16 days in Tanzania Itinerary

16 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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16 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11​h
1
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Mafia Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Arusha
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tangawizi Spice Farm and Christ Church Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Paje), Jambiani Beach (in Jambiani) and Kendwa Beach (in Kendwa). There's still lots to do: stop by Aromas of Zanzibar and head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City holiday builder tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Zanzibar City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Zanzibar City is 2 hours. In October, Zanzibar City is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matemwe.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kendwa Beach, Jambiani Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tangawizi Spice Farm ©
Tangawizi Spice Farm
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

1
night
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at Matemwe Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Matemwe vacation builder app .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Matemwe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Matemwe, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

2
nights
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 26th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mafia Island day trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Matemwe to Mafia Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Mafia Island

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

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 28th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Tarangire National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tarangire National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Mafia Island to Tarangire National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. October in Tarangire National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

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 (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 5 hours. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stroll through Serengeti Hippo Pool and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Serengeti National Park.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park route planner .

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park in 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 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

4
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 off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Kikuletwa Hotsprings. Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience and look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Arusha online trip builder .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in November, expect Arusha to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kikuletwa Hotsprings
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours
Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience

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