Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure

Join us on an epic adventure in Tanzania, including the magical island of Zanzibar! Tanzania has it all – amazing safaris, beautiful mountains, stunning waterfalls, white sandy beaches, crystal clear seas and vibrant interesting cultural experiences!

 

Tour Overview

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’.

From there we’ll head south to the Usambara Mountains, one of the most stunning and hospitable 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 is simply… magical!

PLEASE NOTE: The February 2019 departure coincides with the wildebeest calving. This is an awesome and very dramatic time in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater as around 8000 wildebeest calves are born every day, which makes the predators go wild, so you will likely see a lots of lions and hyenas hunting, often at the same time. Last time we were there we saw a wildebeest being chased by a pack of hyenas whilst she was midway through giving birth. She managed to get away as the rest of the herd protected her. National Geographic and David Attenborough would have been in their element!

£100 OFF THIS TOUR IF YOU SIGN UP BEFORE 31ST DECEMBER 2018!

THE ULTIMATE TANZANIA ADVENTURE: This tour can be combined with the incredible Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure for the ULTIMATE Tanzanian adventure! The combined cost for the 25-night combo tour is  £3285 + $1305* (local payment, paid on arrival).

Essential Info

Duration: 16 Nights

Dates: 

  • 24 February – 12 March 2019 (wildebeest calving season)
  • 17 August – 2 September 2019

Start: Arusha

Finish: Zanzibar

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)

* 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.

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, great food and beautiful views of the stunning Usambara Mountains.
  • Visit a local market in the Usambaras and shop for locally made goods and fabrics.
  • Get a true taste of local Tanzanian life and Swahili culture on a tour of Bagamoyo, a historical town on the Swahili coast.
  • 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!
  • Visit a local school that is doing amazing work in the Bagamoyo community.
  • Learn to cook traditional Swahili food in Bagamoyo.
  • 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 world famous Full Moon Party at Kendwa Rocks (check individual departure dates – otherwise it’s the ‘normal’ Saturday night party which is also a lot of fun).
  • Take part in some of the many great activities available on Zanzibar – boat trips, spice tours, 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 an amazing sunset cruise in stunning Chwaka Bay with snacks and drinks!

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Arusha

Dinner

TBC

None

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.

DAY 2:  Arusha

Breakfast, Lunch

TBC

Maasai Village, Kikuletwa Hot Springs

Today we’ll visit a Maasai village, 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.

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.

DAY 3:  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 4:  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 5:  Arusha

Breakfast, Lunch

Green Mountain Hotel (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) and those who want to can head out for a well-deserved dinner.

DAY 6:  Moshi

Breakfast, Lunch

More Than a Drop (or similar)

Materuni Waterfall, Chagga Village

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

We’ll do some hiking, visit a beautiful waterfall and meet the Chagga people, 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 and dances.

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

Weather permitting, we may even catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro herself.

DAY 7:  Lushoto

Breakfast, Lunch

Irente Farm Lodge (or similar)

Irente View Point

Today we’ll head towards one of the most beautiful, yet rarely visited parts of Tanzania, the Usambara Mountains and the town of Lushoto.

When we arrive, we’ll be treated to an amazing lunch before we head to a beautiful viewpoint with stunning views over the surrounding area.

DAY 8:  Lushoto

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Irente Farm Lodge (or similar)

Hiking in the Usambaras, Local Market

Today we’ll go for an adventure through the mountains, with some hiking to stretch our legs.

The Usambaras are one of the friendliest places in all of Tanzania so you will love it here. We’ll visit a local market and you will have chance to shop for African fabrics and locally made and grown items.

In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 9:  Bagamoyo

Breakfast, Dinner

Firefly (or similar)

Swahili Cooking Class

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!

DAY 10:  Bagamoyo

Breakfast, Lunch

Firefly (or similar)

Local School/NGO Visit, Bagamoyo Cycling Tour

In the morning you have the option to visit a local school, where you’ll get to see first hand the amazing work they are doing in the community. This is the organisation that I volunteered for on my first trip to Africa and I think they are amazing!

In the afternoon, we’ll explore beautiful Bagamoyo by bicycle seeing the main historical sights and learning about the dark history of this laid-back fishing town.

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

DAY 11:  Stone Town

Breakfast

Dhow Palace Hotel (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!

We like ours filled with mango, cheese, onion, avocado and egg!

DAY 12:  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 13:  Paje

Breakfast, Lunch

The Waterfront Zanzibar Beach Hotel (or similar)

Sailing & Snorkelling Trip on a Traditional Dhow

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.

DAY 14:  Paje

Breakfast

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 go on a fun sunset cruise, with swimming and snorkelling, in stunning Chwaka Bay (drinks and snacks included).

DAY 15:  Kendwa

Breakfast, Lunch

Kendwa Rocks (or similar)

Jambiani Village Tour, Kendwa Rocks Party

In the morning, we’ll visit a local village so that you can get a taste of local life in Zanzibar before we head over to Kendwa in the afternoon.

Saturday night in Kendwa is party night and the African beats will be banging, the food is good and there’s always a great mix of travellers and locals enjoying the party. You’ll spend the night dancing bare foot in the sand, listening to reggae and the latest chart hits under the stars.

On certain departure dates, this will coincide with the famous Kendwa Rocks Full Moon Party (see departure dates above for details).

DAY 16: Kendwa

Breakfast, Dinner

Kendwa Rocks (or similar)

None

Our last day is a free day where you can relax, top up your tan, do some last minute shopping or take part in one of the activities on offer.

In the evening we’ll say goodbye with a meal at a lovely 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 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!

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, 10 lunches and 7 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 

Irente View Point

Hiking in the Usambaras

Lushoto Local Market Visit

Swahili Cooking Class

Local School/NGO Visit

Bagamoyo Cycling Tour

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

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.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime to Tanzania!

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