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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   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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Tanzania Travel Guide: What I learned on my trip to Tanzania

Tanzania Travel Guide: What I learned on my trip to Tanzania

Taking a trip to Tanzania? I just got back, here is what I learned on my trip to Tanzania.

Trip to Tanzania

I’m all about planning and prep before doing anything, travel included. But when I travel to a new destination, I do some planning but try to just let things happen. Having pre-set expectations before a trip can bring nothing but disappointment or even confusion.

Part of the adventure is learning as you go. This was very true on my trip to Tanzania.

I did plenty of planning, I saw my travel doctor, applied for a visa , and researched my Tanzanian packing list .

But now that I’m home, I realized I know so much more now than before I left.

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Tanzanian People are AWESOME!

I had no doubts about this but it’s hard not to wonder what the locals will think of travelers in their country. I quickly found Tanzanians are very kind to travelers and curious. If you have a conversation with a local, don’t be surprised if they try to feel your hair.

This happened to me twice, once in a Massai Village and once by a student at a school I visited. I said something to my guide and he said some people, especially kids, have never seen someone with long hair in person. They have seen it online but not in person.

Side note, almost every local has short hair. If you have long hair and start a conversation with someone, they may try to touch your hair.

Many people, especially in cities, speak at least a little English. Be kind to them and they will be kind to you.

Teacher at a school in Tanzania.

The Internet is there but sketchy; Cell Service is better than you think

All of the formal lodges we stayed at advertised wifi. I was excited but quickly learned, the wifi is usually only available in the common areas, like around the pool, restaurant, and bar. What I also learned is the wifi is sketchy.

Several times I was trying to load a photo to send to friends and the wifi would go out. Stopping me cold. Internet access is something we tend to take for granted in the US but around the world, it’s not overly reliable. Pack your patience, it will come back in a few minutes.

What really surprised me on my trip to Tanzania, was how good the cell phone service was. I checked before I left and it looked like I would have reception in the cities but not in the rural areas. I quickly found there was cell service almost everywhere. Even in the middle of the Serengeti!

Something else I learned on my trip to Tanzania, the food is delicious

I had limited knowledge of Tanzanian food before I went there. Living in the Midwest, we can get all kinds of food, various types of Asian, European, and South American food. My DoorDash app has pretty much any kind of food I think of, ready for delivery to my door. African and Tanzanian specifically, however, are noticeably missing. Well, at least I notice it now.

While DoorDash may not have any options, I now also know there are a lot of African restaurants in the area. And since I know how delicious the food is, I WILL be checking some of them out.

Tanzanian food is a mix of Indian, Middle East, and European flavors. Being part of the spice trade route, the variety of spices available is amazing. The Neighboring island, Zanzibar, was used by the Arabs who started large spice plantations.

They are still known for their cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, chili powder, and black pepper. Because there is easy access to these spices, Tanzanian food has many of these flavors. Along with curry.

But don’t forget they were once colonized by the British so there are European influences in the food as well.

Trip to Tanzania - Food

Who else is guilty of overpacking??? I know it’s not just me. I’ve gotten better over the years as I try more and more to NOT check a suitcase but I still find I pack more things than I will ever need.

Why? I find more when I travel I wash clothes while I’m there. I know, I know, who wants to do laundry when you are on vacation? No one!! Let’s be real, I don’t like doing laundry at home either.

The nice part about staying in hotels and lodges, they often have laundry service. On my trip to Tanzania, I found the service was VERY affordable. $1 for tops, $2 for pants…

I know I still have not explained why I would want to spend money to have someone else wash some clothes, it’s simple really. When traveling to a country like Tanzania, where it’s hot and dry during the day, the closes start to sink. It does not matter if you showered, and used deodorant. Your clothes will start to smell.

Especially the clothes you work on day 1 or worse on the flight. As the trip continues and you end up with more dirty laundry than clean laundry, you may start to notice even the clean clothes seem dirty.

The solution, wash a few things here and there. If you are visiting a country with a dry climate, you can also wash a few things in the sink and dry them in your room.

Animals are Closer than you ever Imagined

This shocked me. I figured being in the wild every animal would be off in the distance or partly covered. I was floored to have so many wild animals come so close to us. Lions, elephants, giraffes, ostriches, and even some cheetahs seemed unfazed by our presence.

This does not mean you can get out of your vehicle to get that selfie!! Please be smart. And besides, it’s illegal to get out without permits. You can and will many of the animals within feet of your vehicle so there is no need to get out.

Trip to Tanzania - Lion in Serengeti

Bring a camera and binoculars

I realize most people don’t have a separate camera from their phones. Normally this is not a problem. When taking a trip to Tanzania however, where one of the top highlights is seeing the animals, some of the time the phone camera will not cut it.

About halfway through my trip, some of the others in my travel group stopped even trying to take pictures because the phone was just not capturing the beauty of the moment. I, however, had my DSLR with me and I never stopped clicking. (Over 2,000 pictures in total!) Zoom in, Zoom out…

Maybe a camera is not your thing. I get that, at least get yourself a nice pair of binoculars. Yes, you will see a lot of animals close up but some will not show themselves easily. I’m talking about animals like leopards and the black rhino. They tend to hide will and avoid humans for good reason.

Most safari vehicles and guilds will have a set with them but unless you are the only one in the truck, you have to share. Bring your own and you can gaze all you want.

Tsetse Flies, Malaria, and Mosquitos

My only hesitation on my trip to Tanzania was the fear of bugs and the diseases they carry. I like to see a travel doctor before I go on most international trips because they can give you vaccines or pills to help with the diseases, we may not have immunity to here.

My travel doctor is awesome and I’ll continue to see her but I do have to admit, she had me a bit more worried about Tsetse flies and mosquitos that carry malaria than I needed to be.

I’m not saying you should not be concerned because you should be. But Tsetse flies need a certain climate and more important a certain type of tree to be of concern. The only place in Tanzania I visited where I needed to be protected was the Serengeti. And even then it was only in the wooded areas.

Protect yourself with insect repellant but don’t feel like you need to stick to drab colors when you are in cities and villages. Also, not all Tsetse flies carry African Sleeping Sickness diseases. I was bit by a couple and I’m just fine.

It hurt… but I’m healthy.

Mosquitos were really non-existent outside the tropical areas. I don’t recall seeing anywhere I was in the central and northern areas of Tanzania. If you go to the coastal areas you will need to worry about mosquitos.

Things are very affordable except for entrance fees to the National Parks

Traveling to Tanzania can be affordable if you do it right, but what really racks up cost are the entrance fees to the National Parks especially if you are lucky enough to be able to spend the night.

I bought an approximate 5-pound bag of oranges from a farmer for the equivalent of approximately, 86 cents. But for one day in the Serengeti, the entrance fee was $71.80 per person per day and an additional $59 per person, per night!! Visit the Tanzania National Parks website for more information on the parks, entrance fees, and more.

Since I was in the Serengeti for 5 days and 4 nights, just the entrance fees were $595. That does not include the cost of lodging, transportation, food… Since we also sent to two other national parks for multiple days approximately $1,000 of the overall cost of the trip was just park entrance fees.

In case you are wondering…

Zebras in Africa

Was my trip to Tanzania worth it?


Why should you take a trip to Tanzania?

If the draw to the animals is not enough to entice you to take a trip to Tanzania, then go for the people. If I could find a way to get every human to travel I would. Not only does travel open your eyes to something new, you can help the locals too.

I learn so much about myself and the world when I’m traveling. After this trip, I won’t feel guilty buying a $7 latte from Starbucks. We tend to think it’s bad that Starbucks pays pennies on the dollar for coffee from countries like Tanzania, but to those farmers and the employees they hire, it’s a solid form of employment. I met some of these workers and their gratitude toward companies like Starbucks was inspiring.

Starbucks needs to pay fair but doesn’t stop buying their coffee because you may put someone out of a job growing, harvesting, and roasting those coffee beans.

Travel responsibly, ethically, and most importantly, be respectful of the people and you will learn so much more from the locals than you can ever find in a guidebook or textbook.

Happy travels and remember the world is full of adventures all around you.

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Tanzania Itinerary & Guide | Budget and Top Tips (2024)

by Bex Band | Last modified on Mar 3, 2024 | Tanzania , Travel

Pangani beach

I’ve been fortunate to travel to Tanzania multiple times now. It’s my favourite country! Based on my experience, I put together this Tanzania 2-week itinerary to help any visitors wanting to get the most out of visiting the country.

You’ll also find below a complete budget breakdown and some general top tips for travellers.

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Tanzania really can provide visitors with the perfect vacation. Offering a combination of both safari, mountains, culture and beach. With a bit more time, though, you can really explore the islands and mainland, getting to know places untouched. Life in East Africa is slow, so bear this in mind when you put together your Tanzania itinerary – you will hear the phrase ‘pole pole’, Swahili for slowly, a lot.

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The perfect two week Tanzania itinerary

Tanzania is a really large country – a lot bigger than most people realise. Getting around is not so easy so to make the most of your visit, you are likely going to need to catch a couple of internal flights.

For first-time visitors to Tanzania who have 14 days to work with, this is what I would say makes the perfect itinerary. It combines safari, mountains and beach. You’ll find more details on the areas below, plus other suggestions if this doesn’t suit you….

1st Day: fly into Arusha Most likely, your fly will land in the capital Dar es Salaam. From here it is easy to catch an internal flight to Arusha, which is where most fly into to start a safari

2nd – 5th Day: 4-day safari I went with Misele African Safari , who were brilliant. My personal recommendation is to do the 4-day Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Park.

6th Day: Bus to Lushoto Stay in Maweni Farm . Your safari will finish in Moshi or Arusha. From here you can catch a bus – I’d suggest you take the ‘luxury bus’ – to Lushoto which takes 6 hours. The journey will give you some great views of the country and an insight into Tanzanian life.

7th – 8th Day: Explore Lushoto Lushoto is lush and beautiful. There are a number of day hikes you can do, including gentle hikes to visit waterfalls. There are no shortages of hiking guides in the town. Make sure you visit Irenete Farm for lunch one day!

9th Day: Bus to Dar es Salaam Stay overnight in Seashells Millenium Hotel and enjoy dinner at Addis in Dar , one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten in!

10th Day: Fly to Mafia or Zanzibar Island Most tourists choose to fly to Zanzibar. I’ll explain more in my detailed breakdown below, but my personal recommendation is to skip the crowds and head to Mafia Island for something more special. Stay in Bustani Lodge

11th – 14th Day: relax in Mafia If it’s the right season you can’t go to Mafia Island and not swim with whale sharks (oct-feb). Make sure you also visit the lagoon, snorkel and take a tour of Chole Bay

15th Day: fly to Dar es Salaam Take an internal flight back to the capital, where you can jump on your connecting flight home.

2 month itinerary Tanzania

Other places you might want to visit on your 2 week stay in Tanzania…

I’m a budget traveller who also likes my home comforts. My ideal literary above has a good balance of must-see locations plus a few more unusual spots for a more authentic experience.

To help you put together an itinerary that is perfect for your needs, I’ve written a bit more about all the options available to you when putting together your itinerary for Tanzania….


I spent 1-month volunteering in a small village at a school. I had been fundraising regularly for a charity called ACE which is overseeing the build of the school and we also sponsor a boy to attend the school who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it (find out more about sponsoring and the charity here). I was able to volunteer to set up computers and train the staff how to use them.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, so there are lots of volunteering opportunities. Make sure you find an organisation that includes donations to the place you will be volunteering at as this is where you can make the most contribution.

I urge you not to work in orphanages or in any other place where you will be exposed to vulnerable children unless you are suitably qualified. Really think about how you will be adding value and vetting the organisation, as there is a lot of exploitation of volunteers in the country.

Tanzania itinerary 2 weeks & 2 months

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is one of my favourite places. I love the island and its way of life. The first time I visited I spent 5 days on the island. I swam with whale sharks (3 days in a row!), went snorkelling and enjoyed a private sandbank island to ourselves.

Stay at Bustani Lodge ($60 a night, 2 people sharing a double beachfront bungalow). It’s clean, and comfortable and is one of the few places on the island that comes with a pool!

Check out:  Guide to Visiting Mafia Island

Whale shark

I’ve visited Zanzibar twice and was really sad to see the second time how badly tourism has affected the island. I found it crowded and the sellers really hassled me while I tried to relax on the beach. The most disheartening though is the fact nothing has been done to protect the coral reefs and the marine life has depleted to dangerously low levels because of overfishing.

Last time I went, I stayed for a week. I stayed for 3 nights in Stone Town (2 nights would have been enough). Visiting Prison Island, the slave market, wandered Stone Town and, the markets. I also fitted in a day trip to Kendwa and Nungwi beaches, the most beautiful beaches on the island. I then stayed on the quieter east coast for 4 nights near Uora Beach.

Stay at ‘ The Blue House ‘ on Airbnb – $20 a night, 2 people sharing a double en-suite. This is a homestay with a local. The place is clean, centrally located and has a nice charm. It is worth noting that it is also noisy as you live in a residential area and next to a mosque.

Also,  Kaure Sands Beach Lodge ($50 a night, 2 people sharing a double). On the east side of the island, near Uroa, An extremely relaxing stay in a room right on the beach. They have a wonderful chill-out area with loungers and hammocks and a nice sea view.

Check out my Guide to visiting Zanzibar

If you do decide to visit Zanzibar please don’t do a dolphin tour (many charities have deemed the aggressive tactics used by operators as inhumane) and really try to limit your seafood and fish intake as overfishing is a serious problem!

I joined a 4-day game drive safari with Misele African Safaris . This included a stay the night before in Arusha. The safari I chose to do was 1 day in Tarangire, 2 days in Serengeti and 1 day in Ngorongoro crater. It was the perfect length and combination of 3 very different parks. If I had an extra day, I would have liked to also add a trip to Lake Eyasi to see the Bushman tribe. We decided not to do the add-on to see the Maasai village as we know that these are very touristy and staged.

Stay at Arusha Touri st Inn (included in the safari price). The hotel was central, basic and clean.

If you are planning to do a safari, check out my African safari guide .

Nogrongoro Sunrise

Lushoto is a great place to base yourself on exploring the beautiful Usambara region. The scenery here is hilly and lush. I did a day hike to see the Irenete viewpoint and, on the way back, stopped at Irenete Farm for lunch, which was great. If I had a few extra days I would have liked to of done a multi-day hike. From the town, you can easily organise this with the guides (rough price $20 per person per day) and they will take you village to village.

Staying at Maweni Farm ($25 a night, 2 people sharing a double en-suite). Although not right in town this old colonial mountain retreat is in a serene environment and worth the visit.

Alternatively, for something cheaper and closer to town, stay at Tumanai Hostel ($15 a night, 2 people sharing a double en-suite, [email protected] ). A great value hostel right in the centre of town. Clean and has a nice garden area to relax in, and profits go to local projects run by the church. It’s worth bringing earplugs as the local church preaching can get a bit noisy in the evenings!!

Pangani Beach

If you don’t want to take the internal flights to Zanzibar or Mafia Island, you can visit Pangani on the mainland for a slice of beach paradise. The beaches here are secluded extremely peaceful, and void of sellers. It is ideal if you are looking for some quiet. There isn’t much to do in the area, although diving and snorkelling are available but at a high cost as you need to pay park fees.

Staying at Beach Crab Re sort ($43 a night, 2 people sharing a double with a shared bathroom). The resort is nice, with good areas to relax and the rooms clean. The food here is extortionately priced with tiny portions and the management is not very friendly, so I don’t think it is a great option for budget travellers, even if the beaches are gorgeous.

Top tips for travelling to Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

There’s not much to do in Dar es Salaam so you won’t want to spend long here. There is a bike tour of the city, which I’ve heard is good. If you are there on a Sunday make sure you catch a service and all the incredible singing. The best thing about the city in my opinion though is the Ethiopian restaurant Addis in Dar.

Staying at Seashells Millenium Hotel ($50 a night, 2 people sharing a double en-suite). A clean and comfortable hotel with a pool (Dar es Salaam is very hot!)

Mahale Mountains

If you want to see the famous Tanzanian chimpanzees, then you’ll want to visit the Mahale Mountains. It’s an internal flight to reach the area. Most tourists opt for a trekking safari to get close and personal with the Chimps. As most tourists don’t venture this far you’ll get a nice quiet experience, although you’ll also pay for the luxury as prices are high.

Are the expensive National Park fees worth it?


Doing a safari in Tanzania, although expensive, is one of the most memorable things I’ve done in my life. The small parks are great but I don’t think anything beats the vastness of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Do not forget travel insurance!

The airline lost my bag on one visit. On another, there were massive delays, and I missed my connecting flight. Then, the airline lost my bag again. And I accidentally dropped my camera in the sea. Get your trip insured. The day you book your flights!

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Tanzania 2 week budget breakdown

How much does it cost to spend 2 weeks in Tanzania?

This will depend entirely on your spending habits of course. But here’s an indication of the sort of costs you might incur. Below is a complete breakdown of how much you might spend based on my preferred Tanzania 2 week itinerary above.

Although Tanzania is very cheap, it is worth noting that flights and safaris will considerably raise your costs. If you live like a local, transport, accommodation, and food cost next to nothing. Activities and tourist areas are expensive, though, and a large part of this is due to the government putting in place really high taxes for the national parks (you will need to pay the fees for hiking, safaris and marine activities in protected areas).

All the costs below are for one person.

Return flights from UK-Dar: $740 Flights Dar – Mafia: $75 Mafia – Zanzibar – $110 Zanzibar – Arusha – $70


Prices below are an indication of costs based on 2 people sharing a double room.

