2 day Tanzania safari

Going on a 2 day safari to Tanzania, even if the duration is short, will be a decision you simply won’t regret. There are so many incredible safari to choose from, from the renowned Serengeti National Park to places off the beaten path like Tarangire National Park. 

You’ll see the Big 5, the unrivaled Ngorongoro Crater, beautiful African lodges, the best of the best wining and dining in addition to UNESCO world heritages sites and leopards, lions, buffaloes, elephants, rhino, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuks, mongoose, zebra, baboons, flamingos and so much more. 

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The best 2 day Tanzania safari tours 

Price of a 2 day tanzania safari.

The cheapest 2-day budget camping tours start at around $280 per person. Private tours are usually more pricey than group tours where a vehicle might be shared by six to eight people. 

Mid-range private tours, where you stay in no-frills accommodation, start from $500 per person, but luxury safaris start at around $800 per person whilst fly-in Nyerere NP packages start at around $700 per person for an overnight trip. 

Safari packages to the Tanzania safari span a wide price range, influenced by several variables. The biggest factor determining the price of a safari is the level of accommodation. This will ultimately categorize tours as being budget, mid-range or luxury and of course shared tours are usually cheaper than private tours. 

Tour breakdown for a typical 2 days in the Tanzania safari

Safari tour highlights.

  • Discover the incredible Wildebeest Migration moving across the Serengeti
  • See the Ngorongoro Crater, home to the world’s densest population of wildlife
  • The Great Migration & the Big Five: The lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo 
  • Discover the Maasai people and their customs in northern Tanzania
  • Private tour guide in English and other languages
  • Game drives in comfortable, open top safari vehicles
  • World class safari accommodation including lodges and tented camps
  • Optional activity add-ons including walking safaris

Tour inclusions

The following details typical tour inclusions and exclusions on the best 2 day Tanzania safari package:

Safari essentials and information

Is a 2 day safari in tanzania safari sufficient.

2 day Tanzania safari tours are very much feasible in order to see the Big Five. The number of days needed to properly do a Tanzania safari can range from 1-2 days to 1-2 weeks, depending on how much time and budget a visitor has. 

Each day consists of an early morning game drive and a late afternoon game drive, certainly sufficient time to view the big 5 and incredible scenery. On a safari trip, you can even break up the drive to or from any Tanzania safari park with an overnight stay in a park en route to your destination such as the Serengeti NP , the UNESCO world heritage Ngorongoro Crater or indeed Selous Game Reserve . 

Or you can simply spend all of your time at one reserve where you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore the park with full-day dusk-to-dawn game drives that will include lunch at one of the picnic spots. 

Overall, 2 days is a good amount of time for a safari in the Tanzania safari if it is part of a larger Tanzania tour, but if not, allocating a few more days to your safari would be ideal where possible.

Accommodation offered on a 2 day Tanzania safari?

After a long day surveying the incredible Tanzania landscape and wildlife on offer, guests can look forward to the very best safari accommodation the Tanzania safari has to offer. The accommodation here is excellent with numerous options from tented camps, luxury lodges to camping grounds. 

From camping in the bush with amenities to mid-range and luxury lodges located inside park reserves, there’s something for everyone. On a short safari, high-end lodgings are commonly used on fly-in safari packages and excellent wining and dining is very much the norm. 

Many are small designer ecolodges, often made to blend into the environment whilst others such as the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge are an ideal place to stay near the Grumeti River and have a front-row seat to see the wildebeest and zebras cross the river. 

Animals on a Tanzania safari?

You’ll find just about everything in the Tanzania safari! The country is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo) and visitors will also find spotted hyenas and hippos. 

Tanzania contains the highest concentration of lions in the world with over 3,000 of them found in the Serengeti alone and about 1.5 million wildebeests, in addition to wildebeest, gazelle, giraffes, black rhinos. A view of these huge wildebeest crossing the crocodile infested river Mara has been included in the 7 wonders of natural Africa.

If you enjoy driving, it is possible to visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater on a 2 day road safari. This combination gives you a reasonable chance of seeing all the Big Five in a short time. Ngorongoro is the only reliable park in Tanzania to see black rhino in the wild. 

The Serengeti and the crater are both good for predators, and lions are particularly easy to find in both. A 2 day trip to Ruaha or Selous in the south can also be very productive where you’ll see lions, wild dogs, antelopes and kudu.

What’s a must do for a 2 day Tanzania safari?

There are many 2 day safaris on offer in Tanzania, so you do have choices on what you can fit into your safari. The most-popular option is the Northern circuit which comprises 4 parks including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara NP and Tarangire National Park. 

To visit all four parks in three days is not recommended and the best use of your time may be spent visiting the Serengeti and dropping into the Ngorongoro Crater en route, the jewels in the Tanzanian safari crown.

In the south of Tanzania, visitors can visit Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous) or Ruaha National Park on its own as a stand-alone fly-in safari from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. 

How much spending money do I need for a 2 day Tanzania safari?

Visitors should budget for approximately $300 for a Tanzania safari per person per day, including food and accommodation. Tanzania safaris can be more expensive than their continental counterparts due to the higher costs of accommodation and food.

What animals will I see on a 2 day Tanzania safari tour?

Visitors on a 2 day Tanzania safari will see the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo), hyenas, wildebeest, giraffes, cheetah, zebras, endangered black rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and much more.

What is the best time to go on a 2 day Tanzania safari?

The best time to go on a 2 day Tanzania safari is in the Dry season (from late June to October). This period offers the best wildlife viewing in general – with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight.

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Exploring  2-Day Tanzania’s hidden gems, like Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, is an adventure unlike any other. Tarangire’s landscape transforms during the dry season, drawing large herds of elephants to its riverbeds, where they congregate around life-sustaining underground springs. The sight of these majestic creatures against the backdrop of the parched terrain is truly breathtaking.

Moving on to the Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll witness a unique ecosystem teeming with wildlife. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a remarkable concentration of animals, including the endangered black rhinoceros. As one of the few places where these magnificent creatures can still be found, the crater provides a glimpse into their natural habitat, where they coexist with predators and prey alike.

Starting your 2-day journey from Zanzibar adds an extra layer of allure to the experience. Flying to and from Zanzibar allows you to seamlessly transition from the island’s pristine beaches to the untamed wilderness of Tanzania’s national parks, creating an unforgettable adventure from start to finish.

With each step of your 2-Day journey, you’ll be immersed in the raw beauty and untamed spirit of Tanzania, making memories that will last a lifetime.


Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast, we begin our two-hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Along the journey, we pass by beautiful Maasai villages and the open plain that become synonymous with images of Tanzania.

Once in Tarangire, you will begin your game drive across the endless golden savannah that grazes along the Tarangire River.

A picnic lunch with a spectacular view of the Tarangire River is a great way to suck it all in, you will need to have a sharp eye to keep your lunch away from the local monkeys.

Later on, take a deeper dive into the wild and have an opportunity to see lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, and a large variety of antelopes.

After a spectacular day in Tarangire, you will be transferred to the Tloma Lodge for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

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Day 2: Mto wa mbu to the Crater

After a tasty breakfast prepared by your chef, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro (the 8th Wonder of the World). Home to a variety of mammals including the mighty five, the Ngorongoro Crater is among the most visited destination in the world.

It’s the best place to spot the endangered black rhino and you will have a chance to enjoy your meal close to the mighty hippos in the hippo pool, what a way to have your meal!

From the comfort of your open-roof 4*4 land cruiser (safari vehicle), you will have a chance to photograph and observe some of the most recognizable faces.

After the chills and thrills of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the famous hippo pool. Thereafter, our guide will drive you to Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport for your Late evening flight to Zanzibar or transfer to the hotel in Arusha. and will be the end of your 2-day mid-range safari.

Our 2-day mid-range tariffs offer a well-balanced blend of affordability and quality. We provide comfortable accommodations in picturesque settings, ensuring a memorable stay. Guests can expect well-appointed rooms, essential amenities, and delicious meals prepared from fresh ingredients. It’s the perfect choice for those seeking a rewarding safari experience without compromising on comfort.

Included in Cost

  • All park entry fees
  • Government taxes
  • Unlimited game drives
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Private Transport 4*4
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport.
  • Picnic Lunch or hot Lunch
  • Meals on Full board.
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Refreshments during safari in Safari vehicle.
  • All accommodation

Not Included in Cost

  • International flights (From/to home) and domestic Flight
  • Medical/luggage Insurance.
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, Visa
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Any extra orders at meals are not included. Set menu meals are part of the package.

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Tanzania is located in East Africa and is home to some of Africa’s most pristine wildlife sanctuaries, the second highest mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro, a massive volcanic crater, and gorgeous white sand beaches with warm turquoise waters. The plains of the Serengeti National Park offer an exhilarating safari experience with phenomenal game viewing opportunities which includes the “Great Mammal Migration” and the famous “Big Five” (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), whilst the tropical island of Zanzibar is a marine wonderland with its untouched coral reefs and gorgeous climate. Tanzania has a strong cultural heritage and offers visitors the rare opportunity in northern Tanzania of meeting with the fascinating Maasai people who have a great understanding of how to live in semi-arid and arid lands.

