18 days in Tanzania, Mozambique Island & South Africa Itinerary

18 days in Tanzania, Mozambique Island & South Africa Itinerary

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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 1 night
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights


Nungwi, Tanzania

— 1 night
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kendwa Beach and then kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nungwi road trip website.

Arusha to Nungwi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. In July, Nungwi is a bit warmer than Arusha - with highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe) and then admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zanzibar City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Nungwi to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mozambique Island, Mozambique

— 3 nights
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Mozambique Island is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao, see the interesting displays at Governor's Palace Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mozambique Island sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Mozambique Island in 22.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zanzibar City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mozambique Island, with lows of 66°F. You'll set off for Cape Town on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Clifton Beaches. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stop by Bo-kaap, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

You can drive from Mozambique Island to Cape Town in 44 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Mozambique Island, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 45°F. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Tanzania travel guide

Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Mozambique travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.