17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Culebra
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  33​h
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Serengeti National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Arusha
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  27​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Aromas of Zanzibar. Christ Church Cathedral and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Paje) and Jambiani Beach (in Jambiani). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins, stroll around Forodhani Park, take in the exciting artwork at Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, and step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip tool .

San Francisco, USA to Zanzibar City is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from San Francisco to Zanzibar City. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Zanzibar City at 85°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Paje, Mtoni Palace Ruins, Jambiani Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Seronera and Balloon Rides. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Serengeti National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Serengeti Hippo Pool.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park trip planner.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Serengeti National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

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

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tanzanite Experience and Cultural Arts Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kili Dreamers. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, take in the dramatic natural features at Ngurdoto Crater, and examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip planner .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience
Shanga & Shanga Foundation ©
Shanga & Shanga Foundation

3
nights
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Popular historic sites such as St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral and Fukuchani Ruins are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Matemwe Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Tazari Caves, stop by Bahati Beach Boutique, and meet the residents at Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nungwi itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Nungwi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arusha in August, with highs in Nungwi at 85°F and lows at 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fukuchani Ruins, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Bahati Beach Boutique, Matemwe Beach
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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