10 day itinerary in Kenya

Ultimate 10 Perfect Days in Kenya (Itinerary)

Your Guide To A Perfect 10 Day Trip To Kenya: 

Do you want to explore the best of Kenya in 10 days, but don’t know where to start to ensure you have the best trip possible? Then you’re not alone. 

After spending 12 days exploring everything from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara, I’ve created this perfect 10-day itinerary, plus this ultimate guide to Kenya so you have everything you need for an amazing trip!

So you know exactly what to see, do, where to eat and stay to make your next 10 days unforgettable!

Kenya Itinerary Overview:

Day 1: Nairobi

Day 2-3: Amboseli

Day 4-5: Lake Naivasha

Day 6-8: Maasai Mara

Day 9-10: Nairobi

Disclaimer: All my recommendations are based on my personal experience or highly recommended items from other travelers. I am in no way getting compensated for my reviews or recommendations of the activities or accommodations. I simply want to share this great advice with you. If you like this itinerary or want more awesome travel advice, then sign up for my newsletter 🙂 

Day 1: A Day in Nairobi

If you want to make the most out of your day in Nairobi then here are my top recommendations. You can also check out the best things to do in Nairobi if you are interested in exploring other excellent options! 

What To Do:

Nairobi National Park: 

DV at Nairobi National Park
Rhinos at Nairobi National Park

Start your day off early in the morning by visiting Nairobi National Park, where you can spot lions, giraffes, leopards, rhinos, zebras, and over 400 species of birds while having Nairobi’s city skyline in the backdrop. 

While you can rent a car and do a self-guided tour throughout the park, I highly recommend taking a guided tour. The local guides are fantastic at knowing where the animals like to hide (which you may miss on your own) and share fascinating facts about the wildlife and the park’s ecosystem. 

The park is open from 6:00 Am to 6:00 P.m., however, I recommend getting here as early as possible so you can spot the most animals while they are most active and catch the last bit of the morning sunrise.

Daisy’s Pro Tip: On your safari adventure, try to wear earth-neutral colors! This allows your body to stay cool in the heat, deter bugs and you won’t scare away the animals (like wearing red or black may). Also, make sure to have all these essential safari items that you must pack like your bug spray, a portable charger, your camera, and binoculars! 

Giraffe Centre:

DV at Giraffe Centre, Nairobi Kenya
Giraffe Centre, Nairobi Kenya

After your first safari adventure, head to the Giraffe Centre, approximately a 20-minute drive away from Nairobi National Park. The center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, giving you plenty of time to interact with the Rothschild giraffes. 

Here, you can feed, receive a kiss, and just observe the giraffes in their natural habitats. 

Plus, you can learn about the important conservation efforts to protect these giraffes. 

While you’re here, you can also take a hike across the 1.6-kilometer natural trail and count how many birds or other wildlife you can spot! Or you can wind down with refreshments at the tea house while watching people feed the giraffes. 

Night Activities: 

Alchemist Nightclub in Nairobi
Alchemist Nightclub in Nairobi

If you’re ready to dance the night away among the locals, then I highly recommend the high-energy atmosphere of B-club, or for a dance underneath the stars with a great music vibe, you must visit Alchemist. 

Alchemist is my personal favorite as you can enjoy drinks with the locals and enjoy the amazing vibe of the club. Plus, if you plan to stay at the Best Western, then you will be less than an 8-5 minute walk from the club!

While I felt safe at the club (and walking to and from my hotel at night), be sure to always proceed with caution and know these valuable safety tips to stay safe while in Kenya or at the local Nairobi clubs

Daisy’s Pro Tip: Bring KES Shillings in case you have to pay a small “entrance or cover” fee at the door. You may then receive a token that allows you to get a “free drink” at the bar. 

Where to Eat:

The Talisman is about a 15-minute drive from the Giraffe Centre and is a perfect spot for lunch. This cozy restaurant serves a delicious fusion of European, Pan-Asian, and African cuisines in a serene garden setting.

Enjoy your dinner at Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, located in the historic Karen Blixen estate. The menu features a variety of dishes, highlighting fresh, local ingredients. There is also amazing ambiance lighting to set the scene for a peaceful and romantic dinner. 

Where to Stay:

After a full day (and night) of fun, I recommend staying at the Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel which is an excellent choice for its central location and comfort. Plus, you can enjoy a complimentary buffet for breakfast and dinner! 

