Zanzibar Excursions

Visit the Jozani Forest which is the last natural jungle on the island and a stronghold for the endangered Red Colobus Monkey. You may have the opportunity to see birdlife such as Bee-eaters, Flycatchers and Tambourine Doves, small antelopes – Blue Duiker and the little Suni. (Lunch is not included).

This is also known as the Changu Island and is situated to the west of Zanzibar Town. (30 minutes by motorboat). The island was formerly used by a slave owner as a private detention place for disobedient slaves. General Mathews bought over this island to construct a jail in 1893 and hence the name – Prison Island. It was however never used as such but it still stands. One can walk around to see the Giant Land Tortoise, some of which are over 100 years old. It has a beautiful beach where you can swim or snorkel. (Lunch is not included).


Drive into the hinterland to visit one of the spice plantations. Soak up the smells of vanilla, cloves, cardamom and a myriad of other spices and exotic fruits. Clove trees were introduced in Zanzibar in 1818 which formed the main trade for the island, becoming known as the ‘gold’ of Zanzibar. You will see endless rows of coconut palms. Along the route you can visit the Maruhubi Palace, built by Sultan Bargash in 1880, to house his harem.


Starting with the market where local fruits and vegetables are sold. Continue to see the Anglican Church, a site of the old slave market, the State House and the Zanzibar Museum (opened in 1925). Finally visit the historic stone town, famous for its narrow winding alleyways and unique architecture ranging from the 16th century Portuguese Fort to the colonial mansions.


A panoramic tour of the historical Stone Town, with its small bazaars and curio shops, will take you to Christ Church Cathedral which now stands where the slave market used to be. Spice Trade is the mainstay of the economy and Zanzibar was until recently the world’s biggest producer of cloves. (Lunch is not included)


This tour is a combination of a City Tour and Prison Island (lunch is not included in the cost).


This tour is a combination of a Prison Island and Jozani Forest (lunch is not included in the cost).

Tanzania Excursions

ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK (Half Day / Full day)

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Arusha National Park. This park boasts impressive natural features such as Ngurdoto crater, which is 20 km wide and 100 meters deep, the Momella Lakes located 10 km north of Ngurdoto Crater, believed to have been formed around 250,000 years ago, and the stunning ash-cone of Mount Meru. The park is home to a variety of animals, including the Colobus monkey, Bushbuck, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Reedbuck, Warthog, and many more. You will have lunch at Momella Lodge or a similar establishment. If you are on a half-day excursion, you will be driven back to your hotel after lunch. However, if you have booked a full-day excursion, you will continue with an afternoon game drive.


You can depart from Lake Manyara Serena Lodge and take a nature walk on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, which offers stunning views of Lake Manyara and the National Park below. This walk provides an excellent chance to learn about various plants, insects, birds, and small mammals from a well-informed guide. The departure time for the walk can be anytime between 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM.


Leaving from Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, take a tour to Mto Wa Mbu village for an authentic cultural encounter guided by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide who was raised in the village. Explore local farms, schools, a kindergarten, homes, the market, and milling machines. The tour is available daily and can be scheduled anytime between 06:30 and 15:00.


In the evening, you will go on a drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a unique bush dinner beside the park entrance, which starts between 19:00 and 20:00. Afterward, you will embark on a night game drive in the park, which is a first for Tanzanian national parks, and observe nocturnal animals such as leopards, hippos, porcupines, genets, civets, bush babies, and more from an open game drive vehicle. The night game drive is an experience for your senses, as you will hear the sounds of the night and learn about African stars. Your group will be the only one in the park since only one company is allowed to conduct night game drives in Lake Manyara National Park! Finally, you will be transferred to your lodge.


Raised from the humble surroundings of a Fishing Village just over a century ago, Dar Es Salaam blossomed into one of the most beautiful sea-side capitals. Many beautiful and unspoilt beaches are within easy reach of Dar Es Salaam, literally translated as “The Heaven of Peace”. The tour will take you to Mnazi moja park, kariakoo market which has an interesting local colour and a diversity of peoples as well as exotic fruits, fresh fish, food products, handicrafts, local textile material and many other locally made products. The University which is superbly laid out amidst lawns and gardens on the Ubungo Observation Hill, some 14 km away from the city. The hill offers magnicent open view of Dar Es Salaam city, the State House and the National Museum.

BAGAMOYO DAY TRIP (Full Day + Lunch)

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Bagamoyo, a town located 75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo is known for being the starting point of the slave caravan routes and the end of the white missionaries’ journey. While there, you can visit the Kaole Ruins, which date back to the early 15th century, and the first Roman Catholic Church in Tanganyika, built by the Germans in the 1880s. Additionally, you can explore the museum, which houses many historical artifacts. Bagamoyo was established in the late 18th century as a small port trading in dried fish, gum, cobalt, and salt. It also served as a caravan entry port for traders from as far as Morogoro and Usambara. In the 19th century, it became more important due to the increased use of the town for ivory and slave trade. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Dar es Salaam and be dropped off at your hotel.

Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage

Morning pick up from your hotel and transfer to Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage where the orphan elephants and rhinos are cared for. The Trust does not solicit funds and relies entirely on donations from its caring and compassionate friends.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust a small flexible charity, established in memory of David Sheldrick’s famous Naturalist and founder.
Warden of Kenya’s giant Tsavo East National Park in which he served from 1948 until 1976. After witnessing the feeding of these orphaned elephants and rhinos at around 11:00hrs, Your will be transferred back to your hotel.



Karen Blixen & Giraffe Center

Begin with a visit to the former home of famous novelist Karen Von Blixen. The house contains many of her original pieces along with some pieces donated by the makers of the “lm, “Out of Africa”. Then continue to the Giraffe Centre where you have the opportunity to feed the giraffe from an elevated platform. Giraffe Centre, initiated by AFEW, is an important conservation center worth visiting.

(Optional home-hosted lunch at Macushla House at an extra cost)


Nairobi City Tour (3 hours)

A tour of the city of Nairobi will recall some of the early days of this now modern city.

Stop at the Nairobi National Museum and the Snake Park. Some of the highlights on tour are The Norfolk Hotel, Jamia Mosque, Macmillan Library, The Law Courts, The City Hall, Parliament buildings etc.