16 days in Zanzibar Island, Namibia & Nelspruit Itinerary

16 days in Zanzibar Island, Namibia & Nelspruit Itinerary

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

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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.
Zanzibar City is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City online road trip planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Polokwane - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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

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 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Paje Beach and then stroll around Jozani Forest.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paje trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Paje takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Jozani Forest
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Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Paje Beach ©
Paje 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.
On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bahati Beach Boutique and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nungwi online travel planner.

Getting from Paje to Nungwi by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nungwi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Nungwi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond ©
Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

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Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), stop by The Diamond Works, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, then stroll through Deadvlei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nungwi to Windhoek takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nungwi to Windhoek is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nungwi in October since evenings lows in Windhoek dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

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Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Marin Aquarium of Namibia, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, and then take a leisurely stroll along Swakopmund Jetty. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Walvis Bay Waterfront, then kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park, and then look for gifts at Die Muschel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund road trip planning website.

You can fly from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Windhoek in October, with highs in Swakopmund at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum
National Marin Aquarium of Namibia ©
National Marin Aquarium of Namibia

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Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers, Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, &more), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Graskop (Wonder View & Panorama Route). There's much more to do: hike along Napi Wilderness Trail, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, stop by Africa Joy, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Swakopmund to Nelspruit with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Swakopmund in October: highs in Nelspruit hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Graskop, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Africa Joy, Mary Shire Falls
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

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