Our amazing 10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary

Well, after some lack of inspiration and good travel deals we kind of managed to find one – so we knew country number 73 would be Tanzania. We came up with a nice combination of adventure and safari on the mainland and beach hopping and snorkeling on the island. And that doesn’t even begin to describe our fully-packed Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary!

In this article, you will find all the tips and tricks to plan your amazing trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, including when to go, where to go, how to travel, where to stay, things to do, and other practicalities. The second part of the post is our detailed 10-day itinerary in Tanzania and Zanzibar. Let’s go!

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary
10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary

Planning a trip to Tanzania

So here are our reasons to visit Tanzania, the best time to go there, how to choose the right safari package. We also included where to stay in Tanzania and Zanzibar, how to move around – by air, car, boat. Basically – all the essentials to plan your trip to the African jewel.

Why visit Tanzania?

Well, we didn’t need much convincing to visit Tanzania. First, we love Africa! Second, we love wildlife, being in nature, spending time being active outdoors. Third, Zanzibar would be the perfect island-beach addition to any Tanzania trip!

Our Tanzania itinerary was the following: landing in Kilimanjaro International airport, stay nearby Arusha, then do the safari to Manyara Lake, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi, go back to stay one more day to Arusha. After that, we continued with a flight straight to Zanzibar, where we decided to explore as much of the island as we could. After Zanzibar island exploration, we hopped on a flight from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam before we board the flight from Dar Es Salaam to home.

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Eastern coastline of Zanzibar

Best time to visit Tanzania

They say the best chance to spot wildlife in Tanzania is during the dry season – the long one is from June to October, the short one is in January and February. The long rainy season starts in March and ends in May, so people usually avoid it. We visited Tanzania in March, being aware that rain might ruin some of our plans, but it rained for a short 10 minutes for a total of 11 days there. On the other side, the rain season is also a low touristic season so our budget didn’t suffer too much.

They say the best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. Maybe we’ll do that one day, but now wildlife migration was not the focus of our trip.

Finding the right Tanzania safari package

To find the perfect safari for you, first, you need to search for Tanzania safari tour operators that run safaris that suit your style best. We knew we wanted to find an affordable safari package, but still full of adventure and local encounters. If you want to pamper yourself with a bit of luxury, you can check out some luxury safaris in Tanzania. Actually, there was one MUST in our safari tour – we wanted to meet local tribes. We’ve been on safari in Kenya 6 years ago so we saturated our thirst for seeing wildlife. Now we wanted something a bit different – to meet local tribes and communities.

We shrank the list to the first few companies we found online that offered budget private safari options. Then we tried to get in touch and eventually, we chose the most responsive company – Shadows of Africa. Together with their team, we crafted our 3-day Tanzania safari itinerary, which included Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park (to be decided on the spot with the most recent weather forecast), Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area safari, and Lake Eyasi area, where we would meet local tribes and do some activities together.

Last but not least, we saw there’s an option to stay at a wilderness campsite instead of at a town hotel for the same price. There’s no need to say which one we chose!

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Lake Manyara National Park and Reserve

Where to stay in Tanzania and Zanzibar

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Outside of the safari package, we booked all our accommodations ourselves via booking.com. We are so happy because we found some unbelievable places for pennies, most of them with lovely hosts! Here are all the accommodations we stayed at in Tanzania and Zanzibar. We tried to avoid hotels and resorts and to stay at guesthouses, small hotels, bungalows, and hostels.

