54 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

54 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Matemwe, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Jambiani, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 1 day
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 7 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly to Bulawayo, Taxi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Drive to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Fly to Lake Manyara Airport, Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 7 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Safari Blue and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Hamamni Persian Baths. Change things up with a short trip to Space Station Zanzibar in Tunguu (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Town, see the interesting displays at Freddie Mercury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Zanzibar City is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in December: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matemwe.
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Matemwe, Tanzania — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Matemwe Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Mnemba Atoll and then kick back and relax at Kiwengwa Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Matemwe travel planner.

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Matemwe takes 1.5 hours. January in Matemwe sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jambiani.
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Jambiani, Tanzania — 3 nights

Get outdoors at Jambiani Beach and Eddy Murphy Safari.

Plan trip to Jambiani with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Matemwe to Jambiani in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Jambiani are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will leave for Zanzibar City on the 10th (Tue).
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 2 nights

Visiting Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Christ Church Cathedral and People's Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See even more of Zanzibar City: get a new perspective on things with Eco & Culture Tours and stop by Inaya Zanzibar.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Jambiani to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Dar es Salaam.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Darkhana Jamat Khana and Chuma Art Workshop. Get outdoors at Mbudya Island and Coco Beach. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Village Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Makonde Mosque, head off the coast to Bongoyo Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Slipway Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dar es Salaam trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Dar es Salaam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilimanjaro National Park vacation site.

Getting from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Moshi.
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Moshi, Tanzania — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moshi tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Seronera. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mara River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park road trip planning site.

Fly from Moshi to Serengeti National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 1 night

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arusha day trip planner.

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Arusha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Arusha: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Tarangire National Park.
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania — 3 nights

Spend the 23rd (Mon) among the memorable landscape of Tarangire National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Arusha to Tarangire National Park in 2.5 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 Livingstone on the 25th (Wed).
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Livingstone, Zambia — 7 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Livingstone Museum and The National Art Gallery, Livingstone. Get outdoors at The Explorer Club and Victoria Falls. Go for a jaunt from Livingstone to Kazungula to see Batoka Gorge about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Railway Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Namakau's Health Spa, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, and admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

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You can drive from Tarangire National Park to Livingstone in 37 hours. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tarangire National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Livingstone, with lows of 24°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tami Walker Gallery and Prime Art Gallery. Spend the 6th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls visit planner.

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. In February, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place and then steep yourself in history at Matobo Hills.

For photos and tourist information, read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip planner.

Getting from Victoria Falls to Matobo National Park - The Matopos by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Matobo National Park - The Matopos, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania — 7 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.
Visiting Ngorongoro Crater and Empakaai Crater will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Olduvai Gorge, don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ndutu Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area online tour itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Ngorongoro Conservation Area due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Wed).
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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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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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