Mafia Island – Bustani Lodge ($60 a night) Zanzibar, Stone town – The Blue House ($40 a night) Zanzibar, Uroa beach – Kaure Sands Beach Lodge ($50 a night) Pangani – Beach Crab Resort ($43 a night) Dar es Salaam – Seashells Millenium Hotel ($40 a night)

Average daily food costs: $6

(mostly, I choose to eat in local restaurants where a vegetarian meal would be between $0.75-$3. If breakfast wasn’t included in the hotel, we would have fruit. During the volunteer placement, we shopped in the market and cooked ourselves. We splashed out on 3 amazing restaurants which I can really recommend: Spice House in Zanzibar, Irenete Farm in Lushoto and  Addis in Dar  in Dar es Salaam)

Drinks: $40 (in a local bar a beer costs $2 and a soft drink between $0.30 – $0.50)

Safari with tip (including a night before and after in Arusha): $1500 Whale Shark diving on Mafia: $60 Snorkeling and tour on Mafia: $40 Snorkeling on Zanzibar: $18 Visit to Prison Island: $11

Transport: $78 (mostly we would use the dala dala’s, which are very cheap or, if this wasn’t available, we would use a tuk tuk. We would use a ‘luxurious’ bus for the longer travel days as they were much more comfortable and worth the extra dollars)

Budget for 14 days in Tanzania

Return flights from UK-Dar: $740 Return flights Dar – Mafia: $150 Luxury buses (Moshi to Lushoto, then Lushoto to Dar): $45 Safari total: $1500 Accommodation, 3 nights in Lushoto: $90 Accommodation, 1 night in Dar es Salaam: $20 Accommodation, 4 nights in Mafia Island: $120 Excursions on the island: $120 Food & drink total: $200 Souvenirs: $50

OVERALL TOTAL (without international flight): $2,295 OVERALL TOTAL (with an international flight, from UK): $3,035

Most of this goes towards the 4 day safari so if you are on a tight budget you can seriously reduce your costs by cutting this out!

2 week itinerary Tanzania

Top Tips for Traveling in Tanzania

  • Assume the worst when arriving in Tanzania and expect delays and, possibly, lost luggage. We experienced both which resulted in us missing our connection flight to Mafia and having to book another one. We met lots of tourists who experienced the same and didn’t leave enough time for their connecting flight/ferry to the islands. Keep your valuables and a change of clothes in your hand luggage.
  • Most of the ATMs in Tanzania can be found in the main towns and cities. It’s worth having plenty of cash on you. The maximum you will be able to take out from an ATM is $200.
  • In the tourist areas, people will try to overcharge you when visiting local restaurants and bars or booking tours from beach boys. If you are ever unsure, ask a friendly local what they pay and this will give you a guide.
  • You might want to avoid meat. Fridges are not common and hygiene practices to be desired.
  • You will need to buy bottled water as the tap water can make you ill. For the best deal, buy this in packets of 6 (should cost roughly 4,500TSH for 6×1.5 litre bottles).
  • An excessive amount of people were walking around sunburnt on the islands. Put more sunscreen on then you need and wear a t-shirt for snorkelling (especially if you are taking Doxycycline malaria prevention which makes you more sensitive to the sun).
  • Wear long sleeves in the evening and DEET (at least 50%) bug spray to help prevent malaria. We took a mosquito net, which proved useful, although most places we stayed had one, they were often covered in holes making them ineffective.
  • Dar es Salaam is hot and very bad for mosquitos!
  • Don’t pay for any activities in advance, with the exception of safaris. Be very clear when you strike a deal what is included and what your expectations are – especially on Zanzibar were ripping off tourists is common practice.
  • Dress modestly in towns and villages. On the beach and swimming, it is fine to wear your usual swimwear.

Tanzania Itinerary

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Dineke Rieske

Hi, this is so informative, thank you! I was wondering whether the safari price you listed was per person or for two people? Thanks!

Bex Band

Glad it was of help. That is the price per person…you’d be hard to find a decent tour company cheaper as the fees for parks are so high. It’s definitely worthy investing in so you get an experienced guide who can find the wildlife and a car that doesn’t break down.


Hello! Thank you very much for this informative page. I wanted to know what time of year you went go and if the price changes significantly in the summer time? Considering going this summer for 14-17 days but worried by posts saying how expensive Tanzania in general can be!

No problem Sonia! I have been twice now, once Nov-Dec time and also Jan-Feb time. I didn’t know a significant difference in prices, although around the Christmas holidays the hotel prices definitely went up. Tanzania is not a cheap country because of the park fees. Safari’s are especially expensive. However, if you are willing to go a bit more basic, it is possible to balance this out by doing cheaper activities. It all depends on your travelling style and what you are comfortable with. It is my favourite country and a real once in a lifetime holiday, so I think it’s worth every penny 🙂 Bex


Hello Bex, we are planning s trip in January /february but wandering if all places will be good gor visiting due to the weather. It id supposed to be short dry season but inmany places it is written that the rainy season is october / may. Ehat have you visitef in jan/frb? Thank you. very much. Anezka

I’ve visited during this time and had no problems at all. On the few times it did rain it was a very heavy but short downfall. Have a great time Anezka!

Bella Gleisner

Hey! How did you find such cheap tickets for Mafia Island? 😮

If you can be flexible you can get your ticket at the airport as they often sell last minute spots at local prices (about half what you pay online). The next cheapest option is to get Afro Whale Shark to book your flight as they have an agreement that gets a discount. Or just book directly with the airline on their website – Tropical, Auric or Coastal.

Elrica D'souza

amazing blog and very informative..thanks!

Thank you Elrica!

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2 Weeks in Tanzania Itinerary

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Tanzania is a country in East Africa bordered by Uganda in the North, Kenya in the Northeast, Malawi and Mozambique in the South, Zambia in the Southwest, the Indian Ocean in the East, and Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in West. Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, is located in northern Tanzania.

Tanzania is unique because the world’s most precious national parks and game reserves can be found here, even including the world’s largest game reserve. Aside from the wildlife and birdlife, The Maasai people are among the reasons why most tourists want to visit this country, as they have very interesting customs.

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4 images - hot air balloon in a savannah land, mount kilimanjaro, zanzibar shoreline, and giraffes crossing a savannah land - 2 Weeks in Tanzania Itinerary

As with going to any other country, travelling or vacations wouldn’t be a walk in the park if you’re unprepared. That’s why I compiled a list of things you should know before staying for 2 weeks in Tanzania to help you plan an itinerary .

When is the best time to go to Tanzania

Tanzania’s summer usually lasts from November to March, while its rainy season lasts almost half a year. The long rains are from March to May, while the short rains are from October to early December. The peak season is from May to October, which are the dry months.

If you need a more in-depth discussion, this article about the best time to visit Tanzania will help you decide when to go, depending on the places you want to see and the activities you want to do.

Are 2 weeks enough for Tanzania

14 days in Tanzania is perfect. You will be able to see the top attractions in the country and visit 3-4 cities. Although you must remember that Tanzania’s land transportation is not the best. It’s slow, and the road is bumpy and dusty. If there’s a choice to take a flight, you should do it at the same time and be more comfortable.

Getting around

There are various modes of transportation in this country, depending on your preference and the duration of your stay in each location. I highly recommend riding the plane for long-distance areas, while the bus is an inexpensive and convenient option for city and airport transfers.

Tanzania also has Dalla Dalla, which is a shared minibus transport that is way cheaper, but these are often overcrowded. You can also do so by train if you prefer the scenic route. Car rentals are typical here as well.

Language and currency

Tanzania is a multilingual country, with Swahili being their National language. English is also widely spoken, so you shouldn’t have difficulty communicating with the locals. There are a total of 126 languages in this country.

The Tanzanian shilling is the official currency. However, dollars are also widely accepted in tourist areas. In fact, there are parks that only accept dollars as payment, so it’s best to bring dollars when travelling here. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely used credit cards.

What to pack

Tanzania has an abundance of safaris, Serengeti, wildlife, and nature. In order to enjoy your stay to the fullest, here are some of the things that you need to pack. First is lightweight clothing with neutral colours if you’re planning to go on a safari tour. 

Double-think before you pack blue, black, or flashy colours, as the locals might give you weird looks. Then you’ll need comfortable shoes or hiking boots if you plan to hike. You can also bring a tropical hat to combat the sweltering heat.

Sunscreen and mosquito repellents are also a must, and, of course, a basic first aid kit. You may also bring binoculars to see wildlife up close if you wish to do so and a good quality camera to capture your unforgettable moments here. Aside from a passport, visa, and cash, an international  vaccination certification for yellow fever is also required .

Tanzania has one of the best visa policies in the world. It has a straightforward policy if you want to enter and travel around Tanzania. Most people can arrive in Tanzania and get a visa on arrival. On the other hand, you can skip the line by applying for an eVisa before you arrive.

An eVisa or visa on arrival allows you to stay in Tanzania for either a single-entry 90-day or multiple entries 1-year visa. This depends on your nationality and also your point of entry. Some airports or land borders can only approve a limited number of days.

The fee is US$100 and must be paid in cash for visa on arrival in $50 or $100 notes. If you apply online, you can pay for it online with your bank card. Print your evisa and save a digital copy on your phone.

For the visa, make sure you have the travel details such as:

  • date of entry and exit
  • the address of your first hotel
  • passport details
  • passport-sized photo
  • return ticket
  • passport must have 6 months validity from your intended date of departure from Tanzania

What is the average cost for 2 weeks in Tanzania

Other basic travel tips.

You can use the following services for your travel arrangements. These sites shows wide options and also offers flexible cancellations.


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For those staying for 2 Weeks in Tanzania, I prepared an itinerary focused on first-timers and added a couple of other locations for good measure. However, this isn’t just limited to first-timers, as the places have a variety of sights and things to offer.

These places are perfect for history buffs, foodies, adventure-seekers, and nature lovers, among other types. You could also use this as a reference if you want to have a slow vacation. You could even interchange the arrangement or places you’ll go to and which ones you’ll skip. Sky’s the limit, and this serves as a guide.

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Itinerary #1: First-time – Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro

Zanzibar has a colourful history and rich heritage because of its Persian, European, Arabic, Indian, and African influences, which can be seen in its architectural structures. Its Stone Town’s Old Quarter is even considered a UNESCO world heritage site.

Zanzibar can either be your travel’s starting or ending point if you want to relax and unwind before returning home. Dar es Salaam, on the other hand, is famous for media, film, arts, and fashion. Aside from the great migration, Serengeti is also well-known for its woodland savanna and Lake Victoria.

These locations are suitable for nature lovers, history buffs, and those who prefer relaxing and slow vacations. If you want to end your trip on the beach, finish in Zanzibar rather than starting there.

Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam for 5 days

During your two weeks in Tanzania, I recommend staying in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam for 5 days. Tanzania is an insular semi-autonomous province that is famous for its pristine beaches, as well as its spices. In fact, it is also known as Spice Island.

Aside from abundant marine life, this place is also rich in flora and fauna that can be found on the land. In fact, it has a butterfly centre.

This is a perfect starting point as it has an international airport, so you could unwind immediately upon arrival. Dar es Salaam, on the other hand, is the largest city in Tanzania. It is the country’s business and commercial hub and the main port, so you could easily transfer from here to your next destination.

Aside from going to its beaches, some other amazing things to do in Zanzibar include visiting Jozani Forest, Seaweed Center, and Stone Town, where you’ll see the tallest building in this area called Palace of Wonders, as well as the first elevator in East Africa. While in Dar es Salaam, you could visit Mbudya Island, Coco Beach, and Kivukoni Fish Market, among others.

2 images - fine white sand of zanzibar beach and a cove in zanzibar island

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater for 3 days

Serengeti is a geographical region in Africa spanning Tanzania’s Arusha and Mara regions. It is well-known for its game reserves and is home to the second-largest mammal migration in the world. Some things to do here include multiple-day safari camping, Wildebeest calving season private tours, balloon safari tours, and more.

Ngorongoro Crater is a must-see, as it is the world’s largest intact caldera. It is located in a conservation area with savanna woodlands, forests, and highland plains. They offer many tours here, including 4WD tours, walking tours, day trips, and multiple-day camping safari tours.

The distance between Dar es Salaam and Serengeti is 1,014 km, and it would take you seven hours to reach by driving. There isn’t a direct flight to Serengeti from Dar es Salaam. The closest would be the Seronera airstrip, Serengeti’s official airport.

Upon arrival, you must take a taxi or arrange an airport transfer, a short drive before arriving at the main destination. Travel time is more than five hours. Other options include riding a bus, then driving or riding a train, then a shuttle, then a bus, then driving.

2 images - lions climbing a tree and zebras

Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro for 4 days

Arusha is considered the tourism capital of Northern Tanzania. You could also treat this place as your base camp if you plan to go to Mount Kilimanjaro. It is close to this mountain and to other parks, such as Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park.

On the other hand, Mount Kilimanjaro is famous for being the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level worldwide. You could also find almost every ecological system here, including rainforest, moorland, heath, alpine desert, cultivated land, and an arctic summit. Isn’t that fascinating?

The distance between Serengeti National Park and Arusha is 371 km. The most recommended mode of transport is by flying to Grumeti and then taking a taxi, which costs anywhere between $40 to $290, around 3 hours trip. Driving is actually way cheaper though it would take you more than 9 hours to reach your destination. There are also shuttles, but you must take the bus and drive afterwards.

2 images - an ostrich posing in front of Mount Kilimanjaro and sunset view of the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Lushoto for 2 days

If you are staying for 14 days in Tanzania, I highly recommend you stay for at least 2 days in Lushoto. This town is not as well-known as Tanzania’s other towns and cities but has charm. This place is perfect for nature lovers. Some places to visit here are Irente Biodiversity Reserve and Soni Falls. They also offer Usambra eco-tours.

The distance from Arusha to Lushoto is 333.6 km, and the most recommended option is driving as it would only take you more than five hours to reach your destination, compared to taking the bus, which would take you almost 20 hours. Taking a taxi or flying are other options, but flying is more expensive and would cost anywhere from $154- $254.


Here’s a list of what to see and do in Taznaia arranged by city. This will help you bookmark the places that are must-not-miss during your visit. Plus recommended tours that you can book.


  • Marangu Route for 5 days – check the price
  • Machame Route for 6 days – look at the itinerary
  • Rongai Route for 6 days – join the hike
  • Arusha National Park
  • Materuni Waterfalls – get on a tour from Arusha
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater – 2 days and 1-night trip
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Serengeti and Ngorongoro for 3-days – from Arusha, check the itinerary
  • Balloon Safari at Dawn – look at the price
  • 2-day Luxury Safari – from Arusha, book a tour

Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar

2 images - skyline view of Dar es Salaam with towering buildings and shoreline

  • Mwenge Woodcarvers Market
  • National Museum and House of Culture
  • Dar es Salaam city tour
  • Makumbusho Village and Museum
  • Mbundya Island
  • Stone Town – join a city tour
  • Mnemba Island – a great spot for snorkelling with the Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve trip
  • Pungume Island
  • Jozani Sea Turtle and Tortoise Sanctuary – book a tour
  • Jozani Forest National Park – you can visit this plus a dolphin encounter tour
  • Zanzibar Spice Community Shop
  • Dine at Rock Restaurant – plus a sinkhole cave tour
  • People’s Palace Museum
  • Prison Island – tour plus lunch at Sandbank
  • Kizimkazi Beach – is an awesome spot to see dolphins or try a buggy ride
  • Try parasailing


One of the reasons why people fall in love with a country, aside from the people, scenery, and experiences, is because of its food, and when it comes to food, Tanzania has so much to offer that isn’t well-known yet. It has tons of traditional dishes, including:

  • Wali wa nazi
  • Sukuma Wiki
  • Wala na maharage
  • Mchuzi wa biringani
  • Supu ya ndizi
  • Mchuzi wa samaki
  • Zanzibar pizza
  • Kuku wa Mchuzi

Here are some must-try desserts in Tanzania:

  • Chapatti majis
  • African pie

Last but definitely not least is a list of highly recommended Tanzanian drinks:

  • Banana Wine

3 images of Tanzanian food - Nyama Choma, Pilau, and Kashata


Accommodations in Tanzania can be a hit and miss, especially outside Zanzibar. To help you plan your hotels in each cities, here’s a quick list of our recommended places to stay in Tanzania.

  • Affordable: Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse or Kilimanjaro Mad Monkey’s Hotel
  • Mid-range: Kaliwa Lodge or Kilimanjaro White House Hotel
  • Affordable:

Dar es Salaam

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Tanzania is among the most diverse countries in East Africa, not only because of the people but also because of the sights you’ll see and the things you’ll get to experience. They have tons of safaris, highlands, and jungles but also numerous beaches, museums, and cityscapes.

That’s why Tanzania is not only perfect for adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Visiting this country is also a must for history buffs, thalassophile, families, and even those who prefer slow vacations.


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Tanzania Itinerary: 2 Weeks

While Tanzania may not be your typical honeymoon destination, that’s where my husband and I headed!  This trip combined an African Safari with beach time on the spice island of Zanzibar.

We planned the trip independently, but our safari company helped! This schedule was perfect, allowing us to get a taste of the diversity Tanzania offers. Here is our Tanzania itinerary:


All photos were taken by either myself or my husband! 🙂

Day 1: dar es salaam, dar is a hot, dusty, bustling city that doesn’t have much of a tourism scene. however, leave your hotel and try the street food- not many visitors do walk by the water and visit the tanzania national museum , and check out the historic ocean-front churches..

Tanzania Dar ES Salaam

Lodging : Tanzanite Executive Suites ( a comfortable, cold, paradise in the heat of the city- we loved it! )

Day 2: Dar Es Salaam

Today, escape the oppressive tanzania heat and visit the upscale slipway shopping centre . stroll its souvenir stalls along the waterfront walkway, and put your haggling skills to use, fly to the town of moshi via fastjet , arriving into the kilimanjaro international airport . upon arriving, drive 45 minutes from airport in to the town ( arrange this through the hotel- the dirt roads are bumpy and have no lights at night )..

Dar Es Salaam

Lodging : Hibiscus B&B (v ery hot, no fan in room, but a gorgeous property with a serene atmosphere)

Day 3: Moshi

Walk to the local markets and experience true small-town tanzania. stop for coffee at the popular union café , and dinner at one of many friendly local restaurants. be aware that there are rolling blackouts however, so keep in mind before buying any perishable groceries..

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Day 4: Arusha

Head to the local bus station, and be prepared for a long, hot, and cramped two-hour bus ride to the town of arusha. if you don’t need to save money, find alternate transportation, the local bus ride was terrible , upon arrival, check in to your hotel, then visit the local markets of arusha . one thing to keep in mind: watch out for overly-friendly locals who tend to follow around mzungu (white people/foreigners) for hours at a time, just wanting to chat and practice english. it can be unnerving. we had this happen several times., later, visit the maasai market for great souvenirs and handicrafts, and eat dinner at the new safari hotel ..