  • Banana Farm Eco Hostel in Arusha – lovely setting inside a banana farm. They prepared a late dinner for us and said goodbye with a pack of homemade coffee! Highly recommend!
  • Migombani Campsite – amazing place in the wild for camping or glamping with majestic views towards Lake Manyara, a cool swimming pool, and Maasai security guards.
  • Green Mountain Hotel in Arusha – if you need a place near Arusha downtown, with super clean rooms, a swimming pool, and conference facilities – that’s the place for you. The staff was awesome and attentive.
  • Mpole Bungalows in Michamwi, Zanzibar – friends of ours recommended us the bungalows in a tiny calm village on the East coast of the island. The atmosphere, the friendly team, the beach is 50 meters away – we could have easily stayed longer!
  • Green’s Guesthouse Nungwi, Zanzibar – it’s not only the fresh green theme that runs around the guesthouse premises that makes the place special. It’s the super accommodating owner who even gives you a tour around Nungwi. And the breakfast is plentiful and super delicious! We couldn’t even finish half of it!
  • Stonetown View Inn in Zanzibar City (Stone town) – the perfect place to get away from Stone town’s bustling rhythm. The staff was friendly and even helped us arrange a parking spot for free.

Transportation in Tanzania and Zanzibar

We decided to stick to public and private transportation while being on mainland Tanzania and rent a car to explore Zanzibar at our own pace. Keep in mind you need a local driver’s license that costs 10 USD and can be issued beforehand by your rental car company. We discovered that some local airlines offer tickets of 35-41 USD for legs that would otherwise take hours and days driving and probably a lot more money if we arranged private transfers. We wouldn’t go for intercity public transportation as we only had 10 days in total and we didn’t want to spend half of the time on the road. Once we saw the airfare deal, we adapted our Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary so we can fly between Arusha and Zanzibar for 40 USD per person and then skipped the ferry from Zanzibar City to Dar Es Salaam and flew for less money and just 15 minutes instead.

Car rental companies we found would quote us 35 USD per day the least but the thing was that they wanted 50% advance payment. They wouldn’t support credit card payments (unless you want to pay the service fee, too) so we decided to ask in our first accommodation for a car so we had the verbal arrangement only. There was someone waiting for us at the airport with the keys to а Suzuki Escudo which had more than 200000 kilometers on the bumpy road of the island. Later it turned out that if you’ve already been to Zanzibar and know people, you can get a deal of 25 USD per day for a rental car. Then we returned it with an almost empty tank to a guy that was only 15 minutes late before our flight back to the mainland.

Tanzania itinerary – adventure safaris, meeting local tribes, inspiring students

We’ll start with our itinerary in mainland Tanzania. Check out our suggestions for things to do in Tanzania.

Day 0: Arriving in Tanzania baggage-less

We landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport, got a visa for Tanzania for 50 USD each, and found out that our luggage didn’t arrive with us. Such a surprise and we’re just starting. We decided to stay positive and imagine what would happen when we stayed in the same clothes for a few days.

Back at home, we had arranged a transfer straight to the hostel near Arusha. We arrived after all the other guests went to bed, so the whole magically-lit yard was for us. The hosts were so nice to cook us dinner and serve it in their living room. The perfect welcome!

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Arusha, Banana eco farmhostel
10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Arusha, Banana eco farmhostel

Day 1: Arusha shopping and Lake Manyara safari

Our safari guide Charles met us at the eco-hostel (the hosts said goodbye with a hearty breakfast and a bag full of their freshly produced coffee) and we hit the road. But first, we needed some fresh change of clothes. We wouldn’t imagine that our first stop on the Tanzania itinerary would be for shopping, but that’s life. Charles took us to the market in Arusha and then the magic of lots of shop owners bringing clothes and shoes for us to try happened! Guess who was the center of attention and one hour and two attempts for a receipt later, we were ready to go. We had to exchange some dollars for Tanzanian shillings but we realized more than half of what we brought were bills older than 2009 which was a big NO for exchange.

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Arusha shopping
10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Arusha shopping

We passed villages and towns on our way to Lake Manyara. It’s so absorbing to just watch how life goes for the local people. When we reached Lake Manyara Park, we entered the world of wildlife welcomed by hundreds of birds nesting in the trees and a student guide to tell us a few words. Then we continued with Charles driving the jeep and stopping whenever there was something to spot.

