The Iconic Northern Circuit and Exotic Zanzibar

Wildlife, Culture & Adventure

Adumu Safaris welcomes you on this once-in-a-lifetime journey into Tanzania, home of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the great Serengeti, and the magical “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. This 18-day transformative wildlife safari, tropical beach holiday, and cultural adventure is held in February during Black History Month and in June from Juneteenth to Saba Saba, Tanzania’s Independence Day. It highlights African cultural excellence among local communities and internationally recognized experts on music, fashion, and culture in this magnificent region. It includes a variety of activities that explore the natural environment, as well as the history and culture of the tribes and ethnic groups you will meet along the way—particularly the Maasai people who live in and near the parks and the Swahili people of the coast. Private shows and talks on local and diasporic Black culture are included in this varied itinerary to provide rich educational experiences as well as plenty of fun. You also have the opportunity to participate in a harambe to support a village school. Feel good knowing that this trip strictly abides by socially responsible ecotourism practices and supports Adumu Safaris’ social impact mission of Maasai empowerment.

Your safari begins in a tranquil forest setting at a lodge designed with relaxation in mind. From here, you will get to explore the natural landscape, shade-grown coffee plantation, food and culture of the Mt. Meru region on foot, led by a local guide. You will move on to spend a few days in Maasailand to the west of Mount Kilimanjaro for some immersive cultural experiences. The next several days will be spent touring the world's most iconic parks and also venturing into some remarkable off-the-beaten-track experiences. You will see the lauded “Big 5” and a variety of other majestic fauna up close in their natural habitats. Feel like an adventurer as you encounter a myriad of breathtaking landscapes deep in the African bush. View the world-famous Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra (and the predators that follow them!) in the Serengeti from your spacious and comfortable hatch-top Land Cruiser and perhaps even while enjoying a beverage at camp! Explore the unique Ngorongoro Crater, photogenic Tarangire, alkaline Momela Lakes, and other natural wonders on foot, accompanied by your guides and Maasai warrior guards. Retreat to your luxurious accommodations where you’ll experience Tanzania’s warm hospitality and impeccable service. Savor delicious African-inspired continental cuisine prepared with a bounty of fresh, local ingredients. Learn about the culture of the Maasai, as well as other vibrant local cultures, through memorable and authentic exchanges. While in Maasailand, you will get to meet with local rangers who are doing the heroic work of protecting the endangered Black Rhino from extinction.

The Zanzibar portion of this itinerary is an exciting, culturally-rich holiday that begins with a visit to Zanzibar’s historical Stone Town featuring a stay at the Swahili-style Emerson hotel, an ideal base to soak in the sounds, sights, and smells of the surrounding streets and alleys. In addition to some exciting cultural activities, you will go on a spice plantation tour and visit the island’s tropical forest reserve. The entire safari ends with an idyllic beach retreat in the southeastern part of Zanzibar’s main island, known locally as Ugunja. Activities include plenty of time for beachside relaxation, a trip to an iconic restaurant in the middle of the sea, and a traditional dhow safari with tropical lunch on the beach.

Experience this incredible Tanzanian voyage with an intimate group of fellow travelers seeking a transformative visit to the Motherland, and make lasting memories that you will cherish forever.

Karibu Tanzania!

Itinerary

Destination: Arrival at Kilimanjaro National Airport (JRO); Transfer to Arusha
Accommodations: Gran Meliá Arusha
Activities: International Arrival and check-in
Transfer time: 1 hr

International Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport at 21:10*. After clearing customs, you will be met by an Adumu Safaris representative and transferred to the lovely Gran Meliá Arusha. This spectacular hotel is located near the heart of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital, opening out onto all of Tanzania’s majestic natural beauty. An oasis of five-star comfort and elegance, with extensive, unbeatable facilities, exclusive suites, and international cuisine, including the outstanding The Grill restaurant. With a spa, heated pool, and gym, you can look forward to settling into the country in style and comfort. After checking into your deluxe city-view room** enjoy dinner and a peaceful night’s rest in preparation for the 18-day adventure ahead of you! 

