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Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

1. Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers. On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too. Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search for colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral reef. After you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, relax on the sandbank with a delicious lunch including a seafood BBQ, Swahili cuisine, cheese, tropical fruit, and more.

Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

2. Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring Materuni Village and its incredible waterfalls in an air-conditioned minivan.    Enjoy your journey to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro with a professional guide who will lead you through the streets of the cultural Materuni Village. Make sure to look up to see the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro in all its splendor. Then, head to the nearby famous Materuni Waterfalls and jump in to cool off. Known locally as the Mnambe Falls, it is the first waterfall that comes down from Mount Kilimanjaro's slopes. Next, visit locally-owned, small coffee farms to learn about traditional methods for growing, harvesting, and preparing coffee, and enjoy a cup of local coffee at the end of your tour. Hear stories and information about the heritage of the Chagga people, the region's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each viewpoint or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

3. From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

Get first-hand insights into Maasai village traditions from community members on this day trip from Moshi. Visit the stunning Kikuletwa hot springs and try to spot monkeys and turtles. Have a delicious lunch. Be picked up directly from your accommodation in Moshi and travel to a Maasai village. Walk around the mud-thatched buildings and see the cattle. Discover the secrets of how the locals prepare fires and food. See local craftsmen weave necklaces and bracelets. Continue to the turquoise waters of the Kikuletwa hot springs. Swim in the crystal clear water that is surrounded by lush fig and palm trees and winding root systems. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like monkeys as you explore the hot springs. Catch the sunset on your drive back to your accommodation in Moshi.

Zanzibar: Jozani Forest, Local Zoo and Swimming with Turtles

4. Zanzibar: Jozani Forest, Local Zoo and Swimming with Turtles

Visit the famous Jozani Forest National Park, Zanzibar's only National Park, to see local wildlife and natural habitats, including African rock pythons, red colobus monkeys, and crocodiles on a guided day tour. Explore Zanzibar's luscious groundwater forest at the national park and see rare animal species only found on the island, such as the cheeky red colobus monkey. Walk through the park's mangroves as you make your way to your lunch spot, a restaurant nestled in the middle of the jungle. Listen to the sounds of the jungle surrounding you as you tuck into a delicious local meal. Enjoy a cooling dip in the pool after lunch before heading to the north of the island for a visit to the local zoo to see a number of other local animals, including chameleons, bushbabies, tortoises, ostriches, elephant shrews, and more. End your day out with a relaxing swim with turtles, which you have the chance to feed.

Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

5. Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

On day 1, you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town and driven to Tarangire National Park for a mid-morning game drive. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you’ll be able to admire the views of seasonal swamps, grassy savannas and the Tarangire River.  Look out for many animals including zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants and giraffes. You may catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards relaxing in the trees. Around midday, enjoy a picnic lunch. Enjoy further game viewing in the afternoon before driving to the Karatu area, where you will check into the Country Lodge hotel and enjoy dinner.  On day 2, enjoy breakfast at the lodge and depart with a packed lunch to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater is inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a lake, a forest and open plains. There are said to be over 30,000 animals living in the area that is naturally enclosed by the slopes of an old volcano. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at your hotel.  After breakfast on day 3, depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to a range of wildlife including baboons, blue monkeys, over 350 species of birds and tree-­climbing lions. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha or Arusha Airport.

Dar es Salaam: City Tour

6. Dar es Salaam: City Tour

This tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Village Museum, Mwenge Carvings Market, Tingatinga art Gallery, Slipway Shopping Centre, The Fish Market, City Centre, Historical Building, and many other sites. The name Dar es Salaam means "the house of peace" and is an exciting mix of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated contemporary present.  Learn about interesting facts of the city as well as some incredible historical sights that are all part of the adventure of the full-day tour.

Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

7. Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

Day 1: Your day will begin as you are picked up early in the morning from your Arusha-based hotel. Following a brief introduction, your guide will direct you to your awaiting jeep in which you will begin your memorable African safari. You will drive for 4 hours, passing through the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Park and getting a glimpse of its famous crater. You will then proceed to Serengeti National Park, enjoying your packed lunch in the park itself. Following lunch, you shall proceed with more game drives until late the afternoon, at which point you will check-in for dinner before your overnight stay at either Sopa Lodge or Wildlife Lodge Serengeti, depending on availability Day 2: Your second day will begin with an early-morning breakfast before you depart with a packed lunch for some early game drives. You will enjoy game drives until noon, at which point you will depart Serengeti for Arusha City via the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area. You will enjoy your packed lunch on the way, before you eventually arrive back in Arusha at around 7:00PM.

From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

8. From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

Visit Prison Island on a private 3-hour tour, and discover the rich history and beautiful natural surroundings of this location. Meet your guide in Zanzibar, or select the option including hotel pickup, then enjoy the ride to the island on a traditional dhow. Learn how this small island gained its name and explore the place that is now home to more than 50 tortoises, some over 100 years old.   Feed the tortoises and take up-close pictures with them, as you keep a look out for the peacocks and antelope that also live there. After discovering the island and its history, take the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters off the coast amongst tropical fish and colorful coral. At the end of your tour, return to Zanzibar, where you’ll be dropped off in the city center, or at your hotel.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

9. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

Take a day trip to mighty Mount Kilimanjaro on a guided journey to one of Tanzania’s most majestic sights. Follow your experienced guide up to Mandara Hut and enjoy the views from 2,700 meters above sea level. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the national park to meet your guide. At Marangu Gate your guide will give you a brief introduction before you enter the park. You’ll spend the rest of the morning trekking through the rainforest, giving ample opportunity to see monkeys and exotic birds. After 3 or 4 hours of trekking you’ll reach Mandara Hut for a well-earned rest and lunch. Take the time to learn more about the park and the wildlife from your guide as you enjoy sandwiches, fruit, groundnuts and juice. Following lunch, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater, from where you can enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania, and Kenya. From there you’ll take a leisurely 2-hour walk back down to Marangu Gate, where your transport will be waiting to return you to your hotel.

Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

10. Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, you'll head to the Materuni Village. Once there, take a short but challenging hike to the Materuni Falls where you can enjoy the beautiful views. Following that, visit a coffee farm to learn about how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. You will then try your hand at roasting and preparing a fresh cup of raw and local coffee. Once your coffee-making experience has concluded, head to the Materuni village for a local lunch. You will then drive to a warm-water spring, which is one of the best places to swim in the area. At the conclusion of your experience, your friendly driver will return you back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Tanzania

Fantastic day out, bit hectic at the start finding our guide among the hundreds of locals around but once we located our guide who I should stress had a lanyard and GetYourGuide I'd we were sized for flippers and handed over to Captain Simba. Fantastic tour and knowledge from Simba. Told us about his life which was very nice to hear. A genuinly nice guy. 45min-1h on prison Island was enough to see the turtles and look round, some reviews say there's not much to see and they are right, but it's interesting! Onto snorkeling which was again lovely, Simba kicked back and relaxed while we explored the reef for god knows how long. Seafood and chips for lunch and lots of it, the octopus was amazing! Journeyed back to shore for 2pm with enough time to catch out ferry.

I had the most wonderful experience and I’m so grateful to my guide Zuma. He was prompt in picking me up from the hotel at the agreed time. I got to snorkel and got to see the dolphins. Please note there’s a possibility that dolphins won’t be seen on the day; but my guide and the man who drove the boat communicated well and were resilient in ensuring I saw dolphins. The Jozani reserve tour was great with an attentive guide too. Lunch was delicious and relaxed. I really recommend this. Finally, as a solo female traveller, at no point did I feel unsafe

We really enjoyed the trip. The driver was at the hotel at the agreed time and drove us to the respective destinations. At each place we could decide for ourselves how long we wanted to stay and when we wanted to leave again. For lunch we stopped in a small restaurant where the food was very good and very fresh.

Great tour. Abu was a wonderful tour guide full of knowledge. He spoke multiple languages and was able to teach me and converse in Swahili with me. He answered every questioned I had and was very patient. Asante Sana Rafiki!

Fantastic guide Excellent English and local knowledge We all would recommend this tour with this guide !