12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Train + Fly:  12 h
1
Arusha
— 2 nights
Fly:  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 + Train:  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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arusha trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time is 2 hours. August in Arusha sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Arusha in September, expect Serengeti National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time 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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Tarangire National Park.

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You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

1
night
Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park
On the 6th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kilimanjaro.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Nature Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours and then take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Moshi trip builder app.

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

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors 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): stroll through Cheetah's Rock, look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, and then head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, then stroll through Nungwi Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City travel planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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