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Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

1. 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.

Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

2. Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

Visit an organic spice farm on this 3-hour guided tour to learn about one of Zanzibar’s most popular industries: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. See why the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands".   When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. You’ll be able to touch, smell, and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants—you’ve never smelled spices as fresh as these before. Along with these fragrant plants, there will also be some fresh tropical fruits to see and taste.     Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Then, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop.

From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

3. 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.

Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

4. 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.

From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

5. 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.

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

6. From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire Start your day with pickup from your hotel at 7:30 AM. After meeting your guide, chef, and other clients, begin your 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its diverse landscape. The park is particularly known for its abundance of Ancient Baobab trees and for having the largest concentration of elephants in the entire country. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and others. Later on, go to the Tarangire River picnic site and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and animals. After lunch, proceed with the game drive and exit the park around 4:30 PM, where you will head to your accommodations for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife park known for its beautiful crater landscape and for being a prime spot to see wildlife. After an early breakfast at 6 AM, head to the Ngorongoro view point and admire the breathtaking view. Then, descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhinos, the hardest animals to spot in the crater. After lunch, take a game drive, ascend the crater, and return to your accommodations in Arusha.

Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

7. 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.

Dar es Salaam: City Tour

8. 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.

Zanzibar: Jozani Forest National Park and Dolphin Encounter

9. Zanzibar: Jozani Forest National Park and Dolphin Encounter

Begin your experience early, as the morning is the best time to spot dolphins. Start in the Kizimkazi fishing village, which is one of the oldest capitals on Zanzibar Island. While looking out for dolphins, dive in to snorkel among the wonderful coral reef and the variety of colorful fish and marine creatures. If the dolphins are in a good mood, you can witness them goofing around.  As you will be in their natural habitat, there is no guarantee you'll have the chance to swim with the dolphins; your guide will do their best to ensure they are comfortable so you can enjoy their beautiful energy, whether up close or from a distance.  The trip to Zanzibar Jozani Forest national park involves a visit to the high, dense groundwater forest. Home to the red colobus monkey, a rare species only found in Zanzibar, take the opportunity to get up close to the wild animals. Other animals within the park include blue monkeys, elephant shrews, and bushbabies. Proceed then to the mangrove, through which the conservation authority has built a bridge to allow visitors to observe the wildlife without trampling on it.  Next, stop at a local restaurant for a Swahili table buffet lunch. Before heading back to your hotel, make a short stop at the community project, Zanzibar Butterfly Center. Even though the site is not so big, it is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the moment before ending your experience.

Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

10. Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

The tour will start in one of the most important parts of the old slave market site, the Anglican Church, then continue through the narrow streets. The next stop will be at city market. Here you can see the biggest market of all the islands. Locals buy and sell all sorts of products here, including the freshest fruits and fish auctions where locals bid on sea food. Afterward the tour will cover the main sights of Stown Town, such as the Palace Museum, House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in Stown Town and also known as the Bait-al-ajab. Visit an old fort, the Tippu Tip and of course the most famous spot, Freddie’s Mercury’s house. Visit the Peace Memorial, Natural History Museum and many more. Your tour will end with local lunch in a cozy restaurant.

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What people are saying about Tanzania

A highly recommendable tour. The bay near Stone Town is incredibly beautiful, the sand bank is amazing, Prison Island also fascinating. We got to see lots of animals (starfish en masse of varying colors!, dikdiks, innumerable giant turtles, peacocks...), the tent thingy they put up at the sandbank was really perfect, the boat transfer top. The guide kind and helpful.

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.

The Hotsprings is a must! It's so beautiful and the guide was very nice. Big thank you to our driver :)

Wonderful tour to explore the city! Great for a solo traveler wanting to see the city safely

Super exciting experience which can be highly recommended - our guide Abdulla was fantastic.