Lodging : Green House Hostel (v ery affordable family-run place, but far from city center)

Day 5: Arusha

Leave your fancy, gated hotel (which sadly, most tourists do not do) and venture out to explore nearby city life. the city is safe to walk on foot and explore. at the end of the day, chow down at an amazing burger place, alpha choice ..

Lodging : Ziwadi House Hotel  (very private, secure, and comfortable hotel in the city center)

Day 6: Arusha ⇒  Lake Manyara

Meet your safari driver, and ride for 2.5 hours to the entrance of lake manyara national park.  we had hired a private safari, so had the jeep all to ourselves, and honestly the price wasn’t bad once at manyara, watch out for parking lot baboons.


In our jeep, we followed the paths, and saw our first Africa basics (giraffe, elk, wildebeest, etc) before visiting the Hippo Pond. We also saw elephants, ostrich, water buffalo, and impala during a 4.5 hour safari drive. I may or may not have cried when I saw my first wild baby elephant by the way…


Next up- leave the park, and head up in to the mountains. Once there, stop at an overlook of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater .

Afterwards, arrive at your rustic yet charming thing i learned at the rhino lodge is that you cannot leave the marked trails due to potential late-night animal encounters also, note that most crater hotels run on generators so there is no hot water..

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Lodging : Rhino Lodge  (highly recommend- great views, comfortable rooms, quality food)

Day 7: Safari ⇒  Ngorongoro Crater

Today, drive back towards the crater, and enjoy the misty overlook in the morning hours. then, head down the long, windy road into the crater. once there, it will feel like a living version of “the lion king”: an absolute paradise teeming with nature., as you drive, plan on eating the standard “safari boxed lunch” . watch out for giant storks begging for food though, which is mildly terrifying after a full day of safari you will leave the crater and back up the hills. you will then arrive at the entrance of the serengeti national park , begin your safari drive in this massive park, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the “ great migration ”, the mass movement of wildebeest and zebra that happens every winter..

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When your safari drive is over, arrive at your tented camp for the night. Staying in a tent in the middle of the Serengeti is easily one of the coolest things I have ever done ! The camp rules include needing a guided escort if you leave your tent at all after dark (due to risk of animal attacks ), and carrying an emergency whistle!

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Daily Safari Highlights:

  • Seeing gazelle, wildebeest, zebras, flamingos, storks, vultures, warthogs, and impala.
  • Watching jackals and hyenas eating a dead water buffalo in a mud pit.
  • Seeing TWO RHINOS!
  • Our first lion spotting! Several cubs popped out, and we were so excited! One of the mother lions came over and was extremely close to the jeep.


Lodging : Kati Kati Tented Camp (a mazing staff, stunning views, and up-close wildlife encounters)

Day 8: Safari ⇒  Serengeti National Park

Head back out to the safari trails. be aware that jeeps often get stuck in mud, and you may have to wait a bit for another driver to help pull you out.


  • Witnessing a male lion eating a zebra, then seeing a hyena steal a leg
  • Spotting our first cheetah- that is later chased away by a baboon!
  • Seeing a leopard resting up in a tree
  • Having a rare sighting of African wild dogs
  • Watching a lioness eating a water buffalo
  • Happening upon seven lions sleeping in a big kitty pile!
  • Our jeep getting stuck at dusk, and then seeing a herd of 24 elephants right by us!!

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Day 9: Safari ⇒  Serengeti National Park: South to Karatu

Head back out for safari, drive for about two hours. try to spot any last minute animals to check off “ the mighty five “, and then exit the park., daily safari highlights:.

  • See a pride of lions with 6 babies
  • Stop by a lone male lion, five feet from the jeep!
  • See a cheetah family: Mom, Dad, and baby


If interested, you can pay $50 to enter a “traditional” Maasai Tribe ’s village. We were matched up with a “guide” who showed us his hut, livestock, and chatted with us about his fascinating life story. While I question the authenticity of the experience, it seemed like an ethical visit and it was a unique experience and view into the life of the Maasai.


After a long day of safari and adventure, head towards the town of Karatu for the night.

Lodging : Endoro Lodge   ( beautiful resort in Karatu with a gorgeous pool, surrounded by nature)

Day 10: Arusha ⇒  Zanzibar Island ( Matemwe )

Drive one hour from karatu back towards the moshi town area, and see mount meru in the distance. say goodbye to your trusted safari driver, then board a small plane with tropical air headed towards the spice island of zanzibar , arrive to zanzibar after a 2 hour flight, and ride with a guide to your selected hotel. regional tours allowed us to pick between several hotel options for what best matched our budget., settle in, and have dinner at the beachside seles bungalows (we preferred eating at seles as it had good prices and a casual atmosphere)..

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Lodging : Villa Kiva –A beautiful beachfront property with standard rooms & gorgeous views.

Day 11: Zanzibar (Forest & Stone Town)

Today, go on a “ spice tour ” (we arranged ours through omar of regional tours), and drive across the island to a local farm. once there, you can try many tropical fruits, learn about the harvests, and taste homegrown spices..

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Next, drive 30 minutes to the main city of Stone Town . Visit the Anglican Cathedral , which was a former slave market and whipping post. You can descend in to the pits where the slaves were kept, but be forewarned that it is very heartbreaking to see.

While you stroll the character-filled, hot, crowded, and crazy streets of stone town, visit the darajani market to witness a fish auction . then be sure to explore the calmer, narrower side streets and admired all of its  intricate doors .

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Check out the oceanfront next, and visit the “ House of Wonders ”, named for being the tallest building on the island. Nearby, check out the Old Fort built in 1699. Finally, get some tasty Spanish tapas at The Post: Taperia , and then return to the hotel pool to get in some swimming!

Lodging : Villa Kiva – A beautiful beachfront property with standard rooms & gorgeous views.

Day 12: Zanzibar (Safari Blue)

Today, take a “ safari blue ” tour board traditional dhow boats in the indian ocean and sail to gorgeous lagoons surrounded by rocks. stop and snorkel at various  coral reefs (where we saw sea salp, octopus, and starfish)., from there, swim to a sand bar and enjoy some fresh fruit. next, sail to an “uninhabited” island, where you’ll be greeted by steel drum musicians and dancers ( which yes, felt very hoaky ). eat lunch, and explore the jungle trail on the island. ride the dhow sail boat back for one hour, and be sure to look out for dolphins, for dinner back in matemwe, check out bahari villa ; a very clean, new facility with a beautiful infinity pool..

safari blue, zanzibar

Day 13: Zanzibar (Matemwe)

Check out the beach at matemwe , where you’ll likely be pestered by the omnipresent “beach boys”. stroll the beach until the sand stops, and see local village life along the way., if you go out in to the ocean to swim, be sure to watch out for the mass amounts of sea urchins on this side of the island water shoes recommended.

villa kiva, zanzibar

Day 14: Zanzibar ⇒  Dar Es Salaam

Relax in the hotel lounge area, and be picked up by your driver from regional tours. head towards stone town, and board the large ferry bound for dar es salaam . ride for 2 hours on the boat, and disembark at the capital city. enjoy your last night in africa, and head for the airport in the morning 🙂.

Lodging : Transit Motel (basic but cheap accommodation near the airport)

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Okay, so Day 6-10 with a 12 and 13 thrown in are what I dream of! I am glad you were adventurous and went beyond the hotel gates for that authentic experience at the beginning, but wow, oh ow, your safari photos!! And that water! And that baby elephant! Dreamy-overload 🙂

Wow, you had 2 weeks of deep African experience. You had everything!

I love to see everything in your itinerary, especially the Great Migration. I’ve never been to a Safari tour before and Africa is definitely the best place to experience one. I’m a collector of door photos as well. My heart has beaten fast at the sight of those door photos you’ve shared.

I went to Ngorongoro too, and it was something that I’ll remember my entire life. It was just magical seeing all those animals so close. They also took me to one of those “traditional” villages and I didn’t like how they asked for money and more money all the time. They wanted me to pay 50€ for a small bracelet…

I love your board! What an amazing holiday! Can you let me know roughly how much it all cost? We are looking into a trip like this around Christmas. Thanks!

Hi Jane! What is your email address?

hi how are you, who did you safari with, do you know they company and approx how much $?

I’d like to know how much too please

Each tour is different and depends on the length and what you wish to see. I would recommend emailing Maturaf at Regional Tours to get some general pricing ideas!

Hi there – beautiful photos! What time of year did you go? Thanks!

Wow, what a brilliant time you had, you explored so much!

Rhino Lodge looked amazing, very jealous of that!

We’ve not long come back to the UK after our trip and we miss it! We can’t wait to get back out there and explore more. So, thank you for your insight and advice!

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Ultimate 7-10 Day Tanzania Safari Itinerary & Costs

By Author Ella McKendrick

Posted on Last updated: 6 January 2024

Visiting Tanzania has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. If, like me, you love nature and unique cultures then I have no doubts that you’re going to fall in love with the country too!

Boasting a reputation as the greatest safari destination on earth, all of the big 5, home to over 120 incredible tribes & over 500 species of birds, there’s something for everyone.

Leopard spotted whilst on safari in Serengeti

In this article I’m going to walk you through my ultimate 7-10 day Tanzania safari itinerary. I’ll also give you an idea of how much it will cost and how to find the best safari tour company .

As I walk you through the itinerary , I’ll show you my trip videos and share tips and tricks including how to avoid some of the mistakes I made such as a terrifying night time taxi ride .

Located in East Africa , Tanzania is politically stable , very tourist-friendly and pretty much everyone can speak English.

Tanzania combines my two favourite things; incredible culture and safaris. I’ve perfected this 7-10 day itinerary to show you the very best that Tanzania has to offer as well as giving you the most ‘bang for your buck’.

On the other hand, for those of you reading this who have budgets the size of an African elephant, I’ve included optional “Rock Star upgrades” such as flying instead of driving when it’s applicable.

I’ve also provided essential guidance on choosing the best safari company .

Ella Mckendrick with lions in Serengeti

As part of my research for this Itinerary, I’ve spoken to my favourite Tanzania guides , read through every itinerary I could find and dug deep into my own travel notes to make sure this is the best 7-10 day Tanzania safari itinerary on the planet, not just in terms of places you’ll visit but also the tips and tricks that will make all the difference!

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Want free quotes from the local suppliers I use to book my own trips? Click here .

For shorter itinerary options, check out my guide on six unique 5 day Tanzania itineraries .

Need help deciding the best time for your visit, read my guide on the best time to visit Tanzania .

A lone male lion in Central Serengeti

My Tanzania Safari Itinerary highlights include visiting Serengeti National Park. This is part of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit, and is arguably the world’s greatest national park to go on safari.

The Serengeti has one of the highest densities of predators and one of the only places in the world to see tree climbing lions.

A young lion relaxing in a tree in the Serengeti

During August and September you can see one of the one of the earth’s greatest wildlife spectacles known as the great migration and in the north of the park at the Mara River you can witness the infamous river crossing.

Wildebeests crossing the Mara River as part of the great migration

Also in the Northern Circuit, you’ll visit Tarangire National Park, one of the best places in the world to see the majestic African elephants. 

You’ll also visit the mysterious Ngorongoro Crater which resembles the lost world and gives you a once in a lifetime chance to see rare black rhinos in an incredible and unique landscape.

A family of African elephants drinking at a waterhole in Tarangire National Park

My Tanzania Safari Itinerary will immerse you in the culture of Tanzania by visiting the iconic Maasai Tribe to learn about their culture.

You’ll also take a trip back in time, visiting the Hadzabe (Hazda) hunter gatherer tribe who are one of the last tribes on earth to communicate using a clicking language.

Nearby the Hadzabe you’ll meet the Datoga (blacksmith) tribe and watch them use traditional methods to craft arrowheads and beautiful jewellery out of molten steel.

Ella Mckendrick doing a traditional Maasai dance

With the extended 10 day Tanzania safari Itinerary, you’ll spend the last 3 days unwinding on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, a small group of islands off the east coast of Tanzania.


In this guide I’m going to share with you my ultimate 7 – 10 day safari itinerary along with typical prices, how to find the best safari company at a great price, and everything you need to know to make your visit a success.

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There are four ways you can arrange a Tanzania safari Itinerary: self drive (DIY), hotel provided safaris, local safari company and international safari company (located in US, UK etc). 

I’ll go into each of these options below and provide guidance on how to go about finding the best safari company for your needs.

If you’re in a rush, the quick answer is that for most people a local safari company will provide the best value and experience. You can get quotes from the local safari companies I use to arrange my trips here: Safaris By Ella

Safari truck entering Serengeti

Option 1: Self Drive Safari

If you’re on a budget, or you’re a DIY sort of guy/gal you might be considering a DIY-style self drive safari.

Whilst self drive can work well as a budget option in some African countries such as Namibia , Botswana and South Africa , It’s not ideal for Tanzania.

I went on a self drive road trip around Namibia in 2017 and loved it but I wouldn’t personally self drive safari in Tanzania. Let me explain why with a quick story.

Whilst staying at a lodge on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater, I met a lovely German couple who’d hired a 4×4 to self drive in Tanzania. Sadly, they’d just discovered that the National Parks only allow specialist safari trucks into the park and thus their 4×4 wouldn’t be allowed in. The couple ended up having to arrange a safari with a tour company separately at the last minute which meant they ended up paying twice (for the self drive car and also for the safari company). Ella

Either way, whilst it is possible to hire self-drive specialist safari trucks from local safari companies, there isn’t much of a saving if any vs using a safari company to provide you with a truck and guide together.

Safari truck broken down with flat tyre

We also saw a lot of trucks get flat tires in and around the national parks which is indicative of the state of the dirt roads which lead into some of the parks, especially the Serengeti.

If swapping a wheel over whilst being glared at by hyenas and other predators isn’t your idea of fun, self drive might not be the best option for you!

Ella Mckendrick on Safari with Stalk

Tanzania is very much geared towards using safari companies who organise everything for you including a safari truck and / driver (usually they are the same person). This makes it slightly more expensive but in my opinion this is a small price to pay for some of the best safariing on earth.

Having an experienced guide also means you get to see a LOT more wildlife vs trying to track it down on your own!

The way I saw it was after paying for flights, accommodation, park fees etc, why would I want to miss out on all the amazing wildlife sightings a good guide can offer, just to save a few dollars by driving myself?

Eland in Tarangire National Park

Option 2: Local Safari Tour Company

This in my opinion is the best option for most people – you just need to make sure you choose the right company for your Tanzania safari Itinerary. 

Before my first trip to Tanzania, I spent months researching and speaking to local suppliers to find the best of the bunch who could provide fantastic value for money.

With online reviews, I’m always a bit dubious about the integrity of the gushing 5 star reviews especially when reviews for the same company can vary greatly across the different online review sites and online tour operators.

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After thorough research, I discovered that some of the most popular local safari companies had become victims of their own success in that they were having to hire sub-standard trucks (we saw a few broken down) and less experienced guides in an effort to keep up with demand.

For this reason I worked with smaller up-and-coming companies who offered the most consistently high levels of service and the most experienced guides.

Due to their low overheads, many small local suppliers only include a small 10-15% margin in their quotes which goes towards their wages and limited business overheads leaving them with 3-5% profit.

In the case of accommodation they usually take this margin from the accommodation rather than from the customer which is one of the reasons why it’s pretty cost effective to work with a small local safari company vs trying to arrange everything yourself.

Ella Mckendrick on safari in Tanzania

I discovered that the travel agents & safari companies in the US and the UK typically subcontract their own safaris out to local providers whilst adding their own profits on top.

This allows local suppliers to offer much better pricing vs US & UK-based companies.

You can get free no-obligation quotes from these very suppliers I use to organise my own Tanzania safaris on my website: Safaris By Ella

TOP TIP : The Covid pandemic has taught me to always be prepared for travel disruption. Therefore I would recommend you have suitable travel insurance in place to cover you in case of travel interruption. I pay about $50 extra per year on my annual policy to protect against ‘travel interruption’.

The suppliers on Safaris By Ella typically accept deposit payment by credit / debit card which gives you even more protection.

Hadzabe, Tanzania

Option 3: Hotel Provided Guides

Some of the luxury+ hotels in the national parks offer their own safari trucks and tour guides. These are usually group drives which means you’ll share the safari truck with other guests at the hotel.

Although the daily rate is quite expensive, it can be convenient if you plan to spend most of your time in the hotel and only go on the occasional safari and don’t mind sharing.

Cape buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater

Option 4: Safari Companies & Travel Agents in the US / UK etc.

Dealing with a travel agent / safari operator in your own country is an option, especially if you have a larger budget.

These operators will usually subcontract your safari to a local tour company who will apply their logos to the truck.

Using a safari company based in your country is a more expensive option as you are now paying for their overheads (offices, staff, marketing etc.) and profits as well as the overheads and profits of the local safari company.

Based on the prices I’ve studied, total safari costs usually work out between 20% to 300% more expensive vs dealing directly with a local operator.

Safari truck watching stalk in Ngorongoro

Another issue to watch out for is the communication issue which occurs as your requests have to be communicated to your sales rep who then communicates with the local safari company who then communicates with the local driver / guide.

Safari companies and Travel Agents in the UK / US etc. do however, provide some benefits, they can book international flights for you. In the UK you will be covered by travel package regulations which can provide some assistance if they go bust before your trip. If they book international flights as part of your package, you will be covered by ATOL scheme .

However, in my experience you can protect against these risks yourself when booking directly with local suppliers. My tips would be using your credit or debit card to make payment for the deposit as these typically offer purchase protection.

You can also cover yourself with good travel insurance with travel interruption protection or similar.

There is no substitute for working with a tried-and-tested local supplier such as those on Safaris By Ella

African hornbill in Tarangire National Park

Another benefit of Travel Agents in the UK / US etc. is that they can provide some very high-end services such as chartering a private jet which small local suppliers might not be experienced organising.