We were greeted by so many baboons and blue monkeys. Inside the park, we met zebras, antelopes, gnus, many many birds (they like lakes usually), giraffes, elephants, hidden hippos, flamingos in the distance, pelicans, storks, vultures, and many more. The highlight of the day was the two lionesses who were just hanging in a tree – it’s usually not typical for a lion to hang on a tree. But as the landscape is not flat over there, they need to climb to be able to spot their prey. It was like looking at two big kittens, just chilling with finesse. 

We arrived at Migombani campsite to enjoy the mesmerizing surroundings and the view of the lake just before sunset. Our tent was up in no time so we could take shower and have a romantic freshly cooked by our chef Roman dinner in dark. Yes, we had a private chef (we didn’t even know was included in the price). A Safari and a Serengeti beer later, having hand washed and hung our new clothes on the line, we were ready to fall asleep in our little mosquito-free tent under the stars.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater Safari

The morning brought one of our pieces of baggage in front of our tent. It was the right one – full of most of the stuff we would need. We still put on our freshly washed newly bought items and geared up for another, very classical for any Tanzania itinerary, safari day – to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where the 260-square-kilometers-huge Ngorongoro Crater is. The name comes from the sound of a cowbell, as the local hunters-gatherers heard that sound from the herds.

We had breakfast at the campsite, cooked by our early-bird chef Roman. Then we hit the road with Charles towards the Ngorongoro Crater. We were passing green fields, plenty of working people on the road, and so many clouds in the distance. The picture of Tanzania in our minds was much more yellow, and now, in reality, it was greener – we loved it!

We passed the small info center with maps and fun facts about the area at the entrance gate and continued up the road to the edge of the crater. Our first view down the caldera was from above and it was fascinating! We could see the green bottom with plenty of wildlife (thank you, superzoom lens). Then we started going down to the center of the crater and those headed to Serengeti just passed by. Isn’t that cool – to get to one national park, you have to pass another? We saw some cute Maasai kids and with some, we even closed the dollar-photo deal. We decided to skip the Maasai village that was welcoming tourists – we’ve already spent lots of time with Maasai people on our trip to Kenya.

The day was full of hundreds of wildlife spottings – it is easy because the crater itself is kind of a closed system. We drove through herds of elephants, antelopes, gnus, gazelles, zebras, and giraffes. Ostriches and secretary birds greeted us. Beasts and buffalos were looking at our safari jeep with curiosity. It was really hard to know where to look – we were surrounded by wildlife! We stopped for lunch near a lake and could even see hippos nearby. Later we saw a muddy rhino. The highlight of the day was the lazy lions just sleeping in the grass, while a curious zebra was staring at them at a distance of no more than 10 meters.

When we got back to the camp, it was totally full of tents and guests around the pool. Like it was Saturday… We made peace with the fact that we won’t get to have a tranquil sunset like yesterday. But at least we had dinner before it was completely dark so we could actually admire the food visually, too.

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Migombani Camp
10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Migombani Camp
10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Migombani Camp

Day 3: Lake Eyasi – meet the local tribes Hadzabe and Datoga and drive to Arusha

Time for checkout of the campsite and continue – we said goodbye to the Maasai guards and to our chef Roman (he made another wonderful breakfast and lunch to go). We headed to the Lake Eyasi region because there we would meet some local Tanzanian tribes.

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Migombani Camp

We drove down dirt roads, passing fields of onions and other crops. When we entered a village, stop at a sign that said Lake Eyasi Community and met with our guide for the day Rasuli. Rasuli can communicate in both Hadza and Datoga languages as he used to live with the tribes.

Meeting Hadzabe and Datooga people, having activities with them, and being able to talk with them was one of the most pristine and authentic experiences we’ve ever had! Those tribes live in their communities and families as they used to hundreds of years ago. We published an article on visiting the Hadzabe and Datoga villages near Lake Eyasi. Just to give you the tip of the iceberg – the Hadza people don’t even have the concept of age or numbers and the Datoga women asked us how much they should walk to visit our village.

