21 days in Tanzania, Mozambique & Madagascar Itinerary

21 days in Tanzania, Mozambique & Madagascar Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Moshi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Paje, Tanzania
— 1 night
Shuttle
4
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Ambalavao, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Andasibe, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Taxi to Antananarivo, Fly to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
9
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly
10
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Moshi, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Mama Africa Giftshop, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Moshi road trip app.

London, UK to Moshi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Arusha, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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 6th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Ai Care Spa, then look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, then examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Maasai Market Curios and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ngurdoto Crater.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arusha sightseeing planner.

Getting from Moshi to Arusha by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October in Arusha, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Paje.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Paje, Tanzania

— 1 night
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Rising Sun Dive Center, then head outdoors with Kite Dream Zanzibar, and then stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paje trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Arusha to Paje in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. In October, Paje is a bit warmer than Arusha - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Nungwi, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): Head underground at Tazari Caves, then kick back and relax at Matemwe Beach, then kick back and relax at Uroa Bay, and finally meet the residents at Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Mnemba Atoll, look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with Discover Zanzibar with Mr Brown.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nungwi journey builder app.

Traveling by shuttle from Paje to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vilanculos day trip planning website.

You can fly from Nungwi to Vilanculos in 14.5 hours. Traveling from Nungwi to Vilanculos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Vilanculos is slightly colder than Nungwi - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Tofo, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with Mozambique Experience, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Tofo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Ambalavao, Madagascar

— 2 nights
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the activities along Natural pool and then stroll through Anja Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Il trekking del Camaleonte.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ambalavao day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Tofo to Ambalavao with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Andasibe.

Things to do in Ambalavao

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Andasibe, Madagascar

— 2 nights
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and then delve into the lush surroundings at Analamazaotra Special Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Mitsinjo Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vakona Private Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Andasibe trip planner.

You can drive from Ambalavao to Andasibe in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Andasibe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar

— 2 nights
On a trip to Antsiranana, a sleepy port town in Madagascar's northernmost province, you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of its streets, lined with quaint colonial-era buildings and colorful marketplaces.
On the 20th (Wed), stroll around Tsingy Rouge Park and then stroll through Ankarana Special Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Mer D'Emeraude, then hike along Les Trois Baies, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne des Francais.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 2 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, then see some colorful creatures with Oceane's Dream, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nosy Be journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Nosy Be takes 3 hours. In October in Nosy Be, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Mozambique travel guide

4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

Madagascar travel guide

4
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.