Typically Overseas travel agents who specialise in safaris tend to cater to the higher end. From my experience, you typically have to be spending 15,000 USD plus to get their attention and you really need to be spending 50,000 USD + to get their full attention and service. Costs can easily reach $100,000’s.

Giraffe crossing in Serengeti National Park

Before we dive into the figures, I’ll talk you through the main factors which affect the cost of your Tanzania safari Itinerary. You might also want to read my guide on: Tanzania Safari Costs in 2023/24


The cheapest (but still decent in my opinion) hostels can start at about $20 a night for a double room including breakfast. On the other hand, the luxury+ hotels in Serengeti cost $2,000 per person per night. If money is no object, you can pay over $10,000 per night for a small villa at the aforementioned Serengeti hotel.

Below is a rough guide to Tanzania hotel prices. However, remember it varies a lot based on location and whether you’re inside or outside the park. Prices are per person and exclude overnight park fees.

  • Budget (tents & hostels) $10 – 100 PP
  • Mid Range: $100 – $250 PP
  • Luxury: $250 – 500 PP
  • Luxury+: $500 – 1,000+ PP

Tented safari camp in central Serengeti

How You Get Around: Flying is More Expensive Vs Driving

Your transportation preferences can have a big effect your safari cost. I don’t recommend minibuses as they tend to be involved in most accidents.

A safari truck is the best way to get around – safari companies will typically budget around $250-350 per day (when they provide your quote) for a car and driver excluding fuel. You can cover the whole country in a safari truck – there is no need to fly any legs unless you want too other than perhaps going to Zanzibar island. Although, even with Zanzibar, there is the option of a ferry.

If you choose to take a scheduled small propeller plane (pic below) between further away locations such as between north and central Serengeti or from Arusha to Serengeti this increases your costs. For example, flying a leg of the itinerary can cost between $200 to $500 per person one way. It’s perhaps most suited to the elderly who can’t sit for longer drives or those on a very tight schedule.

If you’re a rock-star, chartering a private jet to hop around the country can cost over $100,000 or more specifically $2,000-$11,000 per billable hour. As well as being super pricey, private jets are also arguably not the most environmentally friendly way to go on a safari.

Propeller plane taking on passengers in the Serengeti

A Group Size of 2 to 5 is Optimal for Costs & Space

The number of people you are travelling with can affect the cost per person by around 10% on average. As you add more people the savings go down e.g. adding a second person might save 20% (as you’re halving fixed costs (such as the safari truck) per person but adding a 7th person might only save 2% for each person.

The cost per person for the safari truck and guide/driver is going to go down the more people who share the truck until you reach a full truck but you will see the biggest difference with 2 – 4 people.

Safari trucks can usually accommodate up to 7 people but that can be a little bit of a squeeze, especially when you’re standing up with the roof open looking at wildlife. I found 4 people to work well but then again I was doing a lot of photography and filming.

Accommodation, which is one of the main costs, is usually charged per person in Tanzania – perhaps because some food is usually included.

Ella Mckendrick on safari in Tanzania

Park Fees Vary from Park to Park

Some parks cost more than others e.g. the Serengeti park fees are some of the most expensive (but worth it!) whereas Tarangire National Park, for example is cheaper.

If you spend the night in parks you also have to pay overnight fees (called concession fees) on top of entrance fees (sometimes called conservation fees). You can’t really avoid spending the night in the Serengeti due to the size of the park but it’s easy to sleep outside of the other northern circuit parks if you want to keep costs down.

Sleeping in a camp inside the parks is a great experience and it really connects you to the park and wildlife. Just don’t do what I did and leave half eaten chicken wings from lunch in your tent with wild animals roaming around! 

Two Cheetahs in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Personal Chef or Catered Accommodation

We had a personal chef for the part of our trip – this allowed us to stay at some un-catered accommodation as well as control over what we ate. Every group at the un-catered accommodation had their own personal chef who travelled with them. All the personal chefs cooked together in the communal kitchen.

Our chef also cooked food for us to take out for picnics in the national parks.

Typically having your own chef will work out slightly more expensive although this is somewhat offset by the lower costs of un-catered accommodation.

In most cases you won’t have a personal chef included in your safari quotations unless you specifically request one.

Safari truck with pop-up roof in Tanzania

Costs Breakdown

Below I’ll give you a rough idea of costs based on my experience of setting up Safaris By Ella and speaking at length with various companies in the industry.

There are lots of variables so this is just a rough guide. Although rough, I belive this is much better than having no idea.

As a note: I was very surprised at the low profit margins of most of the local safari operators – I’d assumed they’d be making 30-50% markups. Then again as the cost of living in Tanzania is pretty low for the locals and the amount spent on safaris is relatively high, even at very low profit margins, it makes being a safari operator or guide one of the better paying jobs in the country!

Local Tanzania Safari Companies

Get free quotes from the local Tanzania companies I use to arrange my trips here: Safaris By Ella

Rough guide prices based on my experiences and assumes a private safari with a minimum of 2 people.

Below is a rough breakdown of where the money goes for 2-3 people on safari.  I’ve explained this further below the image.

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Usually over 50% of the safari cost goes towards both your accommodation and the Government for park fees which supports the country and park upkeep. The Accommodation % will vary depending on the specification of your accommodation.

Most small local tour operators only include a 10-15% margin on costs. The margin covers their overheads, marketing, insurance, taxes and licences leaving around 2-5 % for their profit after costs.

The tour operators receive many of the costs such as the accommodation etc. at special trade prices.

This means they will actually take much if not all of their margin from that difference, which means in many cases you won’t actually pay anything for their services in arranging everything.

In most cases I found that accommodation was either the same price or cheaper when arranged by a local safari company compared to booking direct.

In my experience, it’s usually very cost-effective as well as much less hassle to work with a local safari company – you just have to choose a good one.

Giraffes in Serengeti Tanzania

Overseas Travel Agents in the UK / US etc.

Rough guide prices based on my experiences and assumes minimum of 2 peoples

You can compare this with the local supplier prices above.

Below is a rough breakdown of where the money goes for 3 people on safari in the Serengeti when using an international Safari Company in your country (US, UK Etc).

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Compared to using a local Tanzanian operator you now have a few extra costs which take up to 20 – 30% of the total which is the travel agents overheads and their profit. I’ve also found that International Safari Companies have a tendency to recommend more expensive options including those which pay the highest commission as this increases the total trip cost and thus their commission.

Tips and Other Costs

Recommended tips are typically $10 USD per person per day. Americans reading this will no doubt be used to the tipping culture. For Europeans it can take a bit of getting used to. At the very least, tips for the driver although technically optional are generally expected.

When you visit tribes there is no necessity to tip unless you want to. They do however, usually show you the jewellery they have made and it’s nice to support them by buying a small piece. Costs for jewellery is usually around 30 USD per piece although more elaborate metal jewellery may be more.

Feel free to politely negotiate prices if you wish.

Ella Mckendrick with Datoga Tribe in Tanzania

You can visit Tanzania all year round. However, the best time to see Tanzania’s wildlife is during the dry season. The Dry season runs from June to October and includes the peak of the Wildebeest migration.  

January, February and November are also good whilst being lower in price

March, June and December are reasonable times to visit.

April, May are in the rainy season and thus have their limitations. However, prices can sometimes be up to 50% less so they are worth considering if you’re on a budget.

For more information, you can read my full visual guide to the best time to visit Tanzania for safari

Wildebeest migration across the Mara River, Tanzania

You can apply for a Tanzanian visa online here . e-Visa’s are usually processed within 10 days and allow travel for up to 90 days.

Vaccines & Medications

You can find information about recommended vaccinations below:

US citizens Guide to Tanzania vaccines

UK citizens Guide to Tanzania vaccines

Anti-malarial tablets are also recommended for Tanzania.

I also recommend taking a look at the below websites which gives up to date details on any entry requirements and mandatory vaccines:

US Travel State website for Tanzania

UK Government travel advice for Tanzania

Two male lions (brothers) in Central Serengeti

There are two main Tanzania safari routes – the Northern and Southern Circuits.

Although it’s possible to combine both Northern and Southern Circuits into one 3 – 4 week safari, it’s usually better to focus on one or the other at a time.

For this itinerary I’ve focused on the Northern Circuit as this gives you the best safari experience for your money and includes the Serengeti which is quite possibly  the best national park in the world for safari. 

Below I’ve given a quick overview of both circuits and their pros and cons.

Northern Tanzania Circuit 

  • Two hour drive from your airport of entry will get you inside Tarangire National Park
  • Includes iconic Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire
  • Provides most of the classic tanzania safaris
  • By far the most popular of the two circuits
  • Famous Great migration & Mara River Cross
  • Maasai, Hadzabe and Tribes
  • Big Five sightings in Ngorongoro
  • Easier to access and more flights
  • Starting point is Arusha
  • Requires 3 + days

Roaring lioness Serengeti Tanzania

Southern Tanzania Circuit

  • A very long drive or an expensive flight in a light aircraft to access the south
  • Includes the Ruaha and Nyerere (Selous) National Parks as well as Katavi and Mahale Mountains
  • Off-the-beaten-track experiences
  • Higher budget required
  • Enormous herds of elephant and buffalo
  • No cheetahs or rhinos
  • Wildlife less used to visitors so more skittish and spread out
  • Starting point is Dar es Salaam to fly on to Ruaha and Selous
  • Requires 2 weeks +

Yawning Hippo in Central Serengeti

Before getting into the details of what you can expect each day, below is a brief overview of my 7 and 10 day Tanzania safari itinerary.

Click any of the days below to jump to my full notes on that day

Day 1: City of Arusha the gateway to the Tanzania Northen Safari Circuit

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Day 3: Maasi, Hazabe & Datoga Tribes

Day 4: Ngorongoro Creator

Day 5: Central Serengeti

Day 6: Journey home (7 day itinerary) Northen Serengeti (10 day itinerary)

Days 7-9: Zanzibar (10 day itinerary)

Detailed Tanzania Safari Itinerary

The flights usually arrive late – I would strongly recommend that you arrange for your safari company to pick you up in their safari truck or use a high-end taxi service. As with most African countries, driving at night is best minimised as drivers often go over the speed limit due to lower police presence at night and visibility is often poor.

On my first visit to Tanzania our first accommodation arranged a taxi for us – it was the tiniest little car I’ve ever seen and the driver seemed to be an aspiring formula one driver. I watched my life flash before my eyes as he proceeded to conduct countless overtakes, often only nipping back to the other side when cars  on the other side were about to hit us head on. Motorbikes on the other side did not require moving back and they had to swerve out of his way Not to mention he did all this whilst keeping one eye on the TV show playing on little TV screen retrofitted to the dashboard of the car. If you find yourself in this situation, simply ask them to slow down. I discussed this with a few locals who confirmed this wasn’t an unusual experience – especially in the small minibuses which frequent the roads. After this we drove everywhere either via safari truck or high-end taxi services – both these options were fantastic and felt very safe. Ella

mini bus in arusha tanzania

Overview of Arusha

The bustling city of Arusha is the gateway to the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Most people only spend a day or so here on their way to and from safari.

Arusha and also nearby Moshi are popular with the volunteer crowds as they have a good nightlife.

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Things to do in Arusha

Chemka Hot Spring s

The Chemka Hot Springs are located between Arusha and Moshi. It takes around an hour to drive there and they are an incredible oasis. You can rent a buoyancy ring when you’re down there to float around the springs. If you’ve the adventurous type, there is a rope swing which allows you to swing into the water from an overhanging tree. It was great fun!

The Chemka Hot Springs in Moshi Tanzania

Visit the markets

There are two main markets in Arusha; the Central Market (Soko Kuu) and the Kilombero Market. You can buy a large array of items from the markets including wooden mementos, handmade jewellery and food.

Arusha National Park

You can opt for a driving or cheaper walking safari. Inside the park you can go canoeing on Lake Momella.

Whilst it’s arguably not in the same league as the other national parks you’ll be visiting, Arusha National Park does have plenty of zebras, buffalo, giraffes and the chance to see some predators too such as hyenas and leopards. It’s also possible to spot hippos and elephants.

Zebras such as those found in Arusha National Park

Tips and Tricks to blend in with the locals in Arusha

As with any busy city, be careful of pickpockets. Be especially careful with your passport.

I always recommend travelling with multiple photo copies of your passport and Visa. When out and about in cities, take 1 photocopy of your passport and visa with you. That way you can leave your main passport locked in the hotel safe.

In busy areas, sometimes people will approach you to offer you guide services or to show you around the city. I decline these offers as they are unsolicited. Be polite and friendly as they are often just good people doing what they can to earn a living from tourism.

I find walking purposefully as though you know where you’re going (even when you don’t!) avoids being approached.

Dress respectfully as it’s a largely muslim country. For example wearing crop tops or short shorts on busy streets will be frowned upon.

It is considered good manners to ask before taking photos of people, even if that means simply holding up your camera and waiting for their nod.

Ella Mckendrick

Arusha Video

After breakfast you’ll hit the road for a couple of hours, heading southwest to Lake Manyara at the top of Tarangire National Park.

You’ll go on safari in the park stopping for lunch at one of the two picnic spots: Maete or Silale Swamp.

After an exciting day of safari, you’ll head back up north, over the top of Lake Mayara and then West to Karatu, a small bustling town and one of seven districts of the Arusha Region of Tanzania. With its charming dusty amber roads, Karatu is known as the gateway to the Ngorongoro Highlands. From the northern exit of Taragerie it’s around 1.5 hours drive to Karatu.

African Elephant in Tarangire National Park

Overview of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is the sixth biggest park in Tanzania at 2,850 square kilometres.  The park’s name comes from the Tarangire River which spans across the park and provides a water source for its many inhabitants.

The park is a unique mix of grasslands, woodlands and baobab trees blanketed across the park. There are also swamps and granite rock formations.

Impala and a Baboon in Tarangire National Park

Wildlife in Tarangire National Park

One animal comes to mind when you think of Tarangire and that’s the African Elephant – the largest land mammal in the world. 

During the peak of the migration from July to October around 5,000 of these huge majestic creators stroll around the park in search of water.

During the dry season you can also see the migration of wildebeests and zebras from the Serengeti.

Tarangire is popular for birding with a reported 550+ species of birds in the park.

Two female ostriches in Tarangire National Park

There are over 700 lions in Tarangire National Park so if you keep your eyes peeled you’ve got a good chance of spotting a lion or even a whole pride. Due to the high amount of vegetation in the park, there is a good chance the lions will spot you before you spot them!

Other lesser seen predators in the park include leopards and cheetahs which can be spotted patrolling the grasslands or lazing in trees. The park is also home to caracals and the honey badger.

There are some African wild dogs patrolling the park but sightings are very rare.

Other animals in the park include the cheeky vervet monkeys, nobel giraffes, illusive mongooses, troops of baboons, impressive cape buffalo, skitty dik-diks, elands, gazelles and impala.

A mother baboon with her two babies in Tarangire

Tarangire Safari Tips & Tricks

You can spend the night in the National Park but accommodation in the park is more expensive and you also have overnight park fees per person too. 

The perfect time to visit is during the dry season from June to October as the migrating animals and short grasses allow for easier sightings.

During the dry season you can spot many animals around Tarangire River.

The biggest herds of elephants can be seen towards the end of the dry season in September and October.

For bird watchers, November – May are a great time to visit to spot birds during the wet period.

Tarangire Safari Video

Going on a cultural excursion to meet some of Tanzania’s incredible tribes is an opportunity too good to pass up. Nowhere else in Africa can you find this level of tribal diversity. 

Visiting the Hadzabe tribe was my joint number 1 Tanzania experience, not to mention one of the most incredible experiences of my life. In case you were wondering, my other joint no.1 experience was seeing the Mara River crossing in the Serengeti.

Hadzabe (Hadza) Tribe in Tanzania

Morning visiting the Hadzabe Tribe

It’s a 1-2 hour drive to the Lake Eyasi Basin in the Central Rift Valley. The Lake Eyasi Basin along with the neighbouring Serengeti Plateau is Hadzabe’s territory. 

The Hadzabe however, are nomadic so locating them is never guaranteed. Your tour company will need to have contacts with a specialist guide who can communicate with the Hadzabe. Often these specialists have lived with the Hadzabe for up to a year to learn to communicate with them.

You’ll travel off road into the bush and if you’re lucky you’ll eventually sight a small cluster of transient huts made from wood and animal skins.

You’ll park up and the specialist guide who has a relationship with the Hadzabe will go over to speak to the chief whilst you wait in the car to request permission for you to visit them.

Once permission is granted, you’ll leave the car and the modern world behind you and enter the world of the Hadzabe. The Hadzabe live like many tribes did thousands of years ago hunting and gathering for food and drinking water from the roots of plants.

Ella McKendrick and Hadzabe Tribe

You’ll see the Hadzabe way of life, and if you’re adventurous you can join them on a short hunt in the bush.

Next you’ll hop back in the safari jeep and head over to the nearby Datoga Tribe. The Datoga are blacksmiths and trade with the Hadzabe and provide their arrowheads.

Ella Mckendrick with Hadzabe Tribe Leader in Tanzania

Midday visit to the Datooga (Blacksmith) Tribe

At the Datoga Tribe you’ll be greeted by the women of the village who will show you their homes and way of life before leading you over to the men of the village who are blacksmiths and heat metal to craft tools and jewellery.

Ella Mckendrick with Datoga tribe women

Afternoon with the Maasai

Finally you’ll drive to the Maasai Steppe Region in the Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Manyara to meet the world famous Maasai tribe. They usually greet visitors by putting on a spectacular dance with amazing vocals. The men of the village jump as high as they can during the dance. You might be offered the chance to join in.

The Maasai are also nomadic and they will teach you about their way of life and show you their houses and animals including the sacred cows.

After visiting the Maasai it’s a short drive back to Karatu for the night.

three Maasai men

Overview of Tanzania’s Tribes

Tanzania is incredibly culturally diverse with over 120 tribes and distinct ethnic groups – each with their own unique  way of life.

According to a 2021 survey , the largest tribe in Tanzania is the Sukuma (Bantu ethnic group) which comprises 17.5% of the country’s total population.

The remaining large groups represent under 5% each.

