30 days in Tanzania & Lilongwe Itinerary

30 days in Tanzania & Lilongwe Itinerary

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30 days in Tanzania & Lilongwe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  5​h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Moshi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
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.
Step out of Zanzibar City to go to Paje and see Paje Beach, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Town, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and stroll around Jozani Forest.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: highs in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

3
nights
Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pemba Island, identify plant and animal life at Misali island, take a peaceful walk through Pemba Flying Fox Forest, and enjoy the sand and surf at Vumawimbi Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pemba Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Zanzibar City to Pemba Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Zanzibar City in August, you will find days in Pemba Island are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island
Pemba Flying Fox Forest ©
Pemba Flying Fox Forest

2
nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
On the 6th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Nungwi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nungwi trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Nungwi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pemba Island in August, you will find days in Nungwi are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are little chillier (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

4
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Moshi is known for wildlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings, stroll through Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Moshi holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Moshi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Safaris
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro National Park
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kilimanjaro National Park trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tarangire National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tarangire National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tarangire National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

2
nights
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 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On your second day here, make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Oldupai Gorge.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner.

You can drive from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): explore the activities along Grumeti River.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park tour website.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

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

5
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.
Arusha is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience, and hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arusha route site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Arusha, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Masai Central Market
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Climbing Tours
Walking tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

4
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Lilongwe side-trips: Chongoni Rock-Art Area (in Dedza) and Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art (in Mtakataka). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral, and browse the fresh offerings at Lizulu Market.

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You can fly from Arusha to Lilongwe in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Lilongwe is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chongoni Rock-Art Area, Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art ©
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art

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