23 days in Dar es Salaam, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area Itinerary

23 days in Dar es Salaam, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Dar es Salaam
— 9 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Serengeti National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 8 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  20 h
End: Amsterdam

9
nights
Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam ©
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
When in Dar es Salaam, make a side trip to see Old Boma in Bagamoyo, approximately Bagamoyo away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Mbudya Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha temple, stroll around Jakaya M Kikwete Youth Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from PPF Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dar es Salaam is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Old Boma
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Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery ©
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery
Mbudya Island ©
Mbudya Island
PPF Tower ©
PPF Tower

4
nights
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.
Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Seronera. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool, explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grumeti River.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dar es Salaam to Serengeti National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dar es Salaam in December; daily highs in Serengeti National Park reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride 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
Grumeti River ©
Grumeti River

8
nights
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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) among the memorable landscape of Ngorongoro Crater. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge and make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area day trip planner.

Drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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

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