10 days in Tanzania Itinerary

10 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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10 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Serengeti National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Cape Town

3
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.
Visit Paje Beach and Nakupenda Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, stop by Mwanzo Mpya, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and stroll around Jozani Forest.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City vacation maker .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Zanzibar City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Zanzibar City to Tarangire National Park in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zanzibar City in December, with highs in Tarangire National Park at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

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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 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then contemplate the long history of Oldupai Gorge.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Serengeti National Park trip website .

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. In December in Serengeti National Park, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

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

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea 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: look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nungwi travel route planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Nungwi in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in December, things will get warmer in Nungwi: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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