40 days in Tanzania Itinerary

40 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tanzania journey planner

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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 9 nights
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Paje, Zanzibar Island
— 3 nights
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Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
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Arusha
— 6 nights
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Serengeti National Park
— 3 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lake Manyara National Park
— 2 nights
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Tarangire National Park
— 1 night
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Kilimanjaro National Park
— 3 nights
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Moshi
— 6 nights
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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

— 9 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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Safari Blue and Uroa Bay. Museum-lovers will appreciate Freddie Mercury Museum and Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Nakupenda Beach, step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, hit all the best shops with Tangawizi Spice Farm, and admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens.

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

Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry. In August in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paje, Zanzibar Island

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paje Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, stroll around Jozani Forest, and see Zanzi Quad Safari.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paje trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nungwi, Zanzibar Island

— 4 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Relax by the water at Nungwi Beach and Matemwe Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kendwa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa) and Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique, and trot along with Zanzibar Horse Club.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nungwi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Paje to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nungwi can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Arusha

— 6 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cultural Heritage Centre and The Tanzanite Experience. For shopping fun, head to Shanga & Shanga Foundation or Maasai Market Curios and Crafts. Make the 12th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at Ai Care Spa, and get outside with Kili Dreamers.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arusha day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nungwi to Arusha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nungwi in September; daily highs in Arusha reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Serengeti National Park

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Seronera and Retima Hippo Pool. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Serengeti Balloon Safaris and contemplate the waterfront views at Mara River.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park visit planner.

You can fly from Arusha to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arusha in September: high temperatures in Serengeti National Park hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lake Manyara National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Lake Manyara National Park

— 2 nights
A landscape rich in wildlife and diverse terrain, Lake Manyara National Park stretches across two Tanzanian regions.
On the 22nd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway, look for gifts at African Galleria, and then explore the activities along Lake Manyara. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National du Lac Manyara.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Manyara National Park sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Lake Manyara National Park. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Lake Manyara National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Tarangire National Park

— 1 night
On the 24th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Tarangire National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lake Manyara National Park to Tarangire National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Kilimanjaro National Park

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Kilimanjaro and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Kilimanjaro National Park, make a side trip to see Chagga Museum in Marangu, approximately Marangu away.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Moshi

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at Mama Africa Giftshop and Olpopongi - Maasai Cultural Village & Museum. Visiting Climbing Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., witness a stunning natural landmark at Kikuletwa Hotsprings, and see the interesting displays at Uhuru Museum.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moshi online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
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.

Kilimanjaro Region travel guide

4.3
Mountains · Safaris · Hot Springs
Gaze upon the snow-clad top of Africa in the Kilimanjaro Region, taking its name from the continent's spectacular 5,896 m (19,344 ft) mountain of the same name. A hub of mountaineering tourism, the Kilimanjaro Region's capital Moshi is a clean, bustling center that enjoys prosperity from the local coffee industry, and boasts an attractive blend of Asian and African cultures. Those considering tackling the main attraction of the Kilimanjaro Region will need to do some serious planning, as the trek is for experienced hikers only. Non-trekkers can explore the national park's rainforests and wildlife, including buffaloes, leopards, elephants, and more.