The question of when is the best time to visit Tanzania is best determined by what you wish to experience.  

Tanzania has a temperate climate with relatively comfortable temperatures all year round. The main variation to the impact of the temperature is the humidity and annual rains.

Traditionally, the annual rainfall arrives around the beginning of April and continues until the end of June. The second, slightly less strong, rainy period, is from the beginning of November (around 2 weeks later on Zanzibar) to the middle of December, roughly speaking.

Although the Serengeti offers fantastic game viewing all year round, there are particular months that are deemed as the best time to visit the park. The dry season months of June through October are the most popular time of the year for a safari in Tanzania, with animals congregating near water sources and the vegetation thining; improving the visibility of animals. If you aspire to see the annual Mammal Migration , then it is best to travel during the months of June and July . In the months of December to March , the migration herds are located down in the very southern region of the park. April and May is a good time to book a safari in the northern parks of Tanzania, as the game is still good, crowds are minimal, and the prices are at the lowest of the year.

The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it’s hot and dry. The ocean temperatures are perfect for swimming, diving or snorkeling expeditions.

Mount Kilimanjaro is best climbed either between July and October or January to March .

Tanzania is a country located in East Africa and is renowned for its vast wilderness areas.

The plains of the Serengeti National Park offer an exhilarating safari experience with phenomenal game viewing opportunities which includes the “Great Mammal Migration” and the notorious “Big Five” (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), whilst Kilimanjaro National Park is home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and a marine park which is home to whale sharks and beautiful coral reefs.

Also on the coast is the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, where Swahili culture meets a modern tropical metropolis. In the north, Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; an asset in understanding early human evolution. Olduvai is next to Ngorongoro Crater, a massive volcanic valley that’s a major wildlife conservation and safari area, inhabited by the indigenous Maasai, who still pursue traditional tribal practices. Lake Tanganyika is the location of Jane Goodall’s primate research center, where visitors can track chimpanzees along the shoreline.

Serengeti National Park

Located in northern Tanzania, this World Heritage Site and most celebrated wilderness area known as the Serengeti is a photographer and filmmakers dream, especially during the massive annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. The crocodile infested Grumeti River is a top attraction during this remarkable event; with hungry Nile crocodiles awaiting their opportunity to strike as the herds frantically cross the river. The reserve has an abundance of wildlife with the numbers estimated to be well over 3 million. There is even an active volcano within the Serengeti National Park;  the only volcano to eject carbonatite lavas that turn white when exposed to air.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 miles) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The crater is 610 meters (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometers (100 square miles). Approximately 25,000 large animals, including the Big 5, live in the crater. The crater also has one of the densest known population of East African lions which are particularly strong in the Ndutu Lake area. It is important to note however that the Ngorongoro Crater does get very busy so we do recommend a two-night stay here.

Tarangire National Park

Often regarded as Tanzania’s most underrated national park, Tarangire is a must on a northern circuit itinerary. It is Africa’s best-kept secret, boasting a variety of wildlife and diverse landscapes. The name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The river is the primary source of freshwater for wild animals in the Tarangire ecosystem during the annual dry season (July to October). Visitors to the park in the dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Tarangire is notorious for its large elephant population - the largest in Tanzania. During the dry season, herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen digging in the dry riverbed of the Tarangire River looking for underground streams.

Boasting some of the finest tropical beaches in Africa, as well as world-class scuba-diving sites, we rate Zanzibar as an ideal destination for travelers seeking a blissful, barefoot-luxury holiday. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on a tropical beach, exploring the cultural attractions of Stone Town, or enjoying the many water sports on offer, this island has something for every traveler.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a smaller park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region of Tanzania. The park is strikingly diverse with barren lands, forest, and a salt lake. Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season, they can be found at the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park making this the ideal location for bird watching. Leopards, East African lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippopotami, several antelope and many more wild animals inhabit this park and many can be seen throughout the year.

Located below Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, the charming city of Arusha is a gateway to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. As it rests at the base of the twin peaks, Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, the city serves as an ideal base for hikers eager to conquer Africa’s highest mountain. Arusha is known for its vibrant nightlife, Masai Market, National Natural History Museum, and traditional Tanzanian cuisine.

Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa and second highest in Tanzania, standing at 4 566 meters. The dormant stratovolcano is located 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro and is often considered by hikers as a warm-up trek for Kilimanjaro. The fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, as well as monkeys, giraffe, bushbuck and leopards.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of 186 749 acres, protecting the largest free-standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, with its peak at 5 895 meters. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream for many, with an estimated 25 000 people attempting the climb each year. In the lower-lying areas such as the forest zone there are a multitude of birds, blue monkeys, colobus monkeys and olive baboons. Civets, leopards, mongooses, elephants and Abbott’s duikers also live in the mountain’s forest, but sightings are extremely rare. The alpine and arctic zones are too harsh for any animals to survive comfortably.

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, meaning “haven of peace” is Tanzania’s largest and busiest port city.

Loved amongst travelers for its seaside setting and eclectic vibe, Dar es Salaam bustles with fish markets, dhow boats, museums and striking architecture. Dar es Salaam is a diverse city with a mix of African, Arabic, and Indian cultures. Popular day trips include the beautiful Mbudya Island where you can bask on the island's white-sand beaches, snorkel, and swim in the turquoise waters. Bongoyo Island is a much-loved island getaway, lying off the Msasani Peninsula, about four miles north of the city. Located about six kilometers north of the city on the Msasani Peninsula, is the popular Coco Beach, where you can savor street food and listen to live music. The Oyster Bay Shopping Center here is a popular attraction, with farmers markets, art galleries, and boutique shops.

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake and the second oldest freshwater lake in the world. Lake Tanganyika is home to Nile crocodiles, various turtle species, the Storms water cobra, and more than 80 species of non-cichlid fish of which about 60% of these are endemic. Most visitors choose to base themselves in the lovely lakeside town of Kigoma which serves as a gateway to the two rainforest reserves bordering the lake: Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Stream National Park, both of which offer unforgettable up-close chimpanzee encounters and an astonishing variety of birdlife.

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A Unique 2-Week Tanzania Itinerary: Adventure, Safaris and Beaches in 2024

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Looking for an epic 2 week Tanzania itinerary that combines adventure, safaris and beach time? I’ve got you covered!

Tanzania has to be one of the most diverse countries in East Africa . From the lofty peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the wildlife-packed national parks, and the alluring beaches of Zanzibar, there’s plenty of choices for a Tanzania itinerary .

And I think I have the perfect itinerary for you. This is what I did in my 2 weeks in Tanzania , and it’s a fantastic mix of adventure, safaris, culture, history and beach time .

So, if you’re planning to visit Tanzania, take a look at this unique itinerary which goes beyond the usual day-after-day of game drives. It focuses on what’s known as the northern circuit, which is a great place for first-time visitors to begin their Tanzania adventure. But it also includes a multi-day hike, authentic engagements with Maasai culture and, of course, an obligatory beach stop.

A Maasai man stands under a large tree with expansive branches. He is wearing a red garment with green and blue details and holding a staff. One of the best things to do in Tanzania is to discover Maasai culture.

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How to get to Tanzania

With a long-established tourism industry and reputation as one of the best places for an African safari, Tanzania has several international airports with direct or connecting flights from countries around the world.

The three international airports are in Dar es Salaam (Julius Nyerere International Airport), Arusha (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and Zanzibar (Abeid Amani Karume International Airport). Major airlines from around the world fly into each of these airports. (Make sure you pack these long haul flight essentials  to make the trip more comfortable.)

There are also plenty of land border crossings if you’re overlanding.

This travel itinerary recommends flying into Arusha , as that’s the main airport for people starting out on the northern safari circuit, the most popular route for visitors to Tanzania.


Best time to visit Tanzania

Tanzania can be visited year-round, but the best time to visit is during the dry season , from June to October . This is usually the best time for wildlife spotting across all national parks.

The Serengeti is one of Tanzania’s most popular parks – and one of the most famous in the world. There are several good times to visit throughout the year: go during June and July for the wildebeest migration , or January to February for calving season (where you may even see predators stalking the poor babies as they take their first wobbly steps after being born).

During the dry season, animals congregate around watering holes, so the chances of seeing them are high.

Late May to early July is when herds will attempt the crossing of the Grumeti River, while August is usually when they cross back north and over the Mara River.

However, some months of the wet season (November to May) are perfectly fine to travel. I visited in late February and saw plenty of animals. While it’s low season, expect to still see many other tourists!

April and May bring the heaviest rains , and some lodges shut down during this time. I can’t even imagine how much mud there is during this time and how many cars get bogged!

While I haven’t touched on the southern and western circuits in this itinerary, the best time to visit these is during the dry season (June to October). The national parks in these circuits receive fewer visitors, and they’re on my list for when I return to Tanzania.

Tall grass and vibrant red flowers in the foreground with a mountain range in the background under a cloudy sky. The best time to visit Tanzania is the dry season from July to October, but some months of the wet season are also great times to visit.