The Sukuma along with the Maasai are Tanzania’s “cowboys,” with a large herd of cows, sheep, and goats.

Maasai men making fire

Below is a quick rundown of the most important 7 tribes and the ones you’ll probably come across during your visit to Tanzania:

1 . Sukuma​

The Sukuma​ are mostly located in rural areas in North Tanzania near Mwanza and Southern Lake Victoria. The tribe is polygynous – meaning that many of the men have more than one wife. Many of the tribe practice Christianity and their primary economy is farming the land and raising livestock.

The Chagga are primarily located on the Southern and Eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Famous for their strong work ethic, the Chagga’s are farmers of Millet, bananas and coffee. Many practice christianity and also Islam. Many of the porters assisting travellers up Kilimanjaro are Chaggas.

The Maasai are pastoralist people (sheep and cattle farmers), whose traditional territories stretch from the Rift Valley lakes of Kenya across the Serengeti plains into Tanzania. Like the Sukuma, the Maasai are polygynous – meaning that many of the men have more than one wife. The traditional diet is almost exclusively cattle in the form of meat, milk and blood.

4. Hadzabe (aka Hazda)

Hadzabe (aka Hazda) are one of the last remaining hunter gatherer tribes in the world. They live a simple life, hunting and foraging for food. Typically the men do the hunting and the women and children forage. They are nomadic and move around Lake Eyasi, sleeping in caves and simple nomadic huts.

5. Iraqw​

The Iraqw​ tribe are originally from Ethiopia. Their ancestors migrated southwards, following the Great Rift Valley, finally settling in Mbulu Plateau, between Lake Manyara and Lake Eyasi. The men are blacksmiths and the women make pottery. They also grow their own food and tend to livestock.Traditionally their houses are built underground to protect their cattle from raids by neighbouring Maasai. Polygamy is accepted but in reality most Iraqw men only have one wife.

The Datoga tribe are one of the oldest tribes in Tanzania along with the Maasai and the bushmen and can be found in Northern Tanzania around the Mayara region. They are semi-nomadic. They are known as a very brave tripe and traditionally, young men had to prove themselves by killing an “enemy of the people”. They are highly skilled blacksmiths and trade their arrowheads and jewellery with other tribes.

The Makonde tribe are responsible for the amazing carvings you see in souvenir shops and stalls in Tanzania. I visited them in Mto Wa Mbu to watch them skilfully carve souvenirs such as model animals from pieces of wood.

Hadzabe Tribe, Tanzania morning hunt for food

Activities with Tanzania’s Tribes

Hadzabe (Hazda) Tribe activities can include:

  • Target practise with their bows and arrows
  • Tribal dance
  • Lighting a fire using traditional methods
  • Cooking food over a fire
  • Joining them on a traditional hunt for their food

Datgoa (blacksmith) Tribe activities can include:

  • Watching the skilled tribe members melt down scrap metal using a very traditional furnace and craft jewellery and tools from the molten metal.
  • Viewing inside their houses and how they grind their food.

Maasai Tribe activities can include:

  • Witnessing the Massi prepare food from start to finish (not for the squeamish)
  • Watching their traditional dance
  • Viewing the traditional houses
  • Viewing their schools
  • Viewing Maasai warriors perform their traditional blood drinking from their cows (the cows are unharmed)

Datoga women Tanzania standing outside their traditional houses

Tips & Tricks when Visiting Tribes

Visiting the Hadzabe requires a special interpreter who’s lived with the Hadzabe for 6 months or more and learns to communicate with them.

The local companies I work with have the necessary contacts to arrange an exclusive Hadzabe visit: Safaris By Ella

Usually at the end of a visit to the tribes, you will be shown some tables with jewellery laid out which the members of the tribe have made themselves. 

Prices are typically around $30 per piece. They are not quite as cheap as you would expect but there are quite a few rich tourists in Tanzania which probably lead to inflated prices for souvenirs. If you need to negotiate I find just politely stating the price I’m happy to pay and leaving it up to them to accept or decline works well. I couldn’t resist buying a little something from each tribe to remember the experience and also to support them.

Your tour company will usually have given the tribes some payment as a thank you. In some cases it might be applicable to provide an extra tip to the tribes – your guide can advise you on this. The specialist Hadzabe guide will usually require a tip which on my visit was suggested at $30 per day (in 2022) but this may vary.

Tanzania Tribes Videos

Watch videos of my visits to the tribes

After breakfast you begin the epic drive to the most iconic safari park: the Serengeti. However, you’re in for a real adventure on your way as you must pass through the mystical Ngorongoro Crater. Travelling into the crater is like visiting the lost world – it’s mind-blowing!

It takes around 30 minutes to reach the ridge of Ngorongoro crater from when you begin the descent into the crater. You can spend the morning safariing around the basin of the crater and then continue your journey to Central Serengeti which will take a further 3 hours or so. 

As you approach the gateway to the Serengeti you are reminded of the meaning of Serengeti (endless plains) as the incredible flat landscape spans as far as the eye can see in every direction.

You’ll have a safari on your journey into the Serengeti before spending the night in the Seronera area in mid-Serengeti. Most likely your accommodation will be a tented camp. Many of these camps are not like a normal tent, these tents have four poster beds and in some cases wood floors.

Rockstar upgrade : At the very top end the Serengeti accommodation is non-tented and can have infinity pools.

Ella Mckendrick in Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Overview

Ngorongoro Crater was one of the highlights of my trip to Tanzania. There’s quite frankly nowhere else on earth like it.

The Ngorongoro Crater, part of the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is simply awe-inspiring with the crater rim sitting at an elevation of 2,200 metres.  As we began the 610 metre descent into the “lost world” below, I was filled with excitement.

With a reputation as the Eden of Africa, the crater is a massive caldera, formed by the collapse of a volcano over two million years ago, and is now home to a stunning array of wildlife and habitats.

black rhino

The crater’s unique ecosystem supports a wide variety of animals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, and many more.

During the night, zebras and elephants gather on the rim while during the day, Maasai herders lead their cows and goats down to the crater floor to graze and drink water.

The name “Ngorongoro” is derived from the Maasai language, and it is said to have originated from the Maasai word “Ngoronkoro,” which means “the gift of life” or “the place where the cow bell rings.”

Serval hunting in the basin of Ngorongoro Crater

Wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater

Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 115 species of mammals have been identified, with game-viewing mainly occurring in three areas:

  • Inside the crater itself
  • the short-grass plains west of the Gol Mountains, northwest of Ngorongoro Crater
  • the surroundings of Lake Ndutu near the border with Serengeti National Park.

The crater itself is the primary safari destination within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, so we’ll focus on the animals you can see inside the crater. However, if you have time you can also visit the other two locations as well.

Marabou stork - a large wading bird

The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhinos, although as with all wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Keep an eye out in the long grass for carnivores such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, jackals, serval cats, and the endangered wild hunting dogs.

The permanent freshwater pools and swamps within the crater are a great place to see Hippopotamuses yawning and farting in their typical fashion.

Resident zebras and wildebeests can be found in the crater that do not take part in the annual migration.

Other non-migratory herbivorous mammals that reside in the Conservation Area include buffalos, waterbucks, warthogs, kudus, and other species of antelope.

With over 550 identified species of birds, some resident and others migratory, the Ngorongoro Conservation area is a bird watcher’s paradise. 

Lake Magadi, a salt lake on the floor of the crater, attracts thousands of lesser flamingos and other water birds, while Lake Ndutu and Empakaai Crater Lake are other places to observe various bird species.

Picnic in Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Tips & Tricks

Make sure to visit the viewing spot at the top of the crater for some incredible views. It’s also a great photo opportunity – they also have a restroom.

You can visit all year round as many of the animals remain in the crater permanently.

The dry season between June and September is the most busy with the rainy season between March and May being the quietest time to visit.

If you have extra days to spare and plan to visit the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area: From December to May (depending on the rains), over one million wildebeests and thousands of zebras and gazelles move south to calve in the short-grass plains around Ndutu.

Secretary bird, tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Video

You’ll spend the day on a safari in Central Serengeti – widely regarded as the greatest safari destination in the world. Predators are most active early in the morning and late afternoon / evening when it’s cooler.

After a full day of safari, you’ll head back to your camp for the night.

Young leopard cub in the Serengeti National Park

Central Serengeti Overview

For as long as I could remember, the Serengeti, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, had been on my bucket-list as the ultimate safari destination. Finally visiting this vast ecosystem felt like a dream come true, though a part of me wondered if it would live up to its hype. However, I can now confidently say that the Serengeti exceeded all of my expectations.

Covering 30,000 square kilometres, The Serengeti National Park is absolutely huge. To put things in perspective it’s 20x the size of the Masai Mara National Reserve which it joins in the north and by comparison is 1,510 square kilometres.

Hyena family with cubs in Central Serengeti

Wildlife in Central Serengeti 

With one of the highest densities of predators in Africa, it’s no wonder that the Serengeti is regarded as one of the best places in the world to observe Africa’s big cats.

The abundance of prey species such as wildebeest and zebras, particularly during the great migration, supports this high concentration of predators.

Lioness with her cubs in Central Serengeti

There is an estimated 3,000 lions and more than 1,000 leopards, as well as cheetahs, hyenas, and African wild dogs

This is a great place to check off all of the big five: Lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. I managed 4 out of 5 on my latest visit to Tanzania, just missing out on seeing the rhinos.

The Serengeti is home to over 500 bird species, ranging from large raptors like eagles and vultures, to colourful songbirds and waterfowl. Many of these species are migratory, with some travelling thousands of kilometres from their breeding grounds to winter in the Serengeti. 

Eagle with a hunk of meat in its claw

Serengeti Tree Climbing Lions

You might be understandably shocked to see a Lion in a tree but sightings are regularly reported in the Serengeti and I managed to spot at least two on my latest visit.

It’s a very special sight to behold as tree climbing lions are only found in northern Tanzania and southern Uganda. You’ll have the greatest chances of spotting one in the Serengeti in part due to the high density of lions.

There are a number of theories as to why Lions in this area climb trees. Our guide told us the behavioural change came about to protect their feet from the wet grass in the rainy seasons. 

Other sources suggest that it’s to protect themselves from the constant irritation of insect bites while lazing, escaping charging buffaloes or even to survey their surroundings for a potential meal. The truth is probably a combination of these factors as well as the pure fun and excitement for the younger cubs.

lion cub in the tree in serengeti

Central Serengeti Safari Tips & Tricks

Keep your eyes peeled for tails hanging down from trees and this is the “tell tale” sign of either a leopard or lion.

The Serengeti is a year-round destination, although the best time to visit depends on what you want to see. The dry season, from June to October, is the best time for game-viewing as animals congregate around water sources. The wet season, from November to May, is the time when the wildebeest migration occurs, offering an opportunity to witness one of nature’s most incredible spectacles.

You can go for balloon safaris over the Serengeti which gives you a great birds eye view of the park. At the time of writing this costs around $595 USD per person.

Balloon safari serengeti tanzania

Central Serengeti Video

If your safari is 7 days you would now begin the 6-7 hour drive back to Arusha. 

Due to the drive time, some people prefer to fly back on a small scheduled plane from the Seregetti Seronera airstrip (SEU) to Arusha Airport (ARK). The cost to fly via a scheduled service is typically around $250-$600 per person with an average flying time of 1.5 hours.

If your safari is 10 days, you will now head up to the North of the Sergetti where it meets the Maasi Mara in Kenya. 

Depending on the time of year you can see one of the most famous wildlife spectacles in the world: the Mara River crossing before flying directly to Zanzibar for some well earned relaxation.

The best times to see the migration are late July to August with parts of September and again on their return south, around the last two weeks of October through early November.

Three giraffes in Northern Serengeti

It can take 4 hours to drive to the north of the Serengeti – you will usually go out of the park and drive up normal roads to speed up the trip and then re-enter the park in the north. 

Rockstar upgrade : You also have the more expensive option to fly from the Seronera airstrip (SEU) in central Serengeti to the Kogatende Airstrip (HTMZ) in the north and meet your guide and car up there. There are daily scheduled flights with Coastal, leaving at 9:30AM and arriving at 10:30AM which cost around $300-400 per person.

Mara River crossing, Northern Serengeti

Northern Serengeti Overview

The northern Serengeti serves as the backdrop for one of nature’s greatest spectacles – the great migration. During this awe-inspiring event, millions of wildebeest and zebras embark on a perilous journey between Tanzania and Kenya (pr Kenya to Tanzania on their return), braving the treacherous crocodile infested Mara River along the way.

Only the other side of the Mara River is the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Although I’m sure it does happen from time to time, the Mara River crossing is not quite the bloodbath you see on nature documentaries. The crocodiles haven’t eaten for up to a year and there are millions of wildebeests to choose from so they aren’t about to waste any energy in getting their meal.

During the first crossing of the wildebeests, the crocodiles just watched and all the wildebeests made it to the other side.

wildebeest has caught the attention of a crocodile

Shortly after we moved further down the Mara river and a second bunch of wildebeests started crossing the river. This time one of the weaker wildebeests struggled to get up the other side and decided to return back to the other side. The crocodile seemed interested but kept their distance. Only when the exhausted wildebeest started flailing at the other bank did a crocodile effortlessly pop up and drag it underwater, killing it in seconds.

It was a powerful moment and although sad as it was to see the wildebeest get eaten, the crocodile needed to eat too and the natural selection ensures the wildebeests with the strongest genes go on to breed on the other side.

wildebeests Serengeti

Wildlife in Northern Serengeti

The distribution of wildlife in the Serengeti can vary depending on the region. In general, the northern Serengeti is known for having a higher density of predators, such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs, due to the large number of resident herbivores like gazelles, impalas, and topis.

cheater scanning the landscape for prey in the long Serengeti grasses

Northern Serengeti Safari Tips & Tricks

Allow yourself plenty of time in the north as during the migration sometimes you can be waiting as much as 4 hours to see the wildebeests crossing. Due to my schedule I only had a couple of hours but I got really lucky and within 5 minutes of arriving at the Mara river the first Wildebeests decided to cross! Being heard animals once the first one hops in the crocodile infested river the rest of them usually jump straight in.

Leopard tortoise

Northern Serengeti Video

You should be able to fly from Kogatende Airstrip in the north of Serengeti to Zanzibar. However, check with your safari company regarding current flight schedules.

Despite the flight costs, due to the lack of park fees, spending 3 days relaxing in Zanzibar should bring down your average cost per day vs spending more time in the national parks.

After relaxing in Zanzibar you can fly directly home to most locations.

Prison Island (Changuu), Zanzibar from the air

Zanzibar Overview

Zanzibar is an exotic archipelago located off the east coast – as it’s part of Tanzania there’s no need to go through passport control when visiting after your safari.

The term safari and beach has been coined to describe the popular mix of safari followed by a trip to a beach destination such as Zanzibar to unwind.

Zanzibar is made up of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and several smaller islands. The island is an exquisite blend of African, Arab, and Indian cultures.

A typical Zanzibar resort

Things to do in Zanzibar

With its turquoise waters, pristine white sandy beaches, and vibrant culture, there is plenty to do in Zanzibar for anything up to a week or two.

Explore Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, which is the old town of the archipelago capital city, Zanzibar City.

Zanzibar is also known for its spice plantations, which produce some of the world’s finest spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Whilst in Stone Town, head down to Darajani Market to buy some of the spices which made Zanzibar famous.

Your safari company can arrange for a guide to show you around and tell you more about the history of the Old Town if you wish.

Stone Town market

There are loads of amazing rooftop restaurants which give you a birds eye view of the city.

Zanzibar has a dark past as hub for the slave trade – you can visit the slave monument and learn more about the it’s history. You can also visit the old slave market and the house of David Livingston who helped to abolish the slave trade.

Zanzibar also hosts three major festivals each year: A music festival called Sauti za Busara , a film festival called The Zanzibar International Film Festival and non profit community festival called The Zanzibar Beach and Watersports Festival .

Make sure to visit some of the local restaurants. As a melting pot of numerous cultures, Zanzibar has some of the best foods in Africa.

There are a number of cooking classes which can be arranged if you’d like to learn more about the local cooking style.

To north of the main Zanzibar island Unguja, where you’ll probably be based, is a smaller island called Pemba Island. Here you’ll find Manta Resort which features the famous underwater room

You can also rent a bike to ride round the island, go horse riding, visit Prison Island (Changuu), book a yoga retreat or have fun with some surfing or kitesurfing.

Prison Island (Changuu), Zanzibar

Zanzibar Tips & Tricks

It is considered good manners to ask before taking photos of people, even if it’s simply holding up your camera and waiting for their nod. Some of the older generation don’t like being photographed.

In the markets and smaller shops you can barter. Start with a low price and then meet in the middle. It’s easy with a bit of practice and part of the culture.

When eating out and above as with the rest of Africa, stick to lower-risk foods and ensure your food is cooked on the spot e.g. avoid buffets where the food has been left out.

If you’re spending a longer time in Zanzibar then I’d recommend a visit to Mafia Island.

Mafia Island, Zanzibar

Tanzania is an incredibly diverse country and visiting has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It’s hard to find the incredible culture and wildlife that Tanzania has to offer anywhere else. Whilst I had numerous incredible experiences during my trip to Tanzania, the two that will stay with me the most are my visit to the Hadzabe hunter gatherer tribe and witnessing the Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in North Serengeti.

Tanzania however, is not a cheap country to visit as a tourist, especially if you go there expecting prices similar to that of Asia. There are ways to bring the costs down but it does require a reasonable budget as you can see from my examples in the costs section. The park fees are higher than other safari destinations which reflect the quality of the parks. The higher park fees, has the upside of making them less crowded with safari trucks and thus gives a better wildlife viewing experience. 

Tanzania is a once in a lifetime experience and well worth the price. is a free online resource. If you have found this website useful for planning your adventures, you can show your support by buying me a coffee . Thanks so much!

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2 Weeks in Tanzania: 3 Top Itineraries for First-Timers

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Tanzania is a destination that promises a remarkable array of experiences. From the enchanting Serengeti plains to the paradise of Zanzibar's pristine beaches, from thrilling wildlife safaris to immersing yourself in Swahili culture and savoring local cuisine, you won't need to compromise on Tanzania's top attractions during your full two weeks of exploration.

