Rock My Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure

Kenya and Tanzania are two incredible countries with beautiful landscapes, vibrant cultures, world class safaris and some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever laid eyes on!
Tour Overview

This incredible adventure takes in three of Africa’s best safari destinations as well as the paradise 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 animals to wander through the campsite in the evenings – exciting!

In between safaris, we’ll spend some time in Arusha 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 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.

This is a wonderful trip and we can’t wait to share it with you!

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. 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.

Essential Info
Duration: 15 Nights

Dates:

  • 6 – 22 September 2019

Start: Nairobi, Kenya

Finish: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £1,995 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

“This tour was amazing! I have always wanted to travel to Africa but I never had enough time to take months at a time off. I also did not find the overland trips where you are in a large group of 20 or more people camping every night very appealing and none of the small group trips were ones that I could afford. When I stumbled upon Helen’s blog and learned about her tours I honestly thought it was too good to be true. For me this tour was great and I cannot think of any suggestions on how to make it better. It was what I hoped for and more. Any questions I had before the trip were answered or provided in the pre-departure packet. I am really impressed with the activities and the guides that were picked out. Everything/everywhere we stayed at or did felt like it helped or employed people of the local communities. That aspect was really important to me and I really enjoyed the small activities like going to a local bar while we stayed in the Mara. Our tour guide Jessi was a badass and super fun. She was great at adapting to changes or changing something on our itinerary if it was better for the group. She was also a great resource for seeing and understanding how solo travel to other countries is done. I absolutely loved the safari and our guide and driver the best but there were so many other activities throughout the tour that I never thought about doing and loved them also! Helen has a great network of local guides and drivers and many of the camps or eco lodges we stayed in also have projects with the local communities. As a wildlife biologist the most impressive thing for me to see was how respectful our driver and our guide were to the wildlife while we were on safari. We were able to get close to many amazing animals but throughout the entire time they never got too close to the animals or put them or us in danger so that one of us could get a better picture as I’ve seen other companies do for their tourists. They had upmost respect for the wildlife around us and I greatly enjoyed watching these animals roaming free in their natural habitats. I have already recommended this tour to many of my coworkers and friends and would love to go on another one of these tours myself someday!” 

JESSICA | USA

Tour Highlights
WEEK 1
  • 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 safari in the iconic Serengeti National Park and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Dance and party 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!
WEEK 2
  • 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 (Zanzibar pizza – yum) 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 (and East Africa’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 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.
  • Go on a sunset cruise in stunning Chwaka Bay with snacks and drinks.
Itinerary
DAY 1:  Nairobi

Dinner

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

None

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.

DAY 2: Nairobi

Breakfast, Dinner

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi Walking Tour

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.

DAY 3:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp (or similar)

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Great Rift Valley Viewpoint

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.

DAY 4:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp (or similar)

Masai Mara Safari

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.

DAY 5:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp (or similar)

Maasai Village, Siana Hill Hike, Sekanani Township Dinner

Early in the morning, those who want to can take an optional hot air balloon 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 (not available to the ballooners), 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!

DAY 6:  Nairobi

Breakfast

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

None

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.

DAY 7:  Arusha

Breakfast, Dinner

Green Mountain Hotel (or similar)

None

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 a little bit of 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.

DAY 8:  The Serengeti

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Seronera Campsite (or similar)

Serengeti Safari

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!

DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Simba Campsite (or similar)

Serengeti Safari

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.

DAY 10:  Moshi

Breakfast, Lunch

More Than a Drop (or similar)

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

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. The evening is free, so you can either head out on the town or rest at our lovely guesthouse.

DAY 11:  Moshi

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

More Than a Drop (or similar)

Materuni Waterfall, Chagga Village, Coffee Tour, Women’s Co-operative

Today we’ll visit a village on the foothills of Kilimanjaro. We’ll take a  hike through 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 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.

In the afternoon we’ll visit a local women’s co-operative before heading out into town for dinner.

DAY 12: Dar es Salaam

Breakfast

The Slow Leopard (or similar)

None

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

The scenery on the drive down is incredible as we pass the Usambara Mountains.

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

DAY 13: Stone Town

Breakfast

Dhow Palace (or similar)

Stone Town Walking Tour, Forodhani Gardens

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!

I like mine filled with mango, cheese, onion, avocado and egg – the Helen Special. Mmmmm!

DAY 14:  Stone Town

Breakfast, Dinner

Dhow Palace (or similar)

Live Taarab Music (traditional Zanzibari)

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

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!

DAY 15:  Paje

Breakfast, Lunch

The Waterfront Zanzibar Beach Hotel (or similar)

Boat Tour on a Traditional Dhow to Menai Bay & Kwale Island

Today we’ll head to Paje on the south east coast, but not before spending 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.

The evening is free to do as you please and those who still have the energy later can continue the party – Friday night is party night in Paje!

DAY 16:  Paje

Breakfast, Dinner

The Waterfront Zanzibar Beach Hotel (or similar)

Sunset Cruise in Chwaka Bay

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).

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

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

DAY 17:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

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 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!

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.
What’s Included?

SUPPORT

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

MEALS

16 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 11 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

16 nights accommodation in good quality 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

Women’s Co-operative Visit

Stone Town Walking Tour

Forodhani Gardens Food Market

Live Taarab Music

Boat Tour on a Traditional Dhow to Menai Bay & Kwale Island

Sunset Cruise in Chwaka Bay

What’s Not Included?
      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.
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