Two weeks is a perfect amount of time to spend in and around Kenya. There are many ways to structure your trip. Combine a wilderness safari with a cultural tour around the country, focus on birdwatching as you travel around Kenya's top national parks, or cross the border and add in a few days in Uganda for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking adventure. Learn more about your options with the itineraries below.

Itinerary #1: Cultural Kenya: Wildlife, History & Art 

On this colorful itinerary around Kenya, you'll learn about the country's history at museums and cultural sites, then head out into the wilderness to see world-famous landscapes filled with elephants and lions.

Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Nairobi
Day 2 Sightsee in the Capital City Nairobi
Day 3 Explore the Museums of Nairobi Nairobi
Day 4 Visit the Homeland of the Kikuyu People Nyeri
Day 5 Tour the Baden-Powell Museum in Nyeri Nyeri
Day 6 See the Kariandusi Prehistoric Site in the Rift Valley Naivasha
Days 7-8 Visit Amboseli National Park Amboseli National Park
Day 9 Discover the Wilderness of Tsavo National Park Tsavo National Park
Day 10 Explore the Lumo Conservancy Taita Taveta
Day 11 Birdwatch at the Taita Wildlife Conservancy Taita Taveta
Day 12 Travel by Train to Mombasa Mombasa
Day 13 Visit a Crocodile Farm in Mombasa Mombasa
Day 14 Depart   

The trip starts in the capital city of Nairobi, where you'll sightsee and visit museums during the first few days to get an overview of the country's history and culture. Then leave the capital for the Nyeri area, stopping at the Baden-Powell Museum before moving on to the Kariandusi Prehistoric Site in the Rift Valley. Overnight in Naivasha before starting your adventure in Amboseli National Park, where you'll spend the next couple of days viewing wildlife and hiking.

The trip continues at the expansive Tsavo National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world. Stop to see birds at the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary and the Taita Wildlife Conservancy, then journey onward by train to Mombasa. Chill out in the coastal city and do some sightseeing, including visiting the Portuguese-built Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a stop at East Africa's largest crocodile farm. Finish the trip with a horseback ride before circling back to Nairobi to catch a flight out. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Kenya Birdwatching & Safari Trip

Kenya is a mecca for bird watchers: on this 14-day adventure, you'll see hundreds of flamingoes at Lake Elmenteita, take a birdwatching hike up Mount Kenya, and spend several days on safari in the Maasai Mara.

A malachite kingfisher in Naivasha
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Nairobi
Day 2 Transfer to Samburu Reserve Samburu Reserve
Day 3 Explore Samburu Reserve Samburu Reserve
Day 4 Go on a Birdwatching Expedition in the Reserve Samburu Reserve
Day 5 Enjoy a Birding Trek at Mount Kenya Nanyuki
Day 6 Hike and Birdwatch Around Lake Naivasha  Naivasha
Day 7 Visit the Elsamere Conservation Center Naivasha
Day 8 Explore Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha
Day 9 See Lake Elementaita and Transfer to Nakuru Nakuru
Day 10 Discover Lake Nakuru Park Nakuru
Day 11 Travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 12 Go on a Safari in the Maasai Mara Maasai Mara
Day 13 Continue the Adventure in the Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 14 Depart via Nairobi   

Kick off the trip in the capital city, Nairobi. You'll continue to the wilderness almost immediately, spending several days exploring Samburu Reserve on dedicated birdwatching expeditions. Next up is a birding trek at Mount Kenya, the tallest African mountain. Then, you'll explore Lake Naivasha, enjoying hiking and birdwatching tours around the shoreline. Learn about the inspiration behind the bestselling novel "Born Free" at the Elsamere Conservation Center before continuing to Hell's Gate National Park. Don't let the name fool you: the park is lush and forested, home to a diverse range of bird species.

