22 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda Itinerary

22 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda Itinerary

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22 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda Itinerary

Start: Malmo, Sweden
Fly:  19 h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Kigali, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Malmo, Sweden

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Zanzibar City side-trips: Nungwi (Tazari Caves & Nungwi Beach) and Bahati Beach Boutique (in Kendwa). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, and steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral.

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Malmo, Sweden to Zanzibar City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern African Time is 2 hours. While traveling from Malmo, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Zanzibar City, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nungwi, Cheetah's Rock, Bahati Beach Boutique
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

1
night
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro National Park
On the 6th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kilimanjaro National Park itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tarangire National Park.

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Nature Parks
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

1
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 7th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tarangire National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tarangire National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

2
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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.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then contemplate the long history of Oldupai Gorge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip builder app.

Getting from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the striking landscape of Seronera. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Grumeti River.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park visit planning site.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. September in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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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 13th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Olare Orok Conservancy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve road trip planning app.

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Maasai Mara National Reserve, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

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

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, and stop by Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nairobi trip itinerary site.

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September, Nairobi is a bit warmer than Maasai Mara National Reserve - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

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Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali ©
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
On the 18th (Fri), learn about all things military at Campaign Against Genocide Museum, then browse the exhibits of Niyo Arts Gallery, then examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Kigali Center for Photography. On the next day, explore the galleries of Inema Arts Centre, then get advice or help at Librarie Ikirezi Bookshop, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial, and finally stop by Talking Through Art.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kigali trip maker site.

Fly from Nairobi to Kigali in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nairobi to Kigali, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Kigali sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Niyo Arts Gallery ©
Niyo Arts Gallery
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Inema Arts Centre ©
Inema Arts Centre

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Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park and then stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Virunga National Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ruhengeri road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kigali in September, things will get little chillier in Ruhengeri: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Nature Parks Shopping
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Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes National Park
Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park
Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope ©

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