*International arrivals vary. This schedule is based on arrival with KLM, a recommended airline for this itinerary. Kenya Airways is also recommended and arrives earlier in the evening (especially convenience from the NYC area). Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines also offer convenient service, however these flights arrive past midnight. We recommend flying in to JRO airport and out of ZNZ airport for this itinerary.

**Room upgrades are available at this hotel.

Destination: Arusha; Tengeru
Accommodations: Gran Meliá Arusha
Activities: Welcome briefing; Organic fair trade coffee farm tour and local lunch; Waterfall hike (optional); Custom African clothing fitting (optional)
Transfer Time: 30 mins to and from Tengeru

After breakfast at the hotel, followed by a welcome briefing by your tour leaders, depart for a fair trade coffee walk led by one of our social impact partners, Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme, where you will walk through the village of Tengeru on the slopes of Mt. Meru, home of the Wameru people, and see how shade-grown coffee is grown and prepared. After the tour, enjoy a delicious local lunch prepared by Mama Gladness followed by a tree planting to offset your carbon footprint. If you are feeling energetic, your local guides will take you on a 2-hour hike to a nearby waterfall. After lunch or after the hike, return to the hotel where you can relax, take a dip in the pool, socialize with friends over drinks, or get a massage. We have also arranged for a local mshonaji (clothing designer) to take your measurements and prepare a custom-designed African outfit that will be ready for you later in the trip. Enjoy dinner with the group, some evening entertainment, and a good night’s sleep.

NB: you will have the chance to change cash dollars to Tanzanian shillings after breakfast.

Destination: Ngare Nanyuke, West Kilimanjaro
Accommodations: Osiligilai Maasai Lodge
Activities: Maasai welcome ceremony; Massage (Optional); Group activities; Traditional storytelling
Transfer Time: 1.5 hrs to Ngare Nanyuki

After breakfast, we depart Ilboru for Osiligilai Maasai Lodge, a scenic eco-lodge where you immediately will come to rest and reflect on the essentials while enjoying an immersive cultural experience with the Maasai. In the middle of the wilderness of the Maasai steppe are 18 exclusive bungalows built with locally available natural materials sustainably produced by local craftspeople. Just outside your door is a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. It’s all about being together, traditions, stories, and learning from each other at Osiligilai. Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed with a traditional Maasai dance and song. Then, you will be served a traditional Maasai welcome drink before being guided to your private bungalow. While you are here, relax, unwind, and enjoy the “Warm Your Heart” meditation room, the natural sauna, pool, and you can even treat yourself to a massage.  After lunch, we will gather for dinner and traditional Maasai storytelling around the fire. After a long day, nothing will feel more restful than falling asleep to the sounds of passing wildlife and chirping insects outside your bungalow.

Destination: Osiligilai; Ngare Nanyuke Ranch
Accommodations: Osiligilai Maasai Lodge
Activities: Maasai ethnobotanical walk; Boma visit; Bush picnic; Harambe; Spear throwing competition; Sunset performance; Special celebration
Transfer Time: 1 hr to and from Ngare Nanyuki Ranch

Today is an exciting day full of immersive cultural experiences with the Maasai. After breakfast, depart on foot on an ethnobotanical walk led by one of the Osiligilai community guides where you will learn about local plants and their medicinal and spiritual uses. This walk ends in a Maasai boma, or homestead where extended families live together and keep their livestock. The family welcomes us to experience the Maasai traditional way of life. We will then depart by car to Ngare Nanyuki Ranch for a picnic lunch in the bush. This conservation area is protected by the Tanzanian government, although it is not an official National Park. Nonetheless, here is where we are likely to glimpse some of the first incredible fauna on the trip while enjoying lunch amidst the acacia forest. Along the way, we will stop at a local water project that Adumu Impact has begun to support through fundraising. This water project aims to collect rainwater to supply to local bomas through an irrigation system. Water is scarce in this region and is generally collected by women and children who travel up to 15 km to fill 5-gallon containers. From here we visit the local primary school for a local-style harambe (fundraiser) for the school. In the late afternoon, we’ll return back to relax at the lodge. Close to sunset, the lodge hosts will take us into the surrounding hills for a spear-throwing competition followed by a sunset dance performance featuring the famous Adumu! Afterward, return to the dining room for dinner and a special celebration. The Maasai warriors will escort you back to your bungalows for a good night’s rest.

