17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5 h
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Kilimanjaro National Park
— 2 nights
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
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Arusha
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  6 h
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cheetah's Rock and Jozani Forest. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paje Beach and Nakupenda Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City day trip planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: highs in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Nakupenda Beach
Nakupenda Beach

2
nights
Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park
On the 25th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kilimanjaro National Park travel route planning app.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Kilimanjaro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 27th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Tarangire National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tarangire National Park journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tarangire National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll through Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Grumeti River.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park journey planner.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre, hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market, and browse the exhibits of Isle of Jewels.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arusha trip tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Masai Central Market
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

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.
Visit Nungwi Beach and Kendwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Matemwe Beach. Step out of Nungwi with an excursion to Kiwengwa Beach in Kiwengwa--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nungwi trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Arusha to Nungwi by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, train, and ferry. In July, Nungwi is somewhat warmer than Arusha - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kiwengwa Beach, Matemwe Beach, Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

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