and Fly to Uganda Entebbe
Day 7 Discover Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Bwindi
Days 8-9 Experience a Gorilla Trek Bwindi
Day 10 Depart Uganda   

 

The first part of the trip happens in Kenya. Arrive at Amboseli National Park, home to an incredible variety of birds. You'll go on a safari and sleep in a safari lodge, then move on to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Elephants, rhinos, hippos, and lions await in this world-famous park, and you'll have a great chance of seeing them in the wild on an early-morning safari. Opt for a hot air balloon ride over the reserve for the best photo opportunities!

On day six, you'll head over the border to Uganda. Spend a night in Entebbe before transferring to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, also known as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You'll spend a few nights in an eco-lodge and have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing mountain gorillas in the wild on a trekking tour of the park. Learn more

More Great Kenya Itineraries

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Map of 10 Days in Kenya - 4 Unique Itineraries
Map of 10 Days in Kenya - 4 Unique Itineraries