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Zanzibar to Nairobi

12 Days | Open-roof safaris, seaside strolls and Africa’s ‘Spice Island’

4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
NZD $2,703
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Admire the sweeping landscapes of Tanzania – full of incredible wildlife and fascinating cultures – on this 12-day adventure. From the pristine beaches of Zanzibar across the lush slopes of the Usambara Mountains and through the savannas of Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, discover a land where elephants roam, lions hunt and communities embrace the land. This is the heart of Africa – a land for the true explorer. When will you go in search of the Big Five?

Trip overview

Map of Zanzibar To Nairobi including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of
Zanzibar, Africa
Nairobi, Kenya
Overland, Wildlife
Tanzania, Kenya
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
This trip generates 20 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
  • Wander around Stone Town’s bustling bazaars and fragrant spice markets and opt to embark on a guided tour of the spice plantations.
  • Explore the Serengeti – a wildlife arena like no other – and look for lions, leopards, elephants and giraffes in this iconic park with your local crew.
  • Learn to prepare a Swahili dish, crafting and learning about village life in Mto wa Mbu.
  • Take a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4WD vehicle for a chance to see endangered black rhinoceros.
  • Embark on a hike through the Usambara Mountains to the Irente viewpoint, then stop at a farm on the way back for a picnic lunch.
  • 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. You will be briefed as a group on arrival.
  • At Usambara Mountains, you'll hike to the beautiful Irente viewpoint. It's not overly strenuous, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • 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 on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip. To see what you're missing out on check out our Vic Falls to Kenya trip – search trip code YXOWC on the Intrepid website for more information and to book.


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



11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners


Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Minibus


Hotel (1 night), Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (6 nights)

  • Irente - Lushoto hike
  • Irente - Local lunch
  • Ngorongoro Forest - Elephant Cave Trek
  • Karatu - Home-Cooked Dinner
  • Karatu - Coffee Farm Tour
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
Add on activities
  • Stone Town Tour - Dharajani Market, Joseph's Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market - USD20
  • Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour - USD25
  • Stone Town - Handicraft & Music Urban Adventure - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour - USD25
  • Zanzibar - Snorkelling - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Dhow Trip - USD35
  • Stone Town - Culinary Urban Adventure - USD29
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745
  • Nairobi - Nairobi by Night Urban Adventure - USD76

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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 starts with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Day 1 in Stone Town. This trip ends on Day 12, and you are free to leave at any time.
3. 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.
4. This trip is a combination of YXON and YXOQ of our most popular itineraries. As such the makeup of your group and your leader may change on Day 4.
5. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
6. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Nairobi on Day 12. Please do not book any flights until after 8 pm this evening.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Jemma · Traveled May 2024
Prep for camping which brings you an experience that will positively change your life forever more. Ray, Ibrahim and John are an amazing team. Anyone who books this trip will come back with more than just a great selection of photos <3
Review submitted 12 Jun 2024

Nicola · Traveled May 2024
An amazing trip from Zanzibar to Nairobi, the Serengeti was a massive highlight along with the crater! The best trip with the best crew and friends that have now become family!
Review submitted 12 Jun 2024

Myriam · Traveled November 2023
Camping in Serengeti and hearing lions a night ! What an incredible experience - Thanks Intrepid Travel for making this true (And making sure the lions did not eat me)
Review submitted 04 Dec 2023

May · Traveled May 2023
The time spent in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater is phenomenal especially since you get to camp in the wild. Intrepid also makes sure to be a "responsible traveler" -the multiple village walks with the locals was such a wonderful learning experience. The crew made the whole experience into an amazing journey
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023

Megan · Traveled May 2023
A fabulous trip to a beautiful country. The snorkelling in Zanzibar and game drives in the Serengeti are not to be missed. Choose the time you visit as it can be wet and muddy
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023
Zanzibar to Nairobi
NZD $2,703