Rock My Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

Kenya & Tanzania Small Group Adventure Tours

Join us on an incredible Rock My Adventure tour to Kenya & Tanzania.

Let us show you a different side of Africa, not the Africa you see in the media but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa we know and love.

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

Rock My Adventure is a small group Africa tour company for solo travellers, groups of friends and couples alike and for those who want to pack a lot into their limited (and precious) time.

The tours are culturally immersive trips created by me to show you a rounded portrayal of the countries we visit and leave you with a new group of like-minded friends and beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

I work with the best local operators to provide you with the highly personalised African adventure you’ve always dreamed of but without the hassle of planning it all yourself!

Rock My Adventures aren’t typical ‘tours’. They’re fun, laid-back group trips, with an awesome, action-packed itinerary, but with some free time to explore and do your own thing and a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds!

Read more about Rock My Adventure here or take a look at our FAQ’s page to see what we’re all about!


Essential Info

  • Duration: 15 Nights
  • Start: Nairobi (nearest airport – Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
  • Finish: Zanzibar (nearest airport – Abeid Amani Karume International Airport)
  • Maximum Group Size: 8 people (7 participants plus 1 group leader)
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Cost: £1,795 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • Deposit: £200 (non-refundable, included in total cost above)

Dates Available

  • 12 – 28 July 2019
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You can find full Terms & Conditions here.

Kenya & Tanzania Small Group African Adventure Tour


Week 1 Highlights

  • Search for the ‘Big 5’ on our Masai Mara safari.
  • Meet my Maasai friends and learn about their unique way of life as we spend a day at their village.
  • Enjoy dinner and party in the township near to the Masai Mara, something most tourists will never experience.
  • Kiss a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
  • Visit the baby rescue elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
  • Explore exciting Nairobi and visit some of my favourite spots in the city.
  • 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!
  • Dance and party the night away to the latest African music in Arusha town.
  • Go on a 3-day safari in the iconic Serengeti National Park and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater.

Week 2 Highlights

  • Keep an eye out for dolphins on the boat to Zanzibar.
  • 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 an amazing sunset cruise in stunning Chwaka Bay with snacks and drinks!

Sounds awesome, sign me up!


“I had the best time ever on the trip & it was so much fun traveling with you! It was everything I had hoped for and more! It 100% met my expectations. I love the fact that your trips are more unique than a normal tour operator. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone in some places and seeing some really different sides of Kenya. I enjoyed the fact that we were made to feel so at home everywhere we went and I’m sure that was helped by the fact you’ve obviously created a lot of meaningful friendships in the country during your time travelling there. It felt like we got a more unique experience than you would get with usual tour operator. I think you make a fantastic guide and your passion for the country definitely shows and adds to the experience.” (Sarah, UK – Rock My Kenya Adventure 2017)


Kenya & Tanzania Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Karibu 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 at out 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.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2: Baby Elephants & Gorgeous Giraffes


Kenya Small Group Africa TourWe’ll spend our first full day easing 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 and you’ll have the chance to kiss a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre (don’t worry, their spit is anti-septic).

Then in the afternoon we’ll have some free time to do a bit of shopping at the local Maasai market and relax by the pool before we head off into the Masai Mara for a few days on safari.

In the evening we’ll go for dinner at one of Nairobi’s best restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3: Head Towards the World Famous Masai Mara


Kenya & Tanzania Small Group Adventure ToursWe’ll 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 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

 

 

 


Day 4: Go on Safari in the Masai Mara


Kenya Small Group Africa TourOn 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 


Day 5: Hanging Out with the Maasai 


Kenya African Adventure TourIn the morning, those who want to can take an optional hot air ballon ride 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! t’s followed by a champagne breakfast by the Mara River.

When the ballooners return, we’ll spend the day with Maasai friends, going on a guided walk, 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 go 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Back to the Big City


Kenya Small Group Africa TourFollowing a leisurely breakfast and a whole host 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.  

We’ll aim to get back to Nairobi in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is free so that those who want to can head out on the town.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

 

 

 


Day 7: Karibu Tanzania


Traveling from Nairobi to Arusha.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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

 

 

 


Day 8: Go on Safari to the Serengeti 


Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Africa TourWe’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!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9: Spend the Day Searching for the ‘Big 5’  


Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Africa TourWe’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 at our campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Go on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater


Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Africa TourAfter 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 11: Go Chasing Waterfalls & Meet the Chagga People in Moshi


Materuni Waterfall TanzaniaToday 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 12: Head South to Dar es Salaam on the Swahili Coast


Traditional Dhow, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaToday 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

 

 


Day 13: Take a Tour of Historical Stone Town


Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Africa TourToday 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!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 14: Feel the Magic of Stone Town


Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Africa Tour

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!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

 

 

 


Day 15: Search for Dolphins & Party in Paje


Tanzania & Zanzibar Small Group Africa Tour

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!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 13: Sunset Cruisin’ in Chwaka Bay


The Rock Zanzibar - Zanzibar small group tourToday 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 dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 16: Kwaheri Tanzania


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!

