12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  12​h
1
Arusha
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Kilimanjaro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Moshi
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Arusha

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 31st (Sat), examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha day trip planning site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Arusha is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Arusha due to the time zone difference. August in Arusha sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park and then stroll through Serengeti Hippo Pool.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Serengeti National Park road trip website .

You can fly from Arusha to Serengeti National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Arusha in September, things will get little chillier in Serengeti National Park: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

1
night
Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area day trip website .

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarangire National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park takes 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tarangire National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

1
night
Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kilimanjaro National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks Nature
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

1
night
Moshi

Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
On the 7th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mama Africa Curio.

Plan trip to Moshi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Climbing Tours
Mama Africa Giftshop ©
Mama Africa Giftshop

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, and then head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nungwi Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City online journey planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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