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

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

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

— 3 nights
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 Kili Dreamers. Get some cultural insight at Cultural Heritage Centre and Isle of Jewels. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In November, Arusha is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°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 · Museums
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Dar es Salaam

— 3 nights
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 Upanga Jamatkhana and Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery. Take a break from Dar es Salaam with a short trip to Old Boma in Bagamoyo, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral of Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Darkhana Jamat Khana, and take in the exciting artwork at Chuma Art Workshop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dar es Salaam trip site.

Fly from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in November; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach 38°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Nungwi

— 2 nights
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 flight 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 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Paje

— 2 nights
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 take a shuttle from Nungwi to Paje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Zanzibar City

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stone Town and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib). Escape the urban bustle at Cheetah's Rock and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, and take an in-depth tour of Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel).

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Paje to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°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 · Museums

Side Trip

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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.