Day 2: Amboseli National Park

Up next, you will enjoy spotting more elephants that you can count Amboseli National Park.

What to do:

Elephants in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park
Elephants in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park

Drive to and explore Amboseli National Park:

Bright and early, you can hit the road for a 3 1/2 hour drive from Nairobi to Amboseli. Once you arrive and settle into your lodge, prepare for an afternoon safari. 

Amboseli National Park is one of the best places to visit in Kenya where you can experience a large herd of free-ranging elephants, including the African elephants, against the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Plus, you spot other wildlife like lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and over 400 species of birds!

Trust me, you will feel like you’re straight out of The Lion King or a nature documentary. 

Daisy’s Pro Tip: If you’re unsure what you should wear, then get inspiration for these best safari outfits for your Kenya adventure. I promise you, that if you do not pack correctly for a safari adventure, then you will have a miserable time!  

Where to Eat:

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at your hotel before driving down to Amboseli. 

Once you have arrived at your lodge, you’ll be treated to a variety of dishes that showcase the rich flavors of Kenyan cuisine, all prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Trust me, you will become hooked on the amazing taste of all the food, because you can taste how fresh the fruits and vegetables are.

Where to Stay:

There’s no better place to stay in Amboseli than Ol Tukai Lodge, as here, you will get a front-row seat to the best views of the wildlife and Kilimanjaro. From your room, you will literally be able to watch elephants in the afternoon, or can you watch zebras as you lay down near the pool. 

Plus, their commitment to sustainability means you’re staying in a place that cares deeply about preserving the beauty of Amboseli for future generations. 

Day 3: Amboseli National Park

What To Do:

Safari outfits for game drive inn kenya
Safari outfits for game drive inn kenya

Enjoy a Full Game Drive of Exploring:

For the clearest views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, schedule your game drives early in the morning. This is also a great time for wildlife spotting, as animals are more active in the morning during the cooler temperatures.

 From the swamps, where elephants bathe in the mud, to the open plains, home to cheetahs and vast herds of wildebeest, there’s so much to see. And, with Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak as your constant backdrop, the photo ops are endless. 

Where to Eat:

Continue to enjoy the various buffet options at your lodge!

Where to Stay:

Continue to enjoy your stay at Ol Tukai Lodge. 

Day 4: Explore Hell’s Gate

What to Do:

Pride Rock, Hell's Gate National Park
Pride Rock, Hell’s Gate National Park

Drive to Hell’s Gate for a Day of Exploration

After a hearty breakfast, drive 5 1/2 hours for a fun adventure at Hell’s Gate. 

In Hells Gate, you can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, cycling, camping, and game drives. What is more exciting than cycling next to a herd of zebras or giraffes nearby!

While there are no predators here, the animals are still wild, so proceed with caution and maintain a safe distance from animals when you’re hiking or biking.  

Hell’s Gate is famously known to inspire many landscape scenes from the Disney movie The Lion King, including Pride Rock. You can also enjoy other dramatic scenery of Hell’s Gate, featuring towering cliffs, gorges, and geothermal steam vents.

Daisy’s Pro Tip: Carry some cash if you would like to buy small handcrafted souvenirs for a small souvenir market inside the park that is alongside one of the more popular trails.

Where to Eat:

Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your lodge before you leave for your drive ahead. 

Lunch: Eat lunch along the route at whatever point you get hungry! 

Dinner: After a day of hiking and exploration, dine at your lodge or camp. Here you can enjoy a mix of local and international dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. 

Where to Stay:

To fully embrace the natural beauty surrounding Hell’s Gate and Lake Naivasha, staying in a lodge close to the lake is ideal.

Day 5: Explore Mount Longonot

What to do:

Day Trip To Mount Longonot:

Drive 45 minutes to Mount Longonot for a complete day of outdoor fun! Mount Longonot is in the heart of the Graft Rift Valley and is believed to have been last active in 1860’. Within the crater of the mountain, you will discover a thick forest and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities! The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Great Rift Valley and all the way to Lake Naivasha. 

While you’re here, you can also enjoy game drives, bird watching, cycling, snorkeling, diving, wind suffering, and even rock climbing! So you have plenty of options for adventurous activities that interest you! 

What To Eat:

Continue to enjoy the various buffet options at your lodge!

