21 days in Tanzania Itinerary

21 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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21 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Arusha
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Serengeti National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Moshi
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Arusha is known for wildlife, museums, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arusha travel route builder website .

Newark, USA to Arusha is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, things will get slightly colder in Arusha: highs are around 74°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

3
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.
Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Seronera. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park, stroll through Serengeti Hippo Pool, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the dramatic natural features at Oldupai Gorge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area day trip website .

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park to see Mount Kilimanjaro about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kikuletwa Hotsprings, browse for treasures at Mama Africa Curio, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Moshi trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Tarangire National Park to Moshi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safaris

2
nights
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kendwa Beach.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nungwi trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Nungwi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Nungwi are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Paje Beach in Paje (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, and explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe).

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nungwi to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

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