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Serengeti Trail

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Serengeti Trail

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Description

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 of your needs taken care of, head on a number of game drives in search of the Big Five in the back of specially designed safari vehicles. 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 fascinating towns and fertile savannahs of Africa’s east.

Trip Name
Serengeti Trail
Last Updated
2024-02-14
Days
8
Capacity
22
Highlights
  • Explore the Serengeti National Park in depth – with game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena, 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 enjoying a traditional meal together.
  • Explore Amboseli National Park, home to the largest population of African elephants in Kenya - 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.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. URBAN ADVENTURES: Join us for the Best. Day. Ever. Urban Adventures are for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds and really connect with a city, with a local by their side. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case our Urban Adventures tours take travellers to interesting places to experience local culture and see what makes a place unique. If you are travelling before or after your trip with us and would like to book an Urban Adventure in advance, please contact your booking agent or use this link: http://www.urbanadventures.com/?aff=2226. While on tour with us, your leader can assist in booking other Urban Adventures. ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders. DRIVE TIMES: The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

Day 1 - Nairobi
Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, and you can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important briefing. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya, where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.
Day 2 - Amboseli National Park
Today, you'll board your overland vehicle bound for Amboseli National Park. The park covers an area of about 392 square kilometres and is home to the largest population of African elephants in Kenya, and is known for large tuskers. If you're lucky to visit on a clear day, you'll be treated to exquisite views of Mt Kilimanjaro. When you arrive, you'll set off on a game drive to explore the park and discover the wildlife that call this place home.
Day 3 - Mto Wa Mbu
This morning, depart early for Mto wa Mbu in your overland truck. Today includes a border crossing from Kenya into Tanzania, so be sure to have your passport handy. While you're on the road, there will be a stop at an ATM and a market or shop to stock up on any supplies you might need for the coming days. Arrive in Mto wa Mbu and acquaint yourself with this delightful small village – it's a fascinating snapshot of small-town African life, situated well off the tourist trail. Later, join the local community for a guided afternoon stroll around the farming areas, milling machine and local homes before enjoying a traditional meal for dinner. Your campsite this evening is located in Mto wa Mbu.
Day 4 - Serengeti National Park
Rise and shine early, and head out to the wide-open plains of the Serengeti. The Serengeti landscapes see myriad colours during the year – green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season – but one thing is a constant: this never-ending landscape is home to thousands upon thousands of animals travelling as herds across the plains. This region gets its name from the local Maasai word ‘siringet’, meaning the place where the land moves on forever, and you’ll begin to understand why on your overland vehicle game drive today. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then head to your campsite, which is located within the park itself! At night, listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep.
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park
Start the day nice and early with an overland vehicle game drive at dawn. You will head out while the animals are at their most active, then head back to camp for brunch at around 11 am. This morning, there’s also the option of a balloon ride over the park. If you have pre-booked this activity, you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site. After a safety briefing, glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, where you’ll get some amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes, you will ascend, getting an overview of the vastness of the plains and the early morning movements of the herds. After landing, dig into a delicious bush breakfast, then return to your camp. After spending the warmer part of the day relaxing with your herd – just as the animals do – depart again at dusk for another overland vehicle adventure through the wild, returning in time for dinner.
