19-day Tanzania Trip Itinerary

In here you’ll get hold of a 19-day Tanzania trip itinerary. It will give you an idea or inspiration of what you can do in Tanzania and how to arrange it. Highlights include: Dar Es Salaam and Bongoyo Island, 5-day camping safari, Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano hike, Lake Natron, Kikuletwa hot springs and more.

We didn’t have time to go to Zanzibar but it was never a must do for us, we enjoyed more being around wildlife than lying on a beach. We did go to Bongoyo Island for a day. With white sands and clear waters, Bongoyo Island is just 30 minutes from Dar Es Salaam by ferry. Perfect place to relax, get some fish & chips and beach vibes at the end of the trip.

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I shared much of what we did on my Instagram Stories but I thought that our itinerary would be useful for people who want to experience the real African bush and budget is a constrain. If you find this useful or got questions please let me know via a comment below or through my Instagram @_estebansoto_ I am looking forward to hearing from you!

19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Dar Es Salaam is a mix of religions and cultural backgrounds. You will notice it in its architecture as soon as you walk around.

 

19-day Tanzania Trip Itinerary

Day Place/City Activities Accommodation
1 Helsinki To the airport Night in Dar Es Salaam Oasis of Peace in Oyster Bay https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12625160
2 Dar Es Salaam Arrived at 2am. Woke up at 9am, had breakfast and left to Dar’s center to buy the bus ticket to Arusha. Once in Dar’s center after buying the ticket we walked around and visited the fish market, market and walked around the colonial buildings near the ferry terminal to Zanzibar. Night in Dar Es Salaam – Oasis of Peace in Oyster Bay https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12625160
3 Dar Es Salaam Free day exploring the northern part of Dar in Oyster Bay, Coco Beach, we basically walked the whole peninsula. Night in Dar Es Salaam – Oasis of Peace in Oyster Bay https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12625160
4 Dar to Arusha Finally moving out of the economic capital. Bus from Dar to Arusha. It took 13 hours so we were sitting all day but amazing panorama all the time. night in Arusha Small Open Plan Cottage https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10536950
5 Arusha Day in Arusha, we needed to pay the Wildlife Management Fee which allowed us to get the permit to camp in Lake Natron after our safari, so this is what we did first. Then we had a meeting with our safari company to pay off the tour and then continued to explore the city and the local Maasai market and the Natural History Museum as warm up for the safari. night in Arusha – Small Open Plan Cottage https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10536950
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Busy day at the fish market, more stock arriving all the time.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
The fisherman and the smoke
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
At Dar’s fish market you can also get that fresh fish cooked in no time.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Oyster bay in Dar has a great beach to walk around and you can go and climb the cliffs at the end of it.

 

Day Place/City Activities Accommodation
6 Arusha to Tarangire NP 5-day Safari started from early morning and it felt like the adventure started too, we have been way too still up to this point just transferring from place to place. We went to Tarangire National Park and camped for the night in a nearby area. night in Heaven campsite, arranged by the safari
7 Tarangire NP to Ngorongoro Conservation Area Day-2 of safari continued. Went down to see more wildlife inside Ngorongoro Crater. Camped for the night on the rim of the crater. night in Nyani campsite, arranged by the safari
8 Ngorongoro to Serengeti NP Day 3 we left to Serengeti National Park, we had an afternoon game drive and then headed to set up the tent, this was by far the best camping site of all, right in the middle of the national park. night in Nyani campsite, arranged by the safari
9 Serengeti NP Day 4 full day of game drive, woke up before sunrise, had breakfast at the plains, then more game drive, back at camp for lunch, back out for afternoon game drive. night in Simba campsite, arranged by the safari
10 Serengeti NP to Lake Natron 5th and Last day of safari, 6 hour drive with game drive on route from central Serengeti NP to the northeast gate and head to Lake Natron where they dropped us at our campsite of choice, Maasai Giraffe. From there on we were on our own again. night in Maasai Giraffe Campsite http://www.maasaigiraffe.com/
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Day 1 of Safari, towards Tarangire National Park
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Maasai family taking care of their cattle
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Tarangire National Park, during wet season crossing this river is impossible.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Tarangire National Park
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Tarangire National Park is home to the largest elephants in Tanzania and East Africa.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Giraffes at Tarangire NP

“Did someone say Kiss was in town?” #wildlifeplanet

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19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Ngorongoro crater panorama. The crater was once a volcano that collapsed on itself, now it has wildlife all over the place.

