16 days in Tanzania & Maasai Mara National Reserve Itinerary

16 days in Tanzania & Maasai Mara National Reserve Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  14 h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  13 h
End: Brussels, Belgium

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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.
Go for a jaunt from Zanzibar City to Nungwi to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, and admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City online trip builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Zanzibar City is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brussels to Zanzibar City. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 19th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 21st (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in October, expect Maasai Mara National Reserve to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

3
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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.
Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Seronera. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car 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, Tanzania

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 26th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner.

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Tarangire National Park.

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Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

1
night
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro National Park
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kilimanjaro National Park online travel route builder.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks Nature
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

2
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

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 29th (Tue): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha day trip tool.

Getting from Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Arusha sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Climbing Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

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