Kigali to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$950
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What's Included
• The Serengeti
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Private Game Reserve
• Matopos
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Sossusvlei dunes
• Fish River Canyon
• Lake Victoria
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck
• 3 nights lodge stay, Swakopmund
• 1 night Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
African Drums from Kigali to Cape Town
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Kigali to Cape Town Safari Overview

Get with the beat of Africa! Gorilla trek in the Virungas, Safari across the Serengeti and into Ngorongoro Crater. Swim in crystal clear waters off Zanzibar and visit in rural fishing villages by Lake Malawi. White water raft on the grade 5 rapids at Victoria Falls, get up close and personal with a rhino on a trek in Matopos. Lie back as you are poled through the maze of wetlands in the Okavango and trek to the top of Namibia's monumental red-gold dunes. Toast the perfect trip with a glass or two of a crisp South African wine in the wineries at Stellenbosch before arriving into Cape Town!

Kigali to Cape Town Safari Add-ons
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Day 1

Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, transfer to Kisoro.

Optionals: Orphanage visit, Batwa village visit.

Days 2 -3

Kisoro, Ruhengeri

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest , orphanage visit, Batwa village visit, golden monkey trek.

Day 4

Kigali, night out in Kigali

Optionals:Orphanage visit, Batwa village visit, golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, Genocide Museum and Memorial.

Days 5 - 10

Rusomo Falls, Mwanza, Game drives in the Serengeti, The Grumeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater,  evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals:  Maasai Village.

Days 11 - 17

including 4 nights allotted for Zanzibar Island....

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the coast, with the chance of views of Kilimanjaro en route, seafood barbecue at our camp on the Indian Ocean, preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Optionals: allowing for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 13, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 17: Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your stay on Zanzibar. We reserve accommodation in popular beach accommodation and in a lodge within ancient Stone Town, as well as your other requirements including the ferry bookings, transfers and spice tours.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping coral reefs, to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys.

All accommodation and transfers including a spice tour on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 18 - 22

Drive through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach camps, fishing village visits including for a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, Horse riding in the Lake, Livingstonia hike, School visit.

Days 23 - 28

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka. The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing few days at Lake Kariba..

Optionals: A houseboat cruise on the Lake visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 29 - 31

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, carriage ride.

Day 32


Bulawayo and Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 33 - 36

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital, Victoria Falls.

Optionals: Bungee jump, Gorge swing and rap jump, flying fox, white water rafting, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flight, horse rides and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Days 37 - 41

Chobe safari lodge, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun.

Optionals: Chobe National Park, game drive and game cruise, Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari, Moremi Game Reserve, Flight over the Delta.

Days 42 - 47

Caprivi Strip, morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit to a Cheetah Park, Spitzkoppe or similar.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Himba village visit, Visit with Bushmen, Evening game drive in Etosha, rock paintings.

Days 48 - 51

Cape Cross Seal Colony, three to four night lodge stay in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Quad-biking, Sandboarding, Tandem sky diving, Desert flights, Township tour, Dolphin cruise, Open-sea fishing, Go-karting.

Days 52 - 55

Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, Orange River.

Optionals: Guided walk on the Dunes, Canoeing on the Orange River.

Days 56 - 58

Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

Optionals: Wine tour.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Feel free to give us a call about your safari plans. We look forward to your further enquiries.

African Drums - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Over six core game parks and other highlights including:

The Serengeti
Ngorongoro Crater
Mikumi National Park
Private Game Reserve
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft National Park
The Grumeti Reserve
The Cheetah Sanctuary
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
Sossusvlei Dunes
Fish River Canyon
Lake Victoria

- 44 breakfasts and 44 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 46 nights camping and three nights in a lodge or similar in Swakopmund and the final night in Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town.
- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleep mats
- The services of a driver and safari leader
- The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute team
- All road tolls and taxes are paid

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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: £380 - £1200

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during this tour. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you. A friendly reminder as well that the below list provides an approximate guide only for the most popular excursions currently available for this tour. Excursions are operated by local operators and authorities and their pricing is out of our control (June 16).

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £360 to £530
Visit to a local orphanage (transport) US$10
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £216
Scuba diving (single dive) off Kendwa US$65
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from US$40
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) US$70
Houseboats on Lake Kariba incl. Matusadona National Park (2 nights) US$140
Guided walks alongside Lions US$85
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$140
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) US$95
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
Chobe National Park (3 hour guided game cruise) US$32
Chobe National Park - combo game drive and game cruise US$58
Flights over the Delta, 1 hour (min 5 people) US$110
Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari (two nights) US$145
Evening game drives, Etosha National Park - 3 hour guided drive with spotlights and refreshments US$40
Tandem sky dive, Swakomund US$140
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) US$20
Quadbiking 60km route (approx 2 hours) US$38
Township tour, a guided tour visiting the homes 3 local tribes (4 hours Incl. lunch & refreshments) US$30
Open sea fishing in the Atlantic waters (5 hours Incl. licenses, lunch, refreshments & whatever you catch) US$75
Desert tour, a guided tour discovering the secrets of the local dune belt (5 hours Incl. lunch) US$40
Canoeing on the Orange River US$20
Wine tour, Stellenbosch,visit 4 local wineries and a cheese farm (7 hours Inc. wine tasting, cheese tasting and lunch) US$28
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
Special discounted offer: Add-On Garden Route Tour when booked with this tour (plus local payment, 280 USD) £599
Table Mountain, return cable car US$15
White Shark Cage Diving - day trip inc. transport US$125
Robben Island boat transfer & guided tour US$20
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs and different small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under £10 like the Grumeti guided walk or the visit to the Maasai in the Serengeti.
Other costs to note are those times we dont cover meals or accommodation on the tour, as well as tipping, extra transfers and upgrades.