Scar

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Day Place/City Activities Accommodation
11 Rest Day at Giraffe Campsite Woke up around 5am to walk to see the sunrise at Lake Natron with its giraffes and flamingos. Mostly it was a rest day as we were going to climb the Volcano starting that night. night in Maasai Giraffe Campsite http://www.maasaigiraffe.com/
12 Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike Arrived to the volcano summit before sunrise and came back to the campsite at 11am. Total rest day after that with a light evening walk. night in Maasai Giraffe Campsite http://www.maasaigiraffe.com/
13 6hr bus to Arusha Sunrise walk with giraffes before breakfast and then left to take our bus to Arusha at 10am. night in Arusha Staying at Kala’s https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5906815

 

Would you wake up early then? Looking for sunrise. #africanature

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19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Lake Natron and its imponent volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, which means God’s mountain in Maasai language
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Best time to see giraffes up close in Lake Natron is in the morning during sunrise

19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Flamigos during the early hours of the day in Lake Natron

I don’t know if this can be considered beautiful but decided to share it because of the feeling when it was shot and what wakes up in me when looking at it. Here is what happened during those 5 minutes before this was captured. . It was about 3.30am, we were just 1 hour away from summiting Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. We had been hiking under the stars for already 5 hours. This is when our guide, Lucas, told us that we have been too fast and we need to wait before climbing to the top just before sunrise. Temperatures at that high altitude are low without sun so we would’ve been too cold and the wind too strong in the top to enjoy the summit. So we decided to sleep for 1.5 hours in one of the few rocky shelters the mountain has before aiming to the top. . I have never experienced such quiteness under the stars, not in Finland, not in Costa Rica, not ever. At that moment it was just me, a bit of cold wind and as soon as I lay down to rest, my eyes couldn’t get away from the heart of the milky way looking down to us mere mortals. As tired as I was and shivering like crazy of coldness, it was one of the most beautiful moments I couldn’t have ever imagined. . I decided to break the warmth of my jacket and take the camera out of the backpack. I couldn’t bring my tripod so I used the same bag as mount to try to take a picture. . Then, Lucas decided to make sure we were going to rest in a safe place. The light paint in the image is from him, while taking the picture he started to walk towards us with his headlamp on. #depthobsessed

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19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Me and our Maasai guide Lucas shortly after summiting Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano

19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
We are tiny beings. Ol Doinyo Lengai crater.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Walking on the rim of the crater to soon start to descend.

Those African sleepless nights

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Day Place/City Activities Accommodation
14 To Moshi Walk around Moshi’s center and Uhuru park. As the sky was clear we went to the rooftop bar of East Point Hotel for a great view of Kilimanjaro at sunset. night in Moshi Staying at More than a drop http://www.booking.com/Share-PvDCvx
15 Moshi Day trip to Kikuletwa Hot Springs night in Moshi Staying at More than a drop http://www.booking.com/Share-PvDCvx
16 Moshi to Dar Went to Dar center to walk around and check textiles Night in Dar Es Salaam Oasis of Peace in Oyster Bay https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12625160
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Moshi city
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Moshi city and your majesty Mount Kilimanjaro
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
An oasis in the middle of a dessert. Just 2 hours away from Moshi you can find these unique hot springs with fish that eat anything you got on your feet.

19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget

 

Day Place/City Activities Accommodation
17 Dar Es Salaam Bongoyo Island day trip Night in Dar Es Salaam Oasis of Peace in Oyster Bay https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12625160
18 Dar Es Salaam Flight leaves from Dar Es Salaam
19 Helsinki Back home
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Morning ferry to Bongoyo Island
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
You will see the traditional sailing boats called Dow all over the sea in Dar Es Salaam and surroundings.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Bongoyo Island main beach, huts are for rent, cost about 5€ for the day for a small one.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
If you are not a fan of staying on the beach, there are many trails to walk around.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Mangroves in the shark’s cove, a 15 minute walk in Bongoyo Island will take you there
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Bongoyo Island was completely empty, we were just 8 people when we arrived in the first ferry.
19-day Tanzania trip itinerary on a budget
Ferry ride from Bongoyo Island back to mainland

 

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For more on practical tips and everything related to budget, please check my other post: 19-day Tanzania Trip on a Budget

I hope this was helpful and inspires you to plan a trip to Tanzania, thanks a lot for reading 🙂

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