32 days in Tanzania Itinerary

32 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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32 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  23 h
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
4
Mafia Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Iringa
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Mikumi National Park
— 1 night
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
7
Moshi
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Arusha
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Boston

7
nights
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

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 off the beaten path and head to Aromas of Zanzibar and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Tazari Caves & Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi) and Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, browse the eclectic array of goods at Darajani Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kizimkazi Dimbani Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Old Dispensary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip tool .

Boston, USA to Zanzibar City is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 8 hours. In March, Zanzibar City is much warmer than Boston - with highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matemwe.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi, Scuba & Snorkeling, Space Station Zanzibar
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Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar
Tangawizi Spice Farm ©
Tangawizi Spice Farm
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

3
nights
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Discover out-of-the-way places like Matemwe Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matemwe journey builder app .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Matemwe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Matemwe are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paje.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Uroa Bay
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

3
nights
Paje, Zanzibar Island

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kuza Cave. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, get outside with Kite Dream Zanzibar, and kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paje travel route app .

You can drive from Matemwe to Paje in 1.5 hours. In April in Paje, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jambiani, Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre ©
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

1
night
Mafia Island

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Ras Mkumbi and then explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mafia Island trip planner.

Getting from Paje to Mafia Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iringa.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

3
nights
Iringa

Iringa is a city in Tanzania with a population of 112,900. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isimila Stone Age Site and Iringa Boma - Regional Museum and Cultural Centre. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and don't miss a visit to Gangilonga Rock.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Iringa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Mafia Island to Iringa takes 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Iringa can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mikumi National Park.

Things to do in Iringa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Isimila Stone Age Site ©
Isimila Stone Age Site
Gangilonga Rock ©
Gangilonga Rock

1
night
Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Mikumi National Park.

Before you visit Mikumi National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iringa to Mikumi National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Mikumi National Park

Outdoors
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Mikumi National Park ©
Mikumi National Park

5
nights
Moshi

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kikuletwa Hotsprings and Materuni Waterfalls. Step out of Moshi to go to Kilimanjaro National Park and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and stop by Mama Africa Giftshop.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Moshi trip maker.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Mikumi National Park to Moshi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Coffee & Tea Tours
Materuni Waterfalls ©
Materuni Waterfalls

5
nights
Arusha

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ngurdoto Crater and Mt Meru. Spend the 19th (Sun) floating through the air with a balloon tour. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, and hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arusha online vacation planner .

Getting from Moshi to Arusha by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. April in Arusha sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt Meru, Masai Central Market
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Photography Tours
Mt Meru ©
Mt Meru
Balloon Rides

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