16 days in Arusha Region, Kilimanjaro National Park & Serengeti National Park Itinerary

16 days in Arusha Region, Kilimanjaro National Park & Serengeti National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Arusha Region, Kilimanjaro National Park & Serengeti National Park Itinerary

Start: Arusha
1
Arusha
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilimanjaro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mto wa Mbu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Serengeti National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
End: Arusha

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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 Mt Meru. Get a sense of the local culture at Cultural Heritage Centre and Arusha Village Experience. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, learn more about the world around you at Old Boma Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Ngurdoto Crater.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arusha trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Arusha. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

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Side Trip

Mt Meru
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ngurdoto Crater ©
Ngurdoto Crater

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Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park
Get in touch with nature at Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kibo. Spend the 21st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilimanjaro National Park tour itinerary site .

Getting from Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kibo
Mount Kibo

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tarangire National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tarangire National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Tarangire National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Mto wa Mbu.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

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Mto wa Mbu

Mto wa Mbu ©
Get in touch with nature at Parc National du Lac Manyara and Elephant Caves.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Mto wa Mbu trip site .

You can drive from Tarangire National Park to Mto wa Mbu in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mto wa Mbu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Mto wa Mbu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Manyara, Elephant Caves
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Lake Manyara ©
Lake Manyara
Masai Central Market ©
Masai Central Market
African Galleria ©
African Galleria

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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 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Mto wa Mbu to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Serengeti National Park and Seronera. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Oldupai Gorge, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Oldupai Gorge
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge