Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure Tour 2017

Tanzania and Zanzibar Small Group Backpacking Safari Tour

Come to Beautiful Tanzania & Zanzibar With Me!

If you missed out on my first Tanzania tour, don’t worry because I’ve got another one for you (just with a slightly different and longer itinerary)!!

Tanzania is simply gorgeous and it was the reason I decided to go to Africa in the first place.

On this trip, we’ll spend 14 full days and 15 nights exploring the very best of what Tanzania and Zanzibar have to offer.

Starting in Arusha, we’ll spend some time with the Maasai, learning about their traditional way of life and taking a trip to the Kikuletwa Hot Springs for a picnic and dip in the crystal clear water!

Next it’s safari time and we’ll head to the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater for the most spectacular show on earth! Over 4 days, we’ll (hopefully) get to see ‘The Big 5’ – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopard and black rhino, as well as many other animals and birds!

Afterwards, well stay in Moshi, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, and if we’re lucky we might get to see the world’s highest free standing mountain in all her glory!

From here we’ll head to the Usambara mountains to do some hiking in one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

Then we’ll make our way down to the historic town of Bagamoyo, where we’ll get a real insight into everyday Tanzanian life. I lived in Bagamoyo for a little while and it is truly an incredible place.

Leaving Bagamoyo, we’ll head across the Indian Ocean to Zanzibar, ‘The Spice Island’.

We’ll explore historic Stone Town, watch the boys do capoeira on the beach, experience Forodhani Gardens night market and have dinner one of Stone Town’s incredible roof top restaurants.

We’ll end our trip on two of Zanzibar’s most beautiful beaches – Kendwa and Jambiani.

Get ready for dancing under the stars to reggae music at Kendwa Rocks, a snorkelling trip on a traditional dhow, dolphin spotting, getting up close to the Red Colobus Monkeys in Jozani Forest, dinner at the famous Rock Restaurant and drinking cold beers on a sunset cruise!

Tanzania & Zanzibar Tour Overview

  • Duration: 15 Nights
  • Dates: 1st October – 16th October 2017
  • Start: Arusha
  • Finish: Zanzibar
  • Maximum Group Size: 8 people
  • Group Leader: Helen
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Cost: £2,295
  • Deposit: £250 (non-refundable)
  • Balance Due: 1st August 2017

You can find full Terms & Conditions here.


A visit to an authentic Maasai village to learn about their unique way of life.

Swimming and picnic at the Kikuletwa Hot Springs.

A 4-day safari in the iconic Serengeti National Park, the stunning Ngorongoro Crater and beautiful Lake Manyara.

Taking in the beautiful vistas of the Usambara Mountains.

Cycling through the historic town of Bagamoyo.

Looking for dolphins on the Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar ferry.

Take a walking & foodie tour of Stone Town where you will learn about the history of this fascinating island.

Soaking up the atmosphere and try the local foods at Forodhani Gardens nightly food market.

Watching the boys do acrobatics and capoeira on the beach and jumping off the sea wall in Stone Town.

Dinner at one of Stone Town’s gorgeous roof top restaurants.

Sailing and snorkelling trip on a traditional dhow boat with a beautiful bbq lunch.

Relaxing and unwinding on the beautiful beaches of Kendwa and Jambiani.

Exploring the villages of Zanzibar.

Dinner at The Rock Restaurant.

Trying some of the best food in all of Tanzania.

Visiting the Red Colobus Monkeys in Jozani Forest.

Lunch at The Rock, one of the most iconic restaurants in the world.

Sundowners on a traditional dhow cruise on the Indian Ocean.

This trip is for you if…

  • You’re awesome.
  • You want a highly personalised adventure in an incredible place.
  • You love wildlife, mountains, history and beaches.
  • You want to experience local culture, eat local food and meet local people.
  • You love immersive and experiential travel and are looking for more than just a holiday.
  • You want to see a rounded portrayal of the countries you visit.
  • You love travelling but want someone else to do all the planning and organising (that’s me by the way)!
  • You want to travel with some cool, like minded people and make friends for life.
  • All of the above!

Then read on…

Tanzania and Zanzibar Small Group Tour

 Tanzania & Zanzibar Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Arusha

Arrive in Arusha (Kilimanjaro International Airport) ready to start the tour the following day. In the evening you can get to know your fellow travellers over dinner at our campsite.