How to get around Tanzania

There are several ways to get around when you visit Tanzania. I’ll go through each of the pros and cons of the main transportation methods so you can decide which is best for you.

Private driver / guide

I spent a lot of time researching how to get around Tanzania, and because I was travelling solo, I landed on hiring a private driver and guide .

Which then turned into a lot of time researching safari companies in Tanzania – and there are a lot! Finally, a friend who had previously lived in Tanzania recommended Safari Republic . I got in touch with the owner, Jackie, and after chatting over email I decided to book with them. (And they in turn actually directed me to Ellington Safaris , the company I used for my Uganda itinerary .)

It was the best decision for me. They arranged everything – the vehicle, the driver guide, the accommodation, the support crew for my multi-day hike. I didn’t have to think about anything, which was exactly what I wanted.

Importantly, they also arranged all the park fees, which can be a huge challenge to organise independently. Not all booking systems are online, some fees can only be paid at certain banks… it’s quite the logistical challenge, so I’m glad I didn’t have to think about any of that.

If you’re travelling in a group while on safari in East Africa , hiring a private driver through a safari operator like Safari Republic  is the best way to go. You can customise an itinerary that suits your interests and your budget. Of course, travelling solo with a private driver meant the individual cost was higher for me, but for a group (of family or friends), I think this is the most affordable way to travel .

Two people are inside a vehicle; a woman (the author of the article) on the right taking a selfie and a man on the left doing a thumbs-up. Outside the vehicle, a lion lies on the ground. Lion selfie with my guide, Baraka.

There are plenty of companies offering group tours for all budgets .

A group tour is a great way to meet other people, especially if you’re travelling solo. And, if you know that you want to visit a country but don’t want to do have to do all the research that comes with planning an international trip, a group tour means everything is planned for you.

If a Tanzania group tour is what you’re after, check out the options available on TourRadar .

Self drive Tanzania

Self drive isn’t actually very common within Tanzania. I saw only a few people doing it while I was there.

I tried to find information online but there isn’t a whole lot available. I believe that you can hire cars through safari companies – some companies do allow this, or they know people who do. Surprisingly though, it actually doesn’t work out to be that much cheaper than booking a private driver guide.

If you do want to explore Tanzania by car by yourself, I’d recommend it only for people who are familiar with driving in East Africa, who can navigate without digital maps (limited mobile coverage in some areas means Google Maps isn’t available everywhere) and have experience driving in a variety of conditions in a 4WD. You need to bring along plenty of water and extra fuel. Also be aware of police stops and the “fines” you might be asked to pay.

You’ll also need to research in advance national park fees and booking requirements. Many national parks need advance bookings – you can’t just roll up to the gate, pay a fee and enter.

And once you’re inside the national park, you need to figure out how to get around. I saw very few signs for trails or hotels – I have no idea how my driver Baraka knew where he was going each day!

One of the other downsides of self driving is that you won’t have the benefit of an experienced guide who can find and point out wildlife in the national parks. Baraka knew exactly where to go to find wildlife – and he was a walking encyclopedia full of interesting facts and information.

View from inside a vehicle showing a muddy road ahead surrounded by greenery under a cloudy sky. The windshield is speckled with mud. Road conditions in Tanzania can be challenging for people considering self drive Tanzania.

Public transport

If you’re backpacking Tanzania, then you can use the country’s extensive public transport system . However, you need to keep in mind that roads can be quite poor in some parts, buses break down regularly and will often only depart once they’re filled with people.

There are plenty of buses in Tanzania and tickets are affordable. You’d want to have plenty of time on your Tanzania itinerary to factor in the extra time that you’ll need to get around on public transport.

How to spend 2 weeks in Tanzania

A lone acacia tree with a flat canopy in a savannah landscape with two giraffes near its trunk, under a cloudy sky. Giraffes are spotted throughout many of the national parks in Tanzania.

Summary of my Tanzania itinerary

Here’s how I spent my two weeks in Tanzania , although for the purposes of this blog post, I have made a few small adjustments to avoid some backtracking and add in a few extra days of downtime.

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Day 2: ngorongoro conservation area and empakai crater, day 3: hike through the ngorongoro highlands, day 4: hike to lake natron, day 5: lake natron.

  • Day 6: Isoitok Camp Manyara
  • Days 7-8: Serengeti
  • Day 9: Fly to Zanzibar
  • Day 10: Stone Town

Days 11-13: Zanzibar beach

Day 14: fly home.

This map shows the key places to visit and stay during this trip.

Got more time? Consider adding on this Kenya itinerary to your time in Tanzania!

Detailed Tanzania itinerary

Arusha is considered the tourism capital of northern Tanzania and is the hub for people heading to the Serengeti and other national parks on the northern circuit. Many people climbing Kilimanjaro also base themselves here.

I didn’t explore much of Arusha while I was there, but there are plenty of things to do in Arusha if you have the time:

  • Pick up a few souvenirs from the Maasai Market . I bought two shukas, the cloth that Maasai wear – they make for great light blankets or throws
  • Visit the National History Museum
  • Go shopping or take a workshop at Shanga , a social enterprise that employs Tanzanians with disabilities
  • Hang out at the Chemka Hot Springs , a short drive from Arusha
  • Take a traditional cooking class at a local NGO
  • Hike a small portion of Mount Kilimanjaro !
  • Take a tour of Arusha
  • Day trip to Arusha National Park for a safari
  • Take a day trip to Tarangire National Park

Note that Kilimanjaro International Airport is an hour’s drive from Arusha, so factor this time into your plans.

Where to stay in Arusha

I stayed at the Outpost Lodge , a mid-range hotel in a leafy street in Arusha. It’s well located, has a swimming pool and the restaurant serves up delicious food (try the butter chicken). The grounds are covered in trees so it feels like an oasis in the middle of what is a bustling city. Check prices and read reviews of the Outpost Lodge online here

If you’re looking for something more upscale, try the Gran Meliá Arusha . One of the best luxury hotels in Arusha, it has an on-site restaurant, gym and spa, and is on a huge property dotted with coffee and tea plantations. Some rooms have views of Mount Meru. Check rates and availability online | Read reviews of Gran Meliá Arusha

Head out of Arusha toward the mind-blowing Ngorongoro Conservation Area , a 3-hour drive from the city.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is commonly referred to as the Ngorongoro Crater and this is one huge crater. The caldera was formed when a huge volcano – estimated to be as high as Mount Kilimanjaro – erupted and collapsed in on itself around 2.5 million years ago.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Tanzania’s most visited national park . There’s a viewpoint a short drive past the entrance gate where you can take in the enormity of the caldera from above.

A panoramic view of the vast, green Ngorongoro Crater with a lake in the distance. The sky above is partially covered by fluffy clouds. The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a huge caldera caused by a volcanic eruption more than 2 million years ago.

Down below, a game drive reveals cheetahs, leopards, elephants, black rhino, lions, buffalos and impala. It’s a great place for your first safari in Tanzania .

Continue along the rutted road to Empakai Crater, which is the start of the hike that over the next few days will take you through the Ngorongoro Highlands, past Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania’s only active volcano) and down to Lake Natron.

End the day with a hike down into Empakai Crater . This caldera has a lake with alkaline waters that reach depths of up to 85 metres.

With an armed ranger (to protect you from overly aggressive lone male buffalos) and a Maasai guide, you’ll descend into the verdant forest filled with centuries-old trees that at times provide a canopy. At the bottom, flamingos flock together in the lake, and timid bushbucks keep their distance.

A serene lake surrounded by lush hills covered in mist and low clouds, with vegetation in the foreground. Hike down into Empakai Crater to see flamingos and bushbucks.

Where to stay

Tonight, you’re camping ! There are several campgrounds throughout the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Empakai Special Campsite must be booked in advance. Safari Republic  of course arranged all of this for my trip, along with the tents, a cook and even an outdoor toilet.

The ranger who escorted us down into Empakai Crater also stayed overnight with us as protection against wild animals.

A small, slender dik-dik stands in green vegetation, looking towards the camera. One of the best places to visit in Tanzania is the Serengeti.

One of my favourite parts of this entire Tanzania itinerary was the hike down to Lake Natron from Empakai Crater. As soon as I saw this hike on Safari Republic’s Instagram account, I asked Jackie to add it to my tour.

For this hike, Safari Republic always arranges a Maasai guide to accompany guests. My guide was Amani, and having him on the hike made it a richer experience .

Amani’s name in Maasai means “peace” and “someone who can be depended upon”, and I relied on him for two days to guide me safely through the hike and share his culture with me.

On the first full day of hiking, you’ll walk along the rim of Empakai Crater, before making your way past Maasai villages and out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Two people walking on a dirt path in a hilly landscape. One is a Maasai man wearing a red garment and a backpack, the other in casual hiking attire. One of the most incredible things to do in Tanzania is a 3-day hike from Ngorongoro to Lake Natron.

You’ll stop for lunch in Nayobi, a small Maasai village alive with the sounds of cowbells jangling as young shepherds tend their herds of goats, sheep and cows.

This village is the last that can be reached by car, and before you arrive, all your stuff – the tents, the cooking gear, your own bags – will be transferred onto donkeys that are already trotting ahead of you to the next campsite.

