37 days in Tanzania, Zimbabwe & Zambia Itinerary

37 days in Tanzania, Zimbabwe & Zambia Itinerary

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1
Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
4
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
5
Moshi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
6
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
9
Livingstone, Zambia
— 6 nights

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.
Step out of Arusha to go to Arusha National Park and see Mt Meru, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the striking landscape at Ngurdoto Crater, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Arusha trip planning site.

London, UK to Arusha is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Arusha. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Arusha reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Masai Central Market, Mt Meru
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Photography Tours
Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Step out of Serengeti National Park with an excursion to Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Seronera. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Serengeti National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Arusha in November: high temperatures in Serengeti National Park hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Olduvai Gorge
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. On your second day here, make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tarangire National Park online itinerary builder.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 4 hours. November in Tarangire National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

5
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

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.
Take a break from Moshi with a short trip to Mount Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, trek along with Ascend Tanzania, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and make a short side trip with Origin Trails.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Moshi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tarangire National Park to Moshi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Climbing Tours
Kikuletwa Hotsprings ©
Kikuletwa Hotsprings

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at 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.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nungwi day trip planning website.

Getting from Moshi to Nungwi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Zanzibar City.

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

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Jambiani Beach (in Jambiani), Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu) and Paje Beach (in Paje). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City online holiday planner.

You can drive from Nungwi to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. December in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Jambiani Beach, Space Station Zanzibar, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Forodhani Gardens ©
Forodhani Gardens

6
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
On the 14th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zanzibar City in December, plan for little chillier nights in Victoria Falls, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Zipline
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

6
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, stroll through Livingstone Reptile Park, and take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Livingstone trip planner.

Livingstone is just a stone's throw from Victoria Falls. While traveling from Victoria Falls, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Livingstone, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Mukuni Village ©
Mukuni Village

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