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

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

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

Start: Nelspruit
Travel:  25​h
1
Mafia Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Zanzibar City
— 14 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Pemba Island
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Matemwe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Paje
— 3 nights
Drive:  26​h
End: Nelspruit

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.
Mafia Island is known for wildlife, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sea views from Ras Mkumbi, and explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mafia Island trip planner.

Nelspruit, South Africa to Mafia Island is an approximately 25-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Nelspruit to Mafia Island is 1 hour. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mafia Island

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

14
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.
Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Nungwi (Nungwi Beach, Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, & more), Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu) and Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park, and delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Mafia Island to Zanzibar City takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nungwi, Zanzibar Island, Kendwa Beach, Space Station Zanzibar, Off-Road Tours
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi 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, delve into the lush surroundings at Pemba Flying Fox Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vumawimbi Beach, and explore the ancient world of Mkama Ndume Ruins at Pujini village..

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pemba Island route planner .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Pemba Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Pemba Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Matemwe.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island
Pemba Flying Fox Forest ©
Pemba Flying Fox Forest

3
nights
Matemwe

Matemwe ©
Matemwe is known for wildlife, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Kiwengwa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uroa Bay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kiwengwa Caves.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Matemwe route builder tool .

Getting from Pemba Island to Matemwe by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Pemba Island in November since evenings lows in Matemwe dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paje.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kiwengwa, Uroa Bay, Mnemba Atoll
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Mnemba Atoll ©
Mnemba Atoll
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay

3
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.
Paje is known for beaches, adventure, wildlife, outdoors, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Jozani Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, Head underground at Kuza Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paje journey builder .

Traveling by car from Matemwe to Paje takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paje

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Jambiani
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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