12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tanzania trip planner

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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Arusha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Serengeti National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 1 night
Drive
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Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Kilimanjaro National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Moshi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Fly to Dammam

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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 4th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip itinerary site.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Zanzibar City is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Dammam, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Zanzibar City, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Arusha

— 2 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On your second day here, stop by Isle of Jewels, then see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Arusha: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Serengeti National Park

— 1 night
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 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Serengeti National Park trip planning site.

You can fly from Arusha to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Arusha in January, things will get a bit cooler in Serengeti National Park: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Tarangire National Park

— 1 night
On the 11th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tarangire National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tarangire National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Kilimanjaro National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kilimanjaro National Park planner.

Fly from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Moshi

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Sanaa Zetu.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Moshi trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Shopping

Tanzania travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.