10-Day Itinerary of Kenya’s Best

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  • Kenya

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Road Trip Travel

  • Hidden Gems

  • National Parks

  • Wildlife

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Kenya is a destination of contrasts, one where you can learn about non-profit action and also engage in thrilling activities like safari game drives. It is a tight-knit, women-led community that lives against a backdrop of rich wildlife and serene vistas. And the landscape, from metropolitan destinations like Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to the national parks and the beachside, changes across the country. There is a bit of everything in Kenya, making it one of the most exciting destinations in Africa, perfect for a 10-day adventure.

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Day 1: Landing in Nairobi & Learning About Wildlife Protection

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Once you’ve landed in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, take the day to discover what is considered the green city under the sun. First, visit the elephants at the renowned Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned elephants. Next, stop for lunch at a garden café contributing to peace and reconciliation for women from many African nations and cultures through art. Finally, visit the giraffes at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. After an action-packed day, sit down to a delicious meal of Kenyan home-style cooking.

Day 2: Head out to Maungu, Kenya

View of wildlife roaming under a golden sunset and orange sky in Kenya

Catch the train down south to your second stop, the village of Maungu, and settle into a charming open-air home in the savannah. You'll quickly feel at home here. Enjoy a traditional dance performance by the women of the Taita-Taveta community before dinner.

Day 3: Learning Local Handicraft

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Spend the day with the women of the Zawadisha tribe in Maungu. Learn about the Neema Women's Group and their crafts like paper-bead jewelry and paper-making from upcycled elephant dung. Thousands of African elephants call the Kasigau corridor, between Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks, home, so there's never a shortage of manure!

Day 4: Meet Mama Mercy

Small tree growing out of the soil

Founder of the Tumaini Environmental Women’s Group and a local champion for improving women's lives in her community, Mama Mercy is a local legend. You can participate in some non-profit activities here and learn how to help the community and support the women of the tribe from abroad. Then, for the rest of the day, you are free to hang out with the women in the community by helping with tree planting and / or assisting with the kitchen gardens. To finish the day, hike into the Kasigau or Marasi hills for incredible views.

Day 5-6: Tsavo National Park

Three lions sitting on a rock next to trees on a sunny day in Tsavo National Park

From Maungu, continue to Tsavo National Park, where you will enjoy your first game drive in the early afternoon in the company of an expert driver-guide. Keep your eyes peeled for the eastern black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, elephants, leopards and lions.

Day 7-10: Game Drive and the Coast

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Your time in Kenya would not be complete without a game drive. Rise and shine with your last morning game drive before continuing to the coast. Then, hop on a train to Mombasa and continue to Diani — a flawless, long stretch of white-sand beach hugged by lush forest and kissed by surfable waves. Take a few days to lie on the beach, explore the ocean floor and relax. You can also consider surfing, or visiting some of the local sacred forests.

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