Where To Stay:

Continue to enjoy your stay at your lodge in Lake Naivasha. 

Day 6: Travel to the Maasai Mara

What to Do:

Morning Boat Ride Safari at Lake Naivasha: 

Hippos at Lake Naivasha
Hippos at Lake Naivasha

Start your day with a peaceful 1-hour long boat ride at Lake Naivasha where you can see hundreds of pink flamingos and over 400 species of birds. You can also see giraffes, zebras, and soooo many hippos!

You can enjoy the boat rides from 7am to 11am and 2 pm to 4pm. However, I personally recommend going at 7 AM when the lighting is perfect and the animals are just starting to get active. So you have plenty of opportunities to take pictures of animals along the beautiful sunrise!

Daisy’s Pro Tip: Remember to bring a jacket as the mornings are chilly, especially along with the breeze of going fast in the motorized canoe boats.

Drive to the Maasai Mara and have an evening game drive

Drive the 3 ½ hours from Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara. 

If you’re eager to start exploring the Maasai Mara, then make sure to get here before 4-5 pm (at the very latest), so you have enough time to do a quick evening game drive before dark. 

Afterward, you can enjoy your dinner at the included buffet, grab a drink under the stars, and watch the monkeys play outside your window!

Where to Eat:

Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your lodge before you leave for your drive ahead. 

Lunch: Eat lunch along the route at whatever point you get hungry! 

Dinner: After a day of hiking and exploration, dine at your lodge or camp. Here you can enjoy a mix of local and international dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. 

End your day under the African sky with a buffet dinner at your lodge. Dining under the stars in the Maasai Mara is an experience like no other, with the sounds of the wild as your dinner music.

Where to Stay:

Sarova Mara tented camp provides stunning views of the Maasai Mara and prime access game drives. You can enjoy luxurious pools, glamping-style tented camps, and delicious buffet options from breakfast to dinner.

Day 7: Explore the Maasai Mara

What to Do:

Full-Day of Game Drives: 

2 male lions in the Maasai Mara with their prey they just caught
2 male lions in the Maasai Mara with their prey they just caught

The Maasai Mara is world-renowned for its population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and the elusive rhino – collectively known as the Big Five. Trust me, you do not want to leave Kenya without seeing the Big 5. 

While in the reserve, you also have the opportunity to spot thousands of safari animals including zebra, gazelles, giraffes, warthogs, and so much more! 

If you travel during the dry season, which is the best time to visit Kenya, you can see the annual wildebeest migration! Where over 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras migrate annually, creating the perfect place to view the wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Keep your binoculars and camera in hand at all times! 

Where to Eat:

Lunch: Enjoy a packed lunch from your lodge, ideally under the shade of an acacia tree in the Mara. Or you can return back to the lodge for an awesome buffet-style lunch. 

Dinner: Back at your lodge, dine under the stars for an authentic safari experience.

Where to Stay:

​​Sarova Mara tented camp provides stunning views of the Maasai Mara and prime access for early morning game drives. You can enjoy luxurious pools, glamping-style tented camps, and delicious buffet options from breakfast to dinner. 

Day 8: Hot Air Balloon Safari at Sunrise

What to Do:

Hot Air Balloon Safari: 

Hot air ballon ride over the Masai Mara
Hot air ballon ride over the Masai Mara

Start your morning before dawn, as you track the animals from a hot air balloon ride watching the sunrise along the savanna. There is truly no better way to experience the magnitude or beauty of Kenya, than by a hot air balloon ride. 

This was truly one of the best experiences in my life and every second simply took my breath away! 

After you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you can brag to your friends that you did a safari tour by land, water, and air! 

Afterward, you can enjoy a nice breakfast and champagne in the Savannah as you watch the animals afar in the distance!

Explore the Maasai Mara:

Continue to explore the Maasai Mara for your chance at spotting the big 5! 

Where to Eat:

Breakfast in the savannah, Kenya

Breakfast: Enjoy your complimentary buffet style breakfast and champagne in the Savannah after your hot air balloon ride

Lunch and dinner: Return back to the lodge for an awesome buffet-style meal. 

Where to Stay:

Continue to enjoy your stay at Sarova Mara Game Camp. 

