15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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15 days in Arusha, Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Arusha
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Dar es Salaam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Nungwi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Paje
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Zanzibar City
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Cultural Heritage Centre and Isle of Jewels. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Tanzanite Experience, get outside with Kili Dreamers, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha journey planning website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Arusha is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, things will get warmer in Arusha: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Dar es Salaam

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Boma and Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha temple, view the masterpieces at Chuma Art Workshop, examine the collection at National Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dar es Salaam travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Arusha in November, expect Dar es Salaam to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old Boma
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Old Boma ©
Old Boma
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery ©
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery
National Museum ©
National Museum

2
nights
Nungwi

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then stroll through Kendwa Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nungwi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Dar es Salaam to Nungwi in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

2
nights
Paje

Paje ©
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
On the 10th (Sun), stroll around Jozani Forest and then kick back and relax at Jambiani Beach. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paje driving holiday planner .

Drive from Nungwi to Paje in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Paje are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jambiani Beach, Jozani Forest
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

4
nights
Zanzibar City

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 out of the city life by going to Cheetah's Rock and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Hamamni Persian Baths. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), get engrossed in the history at Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel), stop by Mwanzo Mpya, and walk around Forodhani Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City road trip planning site .

You can drive from Paje to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. In November in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

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