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Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15 Days | Hit the plains of the Serengeti and summit the roof of Africa

4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
Overland
Walking & Trekking
Wildlife
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NZD $7,216
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Encounter some of Africa’s most iconic natural wonders on a 15-day adventure. Safari across the vast Serengeti savanna and the floors of Ngorongoro Crater in search of the Big Five, then conquer Africa's highest peak on an epic trek to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. This is a trip for active travellers who appreciate the bounty of nature – get ready for thrills, challenges and self discovery on a journey that takes you through the literal highs and lows of Kenya and Tanzania.

Trip overview

Map of Serengeti & Kilimanjaro including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of
Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Moshi, Tanzania
Theme
Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife
Destinations
Tanzania, Kenya
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YGOMC
This trip generates 34.77 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 two early-morning and two late-afternoon game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena.
  • Take a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4WD for a chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros.
  • Travel with experienced guides and porters, the best of the mountain, and know that you'll be in good hands, with one guide for every two passengers.
  • Hike Kilimanjaro's climactic last stretch by lamplight and give yourself as much chance as possible to watch a sunrise over ice fields from behind Africa’s highest peak.
  • We’re an official partner with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. Hike easier knowing that while our porters are taking care of you, there’s someone looking out for them.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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. You'll be briefed on arrival.
  • 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 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. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page at intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland.
  • You'll need a good level of fitness for the Kili section of this trip. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike.
  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required for the Mt Kilimanjaro trek. Temperatures at night can get very low when you're above 3500 metres, so warm clothing and a sleeping bag are essential. You can hire this equipment if need be.
  • Your safety comes first. Our experienced guides will monitor each passenger for any signs of acute mountain sickness. If you show any signs, you'll descend immediately with a guide.
  • Hiking for several days without a shower can be challenging – be prepared for some dust and dirt. A mask, wet wipes and a face washer may become your best friends!
  • The huts along the Marangu route sleep between four and 12 people and will be mixed-gender.
  • 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

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Serengeti & Kilimanjaro including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, minibus, 4x4 Safari Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Basic Hotel (1 night), Hotel (3 nights), Mountain hut (5 nights)

Activities
  • Kisii - Soapstone carving cooperative
  • Serengeti National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Complimentary Sleeping Bag and walking pole hire ( must be requested at time of booking )
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Trek Briefing
  • Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (5 days)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides (first-aid qualified) cooks and porters (a minimum of 1 guide to every 2)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Porterage of 1 bag (9kg/20lb max)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits
  • Marangu - Kilimanjaro Porters Assitance Project
Add on activities
  • Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Musoma - Market visit - KES500
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745

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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 excludes Day 2 (Basic Hotel) Days 3,4,5,6,7 (Camp) and Days 9,10,11,12,13 (Mountain Hut) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Although no mountaineering experience is required a good level of physical fitness is necessary. You must be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day.
3. This trip is a combination of YGOT,YAKT and YKXM our most popular itineraries. As such the make up of your group and your leader may change on day 8.
4. The cabins used during your trek are multishare for 4–12 people per cabin.
5. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. Please see Essential Trip Information for FAQ's.
6. As a result of the physical activity involved in this trip, such as strenuous trekking, the location or terrain through which the trip goes and other local factors including altitude, remoteness and temperature, a Passenger Self Assessment Form must be completed, signed and returned to our office prior to your trip.
7. Sleeping bags can be hired free on the Kilimanjaro section of this trip only. You will be required to provide your own sleeping bag for the Serengeti section of this trip or can hire one at an additional cost.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Daniel · Traveled June 2023
If you want to climb Kilimanjaro, do it with Intrepid. Their attention to detail and care for their clients is second to none.
Review submitted 01 Jul 2023

Timothy · Traveled June 2023
Kilimanjaro - it’s more than a mountain. Physically and mentally challenging, but what a feeling to clamber over the last ridge and realise you’ve made it to Gilman’s Point, and a few minutes later to be at the roof of Africa at Uhuru Peak. A true ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.
Review submitted 01 Jul 2023

Sandy · Traveled February 2023
On the Serengeti trip Cook Esther was amazing - what a legend!!!! Makers and her crew on the kili tour are outstanding...trip worth doing for sure
Review submitted 19 Feb 2023

Justine · Traveled July 2022
This trip is a complete adventure - a safari and a trek! Seeing the amazing landscapes of Africa and observing the wildlife up close, meeting wonderful people and then climbing to - for me - new heights - was such a fantastic experience. You don't have to summit Kilimanjaro either - I didn't and I didn't mind at all - just to be above the clouds on the mountain was enough.
Review submitted 17 Jul 2022

Kristin · Traveled February 2022
I had the BEST trip I could have asked for. Both crews went above and beyond to make sure that everything went smoothly and I would 10/10 recommend this trip to everyone!
Review submitted 11 Mar 2022
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
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NZD $7,216