23 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Malawi Itinerary

23 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Malawi Itinerary

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23 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Malawi Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Iringa, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Morogoro, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Lushoto, Tanzania
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h
6
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Mbeya, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Salima, Malawi
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
10
Lake Elementaita, Kenya
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
11
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Homa Bay, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
14
Karatu, Tanzania
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
15
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
16
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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 20th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park, then admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakupenda Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), stop by Zanzibar Curio Shop, and then kick back and relax at Uroa Bay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City online attractions planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Zanzibar City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Uroa Bay
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Nakupenda Beach
Nakupenda Beach
Hamamni Persian Baths ©
Hamamni Persian Baths
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kivukoni Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, and then browse the different shops at Shoppers Plaza.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dar es Salaam trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Zanzibar City to Dar es Salaam in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Dar es Salaam are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Iringa.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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Kivukoni Fish Market ©
Kivukoni Fish Market
Coco Beach ©
Coco Beach

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Iringa, Tanzania

Iringa ©
Iringa is a city in Tanzania with a population of 112,900. On the 23rd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ruaha National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Iringa itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Dar es Salaam to Iringa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dar es Salaam in February: high temperatures in Iringa hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Morogoro.

Things to do in Iringa

Nature Parks
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Ruaha National Park ©
Ruaha National Park

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Morogoro, Tanzania

Morogoro ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Kinole Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Selous Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Morogoro vacation planner .

You can drive from Iringa to Morogoro in 5 hours. In February, Morogoro is somewhat warmer than Iringa - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lushoto.

Things to do in Morogoro

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Selous Game Reserve ©
Selous Game Reserve
Kinole Waterfall ©
Kinole Waterfall

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Lushoto, Tanzania

Lushoto ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Soni Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lushoto online itinerary maker .

Getting from Morogoro to Lushoto by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Lushoto

Nature Parks
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Soni Falls ©
Soni Falls

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Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach.

Discover how to plan a Nungwi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Lushoto to Nungwi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi. February in Nungwi sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mbeya.

Things to do in Nungwi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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Mbeya, Tanzania

Mbeya ©
Mbeya is a city located in southwest Tanzania, Africa. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mbozi Meteorite and then explore the activities along Ngozi Crater Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mbeya trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Mbeya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Nungwi in February, things will get little chillier in Mbeya: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Nkhata Bay.

Things to do in Mbeya

Nature Parks
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Ngozi Crater Lake ©
Ngozi Crater Lake
Mbozi Meteorite ©
Mbozi Meteorite

1
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Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kande Beach.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nkhata Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mbeya to Nkhata Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Central African Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mbeya in February, Nkhata Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salima.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach

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Salima, Malawi

Salima ©
Salima may refer to:People Salima Aga Khan (born 1940), ex-wife of Prince Karim Aga Khan Salima Ghezali (born 1958), an Algerian journalist and writer Salima Hamouche (born 1984), an Algerian volleyball player Salima Hashmi, a Pakistani artist and writer Salima Ikram (born 1965), a Pakistani archaeologist Salima Machamba (1874–1964), a sultan of Mohéli Salima Murad (c. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salima travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nkhata Bay to Salima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Nkhata Bay in February, expect Salima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Elementaita.

Things to do in Salima

Wildlife Parks
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Kuti Wildlife Reserve ©
Kuti Wildlife Reserve

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Lake Elementaita, Kenya

Lake Elementaita ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Soysambu Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Elementaita online driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Salima to Lake Elementaita. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time (CAT) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Salima in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lake Elementaita, with highs around 34°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nairobi.

Things to do in Lake Elementaita

Wildlife Parks
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Soysambu Conservancy ©
Soysambu Conservancy

4
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Utamaduni Craft Centre or Westgate Shopping Mall. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 5th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and stop by Spinners Web Kenya.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lake Elementaita to Nairobi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Lake Elementaita in March, Nairobi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Mara Triangle.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve online trip planner .

You can fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in March, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Maasai Mara National Reserve. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Homa Bay.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle

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Homa Bay, Kenya

Homa Bay ©
Homa Bay is a bay and town on the south shore of Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria, in western Kenya. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ruma National Park.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Homa Bay holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Homa Bay takes 4 hours. In March, Homa Bay is somewhat warmer than Maasai Mara National Reserve - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Karatu.

Things to do in Homa Bay

Nature Parks
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Ruma National Park ©
Ruma National Park

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Karatu, Tanzania

Karatu
Karatu District is one of the seven districts in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): Head underground at Elephant Caves.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Karatu day trip site .

Getting from Homa Bay to Karatu by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Karatu

Nature Parks
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Serengeti Hippo Pool and then take in the dramatic natural features at Oldupai Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park tour planner.

Getting from Karatu to Serengeti National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March in Serengeti National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
Seronera ©
Seronera
Serengeti Hippo Pool ©
Serengeti Hippo Pool

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Arusha, Tanzania

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 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, then hunt for treasures at Central Market, and finally look for gifts at iheartz Collections.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha journey maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Serengeti National Park in March, with highs in Arusha at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Masai Central Market
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Shanga & Shanga Foundation ©
Shanga & Shanga Foundation
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre
Masai Central Market ©
Masai Central Market

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