53 days in Tanzania Itinerary

53 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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53 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Pemba Island
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Arusha
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Serengeti National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Mto wa Mbu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Kilimanjaro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Moshi
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Dar es Salaam
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Tokyo

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Zanzibar City side-trips: Uroa Bay (in Uroa), Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa) and Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, and delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip tool .

Tokyo, Japan to Zanzibar City is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tokyo to Zanzibar City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Zanzibar City to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Space Station Zanzibar, Off-Road Tours, Uroa Bay
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

2
nights
Paje, Zanzibar Island

Paje ©
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 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Jozani Forest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jambiani Beach. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Paje Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paje holiday maker tool .

Drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. In December in Paje, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jambiani Beach, Jozani Forest
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

4
nights
Pemba Island

Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Pemba Island, take a peaceful walk through Pemba Flying Fox Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vumawimbi Beach, and kick back and relax at Kigomasha Peninsula.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pemba Island visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Pemba Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paje in December: highs in Pemba Island hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island
Vumawimbi Beach ©
Vumawimbi Beach

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe) and Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, stop by Bahati Beach Boutique, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nungwi road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Nungwi in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Pemba Island, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Nungwi, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kendwa, Matemwe Beach, Mnemba Atoll
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

8
nights
Arusha

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of Arusha with an excursion to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park--about 1h 40 min away. On the 9th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Ngurdoto Crater.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Arusha in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Nungwi in January, expect Arusha to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mt Meru
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Off-Road Tours
Walking tours

3
nights
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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Seronera. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grumeti River.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Serengeti National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arusha in January, with highs in Serengeti National Park at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Off-Road Tours

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 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On the next day, make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Oldupai Gorge.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Mto wa Mbu.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

2
nights
Mto wa Mbu

Mto wa Mbu ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by African Galleria and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National du Lac Manyara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mto wa Mbu driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Mto wa Mbu in 2.5 hours. In January in Mto wa Mbu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Mto wa Mbu

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
African Galleria ©
African Galleria
Masai Central Market ©
Masai Central Market

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tarangire National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Mto wa Mbu to Tarangire National Park in 2.5 hours. In January in Tarangire National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

3
nights
Kilimanjaro National Park

On the 20th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kilimanjaro National Park trip builder .

Getting from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kibo
Mount Kibo

6
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.
Moshi is known for nature, wildlife, museums, shopping, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings, browse for treasures at Mama Africa Giftshop, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moshi trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

8
nights
Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dar es Salaam: Bagamoyo (Old Boma & Kaole Ruins). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Mbudya Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Slipway Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Upanga Jamatkhana, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Dar es Salaam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bagamoyo
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Mbudya Island ©
Mbudya Island
PPF Tower ©
PPF Tower

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