36 days in Zanzibar Island & Ngorongoro Conservation Area Itinerary

36 days in Zanzibar Island & Ngorongoro Conservation Area Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tanzania trip planner

Make it your trip
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Zanzibar City
— 21 nights
Drive
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Paje
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Nungwi
— 6 nights
Fly to Arusha, Taxi to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
— 3 nights
Taxi to Kilimanjaro, Fly to Lisbon

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Zanzibar City

— 21 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Uroa Bay (in Uroa) and Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu). Spend the 23rd (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Town, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, and stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City driving holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Zanzibar City, with lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Paje

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from Paje with a short trip to Eddy Murphy Safari in Kizimkazi, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Jozani Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paje trip planner.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Paje by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paje are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi

— 6 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Explore Nungwi's surroundings by going to Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa), Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). The adventure continues: stroll through Nungwi Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Panamwe Tours & Safaris, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and meet the residents at Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nungwi online attractions planner.

You can take a shuttle from Paje to Nungwi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nungwi can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

— 3 nights
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Ngorongoro Crater. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Empakaai Crater, and make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nungwi to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.