24 days in Zanzibar Island, Diani Beach & Nairobi Itinerary

24 days in Zanzibar Island, Diani Beach & Nairobi Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 6 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Spend the 19th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, and explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City sightseeing planning site.

Helsinki, Finland to Zanzibar City is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Zanzibar City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Forodhani Gardens ©
Forodhani Gardens

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Paje, Tanzania

Paje ©
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 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach and then walk around Jozani Forest. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paje Beach and then get interesting insight from Rising Sun Dive Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paje day trip planner.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

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Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nungwi: Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kendwa Beach, look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique, and take a pleasant ride with Zanzibar Horse Club.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nungwi trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Paje to Nungwi in 2 hours. December in Nungwi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

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Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach ©
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Diani Beach: Shimoni (Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve & Slave Caves) and Coral Gardens (in Wasini Island). Spend the 30th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend the 1st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Diani Beach, stroll through Colobus Conservation, play a few rounds at Leisure Golf Club, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Diani.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Diani Beach trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Nungwi to Diani Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and car. In December in Diani Beach, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Skydive Diani ©
Skydive Diani
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Hill, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nairobi holiday planner.

Getting from Diani Beach to Nairobi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Diani Beach in January: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

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