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Rock My Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

Kenya and Tanzania are two spectacular countries, with beautiful landscapes, vibrant cultures, world class safaris and some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever laid eyes on! On this exciting 2-week trip we’ll go on safari in three of Africa’s best safari destinations –  the Masai Mara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater before relaxing on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

Starting Nairobi, we’ll visit the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the giraffes at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre where you’ll have the chance to feed and kiss a giraffe (don’t worry, their spit is anti-septic). We’ll take a tour of downtown Nairobi with a group of former street boys. They’ll share their personal stories with us and show you a side to Nairobi that very few tourists get to experience. You will come away from the experience with a whole mix of emotions and lots of inspiration.

From there we’re off to the incredible Masai Mara where we’ll go on safari in the park to try and spot the ‘Big 5’. The Masai Mara is one of the best  safari destinations in the world, so you won’t be disappointed! Whilst there, we’ll also spend time with the Maasai, learn all about their lives and customs and spend time in the local township, something not many tourists will ever experience!

Next we’re off on a camping safari to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, to spot even more animals! It really is like being in a real life version of the Lion King! You’ll go to sleep to the sounds of hyenas cackling and maybe even hear the odd lion roar or elephant trumpet in the distance (or possibly nearby) and it’s not uncommon for giraffes, zebra, hyenas or even elephants to wander through the campsite during the night.

In between safaris, we’ll spend some time in Arusha and Moshi and go hiking in the foothills of Kilimanjaro to see a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Chagga tribe.

We’ll then make the journey south, via Bagamoyo, to the magical island of Zanzibar, to delve deep into the history of Stone Town, listen to enchanting Taarab music, relax on the white sand beaches, sail on traditional dhows and dance the night away under the stars.

 

Let Us Rock Your Adventure!

Dates: 

  • 24 January – 9 February 2020 3 SPACES LEFT
  • 14 – 30 August 2020

Please Note:

  • This is one of our most popular trips so please book early to avoid disappointment.
  • The January/February trips usually coincide with the wildebeest migration and calving in the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater.
  • The July/August/September trips usually coincide with the the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara.

 

Cost: 

  • £2,295 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit

 

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“This is what traveling in Africa should be like. The Kenya & Tanzania adventure hits up all the highlights (and then some), and really lets you immerse yourself in East Africa in a way that’s still comfortable. The tour is great value for money, and don’t be surprised if by the end you’re already thinking about planning a return trip. It was even better than I expected! It was very well-organized, and I felt like we really did see the best of both Kenya and Tanzania. It was a nice mix of the “famous” highlights you expect to see, and also some unique local interaction.”

AMANDA / USA / ROCK MY KENYA & TANZANIA ADVENTURE 2019

Tour Highlights

  • Search for the ‘Big 5’ on an incredible Masai Mara safari.
  • Meet the Maasai people and learn about their unique way of life as we spend a day at their village.
  • Enjoy dinner and a party with our safari guides in the township near to the Masai Mara, something most tourists will never experience.
  • Get kissed by a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
  • Visit the rescued baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
  • Explore exciting and dynamic Nairobi with a group of former street boys who will show you the ‘other’ side to Nairobi.
  • Go on a 3-day camping safari in the iconic Serengeti National Park and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Dance the night away to the latest African music in Arusha town.
  • Spend time with the Chagga people, enjoy a local lunch with banana beer and learn how to make coffee in their fun and interactive way, accompanied by traditional songs and and dances.
  • Hike through beautiful rainforest, villages and agricultural land on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro to visit a stunning waterfall and take a dip in the natural pool with water that runs straight from Kilimanjaro – if you’re brave enough!
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins and feel the Indian Ocean breeze on the Zanzibar Ferry.
  • Take a walking tour of fascinating Stone Town where you will learn about the history of the island (and get all the gossip) from our amazing guide.
  • Try great local food and soak up the buzzing atmosphere at the Forodhani Gardens nightly food market.
  • Listen to enchanting Taarab music and dine at one of Stone Town’s finest restaurants.
  • Pick up some wonderful African souvenirs in the vibrant shops and markets of Stone Town.
  • Sail, snorkel and look for dolphins on a traditional dhow boat tour to Menai Bay with a seafood bbq lunch on a island.
  • Relax, unwind and/or party on the beautiful beaches Paje.
  • Take part in some of the many great activities available on the island – boat trips, local spa, scuba diving, SUP, surfing, Prison Island to name but a few.
  • Enjoy lunch at The Rock, one of the most beautiful and iconic restaurants in the world.
  • Take a sunset cruise to say goodbye to your new friends (with snacks and drinks included).