Day 6 - Karatu (Ngorongoro Crater)
Enjoy a leisurely game drive and picnic lunch on your way out of Serengeti National Park today. Soak up final views of this incredible spot, before entering the Ngorongoro Conservation area. On arrival at the crater, swap our overland vehicle for open roof 4x4's. Take in the spectacular views from the crater's rim as you make your way to the bottom, where animals roam the lakes, rivers, woodlands and hills. The animals here are less wary of humans and vehicles, and as a result, it's easier to watch them up close. Keep an eye out for wildebeest, lion, zebra, cheetah, buffalo, gazelle and the endangered black rhino. Later on, we'll leave the Ngorongoro Crater and drive to Karatu, a small town nearby and your base for the next two nights.
Day 7 - Karatu
Today is a free day to relax or explore as you please. You might like to head to a local coffee plantation or take an optional game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Perhaps opt for a hike through the Ngorongoro Reserve Forest to the Elephant Caves - a great way to stretch your legs after a few days of overland travel. You'll hike through the Ngorongoro rainforest as your local guide explains the ins and outs of the area and points out interesting animal tracks and footprints. Marvel at the wild landscape and spot beautiful birdlife as you walk.
Day 8 - Arusha / Nairobi
Set off early this morning, around 7.30 am, to begin your final journey for this trip. Your first stop will be in Arusha, you'll have the option to end your trip here. If it is more convenient for you, there is the option to travel back to Nairobi. Your adventure comes to an end on arrival in Nairobi. You'll be dropped at a centrally located hotel, however, no accommodation will be provided for tonight. If you would like to extend your stay in Nairobi, we’ll happily organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
13-04-202420-04-2024AUD $ 2,482-
04-05-202411-05-2024AUD $ 3,310-
18-05-202425-05-2024AUD $ 3,310-
01-06-202408-06-2024AUD $ 3,310-
15-06-202422-06-2024AUD $ 3,510-
22-06-202429-06-2024AUD $ 3,440-
29-06-202406-07-2024AUD $ 3,475-
06-07-202413-07-2024AUD $ 3,650-
10-07-202417-07-2024AUD $ 3,685-
13-07-202420-07-2024AUD $ 3,615-
20-07-202427-07-2024AUD $ 3,396-
27-07-202403-08-2024AUD $ 3,575-
03-08-202410-08-2024AUD $ 3,615-
10-08-202417-08-2024AUD $ 3,396-
14-08-202421-08-2024AUD $ 3,396-
17-08-202424-08-2024AUD $ 3,615-
24-08-202431-08-2024AUD $ 3,575-
31-08-202407-09-2024AUD $ 3,615-
04-09-202411-09-2024AUD $ 3,575-
07-09-202414-09-2024AUD $ 3,575-
11-09-202418-09-2024AUD $ 3,440-
14-09-202421-09-2024AUD $ 3,615-
21-09-202428-09-2024AUD $ 3,440-
28-09-202405-10-2024AUD $ 3,475-
02-10-202409-10-2024AUD $ 3,440-
12-10-202419-10-2024AUD $ 3,440-
19-10-202426-10-2024AUD $ 3,440-
26-10-202402-11-2024AUD $ 3,310-
02-11-202409-11-2024AUD $ 3,310-
09-11-202416-11-2024AUD $ 3,310-
16-11-202423-11-2024AUD $ 3,310-
23-11-202430-11-2024AUD $ 3,310-
07-12-202414-12-2024AUD $ 3,310-
14-12-202421-12-2024AUD $ 3,310-
21-12-202428-12-2024AUD $ 3,310-
28-12-202404-01-2025AUD $ 3,310-
11-01-202518-01-2025AUD $ 3,295-
18-01-202525-01-2025AUD $ 3,295-
25-01-202501-02-2025AUD $ 3,295-
08-02-202515-02-2025AUD $ 3,295-
22-02-202501-03-2025AUD $ 3,295-
19-04-202526-04-2025AUD $ 3,295-
17-05-202524-05-2025AUD $ 3,295-
24-05-202531-05-2025AUD $ 3,295-
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $ 3,295-
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $ 3,295-
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $ 3,295-
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $ 3,295-
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $ 3,295-
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $ 3,295-
16-07-202523-07-2025AUD $ 3,295-
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $ 3,295-
26-07-202502-08-2025AUD $ 3,295-
02-08-202509-08-2025AUD $ 3,295-
09-08-202516-08-2025AUD $ 3,295-
16-08-202523-08-2025AUD $ 3,295-
23-08-202530-08-2025AUD $ 3,295-
30-08-202506-09-2025AUD $ 3,295-
06-09-202513-09-2025AUD $ 3,295-
13-09-202520-09-2025AUD $ 3,295-
20-09-202527-09-2025AUD $ 3,295-
24-09-202501-10-2025AUD $ 3,295-
27-09-202504-10-2025AUD $ 3,295-
04-10-202511-10-2025AUD $ 3,295-
11-10-202518-10-2025AUD $ 3,295-
18-10-202525-10-2025AUD $ 3,295-
25-10-202501-11-2025AUD $ 3,295-
08-11-202515-11-2025AUD $ 3,295-
22-11-202529-11-2025AUD $ 3,295-
06-12-202513-12-2025AUD $ 3,295-
13-12-202520-12-2025AUD $ 3,295-
20-12-202527-12-2025AUD $ 3,295-

Accommodation

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

Transport

Overland vehicle,4x4 safari vehicle

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