15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Arusha
— 3 nights
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Dar es Salaam
— 3 nights
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Nungwi
— 2 nights
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Paje
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City
— 4 nights
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Arusha — 3 nights

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Cultural Heritage Centre and Isle of Jewels. And it doesn't end there: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, get outside with Kili Dreamers, and see the interesting displays at The Tanzanite Experience.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In November, Arusha is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dar es Salaam.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Dar es Salaam — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery and National Museum. Take a break from Dar es Salaam with a short trip to Old Boma in Bagamoyo, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Upanga Jamatkhana, take in the exciting artwork at Chuma Art Workshop, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral of Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dar es Salaam trip site.

Fly from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in November; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach 38°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Nungwi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
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Nungwi — 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 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nungwi travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dar es Salaam to Nungwi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Nungwi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Paje.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Paje — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll around Jozani Forest and then stroll through Jambiani Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paje trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Nungwi to Paje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Zanzibar City — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and Stone Town. Escape the urban bustle at Cheetah's Rock and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, and take an in-depth tour of Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paje to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trip
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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.