TANZANIA

DAR ES SALAAM & ZANZIBAR

FEBRUARY 2 - 11, 2019

Hello Sister! This trip is sold out, and there is no wait list.  

Travel with a purpose and join Sisters Traveling Solo for our Cultural Experience to Tanzania.  Our cultural experiences are designed to be less touristy and focus more on understanding the culture, people and history of each Country we visit. 

During our trip in Tanzania we spend time in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar!

— Dates   

 

Saturday, February 2 - Monday, February 11, 2019

10 Days, 9 Nights - 5 Nights in Dar Es Salaam, 4 Nights in Zanzibar  
 
*Note: Our travel from Dar Es Salaam will be by ferry.   

— Cost 

 

$2,795* pp -  Shared Double Room; $3,195* pp - Single Room

Cost Includes:  4 Star Accommodations, Tour Cost (Dar City Tour, historical tour of Bagamoyo, met musical wagogo family, city tour of Zanzibar, spice tour excursion), traditional Swahili lunch, Swahili musical performance, Bahaya dance class, picnic lunch at mango plantation, beach experience, blue safari excursion, optional Sauti Za Buzara Music Festival, local culinary experience, some meals, and airport and local transfers.

— Deposit

 

4 Star Lodging - $275 pp for shared double room;  $355 pp for single room 

— Maximum Trip Size

 

The maximum number of Sisters on this trip; 24*
*does not include STS Staff


There will be NO waitlist once this trip sells out.

— Passport Required 

 

A valid passport is required to travel to Tanzania.  The passport must be valid for 6 months past the trip return date.  Attendees are responsible for ensuring that they have the necessary documents to travel out of their Country.

 

Depending on your Country of residency, a visa may also be required. US Citizens will need a visa to enter Tanzania.  Visa must be obtained before trip departure.  Anyone obtaining a visa upon arrival will be responsible for their own transport to hotel.  Attendees are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa.

— Why book with a Cultural Experience with Sisters Traveling Solo?

Sisters Traveling Solo is traveling with a purpose! Our Cultural Experiences are a lot less touristy and are designed around food, history and people.  These trips will provide you with an in depth understanding of the Country we are visiting.  

 

On our Cultural Experiences we will work with the experts, the locals.  For these trips we specifically decided to partner with a local guide who is also a woman, so that our money helps support another Sister.  

These trips will not only affordable, but the trip cost won't change or increase.  And no extra fees are charged to those who prefer to use our trip payment options. 

 

All your travel needs will be handled from the moment you land.  We handle airport transfers, local transportation, accommodation needs, and connect you with other Sisters who share the same passion as you! Your only responsibility is booking your flight and enjoying Tanzania!

— Itinerary 

 

DAY 1 (Feb. 2nd) - Dar Es Salaam

Arrive at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. You will be met by one of our drivers, and transferred to our hotel for a short orientation. After check-in, take the rest of the afternoon at leisure rewinding from the long flight.

In the evening, we will all get together for a welcome dinner.  Over dinner, we will get to know each other. 

DAY 2 (Feb. 3rd) - Dar Es Salaam

Today after breakfast, we will head out to explore the city of Dar. After some sight seeing we will stop for lunch.  For lunch we will head out to one of best restaurants for a traditional Swahili family style lunch experience. Smell and feel the meal with your bare hands before tasting the fresh favors of Swahili food. 

After lunch we meet the cast of a Swahili musical play for a live performance and Bahaya dance class with the cast. Be prepared to move, sweat, laugh, think, cry, and challenge yourself in this workshop. 

 

We will end our 1st full day in Dar Es Salaam with a Dar nightlife experience after a group dinner.

DAY 3 (Feb. 4th) - Dar Es Salaam

Today after breakfast, we will head out to for a 2 hour drive to the village of Bagamoyo. We will take a walking/bike tour of the historical beach village. Bagamoyo was the major slave trading post in East Africa. Bagamoyo, which means ‘lay down your heart’ in Swahili, was probably given this name because Bagamoyo was the last place the slaves would stay in Tanzania before being shipped off to foreign lands

After our visit to the village, we will have a picnic lunch at a 26-hectare Mango plantation. We will enjoy Tanzanian made wines, along with meet one of the makers. Smell and feel the meal with your bare hands before tasting the fresh favors of Swahili BBQ food. 

After lunch, meet a famous musical wagogo family. Discover their history and family stories. Enjoy a traditional dance class with local musician and dancers. Be prepared to move, sweat, laugh, think, cry, and challenge yourself in this workshop. 

This evening is yours to relax after a day seeing the sights.

DAY 4 (Feb. 5th) - Dar Es Salaam

Day 4 is all about relaxation and shopping.  Feel free to wake up early for breakfast or sleep in.  We will start our day late morning around 11 am with some souvenir shopping at the famous local shops.  We will visit Mwenge market first then Slipway market. After shopping we enjoy a delicious lunch over looking the ocean.  

