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Rock My Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

Trip Highlights

  • Nairobi
  • Masai Mara National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Arusha
  • Moshi
  • Bagamoyo
  • Zanzibar

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! Explore the exciting city of Nairobi, go on safari in the Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, spend time with the Maasai people, learn about local Tanzanian life in Bagamoyo and learn about Swahili culture on the magical island of Zanzibar!

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

  • 14 – 30 August 2020 FULL
  • 30 August – 15 September 2020 BOOK NOW
  • 22 January – 7 February 2021 BOOK NOW

Cost

  • £2,295 + $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival).
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit.

What’s Included

  • 16 Nights Accommodation.
  • 16 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners.
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information.
  • Most In-Country Transport.
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
  • Downtown Nairobi Walking Tour.
  • Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
  • Great Rift Valley Viewpoint.
  • Masai Mara Safari.
  • Day With the Maasai.
  • Siana Hill Hike.
  • Sekanani Township Dinner.
  • Serengeti Safari.
  • Ngorongoro Crater Safari.
  • Materuni Waterfall Hike.
  • Chagga Village & Coffee Tour.
  • Stone Town Walking Tour.
  • Forodhani Gardens Food Market Tour.
  • Rooftop Swahili Dinner with Live Taarab Music.
  • Boat Tour on a Traditional Dhow to Menai Bay & Kwale Island.
  • Private Sunset Cruise in Chwaka Bay.

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.

“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

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya

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! 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, Kenya

    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.

    After lunch, 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 Walking Tour

      Day 3: Masai Mara, Kenya

      Early in the morning, you’ll have the chance to feed and kiss a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.

      We’ll then depart from 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 tented camp.

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

       

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

        Day 4: Masai Mara, Kenya

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

        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, Kenya

          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, 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: Masai Mara, Kenya

            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, Tanzania

              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: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

                We’ll spend the next few days on a camping safari to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of the most spectacular safari destinations on the planet.

                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! “It’s the Circle of Life…” 

                You’ll go to sleep to the sounds of hyenas cackling and you may even hear the odd lion roar or elephant trumpet in the distance.

                 

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

                  Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

                  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 under the stars.

                   

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

                    Day 10: Moshi, Tanzania

                    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 and have a well-earned group dinner.

                     

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

                      Day 11: Moshi, Tanzania

                      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, Tanzania

                        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, Zanzibar

                          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 our favourite, the Zanzibar pizza!

                           

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

                            Day 14: Stone Town, Zanzibar

                            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 early evening we’ll head to one of Stone Town’s top rooftop restaurants for a true Zanzibari experience with great Swahili 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, Zanzibar

                              The morning is free to take one of the many day trips from Stone Town (Prison Island, spice tour etc), 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. You can swim in the pool, or relax on the beach.

                              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, Zanzibar

                                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: 

                                    • 14 – 30 August 2020 FULL
                                    • 30 August – 15 September 2020 BOOK NOW
                                    • 22 January – 7 February 2021 BOOK NOW

                                    Start: Nairobi, Kenya

                                    Finish: Zanzibar, Tanzania

                                    Maximum Group Size: 12 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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