54 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Matemwe, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Jambiani, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 1 day
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 7 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly to Bulawayo, Taxi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Drive to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Fly to Lake Manyara Airport, Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 7 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Yawara Massage & TingatingaArts. Take a break from the city and head to The Safari Blue and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve. Take a break from Zanzibar City with a short trip to Space Station Zanzibar in Tunguu, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, look for gifts at 1001 Organic Spicery (at Hurumzi), stroll around Forodhani Gardens, and examine the collection at Freddie Mercury Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zanzibar City route planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Zanzibar City is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Zanzibar City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vilnius in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Zanzibar City, with highs around 85°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matemwe.
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Matemwe, Tanzania — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Matemwe Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): get outside with Mnemba Atoll and then kick back and relax at Kiwengwa Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matemwe holiday builder site.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Matemwe in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Matemwe are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Jambiani.
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Jambiani, Tanzania — 3 nights

Bring the kids along to Jambiani Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Uzi Island and Eddy Murphy Safari will get you outdoors.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jambiani trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Matemwe to Jambiani takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Jambiani are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. You will leave for Zanzibar City on the 25th (Sun).
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 2 nights

Family-friendly places like Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and Eco & Culture Tours will thrill your kids. Christ Church Cathedral and People's Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Enjoy Zanzibar City some more: see Off-Road Tours and stop by Inaya Zanzibar.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Jambiani to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dar es Salaam.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — 4 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bongoyo Island and Coco Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chuma Art Workshop and Mwenge Woodcarvers Market. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Mbudya Island, browse the exhibits of Art Garage, take an in-depth tour of Village Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makonde Mosque.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Dar es Salaam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kilimanjaro National Park.
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania — 3 nights

On the 2nd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kilimanjaro National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moshi.
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Moshi, Tanzania — 1 day

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.
On the 4th (Tue), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Moshi trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Serengeti National Park.
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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 5th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Seronera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Mara River and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Moshi to Serengeti National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 1 night

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 7th (Fri): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arusha online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Arusha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Arusha are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tarangire National Park.
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania — 3 nights

Spend the 8th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of Tarangire National Park.

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Traveling by flight from Arusha to Tarangire National Park takes 2.5 hours. July in Tarangire National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 7 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Livingstone Museum and Railway Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Victoria Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from Livingstone with a short trip to Batoka Gorge in Kazungula, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: get outside with The Explorer Club, get a taste of the local shopping with The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mukuni Park Curio Market.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Livingstone attractions site.

You can drive from Tarangire National Park to Livingstone in 37 hours. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You will leave for Victoria Falls on the 19th (Wed).
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Safaris and Boat Tours & Water Sports. The adventure continues: take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and view the masterpieces at Prime Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip planning site.

Victoria Falls is just a short distance from Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Victoria Falls. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place and then explore and take pictures at Matobo Hills.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matobo National Park - The Matopos road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Victoria Falls to Matobo National Park - The Matopos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania — 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at Ngorongoro Crater and Empakaai Crater. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge, make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ndutu Lake.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Ngorongoro Conservation Area with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. You will leave for home on the 31st (Mon).
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
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.
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Zambia travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

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Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.
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