11 days in Tanzania Itinerary

11 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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11 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  27​h
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Mafia Island
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Arusha
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Syracuse

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mtoni Palace Ruins and Christ Church Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Matemwe Beach and Uroa Bay. When in Zanzibar City, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Matemwe, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: stop by Aromas of Zanzibar and experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm.

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

Syracuse, USA to Zanzibar City is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Syracuse to Zanzibar City is 8 hours. Traveling from Syracuse in March, expect Zanzibar City to be warmer, temps between 91°F and 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matemwe, Zanzibar Island, Uroa Bay
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

2
nights
Paje, Zanzibar Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): Head underground at Kuza Cave and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Paje Scooter Rent and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paje trip planner .

Drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. March in Paje sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuza Cave
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Paje Scooter Rent ©
Paje Scooter Rent

1
night
Mafia Island

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
On the 9th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi and then explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mafia Island travel tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

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Arusha

Arusha ©
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 10th (Tue), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience. On the next day, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arusha trip builder tool .

Getting from Mafia Island to Arusha by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. In March in Arusha, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Shopping Museums
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Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience
Photography Tours
Walking tours

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