Be aware during the trip tour there are busy times where we dont cover meals and/or accommodation as during these sections most people are away from camp doing their own thing on different excursions. It is then impractical to cover meals or accommodation.

The times to note on the African Drums tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations - Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, Swakopmund and Stellenbosch - so please ensure you have enough money to cover meals during these times. And note as well spending money is needed to cover camping on the off-chance you chose to stay back on the overnight excursions. The overnight excursions on this tour are the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights), the houseboat (X2 nights) and the Okavango Delta mokoro safari (x2 nights).

Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on the houseboat tour. Again it is at your discretion, but your tour leader and driver will appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.

For some excursions extra transport is needed to get to the start point such as to the gorillas, and lastly some campsites en route also have simple huts or chalets on site. If you feel like a break from camping and youd like an upgrade at some point it is well worth having a little bit of money budgeted accordingly.

The recommended spending money for African Drums to cover the above is £700 - £860.

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure also that you have enough pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required when you enter South Africa at the end of your trip. As a guide then, for the African Drums you will need to have a minimum of 10 blank pages (sides).

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, but bringing both passports is a wise back-up strategy. You can find more information in the different country listings on the FCOs website ( under entry requirements. Do be aware it can be illegal to travel in Africa on two passports.

Visas for most passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route with the exception of the East African visa. Rwandan immigration require the completion of facility documents prior to arrival at the port of entry and we can assist with this.

NB: New Zealand passport holders are required to get the South African visa prior to arrival through an embassy.

As per the 1st June 2017 Botswana will be charging a tourism levy of U$30 for everyone entering the country. Only SADC citizens ( Southern Africa) are exempt of this. Everyone travelling to Botswana should budget for this fee. Payment for this levy can be made in USD cash or by card.
This is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entry.

Visas bought on the ground can only be paid for in US dollars cash.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

Visas are not normally required for most passport holders for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only.
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - $100 - - - - - - - -
Canadian - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $75 - - -
American - $100 - $100 $75 $50 $30 - - -
British - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $55 - - -
German - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Dutch - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Irish - $60 - $100 - - $55 - - -
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Pre and post safari please click here.

Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Kigali to Cape Town
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Before You Go

Kigali to Cape Town

Heh! Find below a link to the African Drums Pre-Departure booklet. This contains a whole heap of information to help you prepare for the trip of a life time from Kigali to Cape Town.

African Drums - pre departure pack

We hope you will find the information we have compiled through 30 years of experience overlanding helpful.

There is information regarding flights in to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, as well as pre tour accommodation options.

When planning the end of your tour, it is worth noting that Cape Town is a city with lots to see and do. We arrive in to Cape Town to stay at Ashanti Lodge on the last night which is included in the price. Ashanti Lodge is a fun and friendly backpackers - set at the foot of Table Mountain and within walking distance of the city centre. We tend to find that most people like to stay at least a few extra days to get the most out of the ‘mother city’ and we are happy to extend your booking at Ashanti.

African Drums will give you the chance to really get into the vibe of Africa. Experience gorilla trekking in the Virungas or Bwindi, the savanna plains of the Serengeti and the tropical paradise of Zanzibar.

Many of the highlights of the tour are included from game drives in Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, through to rhino trekking in Matopos, and two nights in Etosha National Park in Namibia.

There is also a good range of exciting optional activities for you to get involved with on the tour from the gorilla trek, to adrenaline pumping adventure activities at Victoria Falls and Swakopmund. And if you want to try some actual drumming to get some African beats try interactive drumming on a night out in Victoria Falls!

We are here to help you through all stages of the booking and planning of your trip, so please feel free to give us a call, skype or email at any stage.

We recommend once booked on a trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated.

It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site. Touch base with other travellers on the trips in the ‘meet others section’ @ on Facebook. Check out our Facebook page, listen out for our tweets and stay in touch with the day to day world on the road with the big yellow trucks through our blog posts.

Overlanding in Africa is a very different experience from your usual package holiday, so if you have any questions or concerns then please do get in touch, we are more than happy to help.

We look forward to planning your African Drums Safari with you. Get with the beat of the African continent!

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