12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  14​h 30​min
1
Moshi
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Mafia Island
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Arusha
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

1
night
Moshi

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 24th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then stop by Mama Africa Curio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Moshi online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Moshi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Moshi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Kikuletwa Hotsprings ©
Kikuletwa Hotsprings
Climbing Tours

1
night
Mafia Island

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mafia Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Mafia Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paje.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Paje, Zanzibar Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jambiani Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, then steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Space Station Zanzibar.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paje trip maker website .

Getting from Mafia Island to Paje by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. In October, daily temperatures in Paje can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matemwe.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Jambiani Beach, Space Station Zanzibar
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre ©
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

1
night
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Matemwe ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Matemwe Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Matemwe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paje to Matemwe takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Matemwe can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral ©

2
nights
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 30th (Wed), soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the striking landscape at Oldupai Gorge. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Serengeti National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Matemwe to Serengeti National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Matemwe in October: high temperatures in Serengeti National Park hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Arusha

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre, then stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ngurdoto Crater.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arusha trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in October, expect Arusha to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience
Ngurdoto Crater ©
Ngurdoto Crater

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