 

Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation for the night.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two at our lovely campsite! Your Rock My Kenya & Tanzania Adventure starts here. Karibu Kenya!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Nairobi

We’ll spend our first full day getting into life in Kenya and getting on Nairobi time.

In the morning, we’ll take a visit to see the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

In the afternoon, we’ll go on a city tour with a group of former street boys. They’ll share their personal stories with us and show you a side to Nairobi that very few tourists get to experience. You will come away from the experience with a whole mix of emotions and lots of inspiration.

In the evening we’ll go for dinner at a great local restaurant.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds)
  • Activities: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi Nairobi Walking Tour

 

Day 3: Masai Mara

Early in the morning, you’ll have the chance to feed and kiss a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre (don’t worry, their spit is anti-septic)

We’ll then depart Nairobi and head towards the world famous Masai Mara for our safari. On the way we’ll take in the views of the magnificent Great Rift Valley and stop for lunch in the town of Narok, before heading to our lovely camp just a few kilometres outside the Masai Mara gate.

In the evening, we’ll relax around the campfire and under the stars at our campsite.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds, Ensuite)
  • Activities: Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Great Rift Valley Viewpoint
Day 4 : Masai Mara

On day 4 we’ll jump in our safari vehicle and spend a full day looking for the Big 5.

We’ll have a lunchtime picnic in the wild under the shade of an acacia tree.

In the evening we’ll head back to camp to wash off the safari dust and enjoy an amazing bbq dinner of nyama choma and other traditional Kenyan dishes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds, Ensuite)
  • Activities: Masai Mara Safari
Day 5 : Masai Mara

Early in the morning, those who want to can take an optional hot air ballon ride (additional cost) over the Masai Mara. This is a wonderful chance to see the epic landscape from the air and you may even see a few animals too! This activity is followed by a champagne breakfast by the Mara River.

When the ballooners return, we’ll spend the day with Helen’s Maasai friends, going on a guided hike, visiting the local school (term time only), playing with the children and having lunch in the village. This is always a super fun day and one that you’ll never forget.

That evening we’ll head out for dinner and some drinks in one of the restaurant/bars in the nearby township of Sekenani.

You won’t find any other tourists here!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds, Ensuite)
  • Activities: Day with the Maasai
Day 6: Nairobi

Following a leisurely breakfast and a lot of sad goodbyes as we leave the Mara (believe me, EVERYONE loves it here), we will make our way back to Nairobi, again passing over the incredible Great Rift Valley as we go.  

The evening will be free to rest or those who want to can head out to some of the cool bars/restaurants in town.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None
Day 7: Arusha

Today we’ll make our way across the border to Tanzania and the bustling town of Arusha. Karibu Tanzania!

In the afternoon there will be free time, before we head out for dinner. Tonight is party night in Arusha so those who want to can head out to a local open-air nightclub playing the latest Tanzanian music.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None
Day 8: The Serengeti

We’ll spend the next few days on a camping safari to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, 2 of the most spectacular places in the world and the perfect place to look for the ‘Big Five’.

We’ll leave Arusha early, arriving in the Serengeti in the afternoon. As we drive into the park, there will be plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife! Believe me, you’ll be singing Circle of Life all the way in!!

You’ll go to sleep to the sounds of hyenas cackling and maybe even hear the odd lion roar or elephant trumpet in the distance (or possibly nearby).

It’s not uncommon for animals to wander through the campsite at night so it’s always an adventure!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater

We’ll be up and out early for another game drive in the Serengeti looking for animals who are usually very active in the morning before it gets too hot.

You’ll likely see zebras milling about the camp as you go to brush your teeth and we’ll share stories of the noises we heard in the night over breakfast.

The Serengeti has an abundance of wildlife so you won’t be disappointed! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and all the other animals you could ever hope to see on safari.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Ngorongoro Crater, where we’ll set up camp on the crater rim. When the sun goes down, we’ll relax around the campfire and under the stars.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 10: Moshi

After another early start, we’ll head down into the Ngorongoro Crater for another day on safari.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world, formed 3 million years ago when a volcano (reportedly higher than Kilimanjaro) collapsed. The result is one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth.

Inside the crater is filled with animals and if we’re lucky we might see an endangered black rhino or two.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to Moshi, where we’ll freshen up (aka have a good wash and scrub off the safari dust) and have a well-earned group dinner.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Safari
Day 11: Moshi

Today we’ll visit a village on the foothills of Kilimanjaro. We’ll take a  hike through the beautiful rainforest, visit a stunning waterfall and meet and learn about the Chagga people who live in Moshi and the surrounding areas.

After hiking, you will enjoy a local lunch at Mama Agnes’s house, try the locally made banana beer and learn how to make coffee in the traditional Chagga way. The coffee-making process is fun and interactive and accompanied by traditional songs and dances.

