21 days in Tanzania, Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

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Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Moshi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights


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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cultural Heritage Centre and The Tanzanite Experience. Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours will thrill your kids. Make the 27th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the eclectic array of goods at Masai Central Market, and stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Arusha is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Arusha. In July, daytime highs in Arusha are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Moshi.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trip
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Moshi, Tanzania — 4 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. Make the 30th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Moshi trip itinerary website.

Getting from Arusha to Moshi by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Zanzibar City.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 6 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Nungwi Beach and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve. Family-friendly places like The Safari Blue and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) will thrill your kids. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Paje Beach (in Paje) and Baraka Natural Aquarium - Nungwi (in Nungwi). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, walk around Forodhani Gardens, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and see the interesting displays at Freddie Mercury Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City day trip app.

You can fly from Moshi to Zanzibar City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lilongwe.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 2 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
On the 9th (Wed), look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, and then relax and rejuvenate at Khondi Spa Retreat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, then appreciate the history behind World War I Memorial, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lilongwe vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Lilongwe takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City to Lilongwe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Livingstone.
Parks · Nature · Spas · Historic Sites
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Livingstone, Zambia — 3 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Railway Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, then surround yourself with nature on The Explorer Club, and finally admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Lilongwe to Livingstone in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Livingstone sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
Side Trip
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Tanzania travel guide

Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
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.

Malawi travel guide

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.

Zambia travel guide

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.