Destination: Arusha National Park; Tinga Tinga village
Accommodations: Osiligilai Maasai Lodge
Activities: Game Drive; Local women’s beading project visit; Walking safari (optional); Community recognition ceremony
Transfer Time: 1 hr to and from park gate

Today begins the incredible African wildlife portion of our safari, full of amazing encounters with wildlife, breathtaking natural scenes, as well as some life-changing cultural excursions and cross-cultural exchanges! After breakfast, your expert naturalist guides lead you on a game drive through Arusha National Park. On the way to the park, you will stop at the local women’s beading project and see how women make traditional Maasai beaded jewelry. This is a great spot to buy some souvenirs, which supports the community. Arusha National Park is among the smallest parks in Tanzania, covering only 137 square kilometers. The park has several completely different micro-habitats within its confines, from a soda lake which outfits a large number of flamingo, to dense forest habitat for black and white colobus monkeys, a plain (or small Serengeti), a crater, and the hikeable Mount Meru. While in the park, you have the option of exploring the park on foot led by your guides and an armed ranger. This park does not have big cats or elephants, but you will see great animals like cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and warthogs, not to mention beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru towering on either side of the park. Depending on your fitness level, you can opt to hike through herds of buffalo and past towering giraffes to a beautiful waterfall. In the early evening, return to Osiligilai for a dinner and a special ceremony put on by the local community in honor of our visit.

Destination: Tarangire National Park
Accommodations: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Activities: Game Drive
Transfer Time: 3.5 hrs from Osiligilai to the Park; 40-min leisurely game dive to camp

After breakfast, bid farewell to your friends at Osiligilai and head out to Tarangire National Park for a late-morning game drive on the way to Tarangire Safari Lodge and check into one of their charming circular bungalows, built in a similar style to the Maasai boma. These airy rooms are situated near a large watering hole, creating the opportunity to watch wildlife from your shaded verandah. After lunch at camp, continue with afternoon game viewing—identify different species of mammals such as lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, python, zebra, oryx, impala, and more. Over 450 species of birds have been observed in this park, so get out your binoculars! This park is also known as the park of elephants and baobabs, both of which are scattered everywhere. The Tarangire River is a vital source of water for animals in the park where you are likely to find many major species behaving and interacting naturally. Just before sunset, return to camp and relax with a beverage while you watch wildlife from your shaded verandah. Join the group for dinner in the open-air dining room and sleep to the night chorus of crickets and wildlife in the bush outside your cottage.

Destination: Mto wa Mbu; Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Accommodations: Mysigio Camp
Activities: Morning game drive; African Galleria visit; guided forest walk; Conversation with Maasai elder
Transfer Time: 1 hr 25 mins to Mto wa Mbu; 1 hr 45 mins to camp

Wake before sunrise for an early morning game drive in Tarangire. Early morning is a magical time when many animals are stirring and the rising sun sends an otherwordly shimmer on the stunning landscape. Return to camp for bruch before departing for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. On the way, stop at the African Galleria, a center of traditional art and crafts, and a great place to learn about and purchase Tanzanite. In the early evening, check in to Mysigio Camp located in the Ngorongoro highlands. You have the option to go for a short forest hike with a Maasai guide before settling in with an elder who will give talk about the unique position of Maasai who peacefully coexist with wildlife in the NCAA. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the cozy mess tent followed by rest in your private luxury tent.