I can arrange the transfer to Zanzibar Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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What’s Included

  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 11 dinners (some of these are activities in themselves)!
  • Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation in good quality camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.
  • 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: 
    • Safari in the Masai Mara
    • Day with the Maasai tribe
    • Dinner in the Sekenani township
    • Visiting the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
    • Visiting the giraffes at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre
    • Materuni Waterfall
    • Visit to a Chagga Village for a coffee experience
    • Stone Town walking tour
    • Forodhani Gardens nightly food market experience
    • Dinner at one of Stone Town’s rooftop restaurants
    • Sailing, snorkelling and dolphin spotting trip
    • Sunset Indian Ocean cruise (including drinks)

What’s Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers – however I can arrange these for you.
  • Kenya & Tanzania visas.
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance.
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

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

You can find full Terms & Conditions here.

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Testimonials

Wondering what it’s like to come on a Rock My Adventure trip? Here’s what others have to say!

Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure – 2017

“I would like to thank you for two of the most extraordinary trips I have ever had the joy of experiencing. As I review my photos I feel so overwhelmed. I had the pleasure to meet some amazing people thanks to you. We had great times just sitting around and joking with each other. If anyone is in doubt about booking a tour through Rock My Adventure, don’t hesitate, you’ll never regret it . Thank you, Helen. You are amazing! ❤ Go and you will thank me afterwards.” (Oana, Switzerland)

“This trip is definitely one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life!!” (Sharmi, Malaysia)

“The trip went beyond my expectations. I feel the soul of the trip was Helen. Having a guide that is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, sweet and energetic is very important.” (Nayeli, Mexico/USA)


Rock My Kenya Adventure – 2017

“I had the best time ever on the trip & it was so much fun traveling with you! It was everything I had hoped for and more! It 100% met my expectations. I love the fact that your trips are more unique than a normal tour operator. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone in some places and seeing some really different sides of Kenya. I enjoyed the fact that we were made to feel so at home everywhere we went and I’m sure that was helped by the fact you’ve obviously created a lot of meaningful friendships in the country during your time travelling there. It felt like we got a more unique experience than you would get with usual tour operator. I think you make a fantastic guide and your passion for the country definitely shows and adds to the experience.” (Sarah, UK)

“Thank you for one of the best two weeks of my life. By far the most incredible holiday I’ve ever been on. It was run so brilliantly by you and honestly, I had so much fun. I won’t forget some of our hilarious nights out.” (Allanagh, UK)

“This is the best thing I could have done for myself to boost my confidence. It was honestly the best thing I have ever done in my life, bar none. I have made genuine friends that I’m already planning to meet with again. Take me with you everywhere you go…..everywhere! Thank you so much for doing the job you do, I can’t explain how amazing this trip was.” (Kayleigh, UK)


Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure – 2017

“Helen is one of those people who will make any situation really fun. This girl could make a tour through my mildewy basement seem like a blast, so having her introduce me to sub-Saharan Africa was pretty much the best thing ever!!” (Silvia, Norway/USA)

“This was everything I hoped for and more. If the plane had crashed on the way home, I would have died happy!” (Natalie, Northern Ireland)

“You showed me “Africa” the real Africa, the people, the villages, the wildlife! I didn’t want hotels, complexes, swimming pools! I want to see the world, the real world, how other people live, the real Africa!! I got the whole package, the reality, the beauty, the wonder! You left me wanting more and eager that see more of what the amazing Africa has to offer! Second trip with you! I keep coming back so clearly I enjoy them!” (Karen, UK)


Rock My Kenya Adventure – 2016

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

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

“I’ve a lot to thank my African adventure for, it truely 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, 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, USA)

If you’d like to get a full overview, have a read of Silvia’s blog (Heart My Backpack), as she’s done a full review on the Rock My Uganda, Rwanda and DRC tour. I asked her to come along, not as a blogger, but as a participant, to enjoy and just be brutally honest when she wrote about it and here’s what she thought.


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