13 days in Zambia, Kenya & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

13 days in Zambia, Kenya & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 1 night
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Gede, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive to Mombasa Moi International Airport, Fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Nungwi, Tanzania
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 2 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, examine the collection at Railway Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Livingstone trip itinerary builder tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Livingstone is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central Africa Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Livingstone at 27°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 3 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. There's lots more to do: stroll through Giraffe Centre, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Karura Forest.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Livingstone to Nairobi in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Livingstone to Nairobi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 1 night
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through Diani Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Diani Beach journey maker website.

You can fly from Nairobi to Diani Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or drive. In May, Diani Beach is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gede.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
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Gede, Kenya

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and then get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gede trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Diani Beach to Gede takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Gede can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Gede

Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cheetah's Rock. We've included these beaches for you: Paje Beach and Nakupenda Beach. Get in touch with nature at Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gede to Zanzibar City. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nungwi, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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 6th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nungwi online travel route planner.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Nungwi in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Nungwi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

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.