22 days in Tanzania Itinerary

22 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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22 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
4
Mafia Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Iringa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Mwanza
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
7
Arusha
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
8
Moshi
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Toronto

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Tazari Caves will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Christ Church Cathedral and Kizimkazi Dimbani Mosque. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Dr Bulugu Gallery, and hunt for treasures at Darajani Bazaar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Zanzibar City is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to Zanzibar City due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in Zanzibar City at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matemwe.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tazari Caves
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Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

1
night
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Matemwe Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Matemwe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Zanzibar City to Matemwe in 1.5 hours. January in Matemwe sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

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 9th (Sat): Head underground at Kuza Cave and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Kite Dream Zanzibar and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paje trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matemwe to Paje takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Paje are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mafia Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iringa.

Things to do in Mafia Island

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

2
nights
Iringa

Iringa is a city in Tanzania with a population of 112,900. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Gangilonga Rock. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Iringa Boma - Regional Museum and Cultural Centre and then contemplate the long history of Isimila Stone Age Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iringa trip maker website .

Getting from Mafia Island to Iringa by flight takes about 4 hours. January in Iringa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mwanza.

Things to do in Iringa

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

1
night
Mwanza

Mwanza is a mid-sized port city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Samaki Corner, explore the striking landscape of Saanane Island National Park, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mwanza road trip planning app .

Fly from Iringa to Mwanza in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Mwanza

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Samaki Corner ©
Samaki Corner

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ngurdoto Crater and Serengeti Heritage. Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Balloon Rides. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Tanzanite Experience and stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

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

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mwanza to Arusha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Mwanza in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Arusha, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Arusha

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Climbing Tours
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Serengeti Heritage ©
Serengeti Heritage
Balloon Rides
Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Materuni Waterfalls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kikuletwa Hotsprings and Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W.. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the galleries of Mama Africa Giftshop, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moshi journey site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Moshi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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