22 days in Zanzibar Island & Addis Ababa Itinerary

22 days in Zanzibar Island & Addis Ababa Itinerary

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Fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Drive to Zanzibar City
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 7 nights
Drive
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Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 6 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 7 nights
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.
Stone Town and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Freddie Mercury Museum and Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel) will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 5th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve, and admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib).

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City online trip maker.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Zanzibar City is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. When traveling from Dammam in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Zanzibar City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Paje, Tanzania

— 3 nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paje Beach and Jambiani Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Rising Sun Dive Center and Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. It doesn't end there: walk around Jozani Forest and gear up at Paje Scooter Rent.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paje trip planner.

Drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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Nungwi, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nungwi Beach and Kendwa Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Matemwe Beach. Go for a jaunt from Nungwi to Kiwengwa to see Off-Road Tours about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, view the masterpieces at Dr. Bulugu Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Tazari Caves, and steep yourself in history at Fukuchani Ruins.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nungwi day trip app.

Traveling by shuttle from Paje to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 6 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Museum. Get in touch with nature at Mount Entoto and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Addis Ababa with an excursion to Debre Libanos Monastery in Debre Libanos--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, view the masterpieces at Asni Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Meskel Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa route builder site.

Fly from Nungwi to Addis Ababa in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Nungwi in December, plan for slightly colder days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 25°C, while nights are colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.