12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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12 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Arusha
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Moshi
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
Arusha

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arusha road trip app .

Newark, USA to Arusha is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Newark to Arusha. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Newark in January; daily highs in Arusha reach 82°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

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 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Arusha in January; daily highs in Serengeti National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then explore and take pictures at Oldupai Gorge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area online tour builder .

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Moshi.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the galleries of Mama Africa Giftshop, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Moshi trip maker .

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Spas
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Mama Africa Giftshop ©
Mama Africa Giftshop
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Nungwi trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Nungwi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Nungwi are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
On the 15th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock and then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakupenda Beach, then look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, then admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nungwi to Zanzibar City by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

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