Tribes in Tanzania, Hadzabe tribe, Datoga tribe, local communities in lake Eyasi
Tribes in Tanzania, Hadzabe tribe, Datoga tribe, local communities in lake Eyasi

After those, full of emotions and kindness, encounters we headed back to Arusha. Our last cooked and delicious lunch took place in a souvenir shop – at the African art gallery. We caught some 10-minute rain on the way back and then we got dropped by Charles at our hotel in Arusha. Hooray! Our second piece of luggage was delivered. We received a free upgrade to a bigger room and took advantage of the air-conditioning, hot shower, and other simple pleasures. We gave away our bag of clothes to the hotel maids and we couldn’t even describe the level of happiness and gratefulness – sometimes things we don’t use anymore might be the reason for many smiles!

It was time for a walk to see busy local life – Arusha is a big city and there’s a lot going on the streets. We cut a deal (500 TZS) for two freshly grilled corn cobs, discussed a price for a transfer to the airport with a taxi on the street, and went to the hotel to have dinner and rest.

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Day 4: A day in Arusha – banks, bars, and motivation with Twende Social Innovation Hub and Njiro Secondary School

We had no idea what we were supposed to do on that day in Arusha as we had just one day free and then a flight to Zanzibar the next day. While planning the trip to Tanzania, we tried to get in touch with local community centers, innovation hubs, and other projects and communities we would want to meet. We managed to arrange a visit to the Twende Social Innovation Hub and their workshop. The problem was that for the last few days we hadn’t heard from them. But as they promised, it was Monday and it was the day they would visit a Secondary school to present their workshop and projects. And we were invited to join!

In the morning we decided to do something about our currency problem. We learned about a bank that would take our old dollar bills. We walked past improvised markets and dirt roads and got to the super fancy air-conditioned bank only to get a lower exchange rate for our oldies. But lower is better than being around with empty pockets, so we had to accept it.

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Arusha
10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - moto-taxi in Arusha

Later we hopped on moto-taxis to get to the Twende workshop. We took the “shortcuts” and arrived in no time. The workshop was full of many tools and equipment so people could innovate and solve the social problems of their communities. We really liked the design thinking and other methodologies they use to build and test their innovations. As they try to attract younger people for their causes, there was a school visit planned. We were kind of honorary guests. Epi, Chris, two alumni Twende volunteers, Nace, and I headed to Njiro Secondary school.

The secondary school students were super nice, disciplined, and enthusiastic to learn. We played one of our favorite geography memory card games, we talked about dreams, innovation, and how we shouldn’t be afraid to share and work towards our dreams. The enthusiasm and dedication of those students really impressed us – we hope some of them will go to the Twende workshop to build prototypes for their ideas. We finished with a short yoga session and then met with the principal to tell her how mesmerizing her students were and give the school library a gift (guess what 😜).

The visit to Njiro Secondary School and Twende Social Innovation was so inspiring and overwhelming. Definitely a highlight of our Tanzania itinerary. We did drink plenty of water and fresh juice to recover the energy and freshen up for more experiences. In the evening we browsed the hotel neighborhood for tasty local treats (mostly beer).

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Arusha

Zanzibar itinerary – a road trip around the island, beaches and snorkeling, making friends

Zanzibar is far from just a beach destination. Check out our article with various amazing things to do in Zanzibar.

Day 5: Fly to Zanzibar, get the car, and head to Michamvi

Time for the island part of this trip – using a 40-dollar flight deal, we used a transfer we arranged on the street to the charming Arusha airport. It is an amazing airport – an open-air waiting lounge, a local market and so much green everywhere. Definitely one of our favorite airports.

