Transformation in Tanzania with Sue Riordan (2024)

October 1 - 14, 2024
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United States
Max People : 15
Health & Wellness
Tour Details

Join Coach Sue Riordan and embark on this transformative journey where you will experience the bucket list trip of a lifetime. It is sure to be filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, thrilling wildlife encounters, and a glimpse into the vibrant local culture. From trekking around Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting world famous game parks, waterfalls, oasis, Ngorongoro Crater, hiking in the monkey forest, Maasai lodge where we will stay and have the opportunity to dance with the natives. As tradition they do a sunrise and a sunset dance. Rob Goodwin, owner of Stone & Compass, will lead us through with his many guides and locals through this land which he claims is his favorite place on earth! That means a lot from a person who has traveled everywhere in the world. Here are a few descriptions of some of the sites.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to 7,000 wildebeest, 6,000 Black spotted Hyenas, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 Elands, 3,000 Gazelles, 300 Elephants, 30 critically endangered black Rhinos and many small animals like Kobs, Antelopes, Jackals, and Hippos. We will spend a day here on safari observing the dramatic habitat of these amazing beasts. If we get lucky, we will spot Simba! Simba is the Swahili word for lion and there are only around 55 left in the conservation area. Check out this video for a quick tour of the crater.

Tarangire National Park which is home to the largest numbers of elephants and other heavyweight animals.

Springs and waterfalls-We will visit some of the highest most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Visit Chemka Hot Springs- The springs are not actually hot but are the perfect temperature to warm your body at this hidden slice of paradise. Bring your swimsuit, this is going to be a day to remember.

Mt Kilimanjaro- the African continent’s highest peak at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet). The majestic mountain is a snow-capped volcano. While some runners enjoy the extreme trail running experience, we are going to enjoy a low-level hike at the mountain.

We will visit the Serval Wildlife sanctuary center where we can pet the rescued wild animals and take pictures with them.

Stone & Compass puts a lot of research and thought into each place they travel. Blending cultural experiences into the itinerary is imperative to their goals of connecting the world. You will spend time with 2 different Tanzanian tribes, the Massai and the Chagga. The Maasai are nomadic people who herd and breed cattle and are known for their lively cultural dance, colorful clothing and beadwork. The Chagga still live in an authentic tribal village. We will visit one of their coffee farms and learn about their traditions first hand

Each morning Sue will offer an optional short yoga session and meditation. At the Maasai Lodge we can join in the sunset and sunrise dance. We will also take the time for self-reflection and journaling. This is where we will set intentions as we embrace this vast experience awaiting us each day. Bringing that same presence into fully engaging all five senses on our excursions, we will surely recapture the wonder of life and self.

Tanzania, known as “the cradle of humanity” where it all began, offers a unique setting for introspection and a fresh perspective. In this land of extraordinary beauty and cultural richness, you will find yourself surrounded by an environment unlike anything you have ever known. It is the perfect place for a reset, offering an opportunity to embrace a new outlook on life. The expansiveness of the landscapes will inspire expansion of ourselves. Witnessing the cycle of life in real time offers us the opportunity to experience our own rebirth and truly be transformed!

Departure & Return Location

United States


All ages welcome


Subject to change
Day 1

Depart the United States on overnight flight to Tanzania.

Day 2

Estimated arrival is late evening this day
Check into hotel
Late Dinner

Day 3

Today after an early breakfast we will visit Simba’s Community Center. Here we will learn all about their locally led development approach and the programs they run in the community as well as their health projects and women’s sewing cooperative.

This afternoon, we will hike through the rainforest looking at colobus and blue monkeys. We will also have the amazing opportunity to see the oldest tree in Tanzania.

Day 4
Waterfall/Coffee Farm

This morning, we head 15km away from Moshi Town to the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park and home of the Chagga tribe.

First, we will visit the waterfalls, which are around a 40-minute walk away. Here we will have a chance to enjoy the water here and reflect on this magnificent site. You also have the option to jump in the water and enjoy the waterfall from another perspective!

Afterward, we will head to the coffee farm for lunch. After eating, we will learn more about coffee cultivation in this area. Then we are in for a real treat, as we will learn directly from Chagga members how coffee is cultivated, dried, roasted and further processed. We will also be invited to help with the preparation of the coffee from roasting to grinding, which is traditionally accompanied by Chagga songs and dances.

Day 5
Chemka Hot Springs – Serval Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Center

Today we will visit a natural clean spring water – Chemka Hot Springs. Ideal for swimming in the warm water and relaxation. The surrounding areas provide stunning views with a great picnic spot.

Later, we will visit an amazing Serval Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Center, where we will have a chance to interact with the amazing animals found here. They are currently home African lions, colobus monkeys, giraffes, bat-eared fox, elands, oafish ostriches, and blue & vervet monkeys.