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater; Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Pembezoni Camp
Activities: Crater game drive; Ngorongoro Rhino Conservation Project visit; Serengeti game drive; sundowners
Transit time: 30 mins to Crater; 1 hr 45 mins to hrs to Serengeti Gate; leisurely game drive with stops en route to Pembezoni

After an early breakfast, take-off for a morning game drive in the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera, the largest sunken ancient caldera in the world. Estimated three million years old, the once-volcanic Ngorongoro is now considered one of “Africa’s eighty wonders”. Also known as the “Garden of Eden”, the crater floor is a natural safe haven for thousands of animals such as wildebeest, more than two hundred lion prides, zebras, elephants, hippos, hyenas, Thomson gazelles, African buffalo, crocodiles, ostriches, and many species of birds, not to mention that this is one of the best places to spot an endangered rhinoceros. After a picnic lunch, ascend the wall of the crater and make your way to the Serengeti via Oldupai Gorge, commonly referred to as the “Cradle of mankind”. This site is where the Leakeys made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries, including discovering the remains of several early hominids estimated to be around 3.7 million years old. Oldupai is the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant (Sansevieria ehrenbergii), which grows in the gorge. In the late afternoon, arrive at Pembezoni Camp a semi-permanent camp located within the exclusive Wilderness Area of the Serengeti National Park, ​on the edge of a small river gorge that has attracted a plethora of resident wildlife. This area of the park is otherwise closed to the majority of the visitors ensuring tranquility and exclusivity. Enjoy sundowners around the fire while chatting with the informed and friendly camp staff and move into the beautiful mess tent for a delicious dinner. Retire to your luxury tents, and be prepared to hear lions beckoning for their mates as you fall asleep to the night chorus of crickets and birds.

Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Pembezoni Camp
Activities: Guided walking Safari; Game Drive; “bush TV”
Transit time: all activities depart from camp

Today is about deeply exploring the great Serengeti, the world’s most famous game park. In the morning, you have the unique opportunity to go on a walking safari, something that can only be done in a few areas of the park. Depart with your guide, a member of the Indigenous Hadza tribe expert in tracking wildlife, right from camp. In this off-the-beaten-track activity, you can really feel and smell the essence of Africa as you scramble to the top of a rock kopje and survey the surrounding countryside or stumble upon the lair of a porcupine, strewn with the bones it has collected like trophies. Whether you are exploring gorges or stalking a herd of impala, this walking safari is a chance to get out of the car and really feel alive! After lunch back at camp, depart with your guides on an early evening game drive. They will use their expert knowledge to take you into areas of the park in search of spectacular natural wildlife displays—your exact route is unpredictable and adventurous!

Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Pembezoni Camp
Activities: Full day game Drive; (optional) Balloon safari; sundowners
Transit Time: all activities depart from camp

After an early breakfast, depart for a full day game drive in the great Serengeti National Park. Totaling 14,763 km2 in area, the park is appropriately named after the Maasai word for “endless plains”. Here you are certain to get up close and personal with the “Big Five” (Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, and Cape Buffalo), if you haven’t already, and hosts of other iconic and lesser-known species. Given the vast terrain, weather patterns, and migratory patterns of the innumerable species, many animals of the Serengeti are constantly on the move. This makes for an adventurous game drive! Your drives will depend on the move of the migrants; our expert naturalist guides know very well how to locate the herds. You’ll have a picnic lunch in the bush and return to the lodge in time for afternoon tea. After a stretch or a nap, venture out toward the outdoor bar and enjoy the quintessential safari activity of “sundowners”, or enjoying your favorite beverage to the view of the setting African sun and sound of resident wildlife gearing up for the evening. Enjoy great conversation with your travel companions and the great people taking care of you at camp. Savor another bountiful dinner in the mess tent and sleep to the night chorus of crickets and larger fauna calling in the distance.

A truly magnificent luxury adventure is our balloon safari! Ascend above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon to get an absolutely unique bird’s-eye view of the savannah plain. Witness millions of wildebeest and zebra migrating under the shadow of your balloon. Touch down in the middle of the bush to enjoy the full English breakfast and champagne toast prepared for you. Balloon safaris are truly a special treat, perfect for celebrating those extra special occasions! Simply request this to be added on to your northern circuit itinerary at any point 30 days or more before departure. Individuals can select this add-on even if fellow travelers opt not to join.