You'll start the second half of the trip with the stunning sight of hundreds of flamingoes in Lake Elmenteita, one of Kenya's famed soda lakes. Another soda lake, Lake Nakuru, awaits the next day, home to rare birds of prey. Finish the trip with several days in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where you'll birdwatch, go on a safari with a guide, and see the landscapes from overhead during a hot air balloon adventure. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Kenya Safari & Uganda Gorilla Trek 

Split your time between Kenya and Uganda on this wilderness-focused trip that takes you to the natural habitats of mountain gorillas, white rhinos, lions, cheetahs, elephants, and various other endangered animals. 

A gorilla in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Nairobi
Day 2 Tour the City of Nairobi Nairobi
Day 3 Travel Overland to Ol Pejeta Conservancy Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Day 4 Learn About Lion Tracking at Ol Pejeta Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Day 5 Explore the Beauty of Lake Naivasha Naivasha
Day 6 Learn About Local Culture at Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp Maji Moto
Day 7 Experience Bush Camping Maji Moto
Days 8-9 Discover Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 10 Fly to Uganda for a Gorilla Trekking Adventure Entebbe
Day 11 Get to Know Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 12 Look for Mountain Gorillas on a Guided Trek Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 13 Return to Entebbe via Lake Bunyonyi Kabale
Day 14 Fly from Entebbe Airport to Nairobi & Depart  

Begin with a city tour of Nairobi before traveling overland to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In Ol Pejeta, you'll have the chance to see one or two of the only northern white rhinos left on the planet. The conservancy also provides a rare opportunity to participate in lion tracking, where you'll search for lions and collect information with ecological monitoring professionals. Stop at Lake Naivasha on the way to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp. You'll have an immersive experience with Maasai people and sleep in a traditional cottage, followed by a night of bush camping.

Next, it's time for a safari adventure in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Go for a hot air balloon ride over the landscape for unforgettable views of the resident wildlife, then enjoy an afternoon game drive, looking for elephants and giraffes. You'll fly to Uganda for the last leg of the trip. On a guided gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, search for gorillas in the wild. You'll spend the last full day of the trip relaxing near the calm waters of Lake Bunyonyi before flying out of Uganda. Learn more

Itinerary #4: South Africa Adventure & Kenya Safari 

The top highlights of Kenya and South Africa await on this well-rounded two-week tour that features several safari adventures, a hot air balloon ride, a hike up Table Mountain, and the chance to interact with the Maasai people.

Cheetah family in the Maasai Mara
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Hike Table Mountain and Tour Bree Street Cape Town
Day 3 Visit Cape of Good Hope, See Penguins, and Taste Wines  Cape Town
Day 4 Whale Watch and Dine at GOLD Cape Town
Day 5 Fly from Cape Town to Nairobi Nairobi
Days 6-7 Visit Amboseli National Park  Amboseli park
Days 8-9 Explore Hell's Gate and Lake Nakuru Nakuru
Day 10 Spend Time at Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp Maji Moto
Days 11-12 Drive to Maasai Mara Reserve & Tour the Park Maasai Mara
Day 13 Go on a Safari in the Reserve and Return to Nairobi Nairobi
Day 14 Depart   

This adventure begins in South Africa. Arrive in Cape Town, and spend the first part of the trip hiking to the top of Table Mountain and touring Bree Street. Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are next on the agenda, not to mention beautiful views of the spot where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. See penguins in the wild at Boulders Beach and taste local wines at a nearby winery. Round out your days in South Africa with a whale-watching tour and a night out at GOLD Restaurant.

Fly to Nairobi to continue the trip. Go on a safari tour of Amboseli National Park, then cycle or hike in Hell's Gate National Park, which is pleasantly free of predators. Explore Lake Nakuru National Park on the following day, keeping your eyes open for rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, and endangered giraffes. You'll learn about traditional local lifestyles at Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp before heading into the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Spend the last few days of the trip looking for wildlife on safari tours, including a hot air balloon ride that takes you high above the savanna. Return to Nairobi to wrap up the itinerary. Learn more

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Map of 2 Weeks in Kenya - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 2 Weeks in Kenya - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas