36 days in Zanzibar Island Itinerary

36 days in Zanzibar Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Zanzibar Island sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Drive to Nungwi
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Nungwi
— 8 nights
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Paje
— 6 nights
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Zanzibar City
— 19 nights
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Nungwi

— 8 nights
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: Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City), Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe) and Kiwengwa (Off-Road Tours & Kiwengwa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Dr. Bulugu Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kendwa Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nungwi journey planner.

Washington, USA to Nungwi is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in December, things will get warmer in Nungwi: highs are around 90°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paje

— 6 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.
Step out of Paje with an excursion to Eddy Murphy Safari in Kizimkazi--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Rising Sun Dive Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave, walk around Jozani Forest, and head outdoors with Paje Scooter Rent.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paje itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Nungwi to Paje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Paje sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Zanzibar City

— 19 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.
Step out of Zanzibar City to go to Uroa and see Uroa Bay, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Town, examine the collection at Freddie Mercury Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City day trip planner.

You can drive from Paje to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. January in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.