To help you make the most of your time, here are the top four itineraries for a memorable 2-week journey through Tanzania.

1. First Timers' Best of Tanzania in 2 Weeks

This two-week itinerary is a delightful journey through Tanzania's multifaceted landscape, offering a balanced blend of wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, and tranquil beach getaways. It's perfect for travelers who desire a comprehensive experience of Tanzania's rich offerings.

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with our travel specialist:

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park, Game Drive Day 3: Cultural Exchange in Mto Wa Mbu, Transfer to Ngorongoro Day 4: Ngorongoro Game Drive Day 5: Transfer to Serengeti National Park, Stop at Olduvai Gorge Days 6-7: Explore Northern Serengeti National Park Days 8-10: Transfer to Zanzibar, Optional Activities Days 11-13: Transfer to Pemba Island, Optional Activities Day 14: Depart Tanzania

Begin your journey in Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania's famed national parks. Spend your first few days exploring Ngorongoro Crater , a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to see the "Big Five." Then, head to the iconic Serengeti , where you'll witness the Great Migration—a natural spectacle like no other.

Finally, your journey concludes with a visit to Zanzibar , where you can explore the cultural heritage of Stone Town and savor optional activities like spice tours, snorkeling, and relaxing on the island's pristine beaches.

For families, you can consider a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti as a thrilling family adventure. Couples may opt for a romantic sunset bush dinner in the Ngorongoro Crater.

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2. 14-Day Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

If you're looking to embark on an incredible 14-day safari adventure that spans both Kenya and Tanzania, you're in for a treat. This carefully crafted itinerary offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to explore the renowned Serengeti in Tanzania and the captivating Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Days 1-2: Nairobi, Kenya Days 3-4: Maasai Mara Game Drive Days 5-6: Lake Victoria Day 7-9: Serengeti National Park Day 10-11: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Day 12: Lake Manyara Game Drive Day 13: Transfer to Arusha Day 14: Depart Africa

Your adventure begins in Nairobi , where you'll have a day to acclimate and explore the city. Your journey then takes you to the Maasai Mara , famous for its wildlife and vibrant Maasai culture.

The journey continues with a transfer to the serene shores of Lake Victoria , offering a relaxing interlude with activities like fishing and boat trips.

You'll then venture into the legendary Serengeti National Park , renowned for its spectacular wildlife and the Great Migration.

Your adventure continues as you journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where a captivating game drive awaits you. Lake Manyara 's diverse wildlife is the next highlight, and your journey concludes in Arusha, where you can explore local markets and art galleries.

With our private tour, you can smoothly cross the borders between these two incredible countries, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free journey. Contact our experienced travel consultants to help you turn your dream tour into a reality.

3. 14-Day Tanzania Comprehensive Tour

If you're dreaming of a 14-day journey through Tanzania that covers the iconic Serengeti, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the paradisiacal Zanzibar, and the lively city of Dar es Salaam, this comprehensive itinerary is tailor-made for you.

Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or a culture lover, this adventure promises to fulfill your travel desires.

Day 1-2: Arrival in Dar es Salaam Day 3-6: Serengeti National Park Day 7-9: Mount Kilimanjaro Trek Day 10-12: Zanzibar Island Day 13-14: Return to Dar es Salaam and Departure

Your journey commences in the bustling coastal city of Dar es Salaam . Get acquainted with the local culture, explore vibrant markets, and savor delicious Swahili cuisine. The second day is dedicated to a city tour, where you can immerse yourself in the historical and cultural highlights of Dar es Salaam.

Next, you'll take a flight to the legendary Serengeti National Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over four days, you'll embark on thrilling game drives through the vast wilderness, encountering the incredible wildlife of the Serengeti. Keep an eye out for the Big Five and the mesmerizing Great Migration if you're visiting during the right season.

Your adventure then takes you to the town of Moshi , the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. You'll begin your ascent of Africa's highest peak, choosing from various routes like Machame or Marangu. Over three days, you'll traverse diverse ecosystems, ultimately reaching the summit to witness an awe-inspiring sunrise.

Zanzibar Island is your next destination, where pristine beaches, rich history, and aromatic spice plantations await. Explore Stone Town's narrow streets, visit the Sultan's Palace, and dive into the island's unique culture. Optional activities like snorkeling, a spice tour, and beachfront relaxation complete your Zanzibar experience.

This all-encompassing itinerary ensures you experience the best of Tanzania, from its remarkable natural wonders to its rich cultural heritage, promising a memorable and fulfilling two weeks in this East African gem.

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2-Day Tanzania Safari Tours

Tanzania is one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations. To really savor this, you should spend at least a few nights in the bush. However, as wildlife densities are high in Tanzanian parks and reserves, you’ll be able to see a big variety of wildlife in a short time span if you need to take a 2-day safari. Luckily many tour operators have realized the need for a quick safari and there are lots of great overnight trips available. Most 2-day trips require a lot of driving time getting to the park and back, but this gives you the opportunity to see the countryside. If time or budget mean you’re restricted to 2 days, you need to make the most of it, so below are some answers to popular questions to help you on your way.

2-Day Amazing Safari to Tanzania

2-Day Amazing Safari to Tanzania

$715 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha (End)

African Chitah   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.8 /5  –  59 Reviews

2-Day Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater from Zanzibar

2-Day Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater from Zanzibar

$1,265 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Mid-range Lodge

You Visit: Zanzibar (Start) , Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar (End)

Safari Soles   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  241 Reviews

2-Day Zanzibar to Ngorongoro & Tarangire Midrange Safari

2-Day Zanzibar to Ngorongoro & Tarangire Midrange Safari

Serengeti Wakanda Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  462 Reviews

2-Day | 1 Night Join Group Ngorongoro & Tarangire

2-Day | 1 Night Join Group Ngorongoro & Tarangire

$385 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Budget Lodge

Swahili Paradise Tours & Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.1 /5  –  85 Reviews

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2-Day 1-Night Comfort Safari to Tarangire & Ngorongoro

$724 pp (USD)

Full Package Adventures   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  63 Reviews

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2-Day Wildlife Safari at Mikumi National Park

$355 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Lodge

You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start) , Mikumi NP, Dar Es Salaam (End)

Double G Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  15 Reviews

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2-Day Tarangire and Ngorongoro Big 5 Safari

$880 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Camping

Simba Adventures   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.7 /5  –  11 Reviews

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2-Day Short Safari After Kilimanjaro Climbing

$695 pp (USD)

You Visit: Moshi (Start) , Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Moshi (End)

Professional Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  54 Reviews

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2-Day Safari Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

$742 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Mid-range Tented Camp

Paradise & Wilderness   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.8 /5  –  112 Reviews

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2-Day Private Lodge Experience Parks Close to Arusha

$649 to $693 pp (USD)

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Arusha (End)

Tanzania Juvenile Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  37 Reviews

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2-Day Mikumi National Park Safari and Night Game Drive

$660 pp (USD)

Nkollo Tours & Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  43 Reviews

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2-Day Arusha and Tarangire National Park Safari

$603 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Mid-range Resort

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Arusha NP, Tarangire NP, Arusha (End)

Destination Specialists   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  9 Reviews

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2-Day Camping Safari - Tarangire NP & Ngorongoro Crater

$1,191 pp (USD)

Ecotone Africa Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.8 /5  –  5 Reviews

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2-Day Amazing Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater Safari

$814 pp (USD)

African Master Class Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  9 Reviews

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2-Day Mikumi Budget Adventure

$381 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Banda

Kasaka Tours   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  29 Reviews

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2-Day Fly-in Safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro

$1,420 pp (USD)

You Visit: Zanzibar (Start) , Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar (End)

Mountain Warriors Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  68 Reviews

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2-Day Elite Expedition (Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater)

Njiro Legacy   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  4 Reviews

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2-Day Budget Safari in Tarangire & Lake Manyara

$506 to $517 pp (USD)

Highneck Safaris company   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

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2-Day Luxury Tour from Zanzibar to Tarangire & Crater

$1,250 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Luxury Lodge

Goldfinch Adventures   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

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2-Day Unforgettable Safari to Serengeti

$550 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Tented Camp

You Visit: Mwanza (Start) , Serengeti NP, Mwanza (End)

Psalms Adventures   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  17 Reviews

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Are there 2-day tours available to Tanzanian parks and reserves?

“There are many 2-day/1-night tours available in Tanzania. Most safaris start from Arusha or Dar es Salaam, but it is possible to book a quick 2-day safari from Zanzibar too. Arusha is the gateway to the country’s Northern safari circuit. To take a tour of the entire circuit you need at least 4 or 5 days, but in 2 days you can visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater in combination with Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Parks. Of course you can also opt to reduce traveling time and spend both days in just one of these destinations. Even more convenient is an overnight trip to Arusha National Park, located not too far from the city. Here you can enjoy game drives and walking safaris, but more amazing are canoe trips on the Momella Lakes. Large flocks of flamingos often drop by the lakes. From Dar es Salaam, a convenient 2-day safari is to Mikumi National Park. If you park near one of the waterholes you may see a constant stream of animals, including huge herds of buffalo, coming to drink. Otherwise, you can go to Saadani National Park, which spills onto the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It is possible to drive here (the drive takes about three hours), but boat transfers are also available. Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) can also be visited on a 2-day road trip from Dar es Salaam, but because of the distance, a fly-in trip here is more suitable.”

What can I expect from a 2-day Tanzania safari?

“On a typical 2-day safari, at dawn or straight after an early breakfast you’ll be picked up at your accommodation. Usually you’ll drive for several hours to reach the park. The drive gives you the opportunity to see rural Tanzania. Once you arrive at the park entrance gate, your driver-guide will take a few minutes to sort out the paperwork and pop up the roof of your 4x4. This is where your game drive starts. Your guide will drive slowly while looking for animals. You can relax and sit down or you can stand up and look around for animals. When animals move to seek shelter from the sun, it’s time to stop for lunch at a picnic spot, which could be at a scenic viewpoint or even a waterhole where you’ll be able to watch animals coming to drink. The afternoon is spent looking for more animals before you get to your accommodation for the night. After an early breakfast, you might go on another game drive before commencing the drive back to the city. You’ll be dropped back at your hotel in time for dinner.”

Is it safe to book a 2-day tour in Tanzania?

“All Tanzanian safaris run by reputable companies can be considered very safe. There is virtually no crime in any of the country’s parks and reserves. However, like anywhere in the world, cities tend to be crime hot spots. Most tours start in Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Many travelers walk around Arusha without any problems, but we suggest avoiding busy areas, such as the market and the bus station, and following some safety precautions. Dar es Salaam has a bad reputation for crime and you need to be more careful here. Exploring the city unguided is not recommended. Rather, book a tour or get around by taxi.”

Is it possible to see the Big Five in 2 days?

“Tanzania’s wildlife viewing is incredible, and on a 4- to 5-day safari around the Northern circuit your chances of seeing the Big Five are very good. This is more tricky on a 2-day trip though. Most Tanzanian parks and reserves don’t have rhino. The only place to dependably see black rhino in the wild is in the Ngorongoro Crater. The other members of the Big Five are regularly spotted here too, although you need some luck to see leopard. In the Dry season, Tarangire is known for its big elephant herds, and buffalo is commonly seen too. Sightings of big cats, however, can be erratic. There is great general wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara, and you’ll have the chance to see tree-climbing lions. Arusha National Park isn’t as much a conventional safari destination. There are lots of animals, including the beautiful black-and-white colobus monkey, but there’s little chance of seeing any of the Big Five, except perhaps buffalo. In Mikumi three of the Big Five are easily seen, but leopard sightings are very rare. In Saadani, while wildlife densities are rather low, you could see elephants, giraffes and several antelope species. A highlight in Saadani is a boat trip on the mangrove-lined Wami River.”

Is a 2-day Tanzania safari worth it?

“Whatever time you can allocate, it’s always worth getting out on a safari. Even though a proper safari should at least take you out into the bush for a few nights, sometimes a quick Tanzania safari is all you may have time to do. You might be traveling on business to the biggest city of Dar es Salaam and looking for the best way to spend a free weekend. Or perhaps you have booked a beach holiday in Zanzibar and you’d like a small safari adventure with a 2-day trip to the bush. Or maybe a 2-day safari is all the budget allows. It may surprise you how much you can see and take in on an overnight tour. And hopefully it will inspire you to do a longer safari another time.”

How much will this safari cost?

“There is a big range of prices for a 2-day safari in Tanzania. The cheapest 2-day budget camping tours start at around US$400 per person. Private tours are usually a bit 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 at around US$500 per person, but luxury safaris start at around US$800 per person. Fly-in Nyerere packages start at around US$750 per person for an overnight trip. Use the filters on the SafariBookings website to narrow down your search, and always get a few quotes before making a booking.”

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The Cost of Travel in Tanzania: My 2024 Budget Breakdown

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Karibu sana Tanzania! (Welcome to Tanzania!) 

If you’re planning on travelling to Tanzania, get used to hearing this welcoming Swahili expression. I lived in Tanzania for a year and never tired of it. But I also never tired of Tanzania — the culture, the language, the scenery, and the people all captured my heart, which made leaving all that more emotional. 

I moved to Tanzania to work on a Global Affairs Canada project for a year, during which time I lived in Mwanza, a stunning port city on the shores of Lake Victoria, towards the western region of the country. It’s a place that had some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen, but it was the rest of the country that had me falling head over flip-flops in love with Tanzania.

Over my year in the country, I put my all into seeing as much of it as possible, visiting places that so many people dream of seeing one day. I’ll never forget the moment I saw wild elephants for the first time or how it felt to welcome in the new year beside the turquoise waters of Zanzibar. Even battling my way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro was a life experience I’ll always treasure.

Today, I’m excited to share just how much you can expect to spend on a trip to Tanzania. The good news is that it is possible to visit the country on a budget… but the bad news is that I don’t recommend doing so.

In Tanzania, your money can go a hell of a long way when it comes to food, transportation and, in some cases, accommodation. But if you’re going to be flying to the east of Africa from any other continent on the planet, you’re probably going to spend a lot of money on flights. Plus, all of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences can quickly eat up your budget.

That being said, w hat’s a trip to Tanzania without going on safari? 

Fortunately, Tanzania is one of the few countries that hasn’t been affected by skyrocketing prices post-pandemic. In 2024, it’s still possible to travel the country as a budget backpacker and score great deals on luxury safaris.

One thing’s for sure, a trip to Tanzania will stay with you forever. Tanzanians are incredibly friendly and hospitable, and they love when foreigners come to explore their country. It also doesn’t hurt to learn a bit of Swahili (hello = jambo; thank you = asante; you’ll hear hakuna matata a lot, too: it means no worries!) I’ve never been anywhere where the locals appreciate me speaking the local language more than Tanzania.  

Even though I lived in Tanzania for a year, I quickly learned that the time of year makes a huge difference to the type of trip you’ll want to put together. In Tanzania, there are both short and long dry seasons and short and long wet seasons.

Peak (dry) season : June to October. This is the long dry season in Tanzania: these are the months where you’ll encounter the least amount of rain. Because of this, it’s also the most popular time of year for tourists to visit, as it coincides with northern hemisphere school holidays. And because of that , you’ll encounter more crowds and higher prices. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is usually during June and July, and that’s always super-popular!

Low (wet) season : April – May (long rains) or November – January (short rains). These months will be the best time to plan your trip to Tanzania only if you’re looking to save money on accommodations and excursions while in the country. 

There’s also the short dry season, which is my personal favourite time of year to visit. That runs between February and early-March. You’ve got the great weather combined with smaller crowds and slightly cheaper prices.

With all of that in mind, let’s start taking an in-depth look at how much you can expect to spend while travelling in Tanzania.

Partially-constructed wooden boats (dhows) on a beach in Nungwi, Zanzibar, with palm trees lining the sand.

What’s Included in This Post 

This budget breakdown covers how much I spent on accommodation, transportation, activities, and food while I travelled around the country.

I’ve not included my flights into and out of Tanzania, as this is going to vary significantly based on where you’ll be arriving from.

The amounts in this guide are listed in U.S. dollars, simply because the vast majority of my readers are from the U.S. I also included some prices in Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), as this is the local currency that you’ll use the most. But most of the tour operators and accommodations will also take USD. 

Okay — let’s get started!

Small rocky island in the ocean shallows with a house built on top of it and wooden stairs from the water.

How to Save Money on the Cost of Accommodation in Tanzania

As always with travel, it’s possible to cut your accommodation costs down to zero if you have the time and patience to seek out an offer.

Housesitting  is a great option for free accommodation. This is where you’ll take care of somebody’s house while they’re away, and usually look after their pets, too. It’s best for long-term travellers or retirees as you can’t pick and choose dates and destinations, so you need to have a lot of flexibility as to where you go and at what time of year.

If you do have that freedom, it’s a wonderful way to cut down your travel expenses, soak up some home comforts, and live like a local for a while.  Trusted Housesitters  is the best site for getting started with housesitting, as they have the highest number of listings. That said, there still aren’t a lot of housesits that come up in Tanzania, but it’s still worth taking a look: you never know your luck!

I’m suspecting, though, that for most of you, you’re not interested in the free accommodation and just want somewhere clean, safe, and affordable to rest your head each night. If that’s the case, there are several options available for you.

The first of these are  hostels . In Tanzania, you’ll come across hostels all over the country, finding them on tiny islands, in large cities, and even in the national parks. They’re one of your best options for saving money.

Hostels in Tanzania  are on a par with the rest of Southeast Africa, and you can expect to spend around  $15 a night for a dorm bed  for a well-reviewed hostel in Tanzania, with the price increasing to slightly about  $25 a night  for the absolute best of the best.

When it comes to private rooms in hostels, prices start at around $35 a night  for a clean, basic room in a well-rated hostel in good location, so if you’re travelling with friends or with your partner, you may find it cheaper to grab some privacy over settling for two beds in a dorm room.

I use  HostelWorld  to find the cheapest hostels, as they tend to have the greatest number of listings at the lowest prices.

And, of course, there are always hotels, which will usually come in at around  $20-$50 a night  for a decent, clean, mid-range property in a central location. I always use  Booking , as they have the most accommodation options for the cheapest prices.