Wake before sunrise to depart for your incredible balloon safari! Your adventure starts early in the morning after departing the camp. Drive to the launch site in the dark, during which you may be fortunate enough to see nocturnal animals. Upon arrival, you will meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. After a thorough safety briefing and demonstration of boarding and landing position, board your balloon and lift off!  Rising as the sun rises, your balloon floats in whatever direction the winds of the day are heading over this magnificent landscape. This is a unique way to experience the Great Migration and an adventure in its own right.  You will soar above the plains for about one hour, after which you will land and celebrate in the traditional way with a champagne toast before heading off to a special ‘Out of Africa’ bush breakfast. After breakfast, you are taken to the rendezvous point to meet with your driver-guide and continue with morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. 

Destination: Serengeti; Oldupai Gorge; Rhotia Valley
Accommodations: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Activities: Game Drive; Oldupai Gorge visit; Private concert
Transit time: 4 hrs of game drive, broken up with stops and a picnic lunch; 2 hrs from Serengeti Gate to lodge

Today, wake early and depart on an early morning game from central Serengeti toward Naabi Hill gate. The earlier mornings in the Serengeti are magical when the wildlife is just waking up to greet the day. In the afternoon, depart through Naabi Hill gate, where you will stop for a picnic lunch, and travel back through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. En route, the group will stop and visit Oldupai Gorge (often misspelled as Olduvai), commonly referred to as the “Cradle of mankind”. This site is where the Leakeys made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries, including discovering the remains of several early hominids estimated to be around 3.7 million years old. Oldupai is the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant (Sansevieria ehrenbergii), which grows in the gorge. Continue on to check in to Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge, built in a traditional African style with indigenous hardwood to be in complete harmony with its surroundings. The lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Ngorongoro forest, nearby villages, and the terraced fields of the local farmers. Each of the comfortable tented houses has its own veranda with a splendid view of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara. Your stay at Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge will directly contribute to the well-being of local children. All meals feature produce from in-house herb and vegetable gardens, fresh baked goods from the bakery, and homemade milk, butter, yoghurt, cream and cheese from the dairy. End the day taking in the view from your private veranda or as a group on the lodge’s open-air terrace. In the evening, you will be treated a private presentation and performance featuring an internationally recognized master drummer arranged just for this group. If you brought your drum with you, this is a good time to break it out! Enjoy a night of fun and a delicious farm-to-table dinner before retreating to your cozy tented room.

Destination: Stone Town, Zanzibar
Accommodations: Emerson on Hurumzi or Emerson Spice House
Activities: optional morning village walk; flight to Zanzibar; Fashion show; Secret Garden Swahili dinner
Transit Time: 25 minutes to the airport; 1 hour, 20 minutes flight; 20 minutes from airport to hotel

After breakfast, you have the option to take a 2-hour guided tour of the hilly, lush village full of warm and welcoming people which surrounds the lodge before heading to Lake Manyara Airport to board your flight to the magical island of Zanzibar, which lies just off the coast of Tanzania, for a sublime conclusion to your East African holiday. Upon arrival, you will be taken to historic Stone Town where you will check in to one of the Emerson hotels, a pair of elegant boutique hotels that capture the essence of traditional Swahili architecture. Emerson Spice consists of three adjoining World Heritage site buildings in the exotic Kasbah of Zanzibar’s Stone Town. Two of the facades face a quaint square at the end of historic Tharia Street, a principal thoroughfare for walking tours of the city. The third façade looks down Tharia Street toward the Anglican Cathedral and the slave market. Nestled among the rear façades is a squared private courtyard containing an ancient well. Emerson on Hurumzi was once was the home of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire, built in the 1870’s at a location and height from which he could obtain a clear view of the ocean and watch his vessels and precious cargo arrive in the nearby port of Malindi. The top of the building reaches a height of 80 ft and now houses the restaurant of Emerson on Hurumzi Hotel while still commanding a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean and the jumble of rooftops, tea houses, mosques and spires which make up the birds eye view of Stone Town. After settling into your rooms, head to the Secret Garden of Emerson Spice for a private fashion show hosted by the renowned fashion desdigner Farouque Abdela, who dressed Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Princess Diana, and many other celebrities over his career. Learn about Zanzibari fashion and Farouque’s signature African aesthetics over Swahili chai and biscuits. After the show, you will have a chance to purchase garments from Farouque’s line or have your measurments taken for a custom garment. Stay for a sumptuous Swahili dinner at the Secrent Garden restaurant, and return to your exoticly furnished room to sleep like a sultan.

