18 days in Tanzania Itinerary

18 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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18 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kendwa, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Kilwa Masoko
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Mafia Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Serengeti National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Arusha
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

3
nights
Paje, Zanzibar Island

Paje ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jambiani Beach and Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. Visiting Paje Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paje online trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Paje is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paje is 3 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect Paje to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kendwa.

Things to do in Paje

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Jambiani Beach
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

2
nights
Kendwa, Zanzibar Island

Kendwa ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by blacklulu and then stroll through Kendwa Beach. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matemwe Beach and then stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kendwa online route planner .

Traveling by car from Paje to Kendwa takes 2 hours. In March in Kendwa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kilwa Masoko.

Things to do in Kendwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi, Matemwe Beach
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Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

1
night
Kilwa Masoko

Kilwa Masoko ©
Kilwa Masoko is a port town on the Indian Ocean in southeastern Tanzania. On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of Kilwa and then step off the mainland to explore Kilwa Kisiwani World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kilwa Masoko trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Kendwa to Kilwa Masoko takes 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Kilwa Masoko

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kilwa Kisiwani World Heritage Site
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Kilwa Kisiwani World Heritage Site ©
Kilwa Kisiwani World Heritage Site
Great Mosque of Kilwa ©
Great Mosque of Kilwa

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.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mafia Island holiday planner.

Fly from Kilwa Masoko to Mafia Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Christ Church Cathedral and Mtoni Palace Ruins. Step out of the city life by going to Nakupenda Beach and Uroa Bay. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and take an in-depth tour of Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel).

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtoni Palace Ruins, Uroa Bay
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Nakupenda Beach
Nakupenda Beach
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Oldupai Gorge and Serengeti National Park. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Seronera. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Naabi Hill.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Serengeti National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. When traveling from Zanzibar City in March, plan for slightly colder days in Serengeti National Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Tanzanite Experience and then explore the striking landscape at Ngurdoto Crater.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Arusha sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Serengeti National Park in March; daily highs in Arusha reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Arusha

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

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