33 days in Zanzibar Archipelago, Serengeti National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

33 days in Zanzibar Archipelago, Serengeti National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  14 h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 11 nights
Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  12 h 15 min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Train:  19 h 30 min
End: Barcelona, Spain

11
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu) and Uroa Bay (in Uroa). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens, and visit Zanzibar taxi driver excursion.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Space Station Zanzibar, Uroa Bay
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

4
nights
Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Pemba Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngezi Forest Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Misali island, and take a peaceful walk through Pemba Flying Fox Forest.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pemba Island trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Pemba Island in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Take a break from Nungwi with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Kiwengwa, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, stroll through Kendwa Beach, Head underground at Tazari Caves, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nungwi tour planner.

Getting from Pemba Island to Nungwi by taxi takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Pemba Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Nungwi: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kendwa, Off-Road Tours
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond ©
Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond

3
nights
Paje, Tanzania

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jozani Forest, enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and stroll through Paje Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paje day trip planner.

Drive from Nungwi to Paje in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Paje can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Paje

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jambiani, Zanzibar Island
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Jozani Forest ©
Jozani Forest
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Change things up with a short trip to Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera, explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill, stroll through Retima Hippo Pool, and explore the activities along Mara River.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park planning site.

You can fly from Paje to Serengeti National Park in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Olduvai Gorge
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

5
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Serengeti National Park to Victoria Falls takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Serengeti National Park to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Helicopter Tours
Zipline

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