16 days in Zanzibar Island, Namibia & Nelspruit Itinerary

16 days in Zanzibar Island, Namibia & Nelspruit Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
2
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
3
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
4
Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
5
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
6
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary maker app.

Polokwane, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to East Africa Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Polokwane in January: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Forodhani Gardens ©
Forodhani Gardens

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Paje, Tanzania

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Paje Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach and then walk around Jozani Forest.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paje journey planning site.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Paje by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Jozani Forest, Jambiani Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest

2
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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.
On the 20th (Wed), kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nungwi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paje to Nungwi takes 2 hours. In January in Nungwi, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours

2
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Windhoek, Namibia

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek trip planner.

Getting from Nungwi to Windhoek by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nungwi to Windhoek due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nungwi in January since evenings lows in Windhoek dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Safaris
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

4
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Walvis Bay (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, stop by Karakulia Weavers, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund route planner.

Getting from Windhoek to Swakopmund by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Windhoek in January: highs in Swakopmund hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Safaris
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum

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nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie), Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Zipline) and Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, browse for treasures at Antiques & Artifacts, and stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit travel planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Swakopmund to Nelspruit. Traveling from Swakopmund to Nelspruit, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Swakopmund in January, you will find days in Nelspruit are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Mary Shire Falls, Antiques & Artifacts
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Safaris
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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