21 days in Zanzibar Island & Tanzania Itinerary

21 days in Zanzibar Island & Tanzania Itinerary

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21 days in Zanzibar Island & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Zanzibar City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Matemwe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Paje
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Dar es Salaam
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Iringa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Mikumi National Park
— 1 night
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
7
Moshi
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Arusha
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  13 h 30 min
End: Athens

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, then look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, and finally steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Dr Bulugu Gallery and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City tour itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Athens in May: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matemwe.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mtoni Palace Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

2
nights
Matemwe

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Matemwe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): get outside with Mnemba Atoll and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uroa Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matemwe trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Zanzibar City to Matemwe in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Matemwe are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mnemba Atoll, Uroa Bay
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Jambiani Beach and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paje itinerary planning website .

Getting from Matemwe to Paje by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Paje are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jambiani, Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre ©
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

2
nights
Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam ©
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society, then stroll the grounds of Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, and then stroll through Matema Beachg.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dar es Salaam tour planner.

Traveling by car from Paje to Dar es Salaam takes 4.5 hours. May in Dar es Salaam sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Iringa.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Matema Beachg
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Matema Beachg ©
Matema Beachg
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery ©
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery
Masjid Qiblatein ©
Masjid Qiblatein

2
nights
Iringa

Iringa is a city in Tanzania with a population of 112,900. On the 11th (Mon), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then make a trip to Gangilonga Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Iringa Boma - Regional Museum and Cultural Centre and then contemplate the long history of Isimila Stone Age Site.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Iringa day trip planning site .

Getting from Dar es Salaam to Iringa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dar es Salaam in May; daily highs in Iringa reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Mikumi National Park.

Things to do in Iringa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Isimila Stone Age Site ©
Isimila Stone Age Site

1
night
Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get outside with Mikumi National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mikumi National Park travel planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iringa to Mikumi National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Mikumi National Park

Outdoors
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Mikumi National Park ©
Mikumi National Park

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Materuni Waterfalls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kikuletwa Hotsprings and Spas & Wellness. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop, stroll through Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Moshi trip app .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Mikumi National Park to Moshi in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Balloon Rides
Materuni Waterfalls ©
Materuni Waterfalls

3
nights
Arusha

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 18th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Isle of Jewels, then see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience, and then stroll through Serengeti Heritage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Engare sero waterfall.

To find photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Arusha online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Arusha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Serengeti Heritage ©
Serengeti Heritage
Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience
Isle of Jewels ©
Isle of Jewels

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