Destination: Stone Town; Masingini Forest Spice Plantations
Accommodations: Emerson on Hurumzi or Emerson Spice House
Activities: Stone Town Heritage Tour; Swahili cooking class and lunch; (optional) spa treatment; Rooftop Dinner
Transit Time: 30 minutes to Spice Farm; 30 minutes to Stone Town

After a liesurely breakfast full of the ripest tropical fruits, the group will be met by your local guide and taken on a Stone Town heritage walk, a perfect initiation into the sensory paradise that is Zanzibar. Walk along the narrowest streets in the world through Stone Town during which you will gain a good understanding of the fascinating history of Zanzibar’s capital city and its significant areas, buildings, and historical sites. You will soon notice how Zanzibar’s cosmopolitan roots (Arabs, Indians, Yemenis, Persians, Portuguese, British, Chinese, and others) blend with African traditions to shape its unique culture. There are distinctive features of Arab and Indian urban architecture to discover at every turn, such as the famous Zanzibar doors, elaborately carved with ornaments and verses from the Q’ran (Arab), or plants and animals (Indian), decorated with brass studs, quaint balconies and verandas, small hidden gardens, saint’s graves, and much more. At the end of the tour, gather on the rooftop of Jafferji House for a lesson in traditional Swahili cuisine where you will aid in preparing your own delicious lunch. Afterward you can retreat to your hotel for some downtime or opt indulge in a spa treatment at Mrembo Spa, which offers a wide menu of unique treatments featuring spices and natural ingredients from the island. Gather on the rooftop of Emerson on Hurumzi for a fantastic rooftop dinner celebration—a “Swahili food safari” with music performed by the Dhow Countries Music Academy.

Destination: Jozani Forest Reserve; Paje
Accommodations: Kisiwa on the Beach
Activities: Jozani Forest Reserve and Butterfly Center;
beach time; massage at The Blossom Spa (optional)
Transit Time: 1 hour to Jozani; 30 minutes to resort

Rise with the call to prayer, enjoy an early breakfast, and depart for the southeast of Ungunja, first stop: Jozani Forest Reserve. Jozani tropical rainforest (Jozani Chakwa Bay National Park) lies 35 kilometers southeast of Stone Town with an area of about 1,000 hectares. Long ago, you could find leopards and antelopes that are now reported extinct. At present, you will find primates such as the indigenous red colobus monkey, the blue Sykes monkey, and the adorable bush baby. The red colobus monkey is one of the most endangered and rarest species in the world. They are very friendly creatures, love to be photographed, and can be viewed at close quarters with the help of your guide. You are also likely to see some of the 50 butterfly species, 40 bird species, and several species of snake. Other interesting features of this ecosystem include the coastal evergreen bush land, mangrove forest, saline grassland, and ground water forest. Continue on to Paje on the serene east coast of Unguja where lies Hakuna Majiwe Beach Lodge, an idyllic retreat with gorgeous white sandy beaches, oscillating palm trees, a seemingly endless turquoise ocean, jaw-droppingly beautiful sunsets along a stretch of picture-perfect coastline. Check into you beach cottage, kick off your shoes, and soak in the sun, sand, and surf. The afternoon is reserved for relaxation! We’ll gather for dinner at the restaurant which features an evolving menu of Swahili-Zanzibari cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients and freshly caught seafood paired with carefully-selected wines and freshly-squeezed local juices to create an authentic local culinary experience you will never forget! Round off the night with amazing sunsets and star gazing. Sleep to the sound of waves lapping outside your door.

