17 days in Nairobi, Malawi & Tanzania Itinerary

17 days in Nairobi, Malawi & Tanzania Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 2 nights
Fly to Nairobi, Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya — 3 nights

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nairobi driving holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Nairobi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect Nairobi to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mulanje.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Mulanje, Malawi — 1 night

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 10th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mulanje online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Mulanje takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nairobi to Mulanje, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nairobi in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mulanje, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Blantyre.
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Blantyre, Malawi — 2 nights

As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
On the 11th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at Serendib Hair Day Spa, then stop by Tiyamike Sewing, then hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, and finally take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Blantyre trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Mulanje to Blantyre by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Blantyre are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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Shopping · Spas · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then explore the striking landscape at Olduvai Gorge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area day trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Blantyre to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Blantyre to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 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.
Take a break from Arusha with a short trip to Kandoo Adventures in Penrith, about 120 hours away. Spend the 17th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 16th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's more to do: see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Arusha trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Moshi.
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Moshi, Tanzania — 2 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.
On the 18th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Moshi trip itinerary builder.

Take a shuttle from Arusha to Moshi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Zanzibar City.
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 3 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.
On the 20th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on The Safari Blue and then soothe aching muscles at Yawara Massage & TingatingaArts. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Malawi travel guide

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Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
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