20 days in Madagascar & Tanzania Itinerary

20 days in Madagascar & Tanzania Itinerary

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20 days in Madagascar & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  11​h
3
Ambalavao, Madagascar
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
4
Moshi, Tanzania
— 3 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Matemwe, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
8
Mafia Island, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Milan, Italy


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1
night
Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be ©
The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lemuria Land. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot, then step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps and tourist information, use the Nosy Be online trip builder .

Milan, Italy to Nosy Be is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Nosy Be can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Nosy Be

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Nosy Fanihy ©
Nosy Fanihy
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) ©
On a trip to Antsiranana, a sleepy port town in Madagascar's northernmost province, you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of its streets, lined with quaint colonial-era buildings and colorful marketplaces.
On the 7th (Wed), stroll around Tsingy Rouge Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ankarana Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Mer D'Emeraude, hike along Les Trois Baies, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Ramena.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Plage de Ramena
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Ankarana Reserve ©
Ankarana Reserve
Plage de Ramena ©
Plage de Ramena
Les Trois Baies ©
Les Trois Baies

1
night
Ambalavao, Madagascar

Ambalavao ©
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Anja Reserve and then explore the activities along Natural pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parc National de l'Andringitra.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Ambalavao takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Ambalavao

Nature Parks
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Parc National de l'Andringitra ©
Parc National de l'Andringitra

3
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ascend Tanzania. When in Moshi, make a side trip to see Mount Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, browse for treasures at Mama Africa Curio, take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moshi trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ambalavao to Moshi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ascend Tanzania ©
Ascend Tanzania

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serengeti National Park and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Matemwe.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

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

1
night
Matemwe, Tanzania

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): head outdoors with Mnemba Atoll, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Matemwe Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Matemwe route planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Serengeti National Park to Matemwe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mnemba Atoll
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Mnemba Atoll ©
Mnemba Atoll

2
nights
Paje, Tanzania

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach. On your second day here, head outdoors with Paje Scooter Rent, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paje trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Matemwe to Paje takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Paje are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jambiani
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach

1
night
Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then visit a coastal fixture at Ras Mkumbi, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mafia Marine National Park.

Discover how to plan a Mafia Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, and then experience rural life at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, then admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and finally stop by Aromas of Zanzibar.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Zanzibar City online trip planner .

You can fly from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi
Highlights from your plan
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock

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