5 days in Tanzania & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

5 days in Tanzania & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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5 days in Tanzania & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Serengeti National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Uroa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Zanzibar City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg


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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 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Serengeti National Park.

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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), stroll through Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park online route maker .

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Serengeti National Park can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Uroa.

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Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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Uroa

Uroa ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uroa Bay.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Uroa itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Uroa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Serengeti National Park in October: high temperatures in Uroa hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zanzibar City.

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Mtoni Palace Ruins
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Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

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Zanzibar City

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.
On the 12th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, then admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Uroa to Zanzibar City takes an hour. In October in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

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