 10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - flying from Arusha to Zanzibar

After a one-hour flight, we landed on the humid and sunny Zanzibar island (the name of the main island is Unguja). We met with some guy who was sent to hand over the car (a Suzuki Escudo that’s been through a lot) and one of the most common on the island. We headed straight to the East coast and Michamwi village where we booked the Mpole bungalows. Nace got used to road traffic (total madness in the area around the airport), the narrow roads, and driving on the left quickly.

Mpole bungalows were waiting for us with a huge garden with trees and plenty of sand. We had to eat something and then head to the famous “The Rock” restaurant. We decided to spare some money and just photographed from every angle. It was definitely the season of seaweed, but what can you do? Of course, the problem is the tons of plastic and other trash that get stuck in between the seaweed. The best was the view of so many local kids playing on the beach at sunset – much better than any fancy restaurant on a rock in the ocean.

We had a quiet dinner at the bungalows’ restaurant and then hanged out near the fire. It was super chill, relaxed, and amazing – what we needed after some very active days. We met two boys from Bosnia and Herzegovina that seemed to be the only other tourists in the peaceful paradise at Michamvi.

Day 6: Safari blue tour and happy birthday to Bistra

“The Wiseman” at the bungalows convinced us to have the Safari blue tour. You start with riding to the Southern part of the island, then you hop on a boat and explore smaller islands, sand dunes in the sea, and things like that.  It sounded like the perfect birthday adventure.

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Safari Blue Tour

It was super cool to board the boat at low tide (Zanzibar turned out to be a very tide-dependent destination). Walking on the slippery rocks for hundreds of meters is both adventurous and also not the typical boat tour experience. We started sailing, passing away from the coastline and charming small islands. I spotted a couple of dolphins playing near the boat – we managed to see them jump a few times and then they went their way.

We reached a sand island and it was time for snorkeling. The underwater world was plentiful in the azure waters but I started feeling burning shots all over my body – so I had to go back on board and eat fruits in the meantime. Some other people had problems with those nasty jellyfish so we just ate fruits and absorbed the views. Then we continued to the island itself to have a walk – Nace swam to the island. It was nice to walk on a tiny sand island, just like we did it some time ago in Isla Paradiso in the Dominican Republic.

We stopped at a bigger island to have lunch (rice and seafood) and then see a huge baobab tree bent in two. It was nice to see something so majestic and so fragile at the same time. And of course, there was a huge lane of souvenir shops on the island. But who doesn’t love shopping?

We spent the sunset droning and roaming the beach at Michamvi. Local beach – no people, amazing views towards the setting sun, no distractions, and frustrations. The perfect end of a birthday (plus the beers afterward). One of the Bosnian guys had just bought a piece of land nearby. Most of the places around are owned by foreigners, most of which had fallen in love with the island.

Day 7: Drive to Nungwi, Jozani Forest, and many places along the Eastern coast of Zanzibar

It was time to leave that little paradise and see what was up in the north. On the way to one of the most popular tourist villages in Zanzibar – Nungwi, we decided to take a few detours. Stop number one was the Jozani Forest in the middle of the island. It’s famous for its Zanzibar red colobus monkeys. You can even encounter many of them on the road, but for better photo ops and more information, you need to pay the forest entrance fee which includes a guide. After we saw the many red colobuses and their neighbors – the blue monkeys, we headed to another part of the park – it was a mangrove forest swamp with boardwalks. We managed to spot only some crabs but we could use the shade of the trees over there. We saw some super small frogs (up to 1-centimeter-long)- really hard to spot, but our guide knew where to look for them. 

The Suzuki and we continued the drive along the Eastern coastline. We parked in the middle of nowhere in between Bwejuu village and the huge empty beach – we drone over the low tide – fishermen literally walk for a mile before they reach the water. Later we stopped by Chwaka fishing village to see the hard-working fishermen and the bustling fish market. The last beach stop we picked from the map was near Pongwe – we just saw a nice beach and decided to drop by. There was a group of kids playing football. One drone flight later, we were all friends. 

