8 days in Tanzania Itinerary

8 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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8 days in Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Kigali
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Dar es Salaam
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Dar es Salaam

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.
Popular historic sites such as Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery and Masjid Maamur Mosque are in your itinerary. National Museum and Upanga Jamatkhana are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Village Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, stroll through Matema Beachg, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha temple.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dar es Salaam trip itinerary builder app .

Kigali, Rwanda to Dar es Salaam is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kigali to Dar es Salaam. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kigali in December; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matemwe.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Matema Beachg
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Coco Beach ©
Coco Beach
National Museum ©
National Museum
Matema Beachg ©
Matema Beachg

1
day
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

Matemwe ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mnemba Atoll. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head outdoors with Mnemba Atoll and then stroll through Uroa Bay.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Matemwe trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Dar es Salaam to Matemwe in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mnemba Atoll, Uroa Bay
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Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Mnemba Atoll ©
Mnemba Atoll

4
nights
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

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.
You'll explore and learn at Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel) and Cultural Arts Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Christ Church Cathedral and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Paje (Paje Beach & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get engrossed in the history at Princess Salme Museum at Emerson on Hurumzi, admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Matemwe to Zanzibar City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Paje Beach, Mtoni Palace Ruins
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

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