29 days in Dar es Salaam, Arusha & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

29 days in Dar es Salaam, Arusha & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Dar es Salaam
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Arusha
— 15 nights
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Nungwi
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Dar es Salaam

— 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, see the interesting displays at National Museum, stroll around Jakaya M Kikwete Youth Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dar es Salaam is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to East Africa Time is 1 hour. In October, Dar es Salaam is somewhat warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Arusha

— 15 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of Arusha with an excursion to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park--about 1h 40 min away. Make the 12th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 13th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, and examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Arusha visit planning app.

You can fly from Dar es Salaam to Arusha in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Arusha is a bit cooler than Dar es Salaam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nungwi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 25:

Nungwi

— 7 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Get out of town with these interesting Nungwi side-trips: Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe), Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa) and Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, Head underground at Tazari Caves, and look for gifts at blacklulu.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nungwi trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Arusha to Nungwi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in October; daily highs in Nungwi reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.