Day 2: Arusha 

We’ll spend our first day visiting a Maasai village, which unlike many in the area is an authentic village founded and run by the Maasai themselves.

We’ll start early, driving out of the city and through the African bush. During the visit, you will have chance to meet the Maasai people and learn about their unique way of life from our Maasai guide and translator.

In the early afternoon, we will leave the village and continue to the Kikuletwa Hot Springs, one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania. Here we’ll be able to swim in the crystal clear waters that run from Kilimanjaro and we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch.

Refreshed and relaxed, we’ll return to Arusha in the late afternoon before heading out to a welcome dinner in town.

Day 3 – 5: Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

We’ll spend the next few days on a camping safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, 3 of the most spectacular places in the world.

Lake Manyara, which is around a 2 and a half hour drive from Arusha, is famous for its beautiful views, panoramic landscapes and abundance of wildlife, including the tree climbing lions. We spend most of the day on safari, before heading to our campsite in the afternoon.

The following day, it’s onwards to the Serengeti. We’ll arrive in the early afternoon and head out on a game drive after lunch. Even as we drive into the park, there will be plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife! Believe me, you be singing Circle of Life all the way in!!

When the sun goes down, we’ll relax round the campfire and under the stars at our campsite.

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).

The next morning 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.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Ngorongoro Crater, where we’ll camp on the rim ready for our decent into the crater the following morning.

The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are 2 of the best places in all of Africa to see ‘The Big 5’. It’s the only place I’ve ever seen leopards or black rhino (both times I have visited).

Although, it doesn’t stop there. All of these national parks have so many more beautiful animals that you can see, including one of my favourites – the giraffe!

Day 6: Moshi

After another early start, we’ll head down into the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact crater in the world – the views are absolutely incredible!

Inside is even more amazing and the animals are plentiful! You will not be disappointed by our day on safari here.

In the afternoon, we’ll head back to Moshi where we’ll freshen up (aka have a good wash and scrub off the safari dust). We’ll pop out for dinner and have a night relaxing at our delightful little guesthouse with a cold Kilimanjaro beer. Weather permitting, we may even catch a glimpse of the mountain!

Day 7 – 8: Usambara Mountains

We’ll be up and out early to catch the coach towards the Usambara Mountains. The bus journey is always eventful and a real Tanzanian travel experience! Once we reach the outskirts of the Usambaras, we’ll make our way through the mountains to our rustic guesthouse.

We’ll be staying near the village of Mambo, in a beautiful location with a stunning view of the area.

Whilst we are here, we’ll go hiking and visit the village to get a taste of the local hospitality and meet the people who live there.

Day 9 – 10: Bagamoyo

Leaving the Usambaras, we’ll make a stop at a local market, before we head to Bagamoyo, a historic town on the Tanzanian coast, one of my favourite places in Africa.

During a cycling trip around the town, we’ll visit some of the local sites, have drinks and food at some of my favourite places and visit the fish market. We may even get the opportunity to take part in a dance or yoga class.

Bagamoyo is a really special place to me and I can’t wait to show you around.

Day 11: Stone Town

Today is an exciting day as we’re heading to Zanzibar – on the ferry! I once saw a pod of dolphins whilst sat on the upper deck of the ferry. I wonder if we’ll be this lucky again?

When we arrive, we’ll check into our traditional Zanzibari hotel and then grab some lunch at a lovely local restaurant. Fed and watered, we’ll explore Stone Town with our local guide, stopping for coffee and a catch up at Jaws Corner and learning all about the history of this incredible island.

Around sunset, we’ll head to the waterfront to see if we can see the local boys doing acrobatics and capoeira on the beach and take a trip to Forodhani Gardens before dinner. Here you can pick up some local delicacies such as kebabs, samosas, fruit, grilled maize, sugar cane juice and Zanzibar pizzas!

But don’t spoil your dinner, as we’re off to one of Stone Town’s top rooftop restaurants.

Day 12 – 13:  Jambiani

On day 12, we’ll head over to Jambiani in the east of the island, but not before spending the day sailing on a traditional dhow.

We’ll start in a small village on the south coast and from here we’ll 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 – this includes lobster, fish and calamari as well as chicken and vegetarian options, followed by fresh fruit. Drinks are also included in the trip.

