Both Kenya and Tanzania are huge and the distances between the main destinations are long. That is why you have to carefully select the places you wish to visit. I covered some highlights by road on an overlanding small group tour, but you can fly between destinations to save time and exhaustion. Start your trip from Kenya, drive your way through Tanzania all the way to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. The Spice Island is a great place to leave for the end and the white beaches provide the best relaxation and unwinding time.

Tanzania holidays include road trips

Road map of my Tanzania overlanding tour  PC Intrepid Travel

Highlights of this Kenya Tanzania itinerary 

  • Fly into Nairobi (Kenya offers Visa on Arrival for Indian passport holders at the cost of 50 USD)
  • Stay at least for two or three days at Nairobi….2/3N
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Sanctuary in Nairobi
  • Optional guided safari in Nairobi National Park
  • Visit a Masai Village to learn about the Masai people and their culture
  • Cross over to Tanzania at Namanga Checkpoint ( Travel Time of 2 h 34 min (163.6 km) via A104, Tanzania offers e visa services for Indian passport holders)
  • Overnight stay at Arusha (1 h 45 min (109.7 km) via A104….1N
  • Safari to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater National Park
  • 2 days safari in the Serengeti…..2/3N
  •  Optional hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti (Read my Serengeti Safari Guide)
  • Return to Arusha (6 h 33 min (348.3 km) via B144)…1N 
  • OPTION 1 – Fly down to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar from Arusha (2h 5m flight duration via Zanzibar)
  • OPTION 2 – Drive towards from Dar es Salaam 911 h 18 min (622.6 km) via B1) with an overnight stop at Pangani….1N
  • Overnight stop at Dar es Salaam…1N
  • For road trippers, take a ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam (2 hrs)
  • In Zanzibar, explore the historic Stone Town….2N
  • Relax on the white sand Indian Ocean beaches of Zanzibar…..2N
  • Ferry or fly back to Dar and return home
Dont miss zanzibar on kenya tanzania itinerary

White beaches of Zanzibar

Kenya Tanzania Itinerary Travel Facts

  • Start Point – Nairobi, Kenya
  • Finish Point – Dar es Salaam or Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Countries Covered – Kenya, Tanzania
  • Duration – 10 – 14 Days
  • Theme – Wildlife, Beach
  • Suitability – For all ages as well as for travelers with restricted mobility
  • Optional Add-ons – Masai Mara Excursion, Hiking in the foothills of Kilimanjaro to meet Chagga tribe, visit Prison Island in ZanzibarWildlife is a must in kenya tanzania itinerary

Overnight Stay Points on this Kenya Tanzania Itinerary

Nairobi, Masai Mara (Optional), Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Arusha, Pangani, Dar es Salaam, Stone Town (Zanzibar), Paje (Zanzibar)

Optional Kenya Tanzania Itinerary for Flashpackers

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