12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tanzania itinerary maker

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Arusha
— 2 nights
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Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 1 night
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Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
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Kilimanjaro National Park
— 1 night
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Moshi
— 1 night
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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
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Arusha

— 2 nights
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 head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arusha trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. 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 catch the flight to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Serengeti National Park

— 2 nights
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, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 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
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

— 1 night
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 see maps, ratings, 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

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:
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Tarangire National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty 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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:
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Kilimanjaro National Park

— 1 night
On the 6th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kilimanjaro.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 4.5 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

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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Moshi

— 1 night
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): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop.

To find reviews, more things to do, 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 catch the flight to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

— 3 nights
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.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Beaches · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.