17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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17 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Pemba Island
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Serengeti National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Moshi
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Nairobi

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.
Attractions like Nakupenda Beach and Jambiani Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Paje Beach in Paje (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Zanzibar City is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Zanzibar City is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach, Jambiani Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

3
nights
Pemba Island

Pemba Island ©
Kids will enjoy Misali island and Kigomasha Peninsula.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pemba Island online route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Zanzibar City to Pemba Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. When traveling from Zanzibar City in December, plan for slightly colder days in Pemba Island, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Misali island ©
Misali island
Vumawimbi Beach ©
Vumawimbi Beach
Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nungwi Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nungwi sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Nungwi in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pemba Island in December: highs in Nungwi hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Serengeti National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Nungwi in December, things will get much colder in Serengeti National Park: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then take in the dramatic natural features at Oldupai Gorge.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tarangire National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park takes 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tarangire National Park are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

4
nights
Moshi

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moshi: Mount Kilimanjaro (in Kilimanjaro National Park) and Arusha (Tanzanite Experience, Cultural Heritage Centre, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Moshi day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tarangire National Park to Moshi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Moshi

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

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