Continuing on, you’ll come to the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and walk through a yellow acacia tree forest which shields you from the hot sun.

People walking on a dirt road under a large, twisted acacia tree with a lush canopy, in a green landscape. The hike from Ngorongoro to Lake Natron takes visitors through a yellow acacia tree forest.

One of the best things about the hike is that phone coverage is patchy, so you’re completely disconnected from the world and can focus on observing what’s around you on the hike.

Before dinner, take a short stroll up to a viewpoint which offers your first view of Ol Doinyo Lengai , Tanzania’s only active volcano. The name means “Mountain of God” in the Maasai language.

From the viewpoint, you’ll see Ol Doinyo Lengai on one side, and the rippling green hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands on the other. Just beyond the highlands lies the Rift Valley.

A Maasai man in traditional red clothing and a blue hat stands on a grassy hillside, looking towards a towering volcano against a blue sky with clouds.

There’s no accommodation out here, so you’ll be camping again. We stayed the night at Acacia Forest Camp and it was such a beautiful spot. We set up our tents underneath the acacia trees and had expansive views of the surrounding mountains and forest. At dusk, shards of lighting lit up the distant sky like fire.

A silhouette of a person standing next to a tree, holding a long stick, with several tents set up in the background under a sky with scattered clouds. Acacia Forest Camp is the camping spot for night 2 of the hike from Ngorongoro to Lake Natron.

The second – and final – full day of the hike winds around the edge of a mountain and across a ridge, Ol Doinyo Lengai standing silently on the right side. The grassy ridge gives way to volcanic grounds , where you’ll alternate between stepping carefully along rocks formed by lava flows and sinking into charcoal-grey soft volcanic sand.

This part of the hike is down, down, down, so bring trekking poles to reduce the stress on your knees. If you don’t have any, your Maasai guide will fashion a walking stick from an old branch.

A Maasai man in traditional red clothing and a backpack walks along a narrow dirt path on a green ridgeline with expansive views of the valley below. One of the best things to do in Tanzania is a hike from Ngorongoro to Lake Natron.

The path crosses a river, which is more like a mini gorge cut into the rock. We picked our way across, occasionally stepping directly into the small amount of water still trickling along the river bed.

It then leads through waist-high grasses that leave tiny green spikes in your pants – so wear pants and not shorts.

Finally, you’ll reach your waiting car, where you’ll be greeted with icy hand towels and chilled beer , water and soft drinks. These are courtesy of the staff at Lake Natron Camp , your accommodation for the night.

Cooled down and hopefully elated after completing the hike, you’ll head to Lake Natron Camp, which is set up right alongside Lake Natron.

Lake Natron is a salt lake that is the breeding ground for 75 percent of the world’s lesser flamingos . Because of the highly alkaline waters, you can’t swim in Lake Natron, and indeed only flamingos and a few hardy fish species can survive. The lake is also famous for its red waters (which can only be seen from above), caused by algae.

Where to stay in Lake Natron

For such a remote area, there are a surprising number of places to stay near Lake Natron. But the one I’d recommend is Lake Natron Camp .

The 10 tents at this luxury eco camp are dotted throughout the property, each one blending into the surroundings. Tents have enclosed sitting areas, roomy bedrooms and fully-functioning bathrooms with a shower and eco toilet.

The food is exquisite, especially when you consider the effort that it takes to get food here. Some produce is purchased from the local communities surrounding the camp, while other produce needs to be brought in from other towns.

A comfortable outdoor lounge area under a large tent with white couches and cushions, with a view of the open plains in the background. While Lake Natron Camp is remote, they have created a unique experience that is also eco friendly.

Lake Natron Camp has been working with the local school on a permaculture project that both supports the school with free meals for kids and provides some of the fresh food needed at the camp. During my stay, I ate pumpkin soup, roasted lamb and a delicious cake with homemade custard for dinner.

Every effort is taken to be sustainable : electricity is solar powered, the toilet near the main area is compostable using zebra poop, and furniture is made from recycled plastic. The camp’s footprint is such that, if they had to pack up and leave, the site can go back to its natural state in a matter of months .

An open tented structure with lounge chairs, set by a small stream in a grassy landscape, with hills in the distance. While Lake Natron Camp is remote, they have created a unique experience that is also eco friendly.

If I could do this itinerary again, I’d add in another day at Lake Natron. After two full days of hiking, this is a great spot to relax. Especially since there’s another big day of driving ahead.

Lake Natron Camp can arrange several different activities in the area:

  • A sunrise or sunset birdwatching and flamingo walk around Lake Natron to appreciate the birdlife that lives in the area
  • Hike through the Ngare Sero gorge to take a dip in the waterfalls
  • Discover the hominid footprints nearby, believed to date between 5,000 and 19,000 years ago
  • Do something far more adventurous and take a Rift Valley day hike – or even ascend imposing Ol Doinyo Lengai
  • Evening sundowners as the sky lights up with orange, pink and purple
  • Relax in the mineral-rich waters of the property’s natural swimming pool , sipping a G&T or glass of wine (don’t be alarmed by the small fish that will nibble at your toes!)

Several individuals swimming at the base of a cascading waterfall surrounded by rocky cliffs and greenery. Lake Natron Camp can arrange a hike to nearby waterfalls.

Day 6: Loop back through Mto Wa Mbu

After a day of relaxing, it’s time to get back on the road – and this is a bumpy road. From Lake Natron you’ll get a “free African massage” as you bump and jolt your way back to the town of Mto Wa Mbu.

Now, on a map this doesn’t look right, as you’re looping your way back to one of the major towns you drove through on your way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

But the loop is worth it as you stop for the night at Isoitok Camp Manyara . Isoitok can arrange several activities, and you may even want to consider two nights here. Some of the activities on offer include:

  • Take a medicine walk with a Maasai guide to learn more about how Maasai use trees and plants for medicines, food, weapons and tools
  • Climb the nearby hill for evening sundowners overlooking Lake Manyara in the distance
  • Visit a nearby Maasai boma where you can meet the elders, learn about their animals and head inside a traditional mud home to talk with the residents
  • Take a trip to Lake Manyara National Park to spot tree-climbing lions and a dazzling array of birdlife

A group of people sitting on the ground, enjoying a sunset with a wide view of the plains stretching out to the horizon. Isoitok Camp Manyara was one of my favourite places to stay in Tanzania.

Isoitok Camp Manyara was one of my favourite places to stay in Tanzania. While their in-room information says that the camp doesn’t offer 5-star facilities, the service they offer each guest is definitely 5-star.

The award-winning , eco-friendly tented camp encourages people to put down their phones and talk with each other. One of my favourite spots was the reading nook with its comfortable cushions. Wifi is limited to a small area and only for a few hours each day.

The tented rooms are private, with fully-functioning bathrooms. I was lucky enough to get the family room which had an enormous bed.

A stay at Isoitok is about the culture , not the game drives. Isoitok works closely with the surrounding Maasai communities through education, sanitation and water projects as part of its African Roots Foundation.

A large canvas tent with a porch, set up in a wooded area, blending with the natural environment. Isoitok Camp Manyara was one of my favourite places to stay in Tanzania.

Days 7 and 8: Serengeti National Park

Spend the next two days of this Tanzania itinerary exploring the famous Serengeti National Park .

The gates of Serengeti are reached after a 6-hour drive from Isoitok Camp.

A woman (the author of this article) stands next to a sign reading "SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK" with the slogan "Serengeti Shall Never Die" and the emblem of Tanzania's national parks. One of the best places to visit in Tanzania is the Serengeti.

The Seregenti is arguably one of the most famous game reserves in the world and one of the most popular for a Tanzania safari .

In Maasai language, Serengeti means “endless plains” and it’s easy to see how the park got this name. Over 30,000 square kilometres, the grasslands and savannah provide a home for hundreds of thousands of animals – a number that swells during the great migrations each year.

As soon as you enter the gates, the game drive begins. In the first few kilometres, I spotted hyenas, wildebeest (and their days-old calves) and giraffe, and over the next two days I added elephants, zebra, jackals, dik diks, rock hyraxes, baboons, hippos, a leopard, a cheetah, lions, topi, impala, crocodiles and hippos to my viewing list. Amazing!

A grassy savanna dotted with zebras and a few giraffes. The terrain is rolling with hills in the distance under a cloudy sky. One of the best places to visit in Tanzania is the Serengeti.

Where to stay in the Serengeti

I still cannot believe that I had the chance to stay at Lemala Nanyukie for two nights. Nanyukie was by far the most luxurious lodge I stayed at during my time in Tanzania.

Nanyukie is pure luxury . The rooms are enormous, with separate lounge and bedroom, and a bathroom big enough to dance in. The bathtub overlooks the grasslands outside, and an indoor shower gives way to an outdoor shower, so there are plenty of options for washing off the dust of the Serengeti.

An elegant freestanding bathtub in a room with large windows offering a view of the savanna outside. The tents at Lemala Nanyukie in Tanzania are pure luxury.

Outdoors, each room boasts a huge deck with a sunken sofa and private plunge pool . I can tell you, that pool was perfect at the end of a hot day.

