12 days in Zanzibar Island Itinerary

12 days in Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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12 days in Zanzibar Island Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly + taxi:  11​h 30​min
1
Nungwi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Paje
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Zanzibar City
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Cairo

3
nights
Nungwi

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nungwi: Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kendwa Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nungwi trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Nungwi is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern African Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect nights in Nungwi to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matemwe Beach, Mnemba Atoll, Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

2
nights
Paje

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 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Jozani Forest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jambiani Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Paje attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Nungwi to Paje takes 2 hours. September in Paje sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Paje

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Zanzibar City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Uroa Bay in Uroa (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park, and make a trip to Mercury House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Paje to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Uroa Bay
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

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