The Cost of Accommodation in Tanzania 

When it comes to accommodations in Tanzania, even the budget-friendly options emit a feeling of luxury. There were some places I stayed in that offered amazing value at a fraction of what I would pay for a hotel of similar caliber in Canada. 

Most quality, mid-range accommodations will cost you around $25-$60 a night. High-end stays can fall anywhere between $100-$200 + a night, depending on location and amenities. 

When it comes to going on a multi-day safari or trek, however, prices definitely go up. You’re looking at (brace yourselves!) anywhere from $350 – $1,500 a day when staying in private lodges, or around $225 a day for more budget versions where you’re camping most or all of the time. This usually includes everything including food, transport, and guides, however, not just accommodation, and bargains can still be had with a bit of research. I’ll be sharing how to do that later on in this guide.

When it comes to accommodation in Tanzania, I have a ton of recommendations for you.

Dar es Salaam — Cefa Hostel ($43 a night) : You’ll likely spend some time in Dar, the bustling urban metropolis and central landing city for incoming arrivals from abroad. Cefa Hostel is a comfortable launching pad to the rest of your time in Tanzania. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the wifi is strong (which is not always the case in Tanzania) and it’s just steps away from the ocean. The owner is also incredibly welcoming and can help you with all of your onwards bookings, connect you with locals, and show you the Dar that she knows and loves. 

Don’t let the fact that it’s a hostel put you off booking — it’s a guesthouse, really, as there aren’t any dorm rooms on the property, it’s clean and quiet, and attracts couples on a mid-range budget.

Zanzibar — Villa Kiota ($53 a night) : Zanzibar is a must (I repeat a must!) during your time in Tanzania. This semi-autonomous island is probably what you envision when you have dreams of being in paradise. I was lucky enough to travel to Zanzibar a couple of times during my year in Tanzania, and my favourite place to stay was Villa Kiota in Paje. The staff are wonderful, the breakfast is delicious, and the rooms are spotlessly clean. There’s a lovely garden to chill out in, and you couldn’t be closer to glorious Paje beach without sleeping literally on it! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Mwanza — Malaika Beach Resort ($140 a night) : Here’s the thing. I lived in Mwanza, so I never had to stay anywhere else besides the room I rented out. But word gets around fast and I quickly learned that Malaika is THE place to be on Sundays because of their infamous Sunday buffet brunch. I fondly remember many Sundays spent here, eating the delicious food then spending the afternoon by the infinity pool with stunning views of Lake Victoria. Friends who stayed there let me know the rooms are also immaculate, and well worth the extra spend during your time in Mwanza. 

Moshi — Kilimanjaro Scenic Lodge ($69 a night) : If you’re trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro, then you’ll be spending some time in Moshi before and after.  I stayed at Kilimanjaro Scenic Lodge and loved it. As the name suggests, there are great views of the mountain from many of the rooms, but that’s just the beginning. There’s also an onsite restaurant with great food, so you don’t even need to leave the premises to eat: handy if you’ve just got back from climbing up and down a mountain! There’s a lounge and bar to chill out in, comfortable beds, hot showers, and free Wi-Fi. Gabriel and the team are happy to look after your luggage while you’re climbing the mountain, and will make you feel right at home throughout your stay. Definitely recommended.

Arusha — Greenside Hotel ($56 a night) : Arusha will almost certainly be a stop during your Tanzania trip, and with superstar attractions like Serengeti National Park, Arusha National Park, and Lake Manyara nearby, why wouldn’t it be!? Greenside Hotel is the perfect place to stay while you’re there: it’s a quiet and friendly place just outside the bustling city center, with large, clean rooms. The food is reasonably priced and delicious, with a tasty breakfast included. But it’s the staff that really make this place: I loved them! They’re only happy to help you with anything you need, from getting a SIM card to transport, food, or whatever other travel requirements you have. 

A small propeller plane parked on a runway, with several people walking towards it.

The Cost of Transportation in Tanzania 

Transportation around Tanzania can be quite affordable, if you’re up for a little adventure. I had firsthand experience of all the below transportation methods and I took the most pleasure from taking dala dalas and boda bodas . 

Dala dala (minibuses) — You’ll see dala dalas everywhere in Tanzania. These are minibuses that you share with anywhere from 8 to 16 people (there’s no such thing as a limit in Tanzania). If they can squeeze one more person or animal in, they will. The great thing about dala dalas is their affordability and accessibility. They come and go from stops quite frequently and it only costs around 20 cents or 400 TZS for a one-way journey within a city. There are dala dalas running between major cities as well, at a fraction of the price of a taxi: just bear in mind that there isn’t much room for luggage!

Boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) — Taking a Boda Boda may seem daunting and intimidating at first. Of course, don’t take one if you’re not comfortable, but these are a fast and cheap way to get around. Not to mention, it’s very thrilling to be on the back of a motorbike just to get from point A to point B. But I would only recommend taking a boda boda when the driver has a second helmet for you to use. 

You also might need some basic Swahili and negotiating skills if you’re a foreigner taking a boda boda, because there’s no official price scheme. That being said, talk to someone at your accommodations about what the general rate is for locals in the area and try to approach a boda boda driver with confidence. When I lived in Mwanza, I generally paid only 2000 – 3000 TZS (80c to $1.25) to get around on a boda boda. And knowing some Swahili gave me the confidence to negotiate fair prices.  

Taxi — Taxis are an easy and safe way to get around in Tanzania, although they aren’t especially budget friendly. Also, try to only use taxis/drivers that are recommended to you by an official tour guide or accommodation staff member. Whenever I take a taxi here, I try to use one that’s been recommended by somebody trustworthy. Usually an average taxi ride in the city costs between 20,000 – 40,000 TZS ( $8-16 ).

Rideshare  — Uber and Bolt have both arrived in Tanzania, although in 2024, you’ll still only find them in Dar es Salaam. If that’s where you’re trying to get around, though, they’re definitely the most convenient private transport option, and cheaper than a taxi. Payment can be made by card or cash, although expect a bit more “discussion” over the price if you use the latter!

Plane — City transportation is one thing, but when it comes to getting around the country, that’s a whole other story. While there are several long-haul bus rides available, these can get quite lengthy and unpredictable. If you only have a short time in Tanzania, I would recommend taking flights to travel from one part to another, especially considering they’re still relatively budget-friendly. Here are some of the routes and their respective prices from Skyscanner : 

  • Dar es Salaam to Moshi — $78 or 195,000 TZS
  • Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar — $30 or 75,000 TZS
  • Dar es Salaam to Arusha — $83 or 210,000 TZS
  • Moshi to Mwanza — $98 or 246,000 TZS

Ferry — If you plan on going to Zanzibar (how could you not?), then you have a choice between taking a flight or a ferry. I found the ferry between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam to be pretty decent and comfortable. Two companies run this service, with a total of six ferries in each direction per day. The journey takes around two hours, and costs $35 or 88,000 TZS each way. You may get a small discount when buying a return ticket. 

Close-up of a Zanzibar pizza being cooked on a grill, with a partial view of a metal spatula alongside.

The Cost of Food in Tanzania

One of the best parts of living in Tanzania is how much access I had to fresh fruit and vegetables at low costs. Whenever I went to the local market, it was pretty obvious that whatever I saw was from the crop of that day or week. And when avocados and mangos cost around $0.15 , I question my decision to leave whenever I return to Canada. 

I categorize food in Tanzania in one of two ways: local food and western food. You can expect local food, whether it’s sold on the street or at a small restaurant, to be very affordable. 

Some typical Tanzanian dishes include: ugali (cornmeal paste), mshikaki (marinated beef), chips mayai (egg mixed with fries), nyama choma (grilled meat), pilau (rice mixed with spices) or rice and beans. All of these dishes, whether combined or alone will cost you around $1.50 – $4 (3800 – 10,000 TZS) . Therefore, eating only local food can cost you as little as $5 per day . 

If you’re eating at a more western restaurant or hotel, then be prepared to pay a reasonable price compared to what you’d expect back home. I’m letting you know ahead of time, though, it will feel like a punch in the gut once you’re used to local food prices! For a typical western meal of (for example) pizza, pasta, or burgers at a good restaurant, you might pay about $12 – $20 (30,000 –  50,000 TZS) per person . 

Three giraffes in a row in grassland, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background behind.

The Cost of Activities and Entrance Fees in Tanzania  

Saving the best for last—the outdoor experiences are the best part of any trip to Tanzania. You have access to vast national parks, incredible wildlife, some of the world’s best beaches, and Africa’s tallest mountain. It’s understandable, then, why Tanzania is home to activities on many people’s bucket lists. 

Seeing animals in Serengeti National Park, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and waking up in Zanzibar on New Year’s Day are among some of my favourite travel experiences of all time. I’d recommend a safari and Zanzibar excursion for anyone who visits Tanzania. For Mount Kilimanjaro, as great as standing at the summit is, bear in mind that getting there requires a challenging week-long high-altitude trek that isn’t appropriate for everyone.

Luckily, you’re spoiled for things to do in this stunning and welcoming country. There are plenty of gorgeous national parks, small day-hikes and places to explore. Every day feels like an adventure.  

Below is a breakdown of some of the costs you can expect for the top attractions in Tanzania. Keep in mind that this mostly consists of just entrance fees. These can vary depending on the time of year: I’ve given a range where that’s the case.

I also included some example prices for safaris and Kilimanjaro hikes as well, but your final prices will almost certainly be different depending on the companies you use, the type of accommodation you stay in, and the length of the experience. 

Entrance Fees

  • Serengeti National Park: $60-70 per person, per day
  • Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha National Park: $45-50 per person, per day
  • Mount Kilimanjaro: $70 per person, per day
  • Gombe National Park: $100 per person, per day

Safari and Trekking Costs

  • 9-day Mount Kilimanjaro Hike via the Lemosho route (budget): $2,695 per person
  • 2-day safari in Serengeti National Park (budget): $510 per person
  • 7-day safari in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (mid-range): $2,695 per person
  • 7-day private safari in Serengeti National Park following the Great Migration (luxury): $4,120 per person

There are so many companies offering safari experiences in Tanzania that sorting through them all can be a bit overwhelming: I’d strongly recommend using the Safari Bookings site to help narrow things down.

It’s a massive marketplace for safaris around the country, with nearly 5000 different trips ranging from a half-day to three weeks, and filters that make it much faster to find exactly what you’re looking for. It can be cheaper to book with the safari company directly once you’ve found a tour you like (although many don’t give exact prices until you email them), but I’d definitely start with the Safari Bookings site either way.

Note that when you go on a guided safari or tour, tipping is customary. For a safari, I would add around $15 extra per day . For a guided trek, I’d add around $25 extra per day . 

If you’re like me, and love to make the most of your time, there are also loads of shorter half or full-day tours that let you experience aspects of Tanzania beyond the famous safaris and mountain treks. To find them, I recommend hopping over to Get Your Guide , a marketplace for tours that I’ve used over the world. I took this spice tour in Zanzibar , for example, while I was on the island, and loved it so much that I wrote an entire blog post reviewing it.

Hands holding berries in Zanzibar spice farm

Miscellaneous Costs

Tanzanian SIM card : I don’t know about you, but one of my least favourite aspects of arriving in a new country is having to figure out how to get connected. Specifically: buying a local SIM card so that I have data to use while I’m in the country.

There’s locating a store that will sell you one, language barriers to deal with, various forms of ID you might need to bring, scams to navigate, and… well, it’s a headache. In Zanzibar, I actually got scammed when I tried to buy a local SIM card! I ended up being charged five times the actual price by the store owner and didn’t realise until after I’d left.

Last year, I started using  Airalo , which sells local e-SIM cards for travellers. What that means is that you can buy your SIM online  before  you arrive in Tanzania, and then as soon as you land in the country, you can switch on your data and start using it. It’s worked flawlessly for me and I’ll never go back to physical SIM cards! You’ll pay  $4.50 for 1 GB of data  or $26 for 10 GB in Tanzania, and can top-up on your phone through the Airalo app if you run out.

However, if you’re on a tight budget and don’t mind a bit of hassle, you can opt to save money by buying a SIM card from a local store. Just watch out for those scams I mentioned earlier! In Tanzania, I recommend getting a SIM card with Vodacom. Data is super-cheap this way, and Vodacom has the widest coverage network in Tanzania . You can top up anywhere at a Vodacom booth in the country. 

I paid $12 (30,000 TZS) for a Vodacom SIM with 10 GB of data, plus way more calls and texts than I could ever use, that lasted for a month. Not a bad deal at all!

The Cost of Travel Insurance in Tanzania

If you’ve read any other posts on Never Ending Footsteps, you’ll know that I’m a great believer in travelling with travel insurance. I’ve seen far too many Go Fund Me campaigns from destitute backpackers that are unexpectedly stranded in a foreign country after a scooter accident/being attacked/breaking a leg with no way of getting home or paying for their healthcare. These costs can quickly land you with a six-figure bill to pay at the end of it.

In short, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.

Travel insurance  will cover you if your flight is cancelled and you need to book a new one, if your luggage gets lost and you need to replace your belongings, if you suddenly get struck down by appendicitis and have to be hospitalised, or discover a family member has died and you need to get home immediately. If you fall seriously ill, your insurance will cover the costs to fly you home to receive medical treatment.

I use  SafetyWing  as my travel insurance provider, and recommend them for trips to Tanzania. Firstly, they’re one of the few companies out there who will actually cover you if you contract COVID-19. On top of that, they provide worldwide coverage, don’t require you to have a return ticket, and even allow you to buy coverage after you’ve left home. If you’re on a long-term trip, you can pay monthly instead of up-front, and can cancel at any time. Finally, they’re more affordable than the competition, and have a clear, easy-to-understand pricing structure, which is always appreciated.

With SafetyWing, you’ll pay  $1.50 a day  for travel insurance.

Nungwi beach in Zanzibar

How Much Does It Cost to Travel in Tanzania? 

It’s time to tally up all of my expenses to see my total travel costs! For activities and entrance fees, I just included the bare minimum for an average day, as this price will vary greatly depending on the activities you choose to do. 

  • Accommodation: $51 per day
  • Transportation: $10 per day
  • Food: $6 per day
  • Activities/Entrance Fees: $45 per day

Average amount spent in Tanzania: $112 a day!

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Lauren Juliff is a published author and travel expert who founded Never Ending Footsteps in 2011. She has spent over 12 years travelling the world, sharing in-depth advice from more than 100 countries across six continents. Lauren's travel advice has been featured in publications like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan, and her work is read by 200,000 readers each month. Her travel memoir can be found in bookstores across the planet.

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I love Tanzania! I spent a month there just before the pandemic and loved it so much that I planned to keep returning every year. You can guess how well that has worked out so far! Hopefully I’ll be able to get back there soon. This was a great guide and I love your accommodation recommendations. So helpful!

A great guide for Tanzania! Thanks so much for all of the details you included here – I really appreciated having a local’s insight into the costs I can expect to encounter. Now it’s time to start saving up so I can make it there within the next year!

Hi Lauren, My Travel agent quoted us about $7000 per person for a 10 days trip to Tanzania in august, is not luxuries . I find very expensive but I don’t know if I can plan this trip on my own. Any ideas would be appreciate. Thanks for your post!

Oh yes, that is very expensive! It shouldn’t be tooooo difficult to book on your own — where were you planning to go over your 10 days? I’m happy to take a look at your route and included activities to see how much it’d cost to book on your own. In general, you can easily find accommodation on and flights on Skyscanner, so that covers the basics. And then you’ve got the safaris and tours, which can be trickier, but are still easy to book on your own. But it’s hard for me to say definitively without knowing the details of your trip :-)

What a wonderful, enthusiastic and informative post! I like to travel slowly so I can experience people and culture as much as nature, and you got me re-excited about my upcoming visit just at the point I was beginning to feel overwhelmed.

My friend is probably backing out of the five week adventure we planned for this summer, and suddenly I’m having to scramble to re-do everything on my own with a tighter budget, because traveling solo costs more. (The good news? I get to do it all my way, and I’ll probably have a more interesting time).

I’m really grateful for your thorough, informative, and evocative sharing. I have a much better sense of the experience and I feel more confident in how to organize my time there – which is coming up pretty soon. (I’m going in 2 months!). As you wrote this originally in 2018, I’m wondering whether the price guidelines have been updated for 2023.

And now I’m off to read more of your Tanzania/Zanzibar posts :D Thanks again.

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I depend on honest feedback from my TripAdvisors friends, so I will give you my feedback in hopes it helps you make an educated decision.

I booked a trip with Access2Tanzania for a 10 day Safari in, primarily, Serengeti . I landed in Kilimanjaro(with friend) and we stayed at a lodge This lodge was arranged by Access2Tanzania.

It's a decent lodge in an extremely poor, poverished neighborhood you cannot walk around. Too dangerous. You have 12 foot walls around the lodge keeping the world out. No relaxing to say the least. Also, the owner of Access to Tanzania is a family member of the owner of So......they send their clients there because of the family connection.

In other words, you are routed there. Stay someplace else you can feel a bit more relaxed at.

The actual safari was amazing. Once we got out of Arusha , the lodge city I just referred to, we began the safari. The animals in Tanzania are abundant and beautiful. I loved it. The guide was friendly and good, but not great. I saw lots of animals and loved the lodges throughout.

Overall, I had a good trip. I probably would not use Access2Tanzania again because their version of "mid-range" accommodations is different than mine. I'm an American, and so is Karen, the lady that helps you book your trip. But....when she ask you about your desire of accommodations (basic to plush), her definition doesn't seem American. In other words, the place I stayed in Tanzania and Zanzibar sucked. But, she thought it was "middle of the road".

Yes, it is "middle of the road" for poverty standards.

BTW, the lodge I stayed at in Zanzibar was terrible. The owners, also managers, were super nice, but the lodge itself was bad.

I stayed at Matemwe Beach Village. Don't stay there! Although on the beach, the place is a pit.

Good travels to my trip advisor friends. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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p.s. I traveled with female friend of mine. It was safe and comfortable.

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I think we need a reality check here.

Lodge standards are fairly specific and middle of the road lies someway down teh list. (Half way to be literal!!)