A woman (the author of this article) relaxing in a plunge pool on a wooden deck, overlooking a savanna with trees and grassland. Each of the tents at Lemala Nanyukie has a private plunge pool.

Every night, a fire is lit near the bar area to enjoy a drink before dinner. The food is carefully prepared using fresh ingredients.

The hotel is also right in the heart of nature – I woke at 4 a.m. one morning to the roar of lions and saw a lion footprint on the footpath another morning. But don’t worry about bumping into a big cat on your way to breakfast: a guard escorts guests to their rooms at all times of the day.

I was also impressed by Lemala’s community relations programs . I was lucky enough to visit one of the initiatives they support, the Sunday Group in Mto Wa Mbu . This project empowers women to earn incomes through making lunch boxes from banana leaves. They then sell these boxes to Lemala properties so that lunches can be packed more sustainably (you’ll see other companies with plastic containers that usually get tossed at the end of the day). Through this program, some women have made enough money to buy homes for their families.

The Sunday Group is also training women as driver guides , and runs tours through Mto Wa Mbu and to Lake Manyara.

During my visit to the Sunday Group, I visited a school that Lemala is also supporting, and saw the enormous investment that has been made in improving sanitation, water filtration systems, play equipment, and desks and chairs.

Of course, Lemala Nanyukie is not for everyone’s budget, and a tour operator like Safari Republic can find accommodation that suits your budget.

Optional add-on: Visit the Ndutu Region

If you’re visiting Tanzania between December and April, consider adding to your itinerary a day or two exploring the Ndutu region .

This region is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and borders Serengeti National Park.

It’s here where the wildebeest and zebra herds end their great migration, and in January and February, tens of thousands of babies are born. This of course attracts predators like lions, cheetahs and hyenas hopeful of catching an easy target.

While I didn’t see any babies being born, I did see plenty of days-old calves still wobbly on their skinny legs. One highlight was seeing a pair of lions mating – about four times in 40 minutes!

Two lions in the green brush, with the male lion standing over the female in a mating display. One of the highlights of my trip to Tanzania was seeing lions mating.

If you do visit Ndutu, you’ll discover that many of the camps are actually mobile camps : they set up in Ndutu for a few months during the calving season, then follow the migration north later in the year. It’s amazing how quickly they can pack up and move – and the quality of the accommodation given the logistical challenges.

I stayed at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp and loved the authentic bush vibe . My tent was equipped with two double beds and a bathroom with hot shower water delivered by a tent attendant.

An inviting interior of a luxury tent with twin beds, wooden furniture, and large canvas windows. One of the best places to stay in Ndutu in Tanzania is Lemala Ndutu, a mobile tented camp.

Before dinner, I gathered around the fire with other guests and sipped a G&T as the sun went down. For dinner, I had the most delicious fish dish. The quality of the food was especially impressive given how remote the camp is. I’d definitely recommend staying at Lemala Ndutu if the season is right for your visit.

A group of people dining outdoors at night, illuminated by lanterns, under a tree and a twilight sky. One of the best places to stay in Ndutu in Tanzania is Lemala Ndutu, a mobile tented camp.

Days 9-10: Stone Town, Zanzibar

After satisfying your safari dreams, it’s time to head east to the island of Zanzibar .

Ever since I was a little girl, cutting out travel stories from my mum’s women’s magazines to stick in a scrapbook, I’ve had a fascination with Zanzibar. I’m not sure why, as a young girl, I felt the lure of this far-away, exotic island with its mix of religions and cultures, maze of alleyways, spices wafting through the air, sparkling waters and white beaches, but it’s been on my bucket list for a long time.

You can fly to Zanzibar direct from Serengeti airport . The planes are small and tickets aren’t cheap, but it will save you time backtracking by road to Arusha and flying to Zanzibar from there (which is what I did). The flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar is around 2 hours.

The image shows a view from the window of a small airplane as it comes into Zanzibar, looking down over a turquoise and blue sea with varying shades indicating different depths. Patches of coral reefs are visible beneath the surface of the water, and the wing of the plane is prominently featured in the top left of the frame, creating a sense of flight and perspective over the stunning aquatic landscape. No Tanzania itinerary is complete without a visit to Zanzibar.

Zanzibar is actually made up of two islands, Unguja and Pemba. Unguja is what people are usually referring to when they say Zanzibar, and it’s on this island that you’ll find Stone Town. Pemba is smaller and less visited – but no less stunning.

Given that you’ll spend this first day in transit, I recommend booking two nights in Stone Town to give you time to explore the twisting alleyways and include some downtime to escape the island’s heat.

Top tip: Make sure you have plenty of cash before you come to Zanzibar. There are only a handful of ATMs in Stone Town but they can run out of money on Friday and Saturday.

There’s no shortage of things to do in Stone Town .

Take a walking tour

Take a walking tour to learn more about the tangled history of this island.

A guide will take you to the highlights around Stone Town , including the Old Dispensary, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, the former slave market, the Dhajarani Market and Freddie Mercury’s (purported) home. Learn how religions have lived together fairly peacefully for centuries.

A large, ornate, mint-green building with intricate woodwork and balconies, framed by tall palm trees under a blue sky. One of the best things to do in Stone Town in Zanzibar is a walking tour of the city.

Take this tour in the morning or evening to avoid the heat of the day.

I arranged my tour through my driver, Daudi – contact me or comment below and I can give you his details.

Alternatively, try a walking tour that incorporates the flavour-packed food of Zanzibar on this food markets and street food walking tour .

Hang out in the Forodhani Gardens

Head to the Forodhani Gardens each evening when they come alive with food stalls, families eating together and teenage boys swaggering about and jumping off the pier into the sea below.

A silhouette of a person leaping off a seaside wall into the ocean at sunset, with boats in the distance. At sunset each evening, Forodhani Gardens are filled with young boys jumping off the walls into the water below.

A must-try is a “Zanzibar pizza” , a piece of dough wrapped around sweet or savoury fillings and fried.

Two Zanzibar pizzas cooking on a griddle, a local street food specialty. Zanzibar pizza is a local specialty and a must-try when you visit Zanzibar.

Eat at Emerson Spice’s Tea House Restaurant

Book dinner at Emerson Spice’s Tea House Restaurant . Sitting atop the hotel, the restaurant offers views over Stone Town. Each dish of the 5-course, set menu features seafood paired with other local ingredients. The set menu is US$40 per person. I highly recommend having a night out here – the staff are lovely and the food was incredible.

The Emerson Spice’s sister hotel, Emerson on Hurumzi , has a similar 3-course set menu (US$40 excluding drinks).

Reservations required at both hotels.

A rooftop view of a city at dusk, with buildings and the fading light in the sky. The Emerson Spice Hotel's Tea House Restaurant has great views over the city.

Get out on the water

Surrounded by the dazzling azure waters of the Indian Ocean, you can’t help but be drawn out to sea. One of the most popular tours is a Safari Blue tour . This tour includes a day out on a dhow with visits to islands and sandbank beaches, snorkelling and the chance of seeing dolphins. There are many copycat tours now, but Safari Blue is the original.

Or, take a private tour out to Prison Island . The prison was originally built in the late 1800s and housed violent prisoners and sick people. On the full-day tour, you’ll snorkel, sunbathe or see giant tortoises. The tour includes a tour of Stone Town and a trip to a spice farm.

Have a spa treatment

It gets really, really hot in Stone Town, so do what I did and swap the heat for pampering at Mrembo Spa .

Book a massage or body treatment , or take a workshop to learn how to make your own beauty products using natural ingredients grown on the spa’s plantation.

Learn about Zanzibar’s spices

Zanzibar is of course known as the Spice Island , and you can learn more about the cinnamon, pepper, turmeric, cloves and other spices that are grown and exported.

There are several spice plantations, and you can organise a tour . The tours are quite touristy but entertaining. Bring extra small notes to pay the various people who scale trees to collect coconuts and serve up fresh fruit on the tour.

A person standing among large green plants with broad leaves in a tropical setting. Learn about Zanzibar's famous spices and history as the Spice Island on a Zanzibar spice farm tour.

Get lost in the maze-like alleyways

Spend some time wandering without a plan through the twisting, turning laneways of Stone Town. You’ll come across curio stores, kids heading home from school for lunch, churches and mosques, and Zanzibaris going about their day.

Top tip: Please cover up when you’re walking around Stone Town. That goes for both men and women. Be respectful of the majority Muslim population and cover your shoulders and knees. Don’t wander around Stone Town in your bikini and short shorts. The locals are generally pretty tolerant, but please show respect and appreciation for their religion and culture.

Where to stay in Stone Town

I stayed at the magnificent Emerson Spice Hotel . The building was originally owned by the last Swahili ruler of Zanzibar, and over the years has changed hands multiple times. It’s now a hotel that screams old-world glamour.

Each room is uniquely designed , inspired by a character or an actress. I slept in the Belle room, a dedication “to all the Southern Belles of the world”. The room was enormous, with a high canopy bed, concrete floors and stone bath tub in the corner. A veranda runs the length of the room, and every morning and evening I would sit out there and watch Zanzibaris go about their days.