After lunch we will depart for the beautiful white sand beach of Mbudya Island, located 20 minutes away from Dar. Be sure to wear your swimsuit, this is the perfect island for swimming. 

Later this evening we will enjoy a group dinner. 

DAY 5 (Feb. 6th) - Zanzibar

Today, after an early breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and depart to catch the ferry to Zanzibar.  We will check into our hotel then head out for a historical tour.  This historical and slave tour will immerse you in local Swahili culture as you travel back in time. 

The rest of day and evening is yours to relax or explore Zanzibar. 

DAY 6 (Feb. 7th) - Zanzibar

 

After breakfast, we will head to a small village of Fumba. Fumba is a village on the Tanzanian island of Unguja, part of Zanzibar. It is located in the southwest of the island, at the end of the Fumba Peninsula, and overlooks Menai Bay.

 

We will hop on a boat to the beautiful sandbank. Cruising the Indian Ocean today we will island hop, go swimming, go snorkeling for corals, and just enjoy the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. 

We will finish this day with a group dinner. 

DAY 7 (Feb. 8th) - Zanzibar

After breakfast we will depart for a cross island tour, starting with Spice farm, where you will learn all about the different spices and how they grow and taste. You will make your own spice mix.  

After the spice tour, drive south of the Island to meet with the seaweed ladies at the factory for an experience of how Seaweed is grown, harvested and packaged. You will have a chance to support the women by purchasing amazing products. 

 

After the Seaweed experience, depart for the Rock Restaurant for a early dinner with the view of the Indian. Its fabulous food inspired by the natural resources, a twist of Zanzibar, and Italian love.

 

Tonight we will head over to the Music Festival* which is an optional activity. 
 

SAUTI ZA BUZARA MUSIC FESTIVAL 
*Music Festival Tix not included in trip cost

Based on this year we will be in Zanzibar during the time of the festival; however, 

we cannot guarantee that until the dates are released.  Trip dates will not change

if for some reason the concert dates change. 
 

Every mid February, Sauti za Busara takes center stage at the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Its a four days, East Africa’s favorite festival will feature:  

Live Music: World-class performances with 400 artists (40 groups) on 3 stages, 100% live!

Carnival Parade: Bringing more buzz to Zanzibar Town and outlying areas

Swahili Encounters: Local and visiting artists meet, exchange and create collaborations

Movers & Shakers: Local and global industry professionals meet, network and exchange

Busara Xtra: Fringe events across the island, as organised by local communities  

Optional: Attend the Festival starting at 7pm from Thursday to Saturday

DAY 8 (Feb. 9th) - Zanzibar
 

Today we will explore Zanzibar's biggest and busiest local market. Enjoy shopping for food and learning about the history of the market. Located just on the edge of the ancient lanes of Stone Town is Darajani Market, one of the central markets in the Zanzibar. 

After our local market shopping, we return to make a homemade lunch with market fresh ingredients with the local Zanzibari women or local chef. We will join the women in preparation dressed in Zanzibari wear. Sit down for a meal and chat with the women. 

This evening is yours to enjoy. 

DAY 9 (Feb. 10th) - Dar Es Salaam
 

After breakfast, we will depart for the ferry ride to Dar es Salaam. This afternoon is yours to relax or do some additional shopping. 

 

This evening we will meet for our farewell dinner. Dress in your best Tanzanian outfit for a night that will revisit your experience in Tanzania. 

DAY 10 (Feb. 11th) - Dar Es Salaam
 

On our final day, we will enjoy breakfast and begin to depart for the airport. The last transfer will depart at our 11am check out time.

— Included in the Cost   

Private Facebook Group - Once deposit has been paid, you will receive an invitation to our private Facebook group.  In the group, we answer all questions you may have regarding your upcoming trip.  The private Facebook group allows you to connect with others before you go, share travel tips, and maintain friendships when you return.

'Know Before You Go' Call - To ensure you are all ready for your trip, we will hold a conference call two weeks before the trip to go over our 'Know Before You Go' document. 

Airport Transfers – We’ll arrange your airport pickup and drop off from Julius Nyerere International Airport.   And coordinate with our drivers to get you and a few others from the airport to our Riad.

 

Local Transportation - All ground transportation to and from our activities.

 

Accommodations - 10 days, 9 nights 4 Star Accommodations Star  

Activities – As descripted in the above itinerary.

 

Meals -  Daily breakfast, (7) lunches, and (6) dinners included (does not include alcohol or desserts). 

 

STS Apparel – Each guest will be provided with a STS T-shirt.