We saw some ladies trying to hitchhike on the road so we stopped. They were going a few kilometers up north, traveling between work at some resort to their village. A lot of people actually hitch like that in Zanzibar. And the local public transportation – dala dala – comes always full and overloaded with people and baggage. 

Google Maps got us lost three times before we found our hostel in Nungwi. The green vibes and friendly owner Ali made up for the frustration of getting lost on those narrow dusty streets earlier. It would easily turn out to be our favorite of Zanzibar hotels. Ali showed us around and we met hundreds of students at the end of the school day – all those uniforms shining under the low sun on the dusty streets – it was like magic! We went to the beach to find out the high tide left pretty much nothing of it. We chose a place for a bite and to watch the sunset.  In the evening we decided to chill at the hostel’s garden, Nace even got from the owner a complimentary shisha.

Day 8: Mnemba island snorkeling trip and Kendwa

We decided to skip diving around Nungwi and Zanzibar as a whole because it was crazy expensive. We’re sure there’s an unbelievable underwater world, but maybe next time for us. We stuck to snorkeling and booked another boat tour – to the private resort Mnemba island

In the morning, we had one of the richest breakfasts ever served – the hospitality of Ali and his team was enormous – and headed to Nungwi beach to board the boat. At low tide, you can actually see the beach and it’s wide and white, the waters are azure. The low tide didn’t really help with spotless boarding so most of the people got really wet and we had to be extra cautious about the cameras and so on.

The Mnemba Island is so private and restricted that they’ll put a fine for you if you set foot on it. But you can freely swim and enjoy the corals (or what’s left alive of them) and the colorful fish. That day I was lucky – there were no biting jellies so I could enjoy long and thorough snorkeling. The bird-eye view of the island and the area is just magical. I’m not sure it’s worth paying the money to stay there though. 

After a quick lunch on a nice beach on the main island, we returned to Nungwi beach, and together with our partners-in-crime from Bosnia – George and Alex, we headed to Kendwa beach. It is said it’s probably the best beach on Zanzibar island. It is covered with resorts, and if you can get into any resort or a secret path, you’ll reach the beach and see for yourself. 

In the evening, when we got back to Nungwi, we did some heavy bargaining for souvenir shopping. We met some funny people at a supermarket. Our unexpected late-evening encounter was with a professional Maasai, a boy who introduced himself as Filip Kirkorov, and a very person who was a real comedian. Everything he said was a hilarious joke. He wasn’t even aware of that, though. All three of them covered for their boss, who was praying (most people in Zanzibar are Muslim).

10-day Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary - Kendwa

Day 9: Drive to Stone Town, explore the West coast of Zanzibar, a party night in Zanzibar City

We hit the road south, destination Stone Town or Zanzibar City.  The western part of the island was mostly empty – it was hard to spot someone outside of the villages we passed. We’ve enjoyed endless fields of palms though. Mangapwani beach was chosen for a stop – it turned out to be an abandoned resort with a huge ship “parked” on the beach and a few locals repairing boats nearby. 

This time, Google Maps + our paper map played us really badly – we took north of Bumbwini in search of a nice beach. An hour and just 5 kilometers along dirt roads later we reached a dead-end which turned out to be a military base. Nace had a friendly chat with guys with machine guns and flip-flops and we decided to go back. It was like getting to the most remote place on Earth, only to find out there is no hidden jewel there. 

We reached the crazy Stone Town, where traffic was back to normal (we got so used to being kind of alone on the road those days). We parked the car, checked into an air-conditioned room for a change, and decided to explore the capital on foot. Stone Town is an incredible mix of Oriental, Arabic, Islamic, and Persian cultures and you can’t get bored with its architecture, taste, or smell. 

We chose a restaurant to watch the sunset and also observed locals playing, swimming, laughing, and doing sports on the city beach. There was a huge wave that washed off everything and seconds after – it was again full of people and stuff. We had more than enough beers with our friends from Bosnia (who came to Stone Town for our last night together in Zanzibar). 