An interior view of a room with antique furniture, draped curtains, and a four-poster bed with a mosquito net. The Emerson Spice Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Stone Town in Zanzibar.

There’s only one way to end this epic Tanzania trip , and that’s on the beach. I’ve got two days for beach time on this itinerary, but to be honest, you could easily spend a week on Zanzibar’s beaches.

Zanzibar boasts the powdery white sand beaches and azure waters that dreams are made of. While travel writers are usually horrified to write words like these, it’s hard to avoid when faced with such beauty.

There are plenty of beaches to choose from, from party hubs to romantic hideaways to laidback villages. I headed to Jambiani , known for its chilled, friendly vibe. Jambiani is on the southeast coast of the island.

After a month of travelling around East Africa, I was ready for a break, so I whiled away a couple of days reading books on the hotel’s lounge beds, taking a dip in the pool, strolling along the beach and eating a tonne of seafood.

The viewpoint of a person (the author of this article) lounging on a beach chair on a sandy beach with a view of sun loungers, palm trees, and a clear sky. One of the best things to do in Zanzibar is relax on the beach.

If you want to get out of the hotel, book lunch or dinner at The Rock . It’s located a short drive away in Paje. This Insta-famous restaurant sits atop a small rock in the ocean and can be reached by walking at low tide or by boat when it’s high tide. Book this tour which includes transportation to the restaurants.

To get to Jambiani, contact me for details of my driver, Daudi. It’s about an hour from Stone Town.

Where to stay in Jambiani

I stayed at the beachfront Sharazad Boutique Hotel and highly recommend it. The bungalow rooms are airy and bright, with either an ocean or garden view.

There are two pools, a spa and a sandy area dotted with beach lounges for sunbathing under the palm trees.

The food at the restaurant is divine – I had more than my fair share of delicious seafood, coupled with a glass of wine each night.

A two-story white building with a thatched roof, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, with chairs on the porch. Sharazad Boutique Hotel in Jambiani is a beautiful place to stay in Zanzibar.

The worst part about this Tanzania itinerary is that it has to end.

There are several international flights directly from Zanzibar, so look for these to avoid backtracking to Dar es Salaam or Arusha to return home. I flew out from Zanzibar direct to Dubai which saved me a lot of travel time.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be planning your return trip to Tanzania while you’re still in the airport.

Tanzania itinerary logistics

To help you plan your Tanzania 2 weeks trip, here’s some additional information and tips.

Cost of travelling in Tanzania

A trip to East Africa generally isn’t going to be cheap, and Tanzania is no exception. For a Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary like the one I’ve outlined here, you’ll need to budget around US$500 per person, per day based on two people sharing. You could save money by opting for mid-range accommodation throughout the entire itinerary.

National parks are fairly expensive to visit, and even mid-range hotels and lodges are more expensive than you might expect elsewhere in the world. This is because – especially in and near the national parks – food and supplies need to be brought in from big cities and there’s usually a high staff-to-guest ratio.

Tanzania’s currency is the shilling ; you can check the latest exchange rate online at XE . U.S. dollars are widely accepted and most hotels and tour operators actually quote in dollars. However, when you’re on the ground, it’s worth having some small shilling notes for shops and restaurants, and for tipping.

If you bring U.S. dollars , make sure they are from 2006 or later, and have no tears, marks or stains . I had to pay some excess weight on my flight to Zanzibar and they refused one U.S. dollar note because it had a teeny tiny tear in it.

If you want to change U.S. dollars when you arrive in Tanzania, bring larger denominations ($50 or $100 bills) to get a better exchange rate.

If you bring a credit card, Visa or Mastercard cards are best.

Tipping is expected in Tanzania. The rate for drivers/guides is around US$20 per day (split between your group). Make sure to tip staff at hotels. There are usually tip boxes in the reception area and management shares tips among all the staff at the end of the month. I tipped about US$20 per night at each hotel.

Tanzania visa requirements

Most travellers to Tanzania require a visa to enter. Getting a tourist visa for Tanzania is simple with the government’s online system . A single-entry visa is valid for 90 days. At the time of writing, this visa costs US$50. You may need proof of a return ticket.

U.S. citizens need to obtain a multiple-entry visa, which is valid for 12 months (but you can only stay in the country for 90 days at a time). Americans cannot get the ordinary single-entry visa. At the time of writing, the multiple-entry visa costs US$100.

While the government says that it is possible to get a Tanzania visa on arrival , they much encourage – and I’d recommend – visitors to get a visa in advance . It’s such an easy online process and it will reduce the risk of running into issues at the border or airport.

As always, check with your local embassy to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information on getting a visa for Tanzania. A company like iVisa can also provide advice.

A giraffe's head and neck visible above green foliage, with a savanna landscape stretching into the distance. The wildlife viewing in Tanzania.

Health and vaccinations

Visit a doctor before you travel to Tanzania so they can advise any required vaccinations or recommended medications. Before a big trip, I visit a specialist travel doctor rather than a regular GP.

Tanzania has some malaria areas , so ask your doctor whether you need to take medication. Full disclosure: I did not take any malaria medication on my trip to East Africa. However, I used to live in a malaria-risk country, so I’m very aware of the risks. I took steps to prevent bites during my time in Tanzania. Pack plenty of repellent, sleep under mosquito nets (all hotels and lodges provide these) and cover up in the evening.

I ALWAYS buy travel insurance. Luckily, I had no issues on my trip to East Africa and didn’t need to use my insurance. Travel Insurance Master is a good one-stop-shop to compare policies across various providers.


Pack a good  first-aid kit  with any medications you need while travelling. I always pack pain-relief medication (like Nurofen or Ibuprofen), Pepto-Bismol or peptosyl for tummy troubles, Imodium, antiseptic cream, antibiotics (prescribed by a doctor) and Band-Aids.

Is Tanzania safe to travel?

I felt very safe the entire time I was in Tanzania – my biggest worry was wildlife! There were times when I woke up to lions roaring near our lodge, or hyenas barking when I was camping, and let me tell you, that’s exciting but also scary!

When you’re around wildlife, listen to your guide to stay safe . Maintain a safe distance from animals, ask hotel staff if there’s anything to be aware of before you go wandering around, and stay in your car when wildlife is nearby. Many of the lodges I stayed at required an armed guard to walk me to and from my room. When camping in some areas, you’ll need to have an armed park ranger stay with you overnight.

The itinerary I’ve laid out here focuses on areas popular with tourists, so you can expect plenty of other people around. All the lodges I stayed at had security (although that was mostly for protecting guests against wildlife!). The parks are remote, so the risk of petty crime is low.

Big cities are of course where you will find more crime. Take the usual safety precautions : don’t wear expensive jewellery or flash your expensive phones and cameras around, tuck your money into various bags and pockets (and, for the ladies, into your bra), and take extra care when going out at night.

In Stone Town, as a solo female traveller I had a lot of men trying to talk to me, but again I never felt threatened. There are always people about, and the city has installed security cameras in some areas as well. My only safety concern in Stone Town was getting lost in the maze of alleyways!

Check your country’s  government warnings before travelling. Also make sure you notify your government of your travels, if the option is available. Here’s a link to Australia’s advice  on travelling to Tanzania, as well as the  United Kingdom  and the  United States .

Final thoughts: Tanzania in 2 weeks

If an African safari is on your bucket list, then Tanzania is one of the best countries to visit. Not only can you experience safari life, you can also have as much adventure as you like as well as chill out on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

If you’ve got 2 weeks in Tanzania, then the itinerary I’ve just laid out has a unique mix of all three of these elements. Have an amazing time!

Tanzania 2 weeks itinerary: FAQs

Is two weeks in tanzania enough.

Yes, two weeks in Tanzania is enough to get an experience of the country – but you’ll want to come back for more! In 2 weeks, you can explore the vast Serengeti National Park, visit the Ngorongoro Crater and see Lake Manyara, as well as relax in Zanzibar.

What animals can I see on a Tanzania safari?

A Tanzania safari offers a chance to experience Africa’s iconic wildlife up close. You can see elephants, zebras, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and more – not forgetting the hundreds of beautiful birds. Of course, it all depends on the time of year and what species are in the area at that moment.

Is Tanzania safe to visit for solo female travellers?

Tanzania is a very safe place for solo female travellers. Tanzanians are friendly and welcoming, making it easy to explore the country in peace. It’s important to take normal safety precautions when travelling anywhere, but Tanzania is a safe destination for women who want to travel solo.

Is English widely spoken in Tanzania?

English is widely spoken in Tanzania, often as a second language after Swahili. In more urban areas, such as the capital city of Dodoma and larger cities like Dar es Salaam, English is more commonly spoken than in rural areas where Swahili dominates. English is the official language of instruction in all secondary schools and many primary schools.

Disclaimer: Safari Republic  worked with some of the accommodations I stayed at during my visit to Tanzania to obtain complimentary or discounted rates. Regardless, all opinions remain my own.

Did you find this article helpful? Consider buying me a coffee as a way to say thanks!

