26 days in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar Island & Cape Town Itinerary

26 days in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar Island & Cape Town Itinerary

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1
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 13 nights
2
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights

13
nights
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam ©
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Dar es Salaam side-trips: Bagamoyo (Old Boma & Kaole Ruins). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Bongoyo Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha temple, take in panoramic vistas at PPF Tower, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Dar es Salaam attractions planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Dar es Salaam is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in February; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bagamoyo
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Old Boma ©
Old Boma
Bongoyo Island ©
Bongoyo Island
Mbudya Island ©
Mbudya Island

4
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: Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, and look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City attractions planner.

Getting from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City by taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In February in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nungwi, Cheetah's Rock
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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)

6
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online travel route planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Cape Town in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zanzibar City to Cape Town. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zanzibar City in February; daily highs in Cape Town reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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