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How Many Days to Spend in Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country, about the size of California, Nevada, and Arizona combined. How long to spend will depend on whether you're on a quick beach getaway or a safari that ticks off the blockbuster wildlife venues, or whether you want a fuller immersion in Tanzania's broader diversity. Read on for recommended itineraries for visits from 4 days to 4 weeks.

Go on a safari adventure inside Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest volcanic caldera
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5 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

It might seem impossible, but five days is enough time to embark on safari adventures in multiple national parks in Africa. The country to do it is Tanzania, where you'll marvel at lions and leopards on the Serengeti, see grazing giraffes at Lake Manyara, and spot a rhino or two at the Ngorongoro Crater. Other five-day itineraries include a relaxing beach holiday in Zanzibar, cultural exchanges with local tribespeople, and an unforgettable hike up iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Observe classic savanna wildlife like giraffes on a five-day Tanzania safari
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5 Days in Tanzania - 3 Safari Itinerary Ideas

With five days to dedicate to a Tanzania safari, you can embark on a classic tour featuring Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. Or, opt for an off-the-beaten-path trip that includes a guided hike in the Udzungwa Mountains, numerous game drives in Ruaha National Park, and an insightful visit to the Isimila Stone Age Site. Another option, ideal for those eager to focus solely on wildlife, is a trip to southern Tanzania's Mikumi and Nyerere National Parks.

Spot elephants walking in the beautiful Serengeti National Park on a one-week Tanzania safari
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1 Week in Tanzania - 3 Safari Itinerary Ideas

With one week to dedicate to a Tanzania safari, you can embark on a fast-paced highlights tour that hops between Ngorongoro, Tarangire National Park, and Serengeti National Park. Or, if you prefer to take the less-trodden path and include cultural experiences, opt for a trip featuring Morogoro, Iringa, and Ruaha National Park. Another option, crafted for those seeking a trip that focuses solely on wildlife, is to use Dar es Salaam as a kickoff point to explore southern Tanzania's national parks.

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1 Week in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Even in as few as seven days you can cover the major highlights of Tanzania. That includes embarking on safari adventures in two or even three of this country's national parks. Or mix an active vacation with beach time on tours of the Serengeti and time spent lazing on Zanzibar's white sand beaches. And if you're really feeling adventurous, test your fortitude on a six-day hike up the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro.

See giraffes and zebra in Tanzania's Serengeti
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10 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days is enough time to enjoy the best of Tanzania and then some. You can go on safaris in multiple national parks (including the Serengeti), kick back on the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar, and even hike up Mount Kilimanjaro. Or pack twice the fun in a single itinerary by combining Tanzania with a visit to Kenya's star attractions like the Maasai Mara National Reserve and cultural excursions with tribal warriors.

Seek out wildebeests within the Ngorongoro Crater on a 10-day Tanzania safari
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10 Days in Tanzania - 5 Safari Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in Tanzania is an excellent amount of time to seek out the Big Five in three or four national parks. Serengeti and Tarangire are perfect destinations for first-time visitors seeking a highlights trip, while the southern region of Morogoro suits those looking to get off the trodden trail. If you're looking to add a second country into the mix, Kenya's Nairobi and Maji Moto offer cultural immersion, whereas neighboring Uganda caters to active explorers eager to hike in search of mountain gorillas.

Ten days gives you time for cultural experiences (like visiting a Maasai village) alongside wildlife safaris
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10 Days in East Africa - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you've got 10 days in East Africa, you can visit two countries. Wildlife lovers can spot the Big Five on game drives in Tanzania, go snorkeling along the Kenyan coast, and try gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. Culture enthusiasts will appreciate a Maasai village visit, a Kigali street art tour, and gallery hopping in Entebbe. Foodies can learn to cook Swahili dishes in Mombasa and sample street eats in Kampala, while those who prefer a leisurely pace will enjoy lounging at the beach on Lamu Island.

A rhinoceros in Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park
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2 Weeks in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Tanzania is one of Africa's most popular safari destinations with its abundance of natural parks and unspoiled wilderness. And with two whole weeks, you can not only experience unforgettable wildlife excursions, like witnessing the Great Migration, but you can also embark on off-the-beaten-path adventures. If that's not enough, there will be time left to hop the border and visit Kenya and Uganda.

Pair three days at the beach on Zanzibar with safari and culture experiences on a Kenya and Tanzania adventure
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2 Weeks in East Africa - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks gives you time to visit two countries in East Africa. Each offers wildlife, outdoor adventures, and cultural activities, but travelers keen on gorilla trekking should head to Rwanda or Uganda. Culture enthusiasts can visit a Maasai village, join a handicraft workshop in Arusha, and learn about street art in Kigali. Foodies will savor a coffee tasting near Nairobi and a cooking lesson in Stone Town. Those interested in coastal exploration and a leisurely pace will enjoy sailing and snorkeling in Zanzibar.

Drive alongside African bush elephants in Tarangire National Park
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2 Weeks in Tanzania - 5 Safari Itinerary Ideas

Discover up to seven destinations on a two-week safari trip to Tanzania. An adventure itinerary splits time between safari hotspots and Zanzibar beaches, while a highlights itinerary focuses on Tanzania's national parks like the Serengeti and Tarangire. Get off the beaten path in southern Tanzania with waterfall hikes and Isimila's Stone Age Site. For a wildlife and culture-focused trip, add Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, and for mountain gorilla trekking, add Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Try to spot tree-climbing lions on a full-day game drive in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park
3 Weeks in East Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Three weeks in East Africa gives you time to hop between numerous national parks and conservation areas in two to three countries. Kenya and Tanzania are the most popular options, and for good reason, considering they're home to the Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, and Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. If you're eager to spot chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild, swap in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable and Kibale National Parks, or consider Rwanda for immersive cultural experiences.