22 days in Rwanda & Tanzania Itinerary

22 days in Rwanda & Tanzania Itinerary

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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 1 night
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Kigali, Rwanda
— 2 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda

— 1 night
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 1st (Sun), stroll through Volcanoes National Park. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp.

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Kigali to Ruhengeri is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Kigali in August, expect Ruhengeri to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kigali.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kigali, Rwanda

— 2 nights
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
On the 3rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then admire the masterpieces at MAMA Rwanda Hostel. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your bearings at Librarie Ikirezi Bookshop, learn about all things military at Campaign Against Genocide Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kigali, then stop by Azizi Life Boutique, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Famille Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kigali trip planner.

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Kigali in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Ruhengeri, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kigali, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Moshi.

Things to do in Kigali

Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Moshi, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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 5th (Thu): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with Gypsy Tanzania Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Materuni Waterfalls, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kibo Tower, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W..

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Moshi holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Kigali to Moshi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kigali to Moshi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Nungwi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Nungwi, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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 9th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Tazari Caves, fulfill a lifelong dream with Discover Zanzibar with Mr Brown, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwengwa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi, then delve into the distant past at Fukuchani Ruins, then look for gifts at blacklulu, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Panamwe Tours & Safaris.

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Traveling by flight from Kilimanjaro National Park to Nungwi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uroa Bay and Babu Tours & Safaris. Popular historic sites such as Christ Church Cathedral and Space Station Zanzibar are in your itinerary. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Jambiani Beach (in Jambiani) and Nicolas Zanzibar Tours (in Paje). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, see the interesting displays at Freddie Mercury Museum, stop by The Coins Shop, and relax in the rural setting at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City online route planner.

You can drive from Nungwi to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tarangire National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarangire National Park trip maker website.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Tarangire National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in August, expect Tarangire National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 17°C. You'll set off for Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Empakaai Crater.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area vacation planner.

You can drive from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 4 hours. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool, then take in the dramatic natural features at Naabi Hill, and then make a trip to Mara River. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Grumeti River.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Serengeti National Park travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Arusha, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kili Dreamers and Isle of Jewels. Escape the urban bustle at Impala Explorer and Mount Meru Waterfall. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, soothe aching muscles at Ai Care Spa, admire all the interesting features of Arusha Village Experience, and surround yourself with nature on African Legends Tanzania Safaris.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Arusha trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
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.