13 days in Tanzania Itinerary

13 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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Dar es Salaam
— 4 nights
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Arusha
— 1 night
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Tarangire National Park
— 1 day
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Mwanza
— 1 night
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Serengeti National Park
— 2 nights
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Dar es Salaam
— Few hours
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Zanzibar City
— 3 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bongoyo Island and Upanga Jamatkhana. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Kunduchi Wet "N" Wild Water Park, take an in-depth tour of Village Museum, indulge your taste buds at Curious on Tanzania, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dar es Salaam trip itinerary website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dar es Salaam is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get a bit warmer in Dar es Salaam: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

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Arusha

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Arusha trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Dar es Salaam to Arusha in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dar es Salaam in December: high temperatures in Arusha hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Tarangire National Park

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park journey planner.

Fly from Arusha to Tarangire National Park in 3.5 hours. December in Tarangire National Park sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mwanza.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Mwanza

Mwanza is a mid-sized port city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania. To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mwanza route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Mwanza takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 30th (Wed), you're off to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Mwanza

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), stroll through Retima Hippo Pool. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park route site.

Fly from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mwanza in December; daily highs in Serengeti National Park reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Dar es Salaam

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dar es Salaam online trip builder.

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Dar es Salaam in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Serengeti National Park in January: highs in Dar es Salaam hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You will leave for Zanzibar City on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zanzibuggy and Tangawizi Spice Farm. Take a break from Zanzibar City with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Paje, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens, stop by House of Kakao, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

Plan my trip to Zanzibar City with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.