Need help planning your own Tanzania itinerary? Drop your questions in the comments below or shoot me an email .

Related posts

Before you go… you might like some of these East Africa travel posts:

  • Everything you need to pack for a trip to East Africa (with printable packing list!)
  • The ultimate week-long Uganda itinerary
  • How to choose the perfect safari company
  • How to go gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda


  • Book your flight to Tanzania online with Skyscanner . I like this site because it shows me which dates are cheaper.
  • Find great hotels in Tanzania. Check prices on Booking.com   and Expedia online.
  • A copy of the  Lonely Planet guide to East Africa will be handy.
  • One thing I always purchase is  travel insurance ! Travel Insurance Master is a good place to start to get a comparison across multiple policy providers. Travelling longer? Then SafetyWing might be the best product.
  • Pack a reusable water bottle . I travelled with this Nomader water bottle and filled it up at hotels and lodges in Tanzania, but I’ve also heard good things about this purifying Grayl bottle .
  • Pack sunscreen (look for SPF50 or higher), a hat and sunglasses because the sun is hot!


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I'm a travel junkie who started dreaming about seeing the world from a very young age. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. A former expat, I've lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Argentina and the United States. I share travel resources, tips and stories based on my personal experiences, and my goal is to make travel planning just that bit easier.

29 thoughts on “A Unique 2-Week Tanzania Itinerary: Adventure, Safaris and Beaches in 2024”

Thank you so much for this informative page! Looking for a local driver/guide to take us around in Tanzania. Who did you use please?

Hi Oriana, I highly recommend the team at Safari Republic – they created an amazing itinerary for me and their drivers were so knowledgeable!

It sure looks like you had an amazing time, Rebecca!

Thank you so much for your 2 week itinerary! I’ve recently got back from Tanzania and it was incredible! I can’t wait to go back and explore more!

Thanks again for your insight!

Oh it’s such an amazing country, glad you had a great time!!

Rebecca thanks for sharing your experience, i am travelling solo in 2 weeks, will follow your itinerary. As a solo traveler if you have any more tips would love to hear.

Enjoy – it’s such an amazing country! I don’t think I have any more tips… I never really felt “alone” because I was always in the company of a guide or safari host or other guests at lodges. People are super friendly so just say hello!

Excellent post! Adding to my list of “places to visit”!

Visiting Tanzania is one of our dreams! Such a great guide and travel inspiration, thank you! 🙂

It’s worthy of the bucket list, that’s for sure! I hope you get there 🙂

I’ve always wanted to visit Tanzania and this guide has made me even more excited! Thanks for such a detailed Tanzania travel guide 🙂

Thanks! It’s a great country, let me know if you have any more questions as you plan a trip there one day! 🙂

Oh my goodness, this is my dream right here! Ultimately, I’d want to overland into Tanzania to see as many of these diverse landscapes as I can.

I hope you get there! It really is so diverse and offers something for everyone.

This African country has been on my wishlist for a while, and now I’m even more desperate to go!

I love that you’ve included a nice multi-day hike in here, and Stone Town, of course 🙂

The hike was the highlight of the trip! Was so fun to be hiking through the landscape and camping at night.

Wow this is an amazing itinerary! I have yet to visit Africa, let alone Tanzania but I’m waiting for my daughter to grow up a bit before we do this. I would definitely do the private driver thing too and glad you had a good and safe experience. I don’t think I’d like to navigate Tanzania by self-driving. Amazing images of the animals in their natural habitat, loved the eco tent accommodation and that crater……it’s huge!

Self-driving looks like a lot of fun and would be a great adventure, but oh so much work!! So much better to have someone drive for you and share all the knowledge they have about the wildlife. I hope you get there!! Your daughter would love it too.

Wow that’s a great itenerary, I am now eager to explore Tanzania . Is it safe place to travel with kids?

Yes, I saw so many people travelling with kids! It’s super safe, especially out on safari (the biggest concern is the animals out there!!).

What an excellent post! I’ve only been to Zanzibar for scuba diving but would love to do a safari and see the rest of Tanzania. Great tips and info, thank you!

Oh I could easily spend two weeks in Zanzibar – I loved it there!! I do hope you get to see more of the country one day, too!

I climbed Kilimanjaro and did a safari in some of the places you mentioned so it was a trip down memory lane. You also had so many other places listed that I missed. Such a complete and beautiful post.

Climbing Kili is next on my bucket list! Which route did you do?

Such an amazing trip! Can’t wait to visit Tanzania!

It was definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I hope you get there, too!

Tanzania is so high on my Africa bucket list! I hope to go at some point in 2021. This is such an amazing guide and super detailed. I’m definitely keeping this handy. 🙂

It’s such a diverse country! I love how it really has it all – opps for adventure, safaris (so many animals!), big cities, beaches. I hope you get there next year!

I had been hoping to plan a trip to Tanzania in 2020, but it doesn’t look like that’ll be happening this year. But this is an amazing article and I’ll be saving it for later for when it’s safe to travel again!

I hope it can be on the cards for 2021… it really is such an amazing country!

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Top 5 best things to do in tanzania as a tourist.

Top 5 Best Things To Do in Tanzania as a tourist

  • May 24, 2024 3:32 pm

In this article, we are summarizing the top 5 best things to do in Tanzania as a tourist planning to visit this amazing tourist destination in Africa.

An Unforgettable East African Adventure

Tanzania offers something for everyone, from thrilling safaris and mountain climbs to relaxing beach vacations and rich cultural experiences.

Here are the top five must-do activities when travelling to Tanzania.

1. Go on a Safari

Tanzania is renowned for its incredible safaris, boasting numerous national parks and wildlife reserves, each with its own unique ecosystem and wildlife.

Some of the most popular safari destinations include:

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Arusha National Park

Top 5 Best Things To Do in Tanzania as a tourist

These parks offer the chance to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other wildlife in their natural habitats. Plan Your Tanzania Safari With reputable and experienced company. Select some of our featured Safari Package here.

2. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and one of the Seven Summits of the world, offers a challenging yet rewarding experience. The views from the summit are breathtaking. There are several routes to the top, each with unique challenges and rewards. Choose any of our Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventure Packages here .

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3. Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar, a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa, is a destination of historical and cultural richness combined with natural beauty. On the main island, Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar), you can explore Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through its narrow alleys, marvel at the ancient architecture, and visit landmarks like the House of Wonders.

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4. Experience a Maasai Village

Visiting a Maasai village offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the Maasai people. The sight of their mud huts, known as “manyattas,” arranged in a circular pattern, reflects their deep sense of community and culture. The vibrant red ochre huts, adorned with intricate beadwork, highlight the Maasai’s connection to their heritage.

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5. Meet the Hadzabe People

The Hadzabe people, who have lived in the Eyasi region for over 10,000 years, offer a unique cultural experience. Their nomadic lifestyle and deep understanding of the natural world have allowed them to thrive in the African savanna. The Hadzabe are known for their expert hunting techniques, using traditional bows and arrows. Visiting them provides an opportunity to learn about their survival skills and their respectful relationship with nature.

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In conclusion, Tanzania provides a diverse and rich travel experience that combines adventure, relaxation, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for all types of travellers

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2 Days Tanzania Last Minute safari from Zanzibar immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife wonders of this East African paradise. This carefully curated adventure allows you to experience the best of Tanzania's wildlife in a short span of time.

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2 Days Tanzania Last Minute safari from Zanzibar


These 2 days Tanzania last Minute safari from Zanzibar and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife wonders of this East African paradise. This carefully curated adventure allows you to experience the best of Tanzania's wildlife in a short span of time. During your safari you’ll have the opportunity to explore one or more of Tanzania world renowned national park like Tarangire national park and Ngorongoro crater these two parks offers a unique wildlife viewing and breathtaking scenery you will have a chance of spotting Africa’s big five animals especially lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and Black Rhinoceros and you will see other species animal found at the parks.

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  • 4x4 Safari Car
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  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater


Early in the morning after breakfast you will be picked up by driver and drive to arusha where you will ascent to Tarangire national park; upon arrival at Tarangire National Park, you'll be immersed in a world of incredible biodiversity and natural beauty. The park is home to vast herds of elephants, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife, including lions, giraffes, zebras, and more. A visitors will enjoy a game drive through the park, you'll have the opportunity to witness these animals in their natural habitats, learning about their behaviors and ecology from your knowledgeable guide. The park is also home to a diverse array of bird species, making it a must-visit destination for birdwatchers. After enjoy a game drive at the park you will have a dinner at Tarangire national park


Early in the morning after having a breakfast you will depart to Ngorongoro crater for 5-hour park ride. Upon arrival at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you'll descend into the crater itself, a vast natural amphitheater that is home to an incredible array of wildlife. The crater is one of the most densely populated wildlife areas in Africa, and is home to iconic species such as lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos, as well as a variety of antelopes, gazelles, and other herbivores. As you embark on a game drive through the crater, your experienced guide will help you spot and identify the animals you encounter, and will share fascinating insights into the crater's ecology and history. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the Maasai people, who have lived in the area for centuries and maintain a close relationship with the natural environment. After a full day of exploring the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater, you'll return to your lodge a driver will pick you up and drive you back to airport


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  • What to Wear on Safari in Tanzania – A Packing List

I f you are headed to Tanzania, but are not quite sure what to wear on safari, I am here to help you out. Here is exactly what to pack – and what not to pack – for a Tanzania safari.

