Nairobi to Stone Town

9 Days | Serengeti safaris, local villages and Zanzibar’s colourful coastline

4.8 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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CAD $2,754
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Watching a sunrise over the wide-open plains of the Serengeti is one of those ‘pinch me’ moments, and on this nine-day, it won’t be the only one. Beginning in Nairobi, take a trip into the countryside to Mto wa Mbu, get a safari fix in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, change up the altitude with walks around the Usambara Mountains and ferry to Zanzibar’s white-sand beaches and intriguing Old Town. This east Africa adventure will leave you with a greater appreciation of the stunning beauty of this part of the world and the people and wildlife that call it home.

Trip overview

Map of Nairobi To Stone Town including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of
Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Zanzibar, Africa
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Tanzania, Kenya
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YXOP
This trip generates 28 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the Serengeti, a wildlife arena like no other. You're bound to spot most of Africa's iconic Big Five game on your adventures at sunrise and sunset – when the animals are most active.
  • Meet with local community members and join in on village activities in Mto wa Mbu with a guided stroll around the farming areas.
  • Travel in an open-roof 4WD vehicle across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater with your small group for the chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros up close.
  • Wander around Stone Town’s bustling bazaars and fragrant spice markets, and consider extending your stay on the Northern Beaches – full of sun, surf and seafood.
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable local crew — a leader, driver and cook – you'll be in excellent hands for the duration of your adventure.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the East African Wildlife Society. Donations help them protect endangered wildlife, support conservation and promote sustainable management of natural resources in East Africa. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the ‘big five’. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • Camping in the Serengeti National Park with no barriers between you and the animals is amazing, but it's important to heed the safety advice of your leader.
  • At Usambara Mountains, you'll hike to the beautiful Irente viewpoint. The walk is not overly strenuous, but you'll need to be reasonably fit.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Map of Nairobi To Stone Town including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Irente - Lushoto hike
  • Irente - Local lunch
  • Stone Town - Street Food Tour
Add on activities
  • Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip for some nights. Read the itinerary for details on which nights have optional upgrades.
2. Your tour comes to an end on Day 9 at approximately 3 pm, after the Street Food Tour in Stone Town. Please keep this in mind when booking your departure flight.
2. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Cameron · Traveled April 2024
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to go to Tanzania! Fantastically thought out locations with great transport
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Graham · Traveled April 2024
It was the trip of a life and a bucket list item. I thoroughly impressed and totally enjoyed the Intrepid experience. Thank you!
Review submitted 05 May 2024

Sheila · Traveled March 2024
Had a fantastic holiday. The Intrepid team were great. Jacob our tour guide was outstanding. The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti was a brilliant experience. Accommodation nearer to the ferry in Dar es Salaam on the last night would be a bonus
Review submitted 25 Mar 2024

Agnes · Traveled March 2024
I thought this trip would be incredible, but it far exceeded my expectations. Unforgettable experience that I will be going on about to anyone who will listen for many moons to come! Tour director was fantastic, with expert knowledge & great stories to share. Every day was packed, maximising the time we had in each place. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to have a truly unique adventure.
Review submitted 24 Mar 2024

Avalon · Traveled February 2024
This trip is a lot of fun. A good mix of game drives and beaches! Lots of time in the beautiful Serengeti to explore, find animals and get some amazing views of the landscapes. The time in Zanzibar is great and a perfect way to end the trip, the locations are beautiful and the resorts are central. Florence, Emanuel and Charles are great leaders, chefs and drivers. The camping experience is a lot of fun but of course there are opportunities to upgrade. Would definitely recommend this trip.
Review submitted 02 Mar 2024
Nairobi to Stone Town
From
CAD $2,754