We were hungry so we headed to the Forodhani Park market. There were tons of food stalls, most of them quite overpriced (mostly tourists eat there). While searching for a toilet, we stumbled upon a bar inside the Old Fortress and stayed for a while. There was a birthday girl that fed us cake, there was also live music, and we danced. We even watched the typical Kigodoro dance played by locals in high spirits. 

Day 10: Getting lost in Stone Town, fly to Dar Es Salaam, then a late flight to Amsterdam

We decided to get some sleep, rest, and chill on our last day in Zanzibar. The prayers coming from the nearby Mosque were already part of the normal lifestyle so we could sleep late. The hotel allowed us to stay longer in the room, we had breakfast on the rooftop and then started walking on the tiny streets of the old town. It’s not a cliche to get lost in Stone Town, as it’s actually quite easy. If you have the time to aimlessly roam – do it! We discovered few local markets with aromatic spices, the typical bread and so many other tasty things.

We somehow found the hotel and a restaurant for a quick lunch. It was so hot outside! The restaurant shared the space with a local fair trade organization shop – so we picked up two African necklaces as souvenirs. I managed to try the super good Tanzanian coffee everyone’s bragging about – a good finish to our stay in Zanzibar.

We drove ourselves back to the airport, picking up a police officer (he needed a ride for few hundred meters but how can you say no?). At the airport, we had to wait for the guy to hand over the car for about 15 minutes – Hakuna Matata! Our flight to Dar es Salaam was 15-mins-short – we just jumped over and landed. 

At the airport, we saw there was a delay in our flight to Amsterdam but we had nothing else to do than to hang out in a local fast-food restaurant – the only one actually. The staff was watching a football game so we cheered with them as Tanzania won. People in Tanzania are so warm and friendly! 

What is left for us to visit in Tanzania?

We won’t write the typical conclusion, we’ll use the end of this post to put some fascinating places for our next visit! 

  • The Serengeti National Park (for when we win the lottery)
  • parks and reserves where you can meet orangutans up close (if something is left from the jackpot)
  • Lake Victoria and its scenery and wildlife
  • the beaches on the mainland (we heard they are the real deal)
  • other parks, reserves, and tiny islands (have something in mind?)
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8 Responses

  1. Otapp

    Only one world Incredible. Zanzibar is a most beautiful island i ever had been.. The simplistic beauty attract me.. Hope I come again with my family once…

  2. […] yes, yes! Tanzania is an amazing country with so much to offer. A Tanzanian safari and visiting Zanzibar island are amazing adventures to add on to your […]

  3. PS

    Hi, it looks amazing! How much did you budget for this itinerary?

    • Hey, thank you for the question! We don’t have the overall budget for this itinerary, but here are some budget notes that might help you plan your trip to Tanzania.
      – 3-day safari (including accommodation for 2 nights, food, entrance fees, activities) – 890 USD pp
      – Accommodation – 25 – 40 USD per double room per night
      – Flight Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar – 41 USD pp
      – Rental car Zanzibar – 35 USD per day
      – Safari Blue tour – approx. 50 USD pp
      – Eating out really varied but starting from 3 USD to 20 USD pp per meal

  4. Bea Adventurous

    This is amazing!

    We have returned home recently from our trip and we loved it so much!

    Your photos (The B&W one, wow!) really show this amazing country so well, and thank you so much for your insight and tips. We’re so excited to go back again soon!

    • Hi Bea! Thank you for the nice words! Tanzania is so special that one does not even need a good camera to capture its magic!

  5. Adrina Matt

    Beautiful post with great photos..

    Which flight do you use from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar? Also the hotel names will be very helpful….

    Thank you xo xo

    • Hi Adrina! We found the best deals on the internal flights with PrecisionAir for our dates. All the hotel names are well-mentioned in the article. Have fun!