Isak Dinesen wrote, ‘When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find that it is the same in all her music.’ And it's not just the tribal drums, but the rhythms of the land: the sound the Serengeti makes as it wakes each morning, a mountain gorilla rustling through the Rwandan jungle or the thunder of wildebeest hooves across the Masai Mara. Kick back on the chalk-white beaches of Zanzibar, chat with vendors in the spice-filled souqs of Marrakech and watch plodding elephants from the snowy summit of Kilimanjaro. Africa is calling. Come and get rhythm.
Reflections from the road: Kenya and Tanzania Overland
Travelling overland through East Africa is something special. There’s very little between you and the world – and on safari, that world is pretty wild. Lucky you’ve got an expert local crew and small group of fellow travellers to share in the experience. Across the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, through corn fields, mountains and remote villages, one traveller reflects on her trip through Kenya and Tanzania. This is overland adventure – Intrepid style.
Highlights of Africa
See the Big 5 on an African safari
In some destinations, you’ll want to hit the tourist hot-spots, like the Eifel Tower, Angkor Wat or the Pyramids of Giza. On an African safari, it’s all about getting up close and personal (from a respectable distance, that is) with the Big 5 animals – the African elephant, the black rhino, the Cape buffalo, the African lion and the Africa leopard. Don’t forget your camera as you hop aboard one of our custom-built Overland vehicles.
Towering mountains, changing cityscapes, twisting coastal roads and heritage vineyards. A cycling trip in South Africa covers a lot of ground (both literally and metaphorically), but it’s undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience this amazing destination. Cross nature reserves, spot whales in Hermanus and explore the Cape Peninsula, wind through mountain ranges from the bike saddle, before stopping to sip local wines guilt-free. Bliss!
Wrap up your headscarf or turban for sun-protection, put on your loosest, most colourful desert clothes and mount your camel for the ride of a lifetime. With the sun setting behind you, you’ll be amazed by the seemingly endless crests and valleys of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Your camel and local leader will guide you through the sand to the desert camp where you’ll spend the night with local guides and fellow adventurers.
The Masai Mara’s wide-open plains, clear blue skies and herds of wild animals are almost too picturesque to be real. But it’s also home to the Maasai people, one of Kenya’s most famous tribes. You might have seen photos of these red-clad warriors taking part in jumping dances – they’ve maintained a traditional way of life and welcome everyone to come and learn about their vibrant culture.
If you want to see a different, more tropical side of Africa, it’s hard to go past Madagascar’s golden beaches, idyllic islands and quirky wildlife. Explore lush rainforests in Ranomafana National Park and encounter local flora and fauna – including 33 species of lemurs, one of which is the famous golden bamboo lemur. Round it out with a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean from the relatively untouched Ill Sainte Marie.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls are the world’s largest waterfall thanks to their huge flow rate (despite not being the highest or the widest falls). You can soak up the spray from the edge, take part in active adventures like canoeing or rafting or simply stroll around and admire the stunning views. Who would have thought that a trip to Africa would involve so much water?
What should I pack for a safari? What are the toilet facilities like? What do you do if there’s a lion in your campsite? Two Intrepid travellers answer the big questions about East Africa overland travel in this 30-minute podcast, recorded in a tent in the heart of the Masai Mara. They discuss how to prepare for a trip (packing, visas, health) and what to expect on the ground (camping, game drives, life in the truck) – plus run through their personal highlights of two Intrepid Basix tours: the 8-day Serengeti Trails tour in Tanzania, and the 8-day Kenya Wildlife Safari. It’s kind of like a chat with your most helpful friends.
This was a special holiday for us with our children 16, 18 and 21st birthday. The holiday was the best we have ever had and the Intrepid crew made the trip even better with their local knowledge, amazing food and great driving. I would not hesitate to recommend Intrepid to anyone and our future holidays will be booked through them.
This trip was amazing. The Intrepid crew were fantastic and definitely enhanced my overall enjoyment of this trip. Camping in the Serengeti and on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience I will never forget. If you want to see animals in their natural environment, this trip is the one to go on! Would definitely recommend Intrepid.
From my experience of just 3 trips (as a woman in late 50's) with Intrepid now I would definitely encourage people to travel with Intrepid. Whether you are in a small group, or on your own it works well as the groups are generally not too large and seems always to be a mix of ages and backgrounds. You really get to see much more than travelling on your own without a guide (done that previously), as there is no time wasted in finding out about transport, accommodation, activities etc. and you can get to see things that you just wouldn't get to on your own. You are of course bound by the set itinerary but there are opportunities to do your own thing when time allows.
Did the Morocco Bike, Hike and Ride. Enjoyed everything about this trip, it was a good mix of city and country, exercise and downtime.
Felt like we saw the real Morocco. We were a group of friends in our 50s and 60s and we handled it no worries.
Our guide Ilyas was awesome and gave us real insight into what makes Morocco tick.
Absolutely recommend this trip if you want a week that packs a lot in, in a short time
Did the Morocco Bike, Hike and Ride trip. It was a great trip, a lot packed into a week. It was really good getting out in the country and meeting the locals.The people are very friendly, the food delicious. The sights amazing. Absolutely recommend this trip if you like a bit of exercise and a bit of downtime to do your own thing as well. Small group of mixed ages - we were four friends in our 50s and 60s and handled it no worries.
Ilyas was our guide and he was excellent, sharing so much about what Morocco is all about.
Will be doing another Intrepid trip in the future