Destination: Muungoni Village; The Rock
Accommodations: Kisiwa on the Beach
Activities: Muungoni Village Tour (Optional); The Rock Restaurant
Transit Time: 15 min to/from Muungoni; 15 min to/from The Rock

Wake to the sound of waves and step out onto the sand for a nice stretch! After a tropical breakfast, head to Muungoni Village for a tour. These community-based and led tours are different from day to day since village life also varies, but you will gain a glimpse into rural coastal life. The villagers will show you how to weave makuti, how to make energy-efficient cookers from clay, how to grind coconut and making coconut oil, and other local skills and practices. You’ll proceed to a village mama’s house where she and her friends will show you how they make a Swahili style lunch with the fresh abundance the island has to offer. Partake in lunch together before heading back to the hotel and savoring the second part of the day however you wish. In the evening, the group will visit the iconic restaurant, The Rock, appropriately named as is sits upon a jutting coral stone rock off the coast of Dongwe, just north of Paje. A small boat will bring you the short distance from shore to the restaurant where you will dine on fine cuisine in the middle of the Indian ocean with views in all directions. You’ll return around sunset to the lodge for another night sleeping to the sound of waves.

Destination: Fumba; Menai Bay; Sandbanks
Accommodations: Kisiwa on the Beach
Activities: Dhow safari cruise; Rasta Presentation and Drumming Circle
Transit Time: 1 hour to and from departure point; leisurely sailing by traditional dhow most of the day

Today features an exciting full day adventure on the sea! After breakfast, we’ll head to Fumba and set sail into Menai Bay where we’ll glide alongside pods of dolphins, which local conservation efforts have allowed to flourish. Mid-morning, we land on a powdery sandbank and enjoy snorkeling in the shallows or bask in the sun under the clear Zanzibari sky, then snorkel over two different reefs, both offering a variety of pristine marine life. After working up an appetite, the Kwale Island “restaurant” is ready and waiting for our arrival where we’ll will feast on a freshly caught seafood buffet. Taste 10-15 of Zanzibar’s exotic fruits, and sip on Amarula and coffee. Mid-afternoon, discover all that Kwale island has to offer: sail on a traditional ngalawa canoe, explore the mangroves, climb an ancient baobab, witness the coral formations, swim or lounge the afternoon away on a day-bed on the beach. Finally, in late afternoon when the day is done, the crew hoists the lateen sail as you make a leisurely voyage back to Fumba as the sun sets on your glorious day in paradise. Enjoy an island-to-table dinner on the sand to celebrate your final night in Tanzania. Afterwards, members of the local Zanzibari Rastafarian community will give a presentation about the history of Rastafarianism in Zanzibar and lead a drumming circle—feel free to join in!

Destination: Departure to Dar es Salaam; International departure home (11:55 pm)
Activities: Free time and farewell dinner in Stone Town
Transit Times: 1 hour to Stone Town; 15 minutes to the airport; 30-minute flight to Dar es Salaam airport (7:40 pm departure)

After breakfast and, perhaps, another swim or spa service, we will check out of Hakuna Majiwe by lunch and head to Stone Town. Our local tour guides will store your luggage in a safe place so that we have the opportunity to roam Stone Town freely, exploring what we may, visiting historic sites and museums, doing last minute shopping, and sampling the local food. Lunch will be on your own this day. At 4:30, we will meet up at a special place for our farewell dinner. At 6:30, we will head to the airport to fly from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, where we’ll will board our international flight home. Kwaheri!

*Note that the return flight arrives on July 7.

Destination: Stone Town; Masingini Forest Spice Plantations
Accommodations: Emerson on Hurumzi or Emerson Spice House
Activities: Spice Tour; Swahili Cooking Lesson and Lunch; Rooftop Dinner
Transit Time: 30 minutes to Spice Farm; 30 minutes to Stone Town

