9 days in Zanzibar Island & Mafia Island Itinerary

9 days in Zanzibar Island & Mafia Island Itinerary

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9 days in Zanzibar Island & Mafia Island Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly:  29​h
1
Zanzibar City
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Mafia Island
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Matemwe
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Brasilia

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kuza Cave and Aromas of Zanzibar. Venture out of the city with trips to Paje Scooter Rent (in Paje) and Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu). There's more to do: experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zanzibar City travel itinerary planner.

Brasilia, Brazil to Zanzibar City is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Brasilia to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brasilia in January, with highs in Zanzibar City at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Space Station Zanzibar, Paje Scooter Rent, Kuza Cave
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Paje Scooter Rent ©
Paje Scooter Rent

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.
You've now added Mafia Island Diving to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Ras Mkumbi and then explore the striking landscape of Mafia Marine National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Mafia Island Diving.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mafia Island visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Mafia Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Matemwe.

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

1
night
Matemwe

Matemwe ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with Mnemba Atoll and then stroll through Matemwe Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matemwe holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mafia Island to Matemwe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Matemwe are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mnemba Atoll
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Mnemba Atoll ©
Mnemba Atoll

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