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Seven days in Tanzania may sound too short for a vacation, but you can easily combine wildlife reserves along Tanzania’s northern circuit with a beach destination on this trip. Tick dozens off your bucket list during game drives in Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Add Lake Manyara for birdwatching. With a week-long Tanzania tour, you might want to incorporate Zanzibar’s sun-soaked beaches to your itinerary, or opt for one on the mainland, like Pangani. Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, put on your boots and hit the trail to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Figure out all that you can do in a week in Tanzania with our tours below that cover its highlights.

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1. A Migration Safari: 1 week in Tanzania

A lion roaring in Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania.
A lion roaring in Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania.
Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania
Day 2 Look out for tree-climbing lions in Tarangire
Day 3 Visit Ngorongoro
Day 4 Head for central Serengeti
Day 5 Explore Serengeti’s north
Day 6 Continue your Serengeti stay
Day 7 Bid farewell to Tanzania

Make the most of your 7 days in Tanzania with this national park-hopping tour and cover three of the most famous wildlife reserves in the country. As with many other safari tours in Tanzania, this trip includes visits to Ngorongoro and Tarangire. However, unlike many others, it takes you to different zones in Serengeti, specifically the northern and central regions, to give you the best safari experience during your short stay in the country. See more 7-day tours in Tanzania.

2. Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route: Tanzania in 7 days

Giraffe peeking with Mount Kilimanjaro in the back.
A giraffe peeks out of tree tops with Mount Kilimanjaro in the back.
Day 1 Take your first steps in Tanzania
Day 2 Trek to Mandara Hut
Day 3 Spot Kibo and Mawenzi from Horombo
Day 4 Continue to Kibo Hut
Day 5 Reach the top of Africa, descend down to Horombo
Day 6 End your trek in Marangu, transfer to your hotel
Day 7 Catch your flight home 

Summit Africa’s highest mountain via the Marangu route during this tour. Unlike other routes that take you to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, travelers can spend their nights in huts with bunk beds instead of sleeping in tents when they opt for the Marangu route. Start your journey from the eastern entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park and head for Mandara Hut. Take in the sights of Kibo and Mawenzi from Horombo and reach the top of Uhuru Peak on Day 5. Describe your ideal 7-day Tanzania tour for a customized itinerary.

3. Best of National Parks: Tanzania in a week

View of Zebras in Tarangire National Park.
Zebras roaming freely in Tarangire National Park.
Flamingos drinking water from the lake in Ngorongoro Carter.
Flamingos drinking water in Ngorongoro Carter in Tanzania.
Day 1 Transfer to Tarangire for game viewing
Day 2 Drive through the highlands to Serengeti
Day 3 Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti
Day 4 Spend a night in Ngorongoro
Day 5 Spot wildlife in Ngorongoro from open-top vehicle
Day 6 Explore Lake Manyara
Day 7 Travel to Lake Eyasi and meet the Hadzabe

This one-week-long Tanzanian itinerary with a wildlife extravaganza will not let you down. Cover Tanzania’s wildlife hotspots and see a variety of different creatures throughout this trip. Start your journey form Tarangire, where elusive, tree-climbing lions roam, and continue to Serengeti, probably the most famous nature reserve in the world. Head down to the floor of the astounding Ngorongoro, known for its high concentration of wildlife. The tour ends after a trip to Lake Eyasi, but not before you have met members of the Hadzabe tribe, one of the world’s last remaining hunter gatherers. See more 7-day tours in Tanzania.  

4. A biking tour: Tanzania 7-day itinerary

Tanzania is where adventure and eco-tourism come together.
Giraffes strolling across the lush valley.
Day 1 Take in the first sights of Kilimanjaro
Day 2 Pedal through lush valleys and small villages
Day 3 End the day’s ride in Bumbuli, transfer to your camp
Day 4 Continue to Amani Nature Reserve
Day 5 Leave mountains behind and head for Pangani’s coast
Day 6 Enjoy a free day in Pangani
Day 7 Drive back to Kilimanjaro for your flight home

Cycling might be the last thing that comes to anyone’s mind while talking about spending 7 days in Tanzania. But there is hardly any better way to uncover this paradise than by bicycle. Ride down from the foothills of Kilimanjaro, through hamlets and coffee farms, to the plains below. Traverse the dirt tracks that cut through the dense forest of Nilo Nature Reserve and enjoy majestic views of the eastern Usambaras. End your journey on the sun-soaked beaches of eastern Tanzania where the Pangani River disgorges into the Indian Ocean. Tell us what your ideal 7-day tour in Tanzania looks like.

Looking for more trip ideas? Check out our 7-day trips in Tanzania. You can also create a personalized itinerary from scratch with one of our Tanzania travel experts or join a ready-made tour in Tanzania. Not sure about your trip duration? Go through our guide on how many days to spend in Tanzania.

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Published by Leah Taylor, updated on October 18, 2023

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