In the afternoon we’ll explore Kwale Island, sail on a Ngalawa canoe, explore the mangroves, climb an ancient baobab and relax on a beautiful beach before heading back to Fumba as the sun goes down.

From there we’ll head over to Jambiani where we’ll have a free evening to enjoy the nightlife.

In the morning, you’ll have some free time to relax or take part in the activity of your choice before we go for a late lunch/early dinner at the The Rock restaurant.

Day 14 – 15: Kendwa

Our final 2 days will be spent up in the north of the island on stunning Kendwa Beach. We’ll head up to Kendwa in the morning, passing through Jozani Forest go and see the rare Red Colobus Monkeys.

Our first night is Saturday, and believe me, Saturdays in Kendwa are always fun!

The following day, there will be some free time in the day, where you can either lie on the beach, do nothing and recover from the night before, or you can take part in one of the many activities on offer – such as snorkelling, scuba diving or beach volleyball.

In the evening, we’ll take a sunset cruise along the coast, the perfect end to our time in Tanzania.

Day 16: Depart Zanzibar

I can arrange transfer to Zanzibar airport or you can continue your Africa/Zanzibar travels from there.

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, “This is Africa”, after all. But whatever happens, I’ll endeavour to make sure you have an amazing trip!!

What’s Included? 

  • Meals:  15 breakfasts,  10 lunches and  11 dinners.
  • Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation in good quality hostels, guest houses or hotels. We will be budget camping in Lake Manyara, the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Transport: Local transport within Tanzania to and from all included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, coach, safari van, mini bus & ferry).
  • Activities:
    • Visit to an authentic Maasai village to learn about their unique way of life.
    • Swimming and picnic at the Kikulweta Hot Springs.
    • Safari in Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Hiking in the Usambara Mountains.
    • Visit to local market in the Usambaras.
    • Cycling tour of Bagamoyo.
    • Stone Town walking and foodie tour.
    • Soak up the atmosphere and try the local foods at Forodhani Gardens nightly food market.
    • Dinner at one of Stone Town’s rooftop restaurants
    • Sailing and snorkelling trip on a traditional dhow boat with a beautiful bbq lunch.
    • Dinner at The Rock restaurant.
    • Visit to Jozani Forest to see the Red Colobus Monkeys.
    • Sunset cruise along on the Indian Ocean.

What’s Not Included? 

  • Flights to and from Tanzania/Zanzibar.
  • Airport transfers – however I can arrange these for you.
  • Tanzania visa.
  • Medications, anti-malarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance.
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

Tanzania and Zanzibar Small Group Tour

Feedback from the 2016 ‘This is Kenya’ Tour

“Everything was amazing! I learned so many things!” (Oana, 25, Switzerland)

“It was an amazing trip from start to end. I loved every moment and made friends for life.” (Debbie, 34, UK)

“Africa is not always the easiest place to travel around, and after 3 months of backpacking I was all ready to give my brain a break from travel planning, so it was definitely a relief to have Helen come in and manage all that! I like her tour because it fit me – it was a small group tour, just 8 of us which is a nice number to make new friends and get to know everyone yet have our own thing, and it was a good mix of fancier stuff and indie backpacking. You just might see us on the next tours because we are all game for round 2 with Helen! Definitely a 5 star review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! (Jac, 32, Singapore)

“I’ve a lot to thank my African adventure for, it truly did help me find myself and has given me the confidence to just go see the world. I never wanted to leave!!! You’ll have the most amazing experience!!!” (Karen, 36, UK)

“It was a great introduction into Africa travel, before I set out solo travelling. Also as I traveled solo and shared experiences in Kenya with people I was meeting, I sounded like a seasoned solo traveler thanks to you. I did not know what to expect but I think I understand Kenya pretty well now. I think you were able to portray and pass on your infectious love of Kenya to us all and I am forever grateful! Asante!” (Christina, 29, USA)

Join me for an incredible adventure to Tanzania and Zanzibar!

If you would like to come or have any questions, please send me a quick email using the form below and I will send you the information on how to join!

Don’t fancy this trip? Why not check out my other Helen in Wonderlust Tours to Uganda/Rwanda/DRC, Kenya and Malawi/Zambia.

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