15 Day Zanzibar and Tanzania Itinerary and Budget

Here we share our itinerary and budget for 15 days in Tanzania and Zanzibar.  You will find a day by day overview of the places we visited, our rating of each attraction, and the cost of each activity.  There are always lessons to be learnt. We choose to share our lessons, so that your itinerary can be better!

This is a concise description of our Itinerary and budgets...but all the fun happens in our Shots and Tales section.  

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Prices, unless otherwise specified, are per person. 

Our adventure in Tanzania and Zanzibar took place between 3rd and 17th August 2019.  August is a great time to visit Tanzania, as temperatures are mild, rain is scarce, grass is quite short, and animals tend to gather at waterholes, so sightings are easier.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Zanzibar - Nungwi

Day 2 

Zanzibar - Nungwi

Day 3

Zanzibar - Nungwi

Day 4

Zanzibar - Stone Town

  • Transfer from Nungwi to Stone Town ($33 per car)

  • Spice Farm Tour ($15 per car) ★★★★

  • Night at Stone Town

Day 5

Tanzania - Ngurdoto Village

Day 6

Tanzania - Ngurdoto Village

Day 7

Tanzania - Tarangire National Park

Day 8

Tanzania - Tarangire National Park

Day 9

Tanzania - Serengeti  National Park

  • Maasai Village Tour ★★★★

  • Drive from Karatu to Lobo Campsite (Serengeti National Park) 

  • Night at Serengeti - Lobo Public Campsite ★★★

Day 10

Tanzania - Serengeti National Park

Day 11

Tanzania - Serengeti National Park

  • Game drive at Serengeti National Park ★★★★★

  • Night at Serengeti - Seronera - Dik Dik Public Campsite ★★★★

Day 12

Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater

Day 13

Tanzania - Lake Manyara

Day 14

Tanzania - Mto Wa Mbu

  • Lounging by the pool overlooking Lake Manyara

  • Taxi ride from Mto Wa Mbu to Moshi ($150 per car)

  • Night at Boma Ng'ombe

Day 15


  • Taxi ride from Boma Ng'ombe to Kilimanjaro Airport ($25 per car)

  • Early morning flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Malta, via Istanbul

Lessons Learnt from our Itinerary


Note 1

Internal Flights in Tanzania

  • For the price of $95 per person, we chose to fly from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, as opposed to taking the catamaran.  This way we managed to avoid the notorious Dar es Salaam traffic, and it was much quicker (20 minutes' flight as opposed to a couple of hours on board the catamaran. 

  • We found both Coastal Aviation as well as  Air Excel very professional.  Both operated our routes with Cessna Aircrafts and no more than 10 passenger capacity.  Although there are strict limits on luggage size and weight, we contacted both companies about our concerns earlier. Both companies were very responsive and accommodating.  Check in process was smooth and flights were punctual. 

Note 2

Price of  Safari in Tanzania

  • Safari in Tanzania is not cheap. This is mostly due to expensive park entry fees.  Whichever tour company you choose needs to pay these fees, but obviously you can pick and choose the number of days to spend in parks, as well as which parks to visit.  On this adventure we chose to go to the most famous of parks; Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara.  Our itinerary was partly lodges (very nice ones), and partly nature camping in the Serengeti, operated by I Dream Of Africa Safaris.  

Note 3

A Better Ending to the Safari Adventure

  • At the end of our safari, we opted that instead of returning to Moshi, we spend the last night at Mto Wa Mbu.   Our reasoning was that we wanted to stay in nature as much as possible, and do some shopping at Mto Wa Mbu. Not realising the distance between Mto Wa Mbu and Moshi, we lost our tour included ride to Moshi, and so we had to hire a taxi.  We eventually hired our same guide to come for us the day after. But this meant, a 4 hour ride for us, an 8 hour gruelling drive for our guide, and $150 dollars which could have been spent wiser. 

  • If we were to do it all over again, we would have spent our last two nights at Kiboko Lodge.  It is close(ish) to Kilimanjaro Airport, in the countryside, and the people there are amazing.  This was the single thing we would have changed from our itinerary. 


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© Corinne and Noel Fenech 2019

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