15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Arusha
— 3 nights
2
Dar es Salaam
— 3 nights
3
Nungwi
— 2 nights
4
Paje
— 2 nights
5
Zanzibar City
— 4 nights

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Climbing Tours and Off-Road Tours. Get some cultural insight at Cultural Heritage Centre and The Tanzanite Experience. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Kili Dreamers, and see the interesting displays at Isle of Jewels.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Arusha due to the time zone difference. In November, Arusha is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam ©
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha temple and National Museum. Take a break from Dar es Salaam with a short trip to Old Boma in Bagamoyo, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Upanga Jamatkhana, take in the exciting artwork at Chuma Art Workshop, stroll the grounds of Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Cathedral of Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dar es Salaam trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Dar es Salaam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in November; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old Boma
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Old Boma ©
Old Boma
Upanga Jamatkhana ©
Upanga Jamatkhana
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery ©
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery

2
nights
Nungwi

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nungwi travel route planner.

Traveling by taxi from Dar es Salaam to Nungwi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Nungwi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

2
nights
Paje

Paje ©
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll around Jozani Forest and then stroll through Jambiani Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paje trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nungwi to Paje in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jambiani Beach, Jozani Forest
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

4
nights
Zanzibar City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stone Town and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Cheetah's Rock and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel).

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Paje to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Stone Town ©
Stone Town

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