Day 6
Maasai Lodge

Today we will travel to Karatu for a once in a lifetime experience. We will stay in a Maasai Village where we will learn about their traditions and culture. Maasai are nomadic people who herd and breed cattle and are known for their lively cultural dance, colorful clothing and beadwork. We will have the opportunity to join in the songs and dancing and interact with many Maasai members while enjoying time here.

Tonight, we have the incredible experience in staying at the lodge, in beautiful, traditional housing – sure to be a highlight of your trip!

Day 7
Maasai Lodge/SANAA

This morning we will go out with the Maasai into the hinterland and learn how to live off the land as the Maasai do. We will learn more about their cultural practices, what they do for food during their long days and further details about this amazing area.

This afternoon, for lunch, we will visit SANAA. SANAA operates a project highlighting marginalized people who make wonderful products. In their workshops disabled artists create unique products that are mainly made from recycled waste. We will receive a tour and have a chance to interact with the artists here, while learning more about how they are supported by the network at SANAA.

Day 8
Safari Day 1 - Ngorongoro Crater

Today we will rise early in the morning to descend the 600m high walls to the floor of the crater and get up close with one of Africa’s seven natural wonders! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most beautiful and unique places in Africa. Here we learn more about this unique caldera – created from the implosion of a volcano. Here we will find a haven of African wildlife and we might also be lucky enough to witness the endangered Rhino!

Day 9
Safari Day 2 – Tarangire National Park

Today we go on safari to see the largest concentration of elephants in the world.

Day 10

We make our way back from safari today through Arusha. For lunch we will stop at the wonderful, Arusha Coffee House and boutique. This small business employs over 50 disabled, mute and deaf people and produces a beaded necklaces and silk, kanga, chiffon and voile fabrics.

We will then head on to Moshi, where you will have a chance to relax and enjoy a bit of shopping before your departure to Zanzibar tomorrow.

Day 11

Today we hop a flight to continue our adventure in Zanzibar.

Once we arrive, we will check into our hotel and enjoy a local dinner together.

Day 12
Zanzibar/Spice Tour Farm Tour & Stone Town

Today we will tour a real spice farm where you can see, smell, and taste the freshest, top-quality spice plants. We will spend the late afternoon/evening exploring Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout the day we will have the opportunity to discuss and compare the difference in what we saw back in Moshi and Arusha to life here in Zanzibar. We will also learn more about local projects that have been put in place to support tourism the Stone Town area and the efforts to eliminate poverty in the immediate area.

Day 13
Nungwi Beach/Snorkeling Excursion

Today we will explore Nungwi Beach. Mnarani Natural Aquarium is situated in the northern part of the village. The conservation site is run by locals and is focused on rescuing green and hawksbill turtles and releasing them during the month of February. We will have the incredible opportunity to go on a snorkeling excursion here!

This evening we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner together.

Day 14

Depart today back on flights to the United States, carrying memories of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Instructor Bio

Sue Gundy Riordan has spent 40 years enthusiastically sharing her passions as a teacher and coach. Whether it’s personal training, teaching dance or skiing, muscular therapy, paddleboard yoga, or leading a workshop, her focus has always been on the whole person and the mind/body connection.

Sue has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and is a certified Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist. Her expertise in the knowledge of the human body and the biomechanics of movement has played a vital role in helping others reach their physical goals. As important as this piece is, she knew it was only part of the picture. At this juncture she continued her education by pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Sue’s deep interest in personal development and helping others navigate through life’s difficulties led her to switch gears and become trained and certified as a life coach through CTI (Coaches Training Institute). The unique blend of experiences and expertise in many different disciplines gives her a unique approach to Life Coaching, integrating the whole person: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Sue leads workshops integrating movement, connecting with nature, self discovery through journaling, and sharing which creates a deeper relationship with self and others. With objectives also including identifying blocks, clarifying values, restoring balance, and connecting with our authentic self. It is through these exercises we can truly embody with the confidence, courage, and wisdom to move through life with more ease and joy.

From a young age Sue was always looking for adventure and challenge whether an Outward Bound program, climbing the Matterhorn, coaching skiing abroad, or women’s ski adventures, she believes that these types of experiences teach us much about ourselves and the world. Sue has begun her dream of adventure travel with Stone & Compass and led her first Health and Wellness retreat to Bulgaria in 2019. After a few years on hiatus due to the COVID pandemic and her husband’s difficult battle and loss with a rare cancer in the last year, she is ready to embark on the next healing adventure to Tanzania!

Sue Gundy Riordan

Price Includes

  • All Inclusive
  • Rountrip Airfare
  • Airport Fees/Taxes/Transfers
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Translator
  • Safari
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide(s)
  • Health Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Private ExpensesSnacks, gifts, shopping, etc.
  • Alcohol not included

Payment can be made in full or following the payment schedule below.

Total Price




Due:  May 15, 2024

Final Payment


Due:  July 1, 2024