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Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure

Get ready for a Tanzanian flashpacking adventure like no other! Tanzania has it all – amazing safaris, beautiful mountains, stunning waterfalls, white sandy beaches, crystal clear seas and vibrant interesting cultural experiences!

Tanzania is one of the most vibrant and beautiful places on the African continent, so be prepared for breathtaking landscapes, paradise beaches and all the animals from the Lion King.

Starting off in the north of Tanzania in the bustling city of Arusha, get ready to feel the warm Tanzanian hospitality. Karibu Tanzania!

We’ll spend time with the Maasai tribe and bathe in hot springs before heading into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to experience one of the most incredible safari destinations on the planet and go in search of the ‘Big 5’. You’ll love hearing hyenas cackle and lions roar as you drift off to sleep!

From there we’ll head south to the Usambara Mountains, one of the most stunning and friendly places in Tanzania! Next up is the vibrant coastal town Bagamoyo, where we’ll spend a couple of days immersed in the vibrant Swahili culture.

From there it’s over to the paradise 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 trip has it all! 

 

Let Us Rock Your Adventure!

Dates: 

  • 25 August – 8 September 2020

Please Note:

  • This is one of our original and best trips (and one of Helen’s absolute favourites).
  • On this trip, we explore Tanzania in great detail, giving you a true insight into the Swahili culture.

 

Cost: 

  • £2,195 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit

 

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“It was an unforgettable trip to Tanzania & Zanzibar and I loved every minute – so much fun and a new experience every day! If anyone’s thinking of doing a trip to Africa, don’t hesitate, just do it! Go with Helen and experience the real culture of the country and its’ people. I can’t wait for the next adventure!” 

JEANNE / UK / ROCK MY TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Go on a 3-day safari in the iconic Serengeti National Park and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Visit an authentic Maasai village to meet the people the people who live there and learn about their unique way of life.
  • Spend the afternoon at the beautifully ethereal Kikuletwa Hot Springs, a natural pool surrounded by palm and fig trees. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, swim in the crystal clear, turquoise water and play on the rope swing.
  • Dance and party the night away to the latest African music in Arusha and/or Moshi town!
  • Experience the hospitality and beautiful views of the stunning Usambara Mountains.
  • Visit a local market and shop for locally made goods and fabrics.
  • Spend time with the Chagga people who live on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, 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!
  • Get a true taste of local Tanzanian life and Swahili culture on a tour of Bagamoyo, a historical town on the Swahili coast.
  • Visit a local school that is doing amazing work in the Bagamoyo community.
  • Learn to cook traditional Swahili food in Bagamoyo with Helen’s friends.
  • 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 (including the famous Zanzibar pizza) 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 paradise island.
  • Relax, unwind and/or party on the beautiful beaches of Kendwa and Paje.
  • Experience the party vibe at Kendwa Rocks.
  • Take part in some of the many great activities available on Zanzibar – boat trips, spice tours, local spa, scuba diving, SUP, surfing, Prison Island tour to name but a few.
  • Enjoy lunch at The Rock, one of the most beautiful and  iconic restaurants in the world.
  • Go on an amazing sunset cruise to say goodbye to your new friends (snacks and drinks included)!

Tanzania & Zanzibar Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha

Arrive in Arusha (fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport) and transfer to your accommodation.

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

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

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Arusha

Today we’ll visit the Maasai village of one of Helen’s Maasai friends, which unlike many in the area is a totally authentic village founded and run by the Maasai themselves.

During the visit, you will have chance to meet the Maasai people and learn about their unique way of life. It will be an interactive and enlightening experience.

In the early afternoon, we will leave the village and continue to a beautiful hot spring, which attracts locals and tourists alike.

Here we’ll swim in the crystal clear waters that run from Kilimanjaro, swing Tarzan style into the water, enjoy a delightful picnic lunch prepared by our guides and maybe have a beer or two.

Refreshed and relaxed, we’ll head back to Arusha ready for our safari tomorrow.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Maasai Village, Hot Springs, Local Market

 

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

We’ll spend the next few days on a safari to Tarangire, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, 3 of the most spectacular places in the world and the perfect place to look for the ‘Big Five’.

We’ll leave Arusha early, arriving at Mto wa Umbu by mid-morning.

We’ll then make our way to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the most dense elephant populations in the world.