Day 9: Visit the Maasai Tribe and Return to Nairobi

What to Do:

Dance with the Maasai Tribe:

Dancing with the Maasai Tribe
Daisy Dancing with the Maasai Tribe

Your day begins with a visit to a Maasai village, offering an authentic look into the lives of one of Kenya’s most iconic communities. Here, you’ll gain an understanding and appreciation of the Maasai traditions from their colorful outfits to their sustainable living practices. 

You will also experience the Maasai’s traditional jumping dance, known as the ‘adumu’. It’s a competitive dance where warriors jump as high as possible, symbolizing strength and agility. 

Daisy’s Pro Tip: Bring KES shilling so you can purchase the handmade souvenirs that are crafted by the Maasai women after the village tour. This is the best way to support these villages.  

Drive Back to Nairobi: 

After exploring the Maasai tribe’s village, get comfortable in your chair for your next 4-hour drive back to Nairobi. 

Shopping at Maasai Market

As you make your way back to Nairobi, you can shop your heart away at the Maasai market or Nairobi city market for the best handcrafted souvenirs. From hand-painted fabrics to stunning jewelry and detailed wood carvings, you will find it all at these markets. 

Daisy’s Pro Tip: Always be prepared to bargain for a good price on souvenirs. This is one of my top tips to know when visiting Kenya, which most people do not know which leads them to pay 4 times higher than the actual price. Just make sure to always offer a fair deal, as these souvenirs are often hand crafted by the local women in the village. So a couple more dollars in their pockets goes further than in yours. 

Night Activities:

Want to spend one last night the Kenya way? Then continue to dance the night away at the Alchemist or B-Club. 

Where to Eat:

Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your lodge before you leave for your drive ahead. 

Lunch: Eat lunch along the route at whatever point you get hungry!

Dinner: Enjoy your last night in Nairobi with the iconic Carnivore restaurant. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of “all you can eat” meats roasted over a charcoal pit (including exotic meats) then you will enjoy an upscale meal at the Carnivore. This spot is extremely trendy among tourists and is a great place to eat with amazing staff. 

I also love the surprisingly wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options available here. However, please be aware that there is a huge fire pit of roasted animal meat cooking that can easily be seen once walking into the restaurant, which may be difficult or disturbing for my vegans or vegetarians to see.

Where to Stay:

Return back to the Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel which offers comfort, convenience, and a great central location to end your trip.

Day 10: Nairobi

Your trip is not over yet, as there are still unique activities that you can do to make the most out of your final day in Kenya. 

What to Do:

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: 

Elephant in Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya, Africa
Elephant in Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya, Africa

Located in Nairobi National Park, you can visit the elephant orphanage sanctuary. Here, you can watch the baby elephants and rhinos, eat, play in the mud, and interact with you as their caretakers share the story of the elephant. 

The best part, you can hear how the caretakers rehabilitate each animal until they can be re-introduced into their natural habitats and rejoin the herd. 

What I love about this place is not just the ability to learn how to ethically interact with the animals, but the chance to also understand their stories and join the efforts to protect them. 

Entry starts promptly at 11:00 AM, however, I suggest arriving 20 minutes early so you can get a spot in the front. Especially if you want the chance to pet the elephants as they walk by!

Nairobi All-Women Jewelry Tour: 

Learning how to hand make jewelry at Kobe Tough
Learning how to hand make jewelry at Kobe Tough

Support women and empower the local community by taking a tour of Nairobi’s all-women jewelry company, Kobe Tough. Kobe meaning African Sea turtle in Swahili to represent the amazing beauty and the toughness of the African Savannah and of the beautiful jewelry handcrafted by these talented women. 

This unique experience sheds light on the talented women artists of Nairobi, showcasing their skills in crafting exquisite jewelry. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the women behind the work, learn about their craft, and perhaps even try making your own piece. 

Not only do you walk away with a beautiful souvenir, but you also support a local business that employs over 300 single mothers in Kenya.

Depart from Kenya:

Unfortunately, your time here in Kenya has come to an end (for now). But make sure to come back or extend your trip to experience the other best parts that Kenya has to offer. 

Where to Eat:

Enjoy breakfast and or lunch at your hotel before your departure. 

You can also find amazing foodie spots around your local area! 

Conclusion: 

And just like that, your 10 days have passed by so quickly! These last 10 days have been a blast, and you can come back to Kenya to explore the other great things there are to see and do! 

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