29 days in Tanzania & Cape Town Itinerary

29 days in Tanzania & Cape Town Itinerary

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29 days in Tanzania & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Nelspruit, South Africa
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
2
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Jambiani, Tanzania
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
6
Mafia Island, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Travel:  25​h
End: Nelspruit, South Africa


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9
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kwaaiwater (in Hermanus) and Shark Diving (in Gansbaai). There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Nelspruit to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cape Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kwaaiwater, Shark Diving, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

6
nights
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.
Take a break from Zanzibar City with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Kiwengwa, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Zanzibar City. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in November; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Jambiani.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Off-Road Tours
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

1
night
Jambiani, Tanzania

Jambiani ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach and then kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jambiani trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Jambiani by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Jambiani, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Jambiani

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Paje Beach
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

5
nights
Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Pemba Island, take a peaceful walk through Ngezi Forest Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pemba channel, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kigomasha Peninsula.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pemba Island journey planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Jambiani to Pemba Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daytime highs in Pemba Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nungwi.

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

3
nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nungwi: Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nungwi trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Nungwi in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pemba Island in November, Nungwi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mafia 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

2
nights
Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Mafia Marine National Park and then enjoy the sea views from Ras Mkumbi. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mafia Island travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Mafia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mafia Island

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

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