13 days in Tanzania Itinerary

13 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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13 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Mafia Island
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Arusha
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Barcelona

1
night
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Matemwe ©
On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Matemwe Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral and then stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Matemwe trip itinerary app .

Barcelona, Spain to Matemwe is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Matemwe, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in September: high temperatures in Matemwe hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Matemwe

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Scuba & Snorkeling
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

2
nights
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 13th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mafia Marine National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mafia Island online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Matemwe to Mafia Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paje.

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
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.
On the 15th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Jambiani Beach. On your second day here, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then gear up at Paje Scooter Rent.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paje driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mafia Island to Paje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. In September in Paje, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Jambiani Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paje Scooter Rent ©
Paje Scooter Rent
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

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 17th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Oldupai Gorge and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serengeti National Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Serengeti National Park trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Serengeti National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Paje in September, things will get colder in Serengeti National Park: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
Balloon Rides

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shanga & Shanga Foundation and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Climbing Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arusha online trip planner .

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Arusha by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Serengeti National Park in September; daily highs in Arusha reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Climbing Tours

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