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

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

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

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Zanzibar City
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nungwi
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Pemba Island
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Paje
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
5
Mafia Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

9
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Zanzibar City side-trips: Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa) and Uroa Bay (in Uroa). The adventure continues: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, make a trip to Mercury House, take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, and explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect Zanzibar City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Off-Road Tours, Uroa Bay
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 12:
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, stop by Bahati Beach Boutique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nungwi online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kendwa, Matemwe Beach, Mnemba Atoll
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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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: head off the coast to Pemba Island, delve into the distant past at Mkama Ndume Ruins at Pujini village., kick back and relax at Vumawimbi Beach, and stroll through Kigomasha Peninsula.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Pemba Island journey app .

Getting from Nungwi to Pemba Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Pemba Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Paje.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island
Vumawimbi Beach ©
Vumawimbi Beach

7
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: walk around Jozani Forest, head outdoors with Jambiani KiteWorldWide Centre Zanzibar, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Paje day trip website .

Getting from Pemba Island to Paje by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Paje when traveling from Pemba Island in November, with lows around 27°C. You will leave for Mafia Island on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jambiani, Zanzibar Island
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 27:
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

5
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 memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sea views from Ras Mkumbi, and explore the gorgeous colors at Mafia Marine National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mafia Island trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paje to Mafia Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park
Ras Mkumbi ©
Ras Mkumbi

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