— Accommodations   

Accommodation -  10 days, 9 nights 4 Star Accommodations Star  

Hotel Lodging - Each room includes 2 Twin Beds (double occupancy) or 1 Double bed (single occupancy)

Roommates – If you do not have a paid roommate, we will pair you with another STS member.  If you have a roommate who has paid their deposit, please provide us with their name and we will pair you two.

— Total Cost

 

Shared Double Room - $2,795 per person

Deposit Required - $275 per person; 8 Monthly Payments - $315

Single Room - $3,195 per person

Deposit Required - $355 per person; 8 Monthly Payments - $355

Non-refundable deposit due to guarantee booking.  If you cancel your trip your deposit can be applied to a future Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) trip if your trip is not cancelled because of missed payments.  If your trip is cancelled due to missed payments, you cannot apply the deposit to any future STS trips. 

 

— Payment Terms

Full Payment Special - $100 off total cost if full payment is made on 2/5/18 - $2,695 per person for shared double room.  $3,095 for single room

Pay Remaining Balance over 8-month period (March - October) - Monthly payment is total cost of $2,795 double occupancy ($3,195 single occupancy) minus trip deposit dividend by 8. Payments are due on the 15th of each month regardless of when deposit is made.  Payments must be made on time.

A $75 late charge will be applied to all payments made after the 3-day grace period.  Missed payments will be applied to the next month plus the $75 late fee. Trip will be automatically cancelled after two missed payments.  No refund of deposit or payments will be provided to a trip cancelled due to missed payments.

Your trip must be paid in full by 10/15/18. Please contact us if you are having difficulties making your payment.

 

 

— Refund Policy - Updated

Non-refundable deposit due to guarantee booking.  

Full refunds minus the nonrefundable deposit will be given up until April 15, 2018.  After April 15, 2018, there will be no refunds.

Transfers to Other Trips - If you request to cancel your trip, the trip deposit can be used toward a future Sisters Traveling Solo trip that you are not currently making payments.  Transfer request must be received via email only at the following address sisterstravelingsolo@gmail.com before July 15, 2018 (11:59 pm eastern standard time). Trip transfer request not received via email will not be accepted. After July 15, 2018 (11:59 pm eastern standard time) trip deposit cannot  be transferred to another Sisters Traveling Solo trip.

If your trip is cancelled due to missed payments, you cannot apply the deposit to any future Sisters Traveling Solo trips no matter when the trip was cancelled.

Transfers to Other Members - You cannot transfer a Sisters Traveling Solo trip to anyone without prior approval by Sisters Traveling Solo.  Transfer request will only be accepted and communicated via email at sisterstravelingsolo@gmail.com.  Only trips that are 100% paid can be transferred to another member.  You are responsible for coordinating transfer with other member. Last day to transfer is November 15, 2019 (11:59 pm eastern standard time). We will not accept any request for transfer after
November 15, 2019 (11:59 pm eastern standard time); no exceptions.

 

We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case you have to cancel your trip so that if you have to cancel, your travel insurance policy can reimburse you

 

— Booking

 

Shared Double Room

1. Full Payment Special - Pay in full on 2/5/18 - $2,695 for $100 Off

2. Monthly Payment Plan (March - October) $275 deposit with $315 monthly payments

Single Room

1. Full Payment Special - Pay in full on 2/5/18 - $3,095 for $100 Off

2. Monthly Payment Plan (March - October) $355 deposit with $355 monthly payments

— Not Included in the Cost   

Flights -  Roundtrip flight into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam

Alcoholic Beverages - Alcoholic beverages are not included in cost

Meals - (1) lunch, and (3) Dinners, desserts

Souvenirs - Cost of souvenirs.

Gratuity - for Guides, Drivers, or Waiters. 

Additional Excursions -  Outside of what was mentioned above

Visas - Any travel visas that may required based on Country of residency

— Bookings opened on February 5, 2018

We have listed, and we working to give you a little more time to save for our trips.  This trip will open on February 5, 2018.

 

You must be a member of Sisters Traveling Solo to book this trip.  February 5, 2018 at 8am Eastern time we will post, in our Sisters Traveling Solo group we will share the password to book this trip. 

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— Terms & Conditions and Travel Advisory

 

Agreement to our Terms & Conditions and Travel Advisory is required when submitting our travel registration form.


— Required After Deposit Is Paid

Travel InsuranceTravel insurance can be obtained when you purchase your flight.  You will be asked to show proof of travel insurance a month before we depart.  A minimum of $250,000 in travel insurance is REQUIRED. Travel insurance can be obtain when you purchase your flight or with World Nomad.

Failure to provide required information 1 month before trip departure date is cause for forfeit of trip without any refunds.  Sisters Traveling Solo will not travel with or include anyone in trip activities.

— Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact us at SistersTravelingSolo@gmail.com

We will be happy to answer all your questions regarding this trip.

 

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