Serengeti Trail

8 Days | Follow the herds on a wildlife-rich overland safari

4.9 out of 5 based on 169 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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Bless the rains of East Africa on an eight-day safari adventure through Kenya and Tanzania. The famed national parks in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater region are home to an astounding array of animals, from miniature dik-dik antelopes and lions to the noble African elephant. With local guides and all your needs taken care of, you’re free to spot wildlife and soak up the amazing atmosphere. Head out on a number of game drives in search of the Big Five in the back of specially designed safari vehicles and see the endangered black rhino on a safari on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. With stops at a local community in Mto wa Mbu, the vast Lake Victoria and bustling Nairobi, this journey is fit for the most curious traveller, eager to explore the small towns and fertile savannahs of Africa’s east.

Trip overview

Map of Serengeti Trail including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of
Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
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
YGOT
This trip generates 24 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 National Park in depth with multiple game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena. Here, you’ll have the best chance to spot the Big Five!
  • Embark on an unforgettable safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof 4WD with your small group for a chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros in full view.
  • Learn about the Maasai cultures and join a local community for a guided afternoon stroll around the farming area of Mto wa Mbu, before sitting down for a traditional meal together.
  • Explore Amboseli National Park – home to the largest population of African elephants in Kenya and known for large tuskers and exquisite views of Mt Kilimanjaro on clear days.
  • Your expert local crew will keep you well informed (and well fed!) – filling you in on all you need to know about the Great Rift Valley and the annual migration of some two million wildebeest.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Patinaai Osim Community Care Organisation. Donations support their livelihood programs which help indigenous Maasai women identify alternative income-generating activities to support their families.

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 (unless you’re on an Original or Comfort style trip), 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
  • 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.
  • Some passengers will have been travelling together prior to the start of this trip. You may also want to check out The Masai Heartlands if you have more time to explore in East Africa.

Itinerary

Map of Serengeti Trail including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Basic Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Amboseli National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Serengeti National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Morning Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Afternoon Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure - USD45
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745
  • Ngorongoro Forest - Elephant Cave Trek - USD80
  • Lake Manyara Game drive - USD100
  • Karatu - Village Visit - USD20
  • Karatu - Coffee Tour - USD25

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 8. Please do not book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
3. If it is more convenient, we offer the option to finish the trip in Arusha on the final day rather than transferring back to Nairobi. Please do not book flights out of Arusha airport until after 10.30 am.
4. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 4-5 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited, and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 169 reviews submitted.
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Alexander · Traveled May 2024
I’ve been to Africa a few times and this adventure has been my favourite. Would recommend this trip and Intrepid generally.
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Jim · Traveled May 2024
Pretty well said it all but well prepared, and executed
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Julia · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Sarah · Traveled April 2024
This particular Intrepid journey, Serengeti Trails, seemed to lack a certain something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it was missing a bit of warmth. If you've travelled with Intrepid before, like myself, you'll know they usually evoke a sense of coming home. There's a warmth and welcome that accompanies their trips. Somehow, this one missed that mark. We were a party of ten in total, five travellers and five crew members, given it was April, a quieter season. Our Tour leader went by the name Tim-Tim, our chef was Jeremy, and our bus pilot was Vincent. Tim-Tim was always brimming with energy, sporting a smile and embodying Intrepid’s unofficial motto, “Hakuna Matata”. Jeremy, our chef, was reliably punctual with delicious and satisfying meals. And lastly, Vincent, our bus/truck pilot, ensured our journey remained smooth despite the bumpy and broken roads. A few points to note: 1. The driving times can be quite lengthy, particularly during border crossings and the return from Tanzania to Nairobi on the tour's final day. Despite breaks, discomfort may persist, so be prepared. 2. Vegetarians and fussy eaters may find themselves disappointed with the food (though it's not the chef's fault). Vegetarian options are challenging to prepare to meet all needs. 3. If you're particular about cleanliness due to OCD tendencies, this tour might not be for you. While not unsanitary, certain practices might not sit well, such as washing beef and non-beef utensils together. 4. Claustrophobic individuals, like myself, might want to consider opting for shared tents. While adequate for two, it can become stuffy with the inclusion of day bags, valuables, shoes, and sleeping mats. 5. Ensure you pack essentials such as mosquito repellent, a torch, headlamp, toilet paper, tissues, a reusable water bottle, a sheet, slippers, waterproof shoes, snacks, and drinks. 6. Network coverage is generally good in most areas, so acquiring a local calling card is advisable. 7. Bring a day bag/camera bag and a smaller bag for the locker behind the seats in the truck. If you must bring a suitcase, like I did, they can fit between seats, but it's best to avoid them if possible, especially with larger groups. 8. I typically choose Intrepid for their blend of local interaction and activities. Regrettably, this trip lacked much in terms of local engagement. 9. Transport in the Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti is via 4x4 cruiser, while in Amboseli NP, it's in the Intrepid truck. 10. Be prepared for long days and early starts; this tour is more demanding compared to others. 11. Carry small notes for tipping, as tips are given personally rather than pooled. 12. Don't forget your medication - malaria, antibiotics, diarrhoea, etc. 13. The truck offers charging points, so there's no worry about electronic items running out of battery. 14. Erecting and dismantling tents almost daily (except for the two nights in Serengeti) can be quite taxing. 15. Although Intrepid has been camping in the Serengeti for a few years, I wouldn't recommend ground camping. While fine against hyenas and lions, it's less so against elephants and hippos. No one ventured out of their tents until daybreak! I'd certainly consider trying out the other upgraded versions of Intrepid's Wildlife tours, but this particular one didn't quite meet "THE INTREPID STANDARD" in my opinion.
Review submitted 23 Apr 2024

Lisa · Traveled February 2024
Our tour leader, Rita, was AMAZING! The food cooked by Mbithe was fantastic and the driving by Loyford was safe and careful! I highly recommend this crew and Intrepid again!
Review submitted 01 Mar 2024
Serengeti Trail
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EUR 1.772 €