20 days in Tanzania & Cape Town Itinerary

20 days in Tanzania & Cape Town Itinerary

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20 days in Tanzania & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Arusha, Tanzania
1
Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Arusha, Tanzania


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4
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Arusha is known for wildlife, museums, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, explore the striking landscape at Ngurdoto Crater, examine the collection at Tanzanite Experience, and look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arusha trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

1
day
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tarangire National Park attractions planner .

Getting from Arusha to Tarangire National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Tarangire National Park, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

3
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.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Seronera. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Serengeti National Park, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and admire all the interesting features of Oldupai Gorge.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park takes 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tarangire National Park in September; daily highs in Serengeti National Park reach 59°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Oldupai Gorge
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge

1
night
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip maker website .

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

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Arusha, Tanzania

On the 26th (Thu), stop by Isle of Jewels, get to know the resident critters at Meserani Snake Park, and then head outdoors with Kili Dreamers. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arusha trip planner .

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nungwi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Photography Tours
Meserani Snake Park ©
Meserani Snake Park

2
nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nungwi journey planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Nungwi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in September; daily highs in Nungwi reach 86°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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 30th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and then stop by Mwanzo Mpya. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and then stroll around Jozani Forest.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip planner .

You can drive from Nungwi to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. In September in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zanzibar Island
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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)

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, get great views at Cape Point, and then examine the collection at Great Synagogue. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at District Six Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Zanzibar City to Cape Town in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zanzibar City in October, expect nights in Cape Town to be much colder, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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