48 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

48 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Nungwi, Tanzania
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Livingstone, Zambia — 4 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: surround yourself with nature on The Explorer Club, get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, and see the interesting displays at Railway Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Livingstone travel route planning tool.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Livingstone is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in December: high temperatures in Livingstone hover around 28°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Victoria Falls.
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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 6th (Fri), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. Spend the 8th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stroll through Siduli Hide, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, and take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary website.

Victoria Falls is just a short distance from Livingstone. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Livingstone in January: highs in Victoria Falls hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Harare.
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Harare, Zimbabwe — 4 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Harare is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Domboshawa Caves, browse the exhibits of Shona Sculpture Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haka Game Park, and relax and rejuvenate at Amara's Health Spa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Harare holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Harare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, expect Harare to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Arusha.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park (about 1h 40 min away). Make the 15th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 19th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at The Tanzanite Experience.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Harare to Arusha takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Harare to Arusha is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Arusha can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Moshi.
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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.
Make the 20th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 21st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the sheer force of Materuni Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Moshi trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Moshi by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania — 2 nights

On the 25th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kilimanjaro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Serengeti National Park.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania — 2 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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the activities along Mara River and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kilimanjaro National Park to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Serengeti National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge and then make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip builder tool.

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tarangire National Park.
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tarangire National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 4 hours. In January in Tarangire National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll set off for Zanzibar City on the 1st (Wed).
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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.
Zanzibar City is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, see majestic marine mammals with The Safari Blue, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Tarangire National Park to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tarangire National Park in February, with highs in Zanzibar City at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paje.
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Paje, Tanzania — 3 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.
Paje is known for beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Rising Sun Dive Center, kick back and relax at Jambiani Beach, stroll through Paje Beach, and Head underground at Kuza Cave.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paje trip maker.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Paje are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Pemba Island.
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Pemba Island, Tanzania — 3 nights

Pemba Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pemba Island, identify plant and animal life at Misali island, stop by Afro Divers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vumawimbi Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pemba Island road trip planning app.

You can fly from Paje to Pemba Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Paje in February, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Pemba Island: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 33°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Nungwi.
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Nungwi, Tanzania — 4 nights

Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Nungwi is known for beaches, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baraka Natural Aquarium - Nungwi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nungwi trip planner.

Fly from Pemba Island to Nungwi in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pemba Island in February, expect nights in Nungwi to be slightly colder, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Zambia travel guide

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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.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

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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.
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Tanzania travel guide

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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.
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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.
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