Nairobi to Stone Town

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

4.7 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,716
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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
Nairobi, Kenya
Zanzibar, Africa
Overland, Wildlife
Tanzania, Kenya
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
This trip generates 38.42 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 directly support 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.

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:
  • 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.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners


Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle


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

  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • 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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4.7 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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Lizzy · Traveled August 2023
Had a fantastic trip, totally exceeded my expectations. Everything was so smooth from start to finish. I enjoyed every moment of the adventure. I got to see and do everything I wanted.
Review submitted 06 Sep 2023

Jennifer · Traveled August 2023
Do not hesitate to book, the variety of sights & activities is incredible from open savannah in the Serengeti to tropical paradise in Zanzibar. The crew are fantastic & we really enjoyed getting to know our fellow passengers. 5***
Review submitted 31 Aug 2023

Azizun Nazmin · Traveled August 2023
Our tour guides Laban, driver Mash, and chef Wilson were amazing hosts. They made sure we were comfortable and knew exactly what to do and very accommodating. The adventure was so much fun seeing the animals in the wild and visiting the villages. We saw lions, zebras, elephants, girrafes, pumbas, wildabeasts and many more. I'm also glad we got to experience visiting the villages where we were treated well and got to see how people in Tanzania live and understand their culture. Our hosts also shared some of their stories which I was very grateful for as they gave us insight into their life experience. Laban especially was such a kind and considerate host and guide. You could go to him for anything. I wish I had enough money to sponsor him to come visit London and return the favour to host him also. Chef fed us so well with a freshly made tasty food everyday. I felt spoilt and had seconds most days!
Review submitted 26 Aug 2023

Daniel · Traveled August 2023
Intrepid is a truly outstanding company and this tour through Tanzania was an inspiring, incredible, and life-changing experience. If you want to see amazing wildlife, landscapes, and culture in a safe and environmentally and socially responsible way, then this trip is for you.
Review submitted 25 Aug 2023

Alberto · Traveled August 2023
Take this trip. It will change your life in the nicest way possible. And ask for Timothy[Timtim], Esther[Essie], and Charles. They are the most caring family you could ever choose to bring on a trip with you. Cheers to more trips with them!
Review submitted 16 Aug 2023
Nairobi to Stone Town
EUR €1,716