Wake to the call to prayer echoing through the streets and the smell of freshly roasted Tanzanian coffee! Head to your hotel restaurant for breakfast, after which we will an exciting tour lays ahead. We start with a visit to the Princess Salme Museum, where founder & curator, Mr. Said El-Gheithy will provide a deep and complete insight into Zanzibar’s history at the time of the sultans and princesses. You’ll be treated to a traditional coffee or tea ceremony and enjoy Zanzibari sweets before a 25 minutes drive will take you to the island’s spice farm area. If you wish we will stop briefly at the remains of the Mtoni Palace ruins. This impressive site was once home to the first Sultan of Zanzibar (Sayyid Said) and the birthplace of his daughter Sayyida Salme, who later eloped with a German merchant to live in Hamburg; her bestselling book gives a lot of interesting details about her life in the palace. Your tour continues to the Masingini Forest with a leisurely walk around a lovely spice plantation, where you will learn about and taste the abundance of spices, fruits, and herbal remedies grown in Zanzibar. Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”, a name that evokes a romantic past infused with the particular aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and lemongrass. Today, these, and many other spices, herbs, and tropical fruits are cultivated on the same plantations that have been producing them for centuries. A tour of the spice plantation starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery in the countryside and follows with a walk through the plantation where you will see and taste a variety of mouth-watering tropical fruits such as: jack fruit, pineapple, banana, green coconut (madafu), durian, love apple (matufaa), litchi (shoki-shoki), sour sop (mabungo), and star fruit (carambola); spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and nutmeg. A full tour involves much more than edible plants—you will also have a chance to see the iodine plant, heena bush, ylang-ylang, lipstick tree, cacao, and coffee trees.
To round off the experience, you will be served a delicious home-cooked lunch, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Zanzibar’s countryside. You will visit the Persian Baths in Kidichi, built for Sultan Seyyid Said’s second wife, Sheherazade, who was the granddaughter of the Persian Shah. A 15 minutes drive will take you to Salome’s garden, a stunning Omani mansion that once belonged to Salme’s uncle. It won’t be possible to enter the lovely garden, but here we end the tour with a relaxing, leisurely sailing cruise on a traditional dhow along the seafront of Stone Town’s outskirts to return to the old town’s center. Afterward, we return to our hotel—enjoy a little free time exploring Stone Town on foot or relax before joining the group for a special dinner that highlights the magic of Stone Town that by now you have come to know and love.

SAFARI INCLUDES

  • Pick up at JRO/ droff of at DAR airports
  • Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Flight from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
  • Entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Crater service fee
  • Government Taxation
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches
  • All game drives and activities
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juices as provided by accommodations
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas at select lodges/camps
  • Chai Ceremony
  • Rooftop Dinner at Emerson on Huruzmi
  • Culinary Stone Town Tour
  • Spice Tour
  • Swahili Cooking Lesson
  • Jozani Forest Reserve Tour
  • Jambiani Village Tour
  • Dhow Safari Tour
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Currency Conversion Fee
  • Service charges
  • Adumu Impact Fund

SAFARI EXCLUDES

  • International airfare & flights*
  • Passport & visa fees
  • COVID-19 PCR test costs
  • Required/reccommended vaccines and medications
  • Personal health insurance
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended and offered upon booking)
  • Alcoholic beverages & sodas, unless included by lodges or hosts
  • Dinner at the Rock on 5 July (a la carte menu)
  • Laundry services, unless provided by the lodges
  • Alcoholic beverages & sodas, except at select camps and lodges
  • Optional massages and spa services
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff (see pre-trip brochure for tipping guidance)
  • Optional Serengeti Balloon Safari (600 USD)

*We recommend booking a flight on KLM that arrives at JRO on 20 June. Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Qatar Airways also fly into JRO. We are currently looking into group airfare options and should be able to announce these in mid-September, if available.

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.

SAFARI COST (all-inclusive, 18 days)

Single.....................................11,106 USD

Double......................................9,427

Monthly payments/deposit amount

Single........................................1,334 USD

Double......................................1,113 USD

*The monthly payments mentioned above are over 9 months beginning in September and ending in May.

Financing options

Single.....................................462 - 925 USD (plus interest TBD)

Double......................................392 - 785 USD (plus interest TBD)

*12-24 month financing is available through Affirm and/or at booking, subject to approval

Add-ons and upgrades

Gran Meliá Arusha room upgrades..............................please inquire

Balloon Safari..............................600 USD

Private Vehicle.............................200 USD per day (when safari vehicles are used)

5-star lodging upgrades** in Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Karatu, and Paje are available. Please inquire.

*The standard price includes 5 people from this group per vehicle. Vehicles seat 7 comfortably in captains chairs space to stand and move around. A private vehicle may be required with certain lodging upgrades.

**The standard lodging in this package is "affordable luxury." For those looking to experience exclusive 5-star accommodations while on safari, please let us know so that we can arrange these for you at any of the locations mentioned above.