15 days in Tanzania Itinerary

15 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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15 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Mafia Island
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
5
Arusha
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seronera and Serengeti Hippo Pool. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Serengeti National Park. It doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Serengeti National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Serengeti National Park. When traveling from London in September, plan for little chillier days in Serengeti National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matemwe.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Matemwe ©
On the 19th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Matemwe Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral and then stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Matemwe route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Serengeti National Park to Matemwe in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Serengeti National Park in September, with highs in Matemwe at 35°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paje.

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

3
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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kite Dream Zanzibar will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mtoni Palace Ruins and Space Station Zanzibar. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paje Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paje tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Matemwe to Paje takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paje are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Jambiani Beach, Mtoni Palace Ruins, Space Station Zanzibar
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins
Paje Beach ©
Paje 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 24th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mafia Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Arusha with an excursion to Kikuletwa Hotsprings in Moshi--about 2 hours away. Spend the 26th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mafia Island to Arusha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kikuletwa Hotsprings
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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