12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kilimanjaro National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Arusha
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar City ©
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, parks, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park, and contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Zanzibar City is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern African Time is 8 hours. In May, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

1
night
Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kilimanjaro.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park tour builder app .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks Nature
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

1
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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tarangire National Park driving holiday site .

Fly from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tarangire National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
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 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 5 hours. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

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Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park ©
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 28th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serengeti National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera

1
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Arusha

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 30th (Thu): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arusha holiday maker app .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors
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Climbing Tours

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