21 days in Tanzania & Kigali Itinerary

21 days in Tanzania & Kigali Itinerary

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kigoma, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Dodoma, Tanzania
— 1 day
Fly
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 7 nights
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Kigali, Rwanda

— 5 nights
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, explore the world behind art at MAMA Rwanda Hostel, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and brush up on your military savvy at Campaign Against Genocide Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kigali trip planner.

If you are flying in from Rwanda, the closest major aiport is Kigali International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Kigali are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kigoma.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors
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Kigoma, Tanzania

— 1 night
Kigoma is a town and lake port in western Tanzania, on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and close to the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On the 26th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum & Memorial.

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Traveling by car from Kigali to Kigoma takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Kigali to Kigoma is 1 hour. Traveling from Kigali in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kigoma, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dodoma.

Things to do in Kigoma

Museums
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Dodoma, Tanzania

— 1 day
Dodoma, officially Dodoma Urban District, is the national capital of Tanzania and the capital of Dodoma Region, with a population of 410,956.GeographyLocated at, in the centre of the country, the town is 453km west of the former capital at Dar es Salaam and 441km south of Arusha, the headquarters of the East African Community. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and design of University of Dodoma.

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You can take a bus from Kigoma to Dodoma in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Dodoma are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Dar es Salaam.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

— 6 nights
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.
Dar es Salaam is known for shopping, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Mbudya Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Darkhana Jamat Khana, explore the different monuments and memorials at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, and stroll around Jakaya M Kikwete Youth Park.

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Traveling by flight from Dodoma to Dar es Salaam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dodoma in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dar es Salaam, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Arusha, Tanzania

— 7 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Take a break from Arusha with a short trip to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park, about 1h 40 min away. Make the 4th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Fly from Dar es Salaam to Arusha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dar es Salaam in January; daily highs in Arusha reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.