We’ll spend the afternoon on safari, spotting all of our favourite safari animals, before retiring to our camp for an evening under the stars and round the campfire.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 4: The Serengeti

We’ll arrive in the Serengeti in the early afternoon. As we drive into the park, there will be plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife on our first Serengeti safari! 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 incredible adventure!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 5: 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. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 6: 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 enjoy a well-deserved dinner.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Safari
Day 7: Moshi

Waking up, you will have wonderful views of Kilimanjaro from hotel (weather permitting).

Today we’re going to visit a village on the foothills of Kilimanjaro.

We’ll hike through forest and villages, visit a beautiful waterfall and meet the Chagga people.

We’ll have lunch at the home of one of my Chagga friends (cooked by his lovely Mama), 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 and dances.

The late afternoon will be free for you to explore Moshi or rest at our lovely guesthouse.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Materuni Waterfall, Chagga Village
Day 8 - 9: Bagamoyo

Today we’ll head south to Bagamoyo, a historic town on the Tanzanian coast and one of my favourite places in Africa.

Bagamoyo is rich in Swahili culture and whilst we’re here you’ll get a true feel for Tanzanian life.

There should be some time in the afternoon to take a quick dip in the pool at our lovely guesthouse before we head out for the evening to do a Swahili cooking class with a local artist and chef extraordinaire. Of course we’ll get to eat what we cook!

In the morning you have the option to explore beautiful Bagamoyo by bicycle seeing the main historical sights and learning about the dark history of this laid-back fishing town.

In the afternoon we will visit a local school where you will get to see first hand the amazing work they are doing in the community. This is the organisation that Helen volunteered for on her first trip to Africa in 2009 and the work they do is incredible.

In the evening we’ll go for a meal at a cute local restaurant.

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Swahili Cooking Class, Local School/NGO Visit
Day 10: Stone Town

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

When we arrive, we’ll check into our stunning, traditional Zanzibari hotel and the afternoon is free to relax at the pool, the beach, shop at your leisure or simply wander the maze and absorb the magic that is Stone Town.

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, cheese, onion, avocado and egg!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Forodhani Gardens Food Market
Day 11: Stone Town

In the morning, 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.

The afternoon is free to wander the streets at your leisure.

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, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Stone Town Walking Tour, Traditional Zanzibari Dinner with Live Taarab Music
Day 12: Fumba & Paje

Leaving Stone Town, 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. In the afternoon you can explore Kwale Island, see an ancient baobab tree and relax on a beautiful beach.

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

In the late afternoon, we’ll our way over to Paje on the southeast of the island. The evening is free to sample one of the lovely local restaurants.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Sailing & Snorkelling Trip on a Traditional Dhow
Day 13 & 14: Paje

We’ll spend our last two days in beautiful Paje on the south-east coast of Zanzibar.

Your first full day in Paje is completely free to do as you please, however, you may want to use this day to go on a boat trip to the Mnemba Atoll, go paddleboarding through the mangroves or take one of the many activities on offer. The choice is yours. 

On our final day, we’ll visit the Rock Restaurant for a group meal (lunch or dinner) and head out on an incredible sunset cruise to toast to new friendships and an amazing holiday in Tanzania! 

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner or Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Sunset Cruise
Day 15: 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 will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the 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!

 

  • 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: 

  • 25 August – 8 September 2020

Start: Arusha

Finish: Zanzibar

Maximum Group Size: 10 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £2,195 (paid in advance) + $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, 10 lunches and 8 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 16 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Includes 2 nights camping in the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

Transport

  • All transport within Tanzania & Zanzibar to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – busses, taxis, boats & safari vehicles).

Activities

  • Maasai Village
  • Kikuletwa Hot Springs
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Safaris
  • Materuni Waterfall
  • Chagga Village & Coffee Tour
  • Irente View Point
  • Hiking in the Usambaras
  • Local Market Visit
  • Swahili Cooking Class
  • Local School/NGO Visit
  • Stone Town Walking Tour
  • Forodhani Gardens Food Market
  • Live Taarab Music
  • Sailing & Snorkelling Trip on a Traditional Dhow
  • Sunset Cruise in Chwaka Bay
  • Jambiani Village Tour
  • Kendwa Rocks Party
  • 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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