Nairobi to Stone Town

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

4.8 out of 5 based on 19 reviews submitted.
USD $2,033
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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 2023 to 31 December 2023.

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

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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)

  • Serengeti National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Irente - Lushoto hike
  • Irente - Local lunch
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. 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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4.8 out of 5 based on 19 reviews submitted.
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Patricia · Traveled October 2023
This trip was amazing! Do not worry about booking the hot air balloons, can be booked on the ground a little cheaper. The whitewater rafting on the Nile was a lot of fun. Some days are long drives but goes by quickly, sleeping, early start and watching the changing scenery. I rented my sleeping bag, so worth not packing it and took a liner. I requested 2 mats and had a much better sleep. We had an excellent team, Paul, tour leader, Edwin the driver. Charles the cook was the spice king, excellent food with a great heart! He gave us a Dahl and chapati lesson, we all got involved with the rolling and using his techniques to make them have more layers. I have never made them before but I will be trying them when I get home!
Review submitted 31 Oct 2023

Abigail · Traveled October 2023
A fantastic experience which exceeded all expectations. The safari element was outstanding, we saw so many animals, was amazing. Great to also experience the mountains and Zanzibar and meet local people and really experience the culture, the people and the food. Would definitely recommend.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Michelle · Traveled September 2023
The trip was great. MJ was the best you trip leader you could ask for. Everyone should take this trip.
Review submitted 02 Oct 2023

Kim · Traveled September 2023
Everyone on the team exceeded expectations and added to the enjoyment of the tour.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2023

Caitlyn · Traveled September 2023
What a trip! Could not recommend more. I was the most nervous about camping in Serengeti (and camping in general!) but it ended up being my favorite part. Listening to the sounds of the animals at night is not something I will ever forget. This trip really does have it all: safari drives, mountains, beach, history, cultural walks. Loved it all. (tip: book a few nights in Zanzibar to relax after the trip!) Been on several Intrepid trips and will book with them in the future.
Review submitted 18 Sep 2023
Nairobi to Stone Town
USD $2,033