37 days in Tanzania, Zimbabwe & Zambia Itinerary

37 days in Tanzania, Zimbabwe & Zambia Itinerary

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

— 5 nights
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 13.5-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 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 3 nights
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 23°C and lows are around 14°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 · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of 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 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Moshi.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Moshi, Tanzania

— 5 nights
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 50 min away. Spend the 29th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings, view the masterpieces at Mama Africa Giftshop, and trek along with Ascend Tanzania.

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

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Moshi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nungwi.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

Nungwi, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 nights
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), Paje Beach (in Paje) and Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zanzibar City vacation maker.

Drive from Nungwi to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. December in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 6 nights
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. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Victoria Falls takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zanzibar City to Victoria Falls is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Victoria Falls when traveling from Zanzibar City in December, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 6 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, shop like a local with Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, and stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone route builder tool.

Livingstone is just a stone's throw from Victoria Falls. When traveling from Victoria Falls in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Livingstone: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.