On the way back, we will visit a local women’s co-operative where you will have the chance to buy some locally made souvenirs.

The evening is free to head out on the town or get an early night ready for our journey tomorrow. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Activities: Materuni Waterfall, Chagga Village, Coffee Tour, Women’s Co-operative
Day 12: Bagamoyo

Today is a travel day as we make our way down to Bagamoyo, ready for our trip over to Zanzibar the following morning.

The scenery on the drive down is incredible as we pass the Usambara Mountains, one of the most visually stunning places in Tanzania.

There will be some free time in the evening to rest at our lodge or you can head out to see the town.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Activities: None
Day 13: Stone Town

Today is an exciting day as we’re heading to Zanzibar.

When we arrive, we’ll check into our stunning, traditional Zanzibari hotel and then grab some lunch at a great local restaurant.

Fed and watered, we’ll explore Stone Town with the best guide on the island and learn all about the history (and all the gossip) of this incredible place.

In the evening we’ll take a trip to Forodhani Gardens, the awesome nightly food market. Where you can pick up some local delicacies such as seafood kebabs, samosas, fruit, grilled maize, sugar cane juice and my favourite, the Zanzibar pizza!

We like ours filled with mango, tomato, cheese, onion, avocado and egg – the Helen Special. Mmmmm!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Stone Town Walking Tour, Forodhani Gardens
Day 14: Stone Town

Today we’ll spend the day sailing on a traditional dhow.

We’ll start in a small village on the south coast and sail towards Menai Bay where conservation efforts have allowed dolphins to flourish. By mid-morning we’ll arrive on a sandbank where we can snorkel and explore the reefs.

Our crew will prepare a seafood buffet for lunch, including lobster, fish and calamari as well as chicken and vegetarian options. Drinks are also included in the trip.

In the afternoon we’ll explore Kwale Island, see an ancient baobab tree and relax on a beautiful beach. Then it’s straight up to the stunning beaches of Paje and our hotel which lies right on the beautiful beach.

In the early evening we’ll head to one of Stone Town’s top rooftop restaurants for a true Zanzibari experience with great food and local Taarab music. Pure magic!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Boat Tour on a Traditional Dhow to Menai Bay & Kwale Island, Live Taarab Music (traditional Zanzibari)
Day 15: Paje

The morning is free to take one of the many day trips from Stone Town (Prison Island, spice tour), take a cooking lesson, treat yourself to a facial at the Mrembo Spa, shop at your leisure or simply wander the maze and absorb the magic that is Stone town.

In the afternoon we’ll head to the beaches of Paje, our final destination on the tour and one of the most beautiful places in Zanzibar.

The evening is free to do as you please and those who have the energy, Friday night is party night in Paje!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None
Day 16: Paje

Today is a free day, however you may want to use this day to go for lunch at the world famous Rock Restaurant. This is a lovely experience and the perfect place for your holiday photoshoot – so get your outfit ready!

Or you could take a paddle boarding trip through the mangroves (tides permitting) or simply lay on the beach, swim and enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.

In the evening, we’ll say goodbye on a fun sunset cruise in stunning Chwaka Bay (drinks and snacks included, swimming optional).

When we return to Paje, we’ll head out for a goodbye dinner at a fantastic local restaurant.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Sunset Cruise in Chwaka Bay
Day 17: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences of Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar will last a lifetime!

We can arrange your transfer to Zanzibar Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you have time, it’s nice to stay on for a couple of extra days in Zanzibar to relax.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

 

Essential Info

Duration: 16 Nights

Dates: 

  • 24 January – 9 February 2020 3 SPACES LEFT
  • 14 – 30 August 2020

Start: Nairobi, Kenya

Finish: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Maximum Group Size: 10 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £2,295 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 16 nights accommodation in good quality/unique safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Includes 2 nights camping whilst on safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. 

Transport

  • All transport within Kenya & Tanzania to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, ferry, tuk tuk, boat, bus & mini bus).

Activities

 

  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Nairobi Walking Tour
  • Nairobi Giraffe Centre
  • Great Rift Valley Viewpoint
  • Masai Mara Safari
  • Maasai Village 
  • Siana Hill Hike
  • Sekanani Township Dinner
  • Serengeti Safari
  • Ngorongoro Crater Safari
  • Materuni Waterfall
  • Chagga Village & Coffee Tour
  • Stone Town Walking Tour
  • Forodhani Gardens Food Market
  • Rooftop Dinner with Live Taarab Music
  • Boat Tour on a Traditional Dhow to Menai Bay & Kwale Island
  • Sunset Cruise in Chwaka Bay
  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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