28 days in Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island & Mafia Island Itinerary

28 days in Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island & Mafia Island Itinerary

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28 days in Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island & Mafia Island Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Nungwi
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Pemba Island
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Paje
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Mafia Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Zanzibar City
— 15 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nungwi: Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nungwi Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kendwa Beach, and stop by Bahati Beach Boutique.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nungwi journey planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nungwi is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, Nungwi is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Pemba Island

Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Pemba Island, kick back and relax at Kigomasha Peninsula, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vumawimbi Beach, and delve into the distant past at Mkama Ndume Ruins at Pujini village..

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pemba Island trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Pemba Island in 2.5 hours. In November in Pemba Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paje.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island
Vumawimbi Beach ©
Vumawimbi 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.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jozani Forest and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paje tour builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Paje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Pemba Island in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Paje, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Mafia Island

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
On the 14th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Ras Mkumbi and then see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mafia Island trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

15
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa), Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu) and Uroa Bay (in Uroa). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, get to know the fascinating history of Stone Town, make a trip to Mercury House, and steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib).

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City holiday app .

Fly from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In November in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Space Station Zanzibar, Uroa Bay, Off-Road Tours
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

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