Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$620
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What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• Nakuru National Park
• Matopos rhino trek
• Lake Naivasha
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew, incl. a cook in East Africa
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari
Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari Overview

From Kenya to Victoria Falls to experience the extraordinary diversity of wildlife in game park after game park, from the Rift Valley lakes, across vast savannah plains. With days on exotic Zanzibar Island to relax on white beaches, snorkel and scuba dive. Visit the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Nakuru National Park and The Elephant Orphanage, Visit local villages including fishing villages in Malawi and the Maasai. Take a hippo cruise, walk with lions, rhino trek, white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, gorge swing and bungee!

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari Add-ons
Download and print the relevant pages for this safari from our brochure (PDF)


Days 1 - 2

Optional visit to the giraffe centre and elephant orphanage in the morning before heading to the Rift Valley, then Lake Nakuru National Park for game drives and a visit to a children's orphanage.

Optionals: The Giraffe Park, Sheldricks Elephant orphanage

Days 3 - 4

Lake Naivasha.

Optionals: Hells Gate National Park, Crater Lake Sanctuary, Elsamere for afternoon tea, Hippo cruise.

Days 5 - 7

Masai Mara, game drives.


Days 8 - 11

Arusha, with evening celebratory barbecue on our return from the game parks.

Optionals: Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti National Park, afternoon drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Maasai Village.

Days 12 - 18
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for Zanzibar Island....

Dar Es Salaam, the chance of views of Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam camp by the Indian Ocean and seafood bbq.

Optionals: Free time to stay on Zanzibar Island from day 15, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 19:

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your accommodation staying in beach cottages and the traditional capital, ancient Stone Town and other requirements on the Island including 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 with a spice tours on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 19 - 23

Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach resorts, fishing villages and curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, horse riding in and by the Lake, Livingstonia hike, school visit, a village meal and dancing.

Days 24 - 25

Cross the Luangwa River en route to the capital Lusaka.

Days 26- 28

Into the Zambezi Valley to relax by 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, playing with cubs, horse rides. 

Days 32- 33

Into Bulawayo, to visit Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 34 - 37

Four night stay at Victoria Falls.

Optionals: Bungee jump, gorge swing, abseil, flying fox, white water rafting, 'flight of the angels' over the Falls in helicopters and microlights, breakfast drift canoe, sunset cruise and many other activities based around the Victoria Falls.

Further itinerary notes:
Please note we can finish this safari on either the Livingstone side of the Zambezi at Victoria Falls or the Zimbabwean side. We would advise that flights can be arranged either from Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls for the end of this safari where there is an international airport in Livingstone. Alternatively flights can be organised out of the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwean side. Do note extra visa and transfer costs apply if you need to cross the river to fly out. Transfers can be arranged to either airport from the campsite where we finish.

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.

Classic Safari, the Component - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* The Masai Mara
* Lake Naivasha
* Nakuru National Park
* Mikumi National Park
* Matopos game drive and rhino trek


27 breakfasts & 27 dinners whilst travelling on the truck incl 2 pre-prepared bbqs & a village meal
29 nights camping.

AS WELL AS...............

- 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 services of a cook in East Africa
- 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: £400 - £1000

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).

Nairobi day trip including Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park US$15
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Crater Lake Sanctuary, guided walk US$45
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha US$30
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater game drives 3 days/2 night safari, from US$625
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
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$40
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 walk 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
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
Special discounted offer: Add-on Botswana Safari including a Chobe River game cruise & a 3-day guided mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta when booked with this tour £445
3 day Add-On to Johannesburg including a game cruise on the Chobe river £370
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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 a 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 Classic Safari, the component tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations  Zanzibar and Victoria Falls - 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 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari (x2 nights), the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights) and the houseboat trip (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, 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 Classic Safari, the Component is £470 - £600.

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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. As a guide then, for the Classic Component Safari you will want to have a minimum of 6 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.

For this trip visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route. This includes the Kenyan visa which, for most passport holders, can be easily arranged upon arrival in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

NB: New Zealanders wishing to travel to South Africa need to get a visa beforehand through an embassy.

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 can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

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 $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
Canadian $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $75 - - -
American $50 - - $100 $75 $50 $30 - - -
British $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $55 - - -
German $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Dutch $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Irish $50 - - $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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Nairobi to The Victoria Falls
Start Nairobi Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Fri 11 Aug 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1180 US$620 0 Seats available Book Now
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Thu 21 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1180 US$620 8+ Seats available
Christmas in the Mara and New Years in Arusha on leaving the Tanzanian game parks
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Before You Go

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Classic Safari, the Component" - to The Victoria Falls.

Classic Safari, the Component - pre departure pack

This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

We recommend once booked on a Nairobi to The Victoria Falls 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.

And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

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Start Nairobi Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Fri 11 Aug 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1180 US$620
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