When I went on my very first Tanzania camping safari , the experience was truly awe-inspiring. The chance to see so many animals in the wild that I’d previously only seen on television was, in a word, breathtaking.

While in Tanzania, I saw The Big Five (and then some!), and to date have been on wildlife safaris in four countries now. It never gets less amazing!

However, before taking this trip, I didn’t know what to wear on safari in Tanzania. Did I need khakis and a safari hat? Or stiff rugged boots? I honestly wasn’t sure and had to do a ton of research before I left.

Luckily, after my time in Tanzania, I know exactly what your safari packing list must include. Three main topics this guide will highlight are the importance of comfort, safety, and blending into the environment.

Note: This packing list is written from a woman’s point of view, but all of the items below can be swapped out for the men’s version, too.

Weather in Tanzania

First and foremost, to properly pack, you must be prepared for the diverse climates within the Serengeti and beyond. Remember that Tanzania is in the southern hemisphere, which means that the seasons are reversed from the USA.

Throughout the year, temperatures in the Serengeti and surrounding regions remain relatively stable, hovering around 82 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. They then drop significantly at night, often cutting the daytime temperature in half.

Tanzania experiences its rainy season in the months of March, April, and May. Despite this, you will likely have clear days and the probability of spotting plenty of animals in the Serengeti . The rainy season tends to be slightly warmer and more humid, contrasting with the drier heat of the dry season.

The prime wildlife viewing months in Tanzania span the dry season, from late June to October. This period offers optimal opportunities to spot elusive species like leopards, driven to water holes by the scarcity of rain.

Additionally, June and July mark the peak of the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, which is exactly why I chose to visit during this time.

General Packing Tips for Tanzania Safari

First and foremost, comfort Is King. You will have very long days in the car, and there are few designated areas that you will actually exit the vehicle. So be sure to dress for comfort over style.

Be sure to pack enough outfits for every day of the safari, plus an extra outfit or two. You will have no chance to do laundry, particularly on a camping safari like I did, because you are moving campsites almost daily.

Consider the color of the clothing you pack. It is ideal that all members of the safari wear greens and browns and blend in with the landscape, lest you scare the wildlife away. For me this was easy to follow, as I have a lot of earth-toned clothing anyway.

Tsetse flies are attracted to dark colors and bright colors, but in particular to the color blue. So don’t pack whites, blues, reds, yellows, and pinks. I went primarily earth-tones with a pale bit of color here or there, and was totally fine.

Important: camouflage clothing is illegal in Tanzania unless you are military personnel. Though it blends in with the surroundings, do not pack it.

Your Tanzania Safari Packing List

Here are the specific items I packed in my luggage for Tanzania. I consider each of them to be safari essentials, and have packed them for all subsequent safaris, too.

This mixture of clothing will allow for layering to combat any and all temperature fluctuations throughout the day.

1. The correct bottoms.

Remember, our two greatest concerns are comfort and color. For me, that meant two types of pants were a must.

First, a pair of thicker bottoms that resemble jeans but have some stretch worked out great for me. Check out these thick stretchy pants for a perfect option. These are your more rugged bottoms for hiking or walking. Be sure to purchase earth tones like olive green or tan if possible.

Second, I had several pairs of basic leggings. You probably already own these but the linked pair comes in shades of green and tan as well as black. Trust me, these were necessary for long days in the Jeep.

And third, I recommend one pair of comfy sweatpants for both longer car days as well as at night. As discussed, the nighttime temperatures can drop. These came in handy at the Ngorongoro Crater campsite, which is very cold because of the high elevation.

2. An array of tops.

Be sure to pack both sleeveless and short sleeve shirts as you will likely drive through many different climates. My safari was 6 days long so I packed enough for the trip plus one extra for my “laundry day.” It worked out well for me and I did the same on safari in Chitwan, Nepal and in Namibia.

Some great and affordable shirt options I recommend are this set of green and black tank tops and several short sleeve tees ( this one has a nice knot-detail, making it way more fun than a basic tee.)

Then on top of those, you should have a long sleeve sweater or a hooded sweatshirt on hand. I actually brought one of each and was glad I did. Remember, layering is key because of all the temperature changes you’ll experience.

3. Footwear.

Though you’ll primarily be in the car on safari days, I found it useful to have a comfortable pair of tennis shoes or trekking sandals. My favorite pair has been on almost every continent with me and is still going strong!

Additionally, I recommend a pair of basic flip flops, both for the car rides and the campsite showers, if you book a camping safari .

Basically, sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or trekking sandals are key. Additionally, bring both thin and thick socks so you have options as you drive deeper into the Serengeti.

4. Sun protection.

The sun can be strong in Tanzania, so protective items will be key – especially if you are headed to Zanzibar post-safari. Beyond sunscreen, here is what else you should pack for your safari in Tanzania.

First, a wide-brimmed hat is a must. The hat was multipurpose or me – besides just keeping the sun at bay, it also kept my long hair somewhat in place while we drove in the open-top vehicle.

The first day I didn’t wear my hat, and my hair turned into a dusty and tangled mess.(Did I mention, you should bring a really good detangling conditioner, especially if you have long hair? Yeah… do that!)

Also pack a pair of sunglasses as well as a lightweight scarf for sun protection. The scarf, by the way, can help block wind and dust, too.

5. Outerwear options.

As I’ve mentioned, layering is going to be important on safari days.

Pack a puffy winter coat that folds down small, so that it won’t take up too much room in your luggage. Ngorongoro Crater was freezing cold overnight, so I was very thankful I had one with me!

I’m a huge fan of this winter jacket, which packs down super small. I have it in both a bright and a muted color palette.

I also recommend a fleece jacket and a waterproof shell for cooler evenings or rainy days.

Gear To Pack for Your Safari

Besides clothing, the next most important items to pack for Tanzania is gear. We’re talking camera gear, binoculars, and more. Here is what I couldn’t live without!

1. Binoculars.

Maybe like you, I did not own a pair of binoculars before my first safari. And, it wasn’t an item that I wanted to invest hundreds of dollars on, because it’s not something that I will use super often.

But I also didn’t want to cheap-out on them, because I wanted them to work well for both this Tanzania safari, but also into the future.

So, I did a lot of research ( seriously, let me save you days of your life .) I ended up buying a pair of binoculars that had the same prism as the most expensive brands, but from a lesser known company, so I wasn’t just paying for the name.

In the end, these binoculars worked very well for me, and have now been used in three countries and counting. I’m sure a professional would give you plenty of other factors to think about, but these were beyond great for me.

2. A good camera.

An African safari is truly a bucket-list item, and in some cases a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Therefore, you should definitely bring a high quality camera.

The Sony Alpha series is absolutely amazing and I have as close to zero complaints as humanly possible. My beloved Sony is hands-down the best camera I’ve ever owned. Pair it with a sharp lens and you are golden.

3. An action camera.

A teeny-tiny camera is perfect for filming and takes up next to no room in your bag. The GoPro Hero 9 and beyond are great for producing SHARP video even on bumpy terrain. Basically I used to GoPro primarily for filming and then my bigger camera for shooting.

4. Toiletries and wellness

Finally, you should remember to pack wellness items and toiletries, as you will not likely find them while on safari. Here are several items not to forget.

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small flashlight or headlamp ( my headlamp was invaluable at campsites!)
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
  • Tissue paper
  • Body wipes such as these biodegradable wipes for dirt and grime
  • A small travel towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small first aid kit including things like ibuprofen, antimalaria pills if needed, allergy medicine, band-aids, stomach ache remedy, antibiotic cream, diarrhea medicine, and any prescription medications you need on hand.
  • Clothing: Specify quantities and types of clothing based on trip duration.
  • Personal items: Sunscreen, insect repellent, and personal medications.
  • Safari gear: Binoculars, camera, and reusable water bottle.
  • Provide advice on packing efficiently to maximize space in luggage or safari bags.

Final Thoughts For Your Tanzania Safari

And that covers exactly what to pack for a safari in Tanzania! Each of these items served me well, and served as the basis for my subsequent safari packing lists.

Hopefully this saves you a ton of time and research! If you follow my packing list above, choosing what to pack for your Tanzania safari will be a breeze.

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This package is famous with families and partners who wish to make the best of their visit to Tanzania and Africa at large. Tanzania safari and beach Zanzibar is such a splendid way to visit Africa and a good value for your money. This is due to the fact that the wildlife safari in  Northern Tanzania includes both the famous Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater which are both UNESCO world heritage  sites and biosphere reserves. Apart from the Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park, you get to visit and see wildlife in often disregarded gems of Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park which is known for its legendary tree climbing lions.

Tarangire National Park is located about 2 hours from Arusha along the Arusha – Dodoma highway within the Larger Manyara region. The park will amaze you with the large herds of elephants (sometimes 300 strong) and the massive baobab trees that dwarf the elephants below them.

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