56 days in Tanzania Itinerary

56 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tanzania journey planner

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Fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Drive to Nungwi
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Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
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Pemba Island
— 4 nights
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Moshi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kilimanjaro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arusha
— 8 nights
Fly
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Tarangire National Park
— 2 nights
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Dar es Salaam
— 7 nights
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Iringa
— 3 nights
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Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 9 nights
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Nungwi, Zanzibar Island

— 4 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nungwi Beach, kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Tazari Caves.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nungwi tour builder app.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Nungwi is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Colombo to Nungwi due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Pemba Island

— 4 nights
Pemba Island is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pemba Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Vumawimbi Beach, stroll through Misali island, and delve into the lush surroundings at Ngezi Forest Reserve.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Pemba Island fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Nungwi to Pemba Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Nungwi, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Pemba Island, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Moshi.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Moshi

— 7 nights
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.
Make the 28th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 27th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Materuni Waterfalls, take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moshi vacation builder.

You can fly from Pemba Island to Moshi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:

Kilimanjaro National Park

— 3 nights
On the 3rd (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilimanjaro National Park day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Serengeti National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Mara River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Kilimanjaro National Park to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then take in the dramatic natural features at Olduvai Gorge.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area day trip planning website.

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arusha.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Arusha

— 8 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park (about 1h 40 min away). Make the 10th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) 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, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Arusha trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Arusha are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 17:

Tarangire National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park route maker site.

Getting from Arusha to Tarangire National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. January in Tarangire National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), you're off to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Dar es Salaam

— 7 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, stroll around Jakaya M Kikwete Youth Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Darkhana Jamat Khana, and take in panoramic vistas at PPF Tower.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dar es Salaam travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Dar es Salaam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tarangire National Park in January, with highs in Dar es Salaam at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Iringa.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 26:

Iringa

— 3 nights
Iringa is a city in Tanzania with a population of 112,900. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Ruaha National Park. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, soothe aching muscles at Comfort Spa & Wellness, and take an in-depth tour of Iringa Boma - Regional Museum and Cultural Centre.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iringa trip planning website.

Fly from Dar es Salaam to Iringa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Dar es Salaam in January, expect Iringa to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Paje.

Things to do in Iringa

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

Paje, Zanzibar Island

— 4 nights
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.
Paje is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Rising Sun Dive Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jozani Forest, get outside with Paje Scooter Rent, and stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paje day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Iringa to Paje takes 5 hours. Traveling from Iringa in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Paje: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

— 9 nights
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.
Spend the 10th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City day trip site.

Getting from Paje to Zanzibar City by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 11:

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.