16 days in Tanzania Itinerary

16 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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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
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 Jambiani Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Paje) and Kendwa Beach (in Kendwa). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Zanzibar City is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get much warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matemwe.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Matemwe Beach and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Matemwe vacation planner.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Matemwe in 1.5 hours. October in Matemwe sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to 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), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mafia Island trip planning website.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the flight 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
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tarangire National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mafia Island to Tarangire National Park in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife Nature 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area road trip planner.

You can drive from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for 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 Retima Hippo Pool.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park road trip app.

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. In October in Serengeti National Park, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 1st (Fri), you'll 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shanga & Shanga Foundation and The Tanzanite Experience. Step out of Arusha with an excursion to Kikuletwa Hotsprings in Moshi--about 2 hours away. Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 4th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arusha trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Arusha: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kikuletwa Hotsprings
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shanga & Shanga Foundation ©
Shanga & Shanga Foundation
The Tanzanite Experience ©
The Tanzanite Experience

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