Tanzania & Zanzibar

Our guide hunting the dangerous tree-stumps of Tanzania...
Our guide hunting the dangerous tree-stumps of Tanzania...

Join us as we safari through Tanzania’s rich and varied history. We will dip into the timelines to give you a unique and lasting experience of this beautiful country, as we follow in the footsteps of the East African explorers, Burton, and Livingstone. We will visit the places they did, exploring that greatest of human iniquities - the slave trade. Then we travel inland and further back in time.

We go off the beaten track at Iringa to visit the camping ground of ancient hominins and see the rock art of later peoples. Then we journey to Kondoa to see some of the finest rock art in East Africa. Finally we safari northwards to the Serengeti to visit the world famous Olduvai Gorge and see the environments and animals that ancient humans hunted and fell prey too in this cradle of humanity.

  • Discover the legacy of Persian princes and Omani sultans in Zanzibar
  • Explore Olduvai Gorge – home of the oldest humans
  • Look out for lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes and zebras on safari
  • Enjoy stunning coastal views and exotic experiences in Zanzibar


  • Rock Art
  • Prehistory


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We meet at the airport and fly to Tanzania. 

Day 2

We arrive on Day Two.

Day 3

We stroll through Bagomoyo, an important trading port along the East African coast this morning. We also visit the Catholic Museum and the Church of Dar Es Salaam.

Day 4

This morning will be spent in the National Museum, which houses vast collections of Tanzania’s past including the bones of Paranthropus boisei discovered by Louis Leakey at Olduvai. The afternoon is free to explore the city.

Day 5

We transfer to Zanzibar, nicknamed the ‘spice island’. We pay a visit to the Slavery Museum in the afternoon to get a contextual overview of the history of the slave markets and slave climate.

Day 6

We enjoy a full day in Stone Town. You have the morning free to relax. In the afternoon we will explore more of Stone Town during a walking tour.

Day 7

We travel to Iringa to see the Igeleke rock shelter and its well-preserved Bantu-style figures from the Iron Age, applied chiefly in ochre.

Day 8

This morning we enjoy a specially arranged visit to the Isimila Stone Age site, where excavations are ongoing. In the afternoon we visit the local museum, which highlights the history of the surroundings.

Day 9

We transfer to Tarangire, a major National Park in Tanzania and ‘the home of the elephants’. In the afternoon we enjoy a game drive.

Day 10

We travel on to Kolo, where we visit the Kondoa Rock Art during a walking tour that includes three sites and spectacular views over the area.

Day 11

As part of the Kondoa experience, today we take a short trek up a dry river bed to a site with fascinating black and white rock art. We continue to Karatu this afternoon.

Day 12

We spend today at Lake Eyasi where we visit some local tribes. They have preserved their cultural hallmarks, such as trading with other groups and hunting with bows and arrows.

Day 13

We have an early start to get to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a lush fertile landscape. The highlight of our morning will be the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, created by an exploding volcano three million years ago. We enjoy a picnic lunch before our afternoon game drive. Look out for vast herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo.

Day 14

Today we enjoy a specially arranged visit to the famous Olduvai Gorge where we drive around and visit the local museum. Known as the Cradle of Mankind, this is where Mary Leakey and her team found the remains of homo habilis.

Day 15

We spend our last morning in Shanga, before we return home.

What's Included

  1. Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Dar es Salaam
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels - 3 nights in Dar es Saalam, 2 nights in Zanzibar, 2 nights in Iringa, 1 night in Tarangire, 1 night in Kolo, 3 nights in Karatu, 1 night in Serena

Hotel Info

3 nights in Dar es Saalam
2 nights in Zanzibar
2 nights in Iringa
1 night in Tarangire
1 night in Kolo
3 nights in Karatu
1 night in Serena

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2017 Tour Details

Fri 8th September - Fri 22nd September



ex. flights: £5,395

sgl supp: £500


Led By: Dr John McNabb

Guide Lecturer

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