16 days in Tanzania & Maasai Mara National Reserve Itinerary

16 days in Tanzania & Maasai Mara National Reserve Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 2 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.
Go for a jaunt from Zanzibar City to Nungwi to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, contemplate the long history of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Zanzibar City is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in October, things will get warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 4 nights
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, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, 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 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. 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 · Outdoors
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 3 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.
Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Seronera. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, 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 3.5 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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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see ratings, maps, photos, 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

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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
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

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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

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

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kilimanjaro National Park online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Arusha.

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Arusha, Tanzania

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

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha day trip tool.

Getting from Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. 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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Tanzania travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
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.