13 days in Tanzania, South Luangwa National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

13 days in Tanzania, South Luangwa National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22 h
1
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
4
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive:  15 h 30 min
5
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha ©
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Tanzanite Experience and then stroll around Serengeti Heritage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Plan trip to Arusha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Melbourne, Australia to Arusha is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Arusha. In September, Arusha is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Parks Nature Tours
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Serengeti Heritage ©
Serengeti Heritage
The Tanzanite Experience ©
The Tanzanite Experience
Photography Tours

1
night
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park online trip maker.

You can fly from Arusha to Serengeti National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arusha in September; daily highs in Serengeti National Park reach 17°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, then experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins and then stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Serengeti National Park to Zanzibar City takes 3 hours. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in September, expect Zanzibar City to be much warmer, temps between 35°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to South Luangwa National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Zanzibar Island
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

1
night
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park ©
Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Mulberry Mongoose and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at South Luangwa National Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the South Luangwa National Park tour itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zanzibar City to South Luangwa National Park. Traveling from Zanzibar City to South Luangwa National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in South Luangwa National Park

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

South Luangwa National Park
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South Luangwa National Park ©
South Luangwa National Park
Mulberry Mongoose ©
Mulberry Mongoose

3
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Victoria Falls Snake Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Luangwa National Park to Victoria Falls in 16 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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