22 days in Tanzania Itinerary

22 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tanzania trip itinerary planner

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Arusha
— 6 nights
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Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
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Mto wa Mbu
— 1 night
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Kilimanjaro National Park
— 2 nights
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Kendwa
— 2 nights
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Paje
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City
— 4 nights
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Arusha

— 6 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Meru and Climbing Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Kili Dreamers and Balloon Rides. Go for a jaunt from Arusha to Arusha National Park to see Safaris about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Serengeti Heritage, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and take in the dramatic scenery at Engare sero waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Arusha trip itinerary builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Arusha, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Arusha sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:

Serengeti National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Grumeti River and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area online travel planner.

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Mto wa Mbu.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Mto wa Mbu

— 1 night
On the 11th (Tue), stroll through Parc National du Lac Manyara.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mto wa Mbu attractions planner.

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Mto wa Mbu in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Mto wa Mbu

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Kilimanjaro National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): head outdoors with Mount Kibo and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kilimanjaro. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can fly from Mto wa Mbu to Kilimanjaro National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kendwa.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Kendwa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Fukuchani Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwengwa Beach, stroll through Matemwe Beach, and then look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kendwa online vacation builder.

Getting from Kilimanjaro National Park to Kendwa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Kendwa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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 16th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Paje Beach, and then Head underground at Kuza Cave. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jambiani Beach, stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, and then walk around Jozani Forest.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paje travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kendwa to Paje takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Cheetah's Rock. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aromas of Zanzibar and Tangawizi Spice Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nungwi Beach). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and experience rural life at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Paje to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. August in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
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.

Lake Manyara National Park travel guide

3.2
Bodies of Water · Gift & Specialty Shops · Flea Markets
A landscape rich in wildlife and diverse terrain, Lake Manyara National Park stretches across two Tanzanian regions. Bubbling with life brought to the region because of the vast alkaline lake, the park attracts visitors particularly during the wet season (November-May), as hundreds of crimson flamingoes settle in the shallow waters. Book a safari tour on your Lake Manyara National Park holiday and witness Masai lions, elephants, cheetahs, and hippos, which co-existing here in their natural habitat.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

3.8
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.