My visit to Tanzania was also my first time exploring a sub-Saharan African country. I had an amazing journey and loved every minute of it. Here’s a travel guide with a 3-week Tanzania itinerary across the country, from the savannah to the top of Kilimanjaro and the beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. 

Lion cub on a safari in Tanzania

3-week Tanzania Itinerary

Part 1 of our Tanzania Itinerary: from Dar Es Salaam to Arusha

Our international flight landed in Dar Es Salaam. Our safari was leaving two days later from Arusha. We could have taken a flight to cross the country, but we opted for a different experience that we found more interesting: we went there by bus. Read our experience here.

Bus between Dar Es Salaam and Arusha
Bus trip from Dar Es Salaam to Arusha

Part 2 of our Tanzania Itinerary: a 6-day safari

We left Arusha and explored the wonderful and iconic parks of Tanzania. We were travelling with a guide/driver and a cook and camping every night. It was fantastic: I never imagined we would ever be able to see wildlife from that close.

We went to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Oldupai Gorge, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. And we saw all the animals you can expect in an African safari. It’s hard to tell which one was the best, but I’ve written here about the highlights of my safari trip.

We also had two stops to visit local villages: one stop at a traditional (and disappointing) Masaii village and another stop to learn more about the modern Tanzanian history and culture at Mto Wa Mbu village. You can read all about it here.

Zebras on the road during a safari in Tanzania

Part 3 of our Tanzania Itinerary: Our 5-day climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Going on a safari was quite high on my bucket list. But for me, climbing Africa’s highest summit was even more exciting. When we flew to Dar Es Salaam, we saw the top of Kilimanjaro from the plane. At almost 5,000 metres high, it was at the same level as us in the plane. Since realising that, I was quite nervous about it – especially as I felt my body weak as I was a bit sick.

As expected, reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro was a challenge. One of the hardest hikes I’ll ever do in my life. It doesn’t mean you cannot do it: it’s not technically difficult. But the altitude – and worse, the altitude sickness – makes every step harder than it should be.

Woman in a tent in front of Mount Kilimanjaro

If you’re interested to read more about Kilimanjaro, I suggest reading these two articles:

There are risks associated with climbing Kilimanjaro. Most travel insurance won’t cover you for such an experience. Make sure you double-check if you are covered at an altitude of 5,895m! WorldNomads* may have the solution for you.

Part 4 of our Tanzania Itinerary: A few days relaxing on Zanzibar Island

I have to admit I didn’t do as much as I wished in Zanzibar. After going down Kilimanjaro, my joints were tired and painful, so I used Zanzibar as an opportunity to rest on a beautiful beach while talking to locals and eating delicious barbecues on the beach. It’s one of the best places to relax, check out the best beaches in Zanzibar here to get an idea of the beauty of the island.

I still got to do activities that didn’t require too much effort: two scuba dives and a great trip on a traditional sailing boat – which was amazing. Although they sounded interesting, I had to skip the iconic capital Stone Town and the spice tour.

Before you go to Tanzania

Talk to your doctor about your trip, so you get the necessary vaccines and learn more about Malaria prevention.

If you plan to hike Kilimanjaro, read here my tips to prepare for the climb. It’s also a good idea to talk to a healthcare professional about it if you have any questions about altitude sickness.

Map of places we visited on our 3-week itinerary in Tanzania


Eloise is the creator and writer of She writes about her experiences exploring exotic destinations and finding hidden gems closer to home. Her goal is to share tips and stories to inspire and encourage others to go on their own adventures. She loves outdoor and nature-based activities like scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. She grew up in France and has lived in England and Turkey before calling Australia home for the past decade. So let's get ready for another adventure!

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  1. Bea Adventurous

    What an adventure you had, and really really well done on the climb! Wow!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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