The best itineraries for exploring Tanzania
Tanzania is undeniably big. If you have never been to Tanzania before, planning your route and estimating your travel time might not be an easy task.Our solution? Start planning with one of our suggested Tanzania itineraries! We have developed some beautiful and exciting self-drive routes. These include the well-known Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit and some less-discovered areas of Tanzania, with the 21-day Bush to Beach being the most popular itinerary.
Are you not so keen on driving yourself? Then rent a car with a local driver!
Extra Tips & Information
We've carefully compiled an overview of our favourite places to stay in Tanzania and Zanzibar, catering to all budgets. This guide, covering 24 towns, National Parks, and 100+ places to stay, results from over 10 years of travel experience in Tanzania. We are happy to share our tips exclusively with you so that, combined with our suggested routes, you can explore Tanzania independently!
Once you've selected your itinerary and are ready for your self-drive holiday in Tanzania, swing by our practical info sectionwith information, tips and frequently asked questions about self-driving and independent travel in Tanzania.
More questions? Feel free to contact us! Roadtrip Africa is happy to point you in the right direction as you prepare for your self-drive holiday in Tanzania.
Let our routes guide you
- Enjoy the freedom of the open road
- Follow a carefully designed itinerary
- Hotel Guide: 100+ tips covering 24 towns and National Parks
- Rely on 24/7 roadside assistance
- Plan less, enjoy more
- Driver-Guide on request
Taste of Tanzania
The Northern Safari Circuit is the most visited area of Tanzania and is within easy reach from Arusha. The Taste of Tanzania itinerary is ideal for Tanzania first-timers who primarily come for safari, want modest driving hours a day, have limited time, or want to combine their road trip with a Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar add-on.
You'll get to explore Tarangire, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
8 days are recommended to follow this Tanzania self-drive itinerary.
Northern Circuit - Classic
Tanzania is truly gifted by Mother Nature, but its northern region really is the spoiled kid. You tumble from one legendary safari park to another. The Northern Circuit is the classic safari circuit of Tanzania: you visit Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
We recommend 9 days to follow this Tanzania itinerary.
Northern Circuit - Off The Beaten Track
This circuit encompasses the top safari parks in Tanzania along with some undiscovered treasures. It involves picturesque drives on lesser-known routes, opportunities for walks and hikes, and cultural experiences. Due to its diversity, this is also a great Tanzania self-drive itinerary for families. This route is among our favourites!
You'll explore Tarangire, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Natron and West Kilimanjaro.
We recommend 2 weeks to follow this Tanzania self-drive itinerary.
Bush to Beach - Northern Route
The bush-to-beach Tanzania safari is the ultimate one-way road trip and righteously our most popular! Start in Arusha and hand over your car in Dar es Salaam (or vice versa). This Tanzania itinerary is ideal for those looking to combine the classic safari experience with mountain scenery, culture, and a beach road trip, away from the crowds and resorts. Because of the variation, It's also a great itinerary for family holidays. The Usambaras and Swahili coasts are not touristy and easy to explore on a budget.
We recommend 22 days to follow this Tanzania self-drive itinerary.
The Wild South East
This Tanzania road trip begins and ends in Dar es Salaam and takes you to the less visited national parks of southeast Tanzania. Ideal for those who want to get off the tourist trail at friendly prices. Go on world-class safaris in Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve, experience local village life in traditional Tanzanian highland villages, and go birding and chimp trekking in the Udzungwa Mountains.
We recommend 13 days to follow this travel itinerary covering southeast Tanzania.
Great road trip in Tanzania
Janet from the UK
We chose to go with a driver which worked very well for us as our driver Stanley was very knowledgeable about birds, wildlife and the local area. He took us to the best places to see animals and birds and we did not have to worry about driving, fi...Read full review
Self Driving the Tanzanian Game Parks
Andrew from Spain
The vehicle we hired was very reliable and performed well on some challenging roads. The team was always available if you had questions or decided that you would take a driver/guide for a few days! Self drive with Roadtrip Africa gives you the fre...Read full review
My experience with Roadtrip Africa was 5 stars
João from Portugal
Tanzania is incredibly safe and beautiful to self-drive and we loved the experience, being doubtless one of the reasons we enjoyed this trip so much. Can't recommend enough!Read full review