9 days in Tanzania Itinerary

9 days in Tanzania Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island
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Pemba Island
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Kilimanjaro National Park
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Serengeti National Park
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Arusha
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Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island

— 1 night
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.
On the 24th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and finally delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip site.

Cairo, Egypt to Zanzibar City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Zanzibar City. Traveling from Cairo in February, things will get warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Pemba Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Misali island.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pemba Island online tour planner.

Fly from Zanzibar City to Pemba Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zanzibar City in February: highs in Pemba Island hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Kilimanjaro National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilimanjaro National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Pemba Island to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:
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Serengeti National Park

— 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 28th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kilimanjaro National Park to Serengeti National Park takes 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Arusha

— 2 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Tanzanite Experience, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, then buy something for everyone on your list at AIM Mall, then see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Engaruka. On the next day, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Arusha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in March, Arusha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Tanzania travel guide

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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.