So lets have some names of the places please or your comments are pretty pointless. Some folks would call "The Waldorf" middle of the road!

In fact all of Tanzania is!

Please try and be objective so that others can judge.

Good to hear you enjoyed the Safari. That is why you were there so the rest is just a minor issue..

I addition to that:-

I think most of experienced and knowledgeable tour operators are quoting and arranging the program according to customer`s preferences which will relate to the budget.

No one need to ruin his or her business because of the family connection(Relation)

Tourism industry is very delicated field and it takes time to cover it up when you lose an Agent or customer.

"My Doubt"

All your set up seems to be requested as mid class range.

Some of the time you can not blame the Agent due to your budget range and preference.


The whole country is poor... and middle range is based on price. A2T will book where ever YOU want to stay. If you wanted more posh Americanized accomodations and were willing to fork up the money for it I guarantee Karen would've been more then happy to book it for you. Obviously your expectations were not realistic and perhaps your budget didn't cover the places that you expected. I wouldn't blame the tour operator for that. We did our safari thru A2T in 2010 with Said as our guide and was very pleased with the experience. Also researched the accomodation ahead of booking and got references on the guide we used beforehand. Sorry you were unhappy, but I seriously doubt the majority of their customers would agree with you.

I too would be curious as to the lodges/camps used while on your safari. And, knowing more specific thoughts as to "guide was friendly, and good but not great" add to my appreciation of your experience.

Was this your first time on safari? And, did the company provide you ahead of time the names of the lodges/camps you would be using while on safari?

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Hello trishthetreehugger,

This is Brian Singer, one of the owners of Access2Tanzania and first and foremost I am sorry that your expectations were not met. Second, I would ask that you contact us directly to tell us about your experience so that we may try and learn how things went wrong or how we might better describe the accommodations in the future.

Regarding Ahadi, it is owned by our business partner's mother-in-law. So while we do not benefit financially in any way, we did indeed start using it initially as a test and to keep good familial relations. When it first opened we were especially careful to tell people that it was owned by a relative. Some people tried it and they loved it. So we kept using it. We try to remember to tell everyone that it is owned by a relative, but I'm sure that sometimes we forget. Regardless, the accommodation is at the top of our list of lodges with very few complaints. There is not a single accommodation in all of Tanzania that has never received a complaint. So it is the volume and the nature of the complaints that we must consider when making recommendations. Overall, Ahadi ranks very high for those looking for something moderate in the Arusha area.

Regarding Matemwe Beach Village, this place typically gets very good reviews. But if it didn't fit what you were seeking, then it may well have been our mistake for not understanding your expectations properly. We need to find ways to avoid this in the future. I'm going to do some more research and if I figure anything out, I'll report back again. Feel free to email directly at [email protected].

I had not stayed at Ahadi so I googled it.

If that is Middle of the Road I want to be on that road..

OK. On one slide showing four Directors chairs on the lawn the grass appeared to have been flattened and could have been greener so I mark them down for that. So, sorry Karen you only get 98%.

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For those looking at the review and hoping to gleam some information, I would say that your take aways are this:

*Find what lodge your operator is booking you at and research them (probably on TA) before agreeing.

*Having visited Zanzibar twice, we have really had "basic" accommodation both time... dodged mosquitoes, ate great food and enjoyed the beach... all without television or AC. It is Zanzibar afterall... the day they put in a Hilton I will be sad.

As for the safari... sounds like the OP had a good safari which is positive. Just setting the bar for others venturing to Tanzania... there are some "lap of luxury" spots but you will pay through the nose.

And now you know why I will not comment on accommodations, especially to a fellow American. One persons palace is another's rat trap.

That's why I stay in Rat Traps. Anything else counts as an Upgrade!

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I went on an 8-month solo road trip after a breakup. I'm engaged now, but I still travel alone.

  • A few years ago, I lost myself in a relationship. After we broke up, I went on a solo road trip.
  • As I traveled across the country, I learned a lot about myself. 
  • Now, it's three years later, and I still love traveling alone even though I'm engaged.

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In my late 20s, I left my beloved Philadelphia apartment near friends and favorite restaurants and moved to the suburbs closer to my boyfriend and work. Then my boyfriend moved to Texas for a job. After five months of long distance, the pandemic hit, and I started working remotely from his home in Houston.

These choices seemed inevitable. Following cues from media and society for most of my life, I thought being in love meant adapting to my partner's needs. Though our relationship had been unsteady , I hoped bending to the demands of his life would help repair our bond. The opposite happened: I felt like I was losing myself.

Three months into lockdown, we broke up . I returned to the apartment I had left behind in the Pennsylvania suburbs and immediately felt lost. I passed my ex's old house on morning commutes to work, and our date-night restaurant was the only Thai place in the neighborhood.

I needed time away to heal, and the time I used to spend browsing for engagement rings online was now spent scanning travel blogs on top US destinations . Over the next few weeks, I loaded necessities into my orange Toyota Corolla hatchback.

With a plan that included a few national parks and states I'd never visited, I started driving west.

A solo road trip helped me focus on my own wants and needs

During my eight-month trip, I never quite knew where I would end up and spent most nights at campgrounds or self-check-in rentals reserved only a few days in advance. A month into the trip, I also booked the only remaining spot on a guided, three-night backpacking trip to summit Grand Teton three weeks in advance.

Though incoming storms made a summit attempt unviable, we made it to base camp. I spent three days admiring the peaks above and the valley below covered in stunning white snow.

I realized that traveling without an itinerary and only a few vague ideas of where I wanted to go allowed me to focus every moment on myself.

I found myself in the small decisions as much as the large

While I still felt heartbroken and lonely at times, I discovered small ways to return to myself. During a stay at Lake Huron, I made white lemon ginger tea with water from my camping stove after an early morning bout of insomnia — a small, nurturing act of self-care. Later that day, I bought five more flavors and continued a daily tea ritual throughout the trip.

Because I was only responsible for myself on the road, I was more attuned to what I needed, and I felt myself beginning to heal. I realized it wasn't selfish to pay attention to my own needs, it was self-care. Committing to my needs and wants was critical to building confidence and independence .

I'm now engaged, but solo trips are still integral to my life

It's been nearly three years since my solo trip , and when I got home, I felt ready to date authentically. Rather than mold myself to be more desirable, I listened to my wants and needs and looked for compatibility. Within a few months, I met someone special, and a year into our relationship, I felt he was the one.

Still, I craved the feeling the road inspired. So, one weekend, I kissed my partner goodbye and went car camping alone. On the way to Upstate New York, I stopped at a pizza parlor for a personal pie with mushrooms, a topping my fiancé dislikes. Later, I spent hours climbing a rocky trail toward panoramic views of fall colors painting the Catskills.

For me, traveling alone isn't only justified when our lives feel unmanageable. Such trips are how I remember who I am. On a weekend trip to DC last month, I took myself out to a fancy Sichuan restaurant after thrifting at a trendy shop. I watched the bartender make me a custom cocktail from a secret menu, ultimately finishing my dinner and novel at the end of the bar with a sense of contentment.

While I often prefer traveling with my fiancé, we both understand these experiences allow me to show up better for myself and our relationship, and I can't wait to see where these solo journeys take us both.

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I packed for a 2-week vacation in a van using tips from people who live in one full time. It made my journey so much smoother.

Posted: December 17, 2023 | Last updated: December 18, 2023

<ul class="summary-list"><li>I embarked on a two-week van trip and turned to the experts for packing advice.</li><li>People living out of vans, RVs, and travel trailers gave me some tips.</li><li>They suggested I pack a way to jumpstart the van, and do my best to avoid overpacking. </li></ul><p>Packing for <a href="">my first van trip</a> didn't start the night before, or even two days ahead of time — it was closer to two weeks before my van adventure.</p><p>That's because I wanted to make sure I'd be <a href="">prepared for all that I would encounter along the road</a>. And part of that preparation involved asking people living out of vans what I should be packing.</p><p>They delivered with their advice, so I'm passing on their packing tips for anyone else planning a similar trip. </p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="">Business Insider</a></div>

  • I embarked on a two-week van trip and turned to the experts for packing advice.
  • People living out of vans, RVs, and travel trailers gave me some tips.
  • They suggested I pack a way to jumpstart the van, and do my best to avoid overpacking. 

Packing for my first van trip didn't start the night before, or even two days ahead of time — it was closer to two weeks before my van adventure.

That's because I wanted to make sure I'd be prepared for all that I would encounter along the road . And part of that preparation involved asking people living out of vans what I should be packing.

They delivered with their advice, so I'm passing on their packing tips for anyone else planning a similar trip.

<p>The van I'd rented for two weeks came from the rental company <a href="">Native Campervans</a>. Thankfully, the <a href="">75-square-foot space</a> had practically everything I needed. There was a stove, sink, bed, and plenty of room for storage.</p><p>The van also had a seven-gallon tank for water. While some vans are equipped with much larger tanks, I figured stopping to fill it up with water a few times throughout my trip wouldn't be too challenging.</p><p>But <a rel=" nofollow" href="">Christian Schaffer</a>, who has lived in a van for more than four years, advised bringing a collapsible water jug. She said I might use more water than I predicted, so having a few backup gallons could help me avoid a stop or two.</p><p>"A thing that's kind of helpful is those big collapsible water jugs that you can fill up just so that you have extra to go off-grid," Schaffer, 38, told BI. "And they pack down really small when you're not using them."</p>

With limited water on the road, one person recommended that I bring a collapsible water jug on my van trip.

The van I'd rented for two weeks came from the rental company Native Campervans . Thankfully, the 75-square-foot space had practically everything I needed. There was a stove, sink, bed, and plenty of room for storage.

The van also had a seven-gallon tank for water. While some vans are equipped with much larger tanks, I figured stopping to fill it up with water a few times throughout my trip wouldn't be too challenging.

But Christian Schaffer , who has lived in a van for more than four years, advised bringing a collapsible water jug. She said I might use more water than I predicted, so having a few backup gallons could help me avoid a stop or two.

"A thing that's kind of helpful is those big collapsible water jugs that you can fill up just so that you have extra to go off-grid," Schaffer, 38, told BI. "And they pack down really small when you're not using them."

<p><a rel=" nofollow" href="">Casey Hogan</a>, a 31-year-old living in a 2019 Ford Transit, reminded me that van life can feel similar to camping. Plus, I'd be doing activities like hiking and climbing, where things could go wrong.</p><p>Hogan said she always packs with emergencies in mind. "I always travel with and hike with the first aid kit," Hogan said.</p><p>That way, she's prepared if something goes awry out in the wilderness.</p>

While Casey Hogan said it might seem obvious to travel with a first-aid kit, she said she often sees people without one.

Casey Hogan , a 31-year-old living in a 2019 Ford Transit, reminded me that van life can feel similar to camping. Plus, I'd be doing activities like hiking and climbing, where things could go wrong.

Hogan said she always packs with emergencies in mind. "I always travel with and hike with the first aid kit," Hogan said.

That way, she's prepared if something goes awry out in the wilderness.

<p><a rel=" nofollow" href="">Navod McNeil</a> told BI that he also considers safety when it comes to packing for a van trip in his Ford Transit.</p><p>The 30-year-old said that there have been plenty of times when something went wrong with his van, and one common problem was a dead battery.</p><p>So he started packing a <a href="">portable jump starter</a> for his van trips. This way, he doesn't need to rely on AAA or a stranger with jumper cables to save the day.</p><p>I have a portable jump starter in my everyday car, which I bought on <a href="">Amazon for $60</a>. I might have forgotten to pack it if McNeil didn't remind me.</p><p>Beyond that, McNeil said he always has an external battery, so he can still access electricity if his van's power were to fail.</p>

Others said emergency items like a portable jump starter and an external battery are essential.

Navod McNeil told BI that he also considers safety when it comes to packing for a van trip in his Ford Transit.

The 30-year-old said that there have been plenty of times when something went wrong with his van, and one common problem was a dead battery.

So he started packing a portable jump starter for his van trips. This way, he doesn't need to rely on AAA or a stranger with jumper cables to save the day.

I have a portable jump starter in my everyday car, which I bought on Amazon for $60 . I might have forgotten to pack it if McNeil didn't remind me.

Beyond that, McNeil said he always has an external battery, so he can still access electricity if his van's power were to fail.

<p>Often in remote destinations, there isn't cell service, and depending on your van and WiFi setup, you might be without service for days on end, <a rel=" nofollow" href="">Maddy Garrett</a>, 25, told BI.</p><p>With that in mind, Garrett always has a few playlists, podcasts, and movies downloaded on her devices.</p><p>While Garrett said <a href="">disconnecting from the outside world</a> is a major perk of van life, there are still times when you'll want a solo movie night or music for those long, service-less drives.</p>

One traveler suggested that I download movies and music to my laptop, phone, or iPad.

Often in remote destinations, there isn't cell service, and depending on your van and WiFi setup, you might be without service for days on end, Maddy Garrett , 25, told BI.

With that in mind, Garrett always has a few playlists, podcasts, and movies downloaded on her devices.

While Garrett said disconnecting from the outside world is a major perk of van life, there are still times when you'll want a solo movie night or music for those long, service-less drives.

<p><a rel=" nofollow" href="">Zach Nelson</a>, a 23-year-old living in a Sprinter van, recommends packing items that will make it easy to document the adventure, whether you prefer to write in a journal or snap pictures on a film camera.</p><p>"You definitely need a way to document it, whether it's a Polaroid film camera or even just your phone," Nelson said.</p>

Don't forget to pack whatever you want to use to document your trip.

Zach Nelson , a 23-year-old living in a Sprinter van, recommends packing items that will make it easy to document the adventure, whether you prefer to write in a journal or snap pictures on a film camera.

"You definitely need a way to document it, whether it's a Polaroid film camera or even just your phone," Nelson said.

<p>Garrett said her <a href="">Kula cloth</a> has been a game changer when it comes to using the restroom with van life. The $20 item is an antimicrobial, reusable pee cloth that's easy to carry on trips.</p><p>I'm a frequent hiker and backpacker, and I've had my eye on a Kula cloth for a long time. And since my van wasn't going to have a bathroom, Garrett said it was the ideal time to buy one.</p><p>"It just makes your life easier because you could stop and pee on the side of the road at any time," she said.</p><p>Plus, a pee cloth would mean that I wouldn't have to worry for two weeks about throwing away used toilet paper, she said, adding that "it's literally the best thing in the whole world."</p>

A 25-year-old living in her van swears by her reusable pee cloth.

Garrett said her Kula cloth has been a game changer when it comes to using the restroom with van life. The $20 item is an antimicrobial, reusable pee cloth that's easy to carry on trips.

I'm a frequent hiker and backpacker, and I've had my eye on a Kula cloth for a long time. And since my van wasn't going to have a bathroom, Garrett said it was the ideal time to buy one.

"It just makes your life easier because you could stop and pee on the side of the road at any time," she said.

Plus, a pee cloth would mean that I wouldn't have to worry for two weeks about throwing away used toilet paper, she said, adding that "it's literally the best thing in the whole world."

<p>Multiple people said that traveling in a van would mean needing to adapt to the weather.</p><p>"You have to understand whatever is going on outside will probably affect you on the inside," <a rel=" nofollow" href="">Brittany Newson</a>, a 36-year-old living in a travel trailer, told BI.</p><p>Whether it's rain, snow, or heat, everyone agreed I should pack with that in mind.</p><p><a rel=" nofollow" href="">Sierra Fernald</a>, 23, said I shouldn't only consider the weather, but how I handle it. Fernald said she hates the cold and there were times in her Ram ProMaster van when it felt impossible to get out of her warm bed in the morning. So she invested in warmer clothes and a heater to make those chilly mornings easier.</p><p>"Definitely prepare for the weather, and maybe over-prepare a little bit," she said.</p>

Most people encouraged me to prepare for the weather.

Multiple people said that traveling in a van would mean needing to adapt to the weather.

"You have to understand whatever is going on outside will probably affect you on the inside," Brittany Newson , a 36-year-old living in a travel trailer, told BI.

Whether it's rain, snow, or heat, everyone agreed I should pack with that in mind.

Sierra Fernald , 23, said I shouldn't only consider the weather, but how I handle it. Fernald said she hates the cold and there were times in her Ram ProMaster van when it felt impossible to get out of her warm bed in the morning. So she invested in warmer clothes and a heater to make those chilly mornings easier.

"Definitely prepare for the weather, and maybe over-prepare a little bit," she said.

<p>Multiple people said I wouldn't want to live and travel in a crowded van, so they encouraged me to evaluate if and how I was going to use every item I packed.</p><p>"Come in with the bare minimums and see how you like to live in the space," Newson said. "Then you will see what it is that you would need in order to be happy."</p><p>Worst-case scenario, I could always stop at a store along the way to pick up anything I'd forgotten.</p>

And while it might be tempting to overpack, multiple people encouraged me to keep things light.

Multiple people said I wouldn't want to live and travel in a crowded van, so they encouraged me to evaluate if and how I was going to use every item I packed.

"Come in with the bare minimums and see how you like to live in the space," Newson said. "Then you will see what it is that you would need in order to be happy."

Worst-case scenario, I could always stop at a store along the way to pick up anything I'd forgotten.

<p>While I did overpack, the people I spoke with shared helpful suggestions that made a drastic difference throughout my trip.</p><p>For example, grabbing a first-aid kit and portable jump starter gave me confidence and reassurance throughout the two weeks. And not worrying about used toilet paper thanks to Garrett's Kula cloth suggestion was a major luxury.</p><p>While I'd add a few more items to my packing list for a regular <a href="">road trip</a>, these nomad-approved items will always be tucked into my suitcase for my future van adventures.</p>

Their tips worked, and I embarked on my two-week trip without leaving anything major behind.

While I did overpack, the people I spoke with shared helpful suggestions that made a drastic difference throughout my trip.

For example, grabbing a first-aid kit and portable jump starter gave me confidence and reassurance throughout the two weeks. And not worrying about used toilet paper thanks to Garrett's Kula cloth suggestion was a major luxury.

While I'd add a few more items to my packing list for a regular road trip , these nomad-approved items will always be tucked into my suitcase for my future van adventures.

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