Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tours

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Price

WAS £2395 NOW £2156
+ Local Payment US$930
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• Masai Mara
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa depending on the season
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Lake Nakuru
• Grumeti Reserve
• Breakfast and dinner whilst travelling with the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst with the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• Transport from Johannesburg to Nairobi
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Flight of the Flamingos Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Overview

Beginning in the 'City of gold' Johannesburg, traveling across into beautiful Botswana, cruising the Chobe river, game drives in Hwange National Park, with a visit to the Painted Dog conservation Centre. Chill out in Victoria falls or get your blood pumping with some extreme sports. Game drives in the famous Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti. You have the option to head over the to paradise island of Zanzibar. Trekking with the mountain gorillas is often a highlight for many. Traveling through Uganda and Rwanda, you can visit a pre-school, Jinja and the famous Masai Mara.

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

Itinerary

Days 1 - 3
SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA

Depart Johannesburg, departure meeting, Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional: Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 4-7
ZIMBABWE

Guided game drives in Hwange National Park and Painted Dog Conservation Centre.

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

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, white water rafting, canoeing, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flights, bungee jump, gorge swing,rap jump, flying fox, sunset cruise and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Optional: Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 8 - 9
ZAMBIA

Livingstone, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Days 10- 11
ZIMBABWE - ZAMBIA

South Luangwa National Park (depending on the season)

Optional: Game drives in South Luangwa National Park

Please note when Luangwa is out of season we will spend an extra night in Hwange National Park.

Days 12 -14
ZAMBIA - MALAWI

Lake Malawi beach camp, village visits including for a traditional meal and curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, horse riding in the Lake, school visit.

Day 15
MALAWI - TANZANIA

The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa.

Day 16
TANZANIA

Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 17 - 21
TANZANIA

Zanzibar Island

4 nights are allocated for the optional beach stay on Zanzibar Island. For the Zanzibar stay we can reserve accommodation for 3 nights in popular affordable beach accommodation on one of Zanzibar's best beaches, as well as a night within ancient Stone Town. All other requirements including the ferry bookings, a spice tour and transfers can also be arranged.

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 17, returning to stay the night in the town of Bagamoyo on day 21

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.

Day 22
TANZANIA

Arusha

Market shopping, Maasai Cultural Centre and Museum.

Day 23
TANZANIA

Guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater- a perfectly intact valcanic caldera to spot the 'Big 5' and many more.

Days 24
TANZANIA

Visit to a Maasai village, Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti, camp in the centre of the park.

Day 25
TANZANIA

Morning game drives. Exit the Serengeti to camp in the Grumeti, near Ikoma Gate.

Optional:Evening game drives.

Day 26
TANZANIA

Mwanza, Lake Victoria.

Optionals Guided game walks in the Grumeti.

Day 27
TANZANIA

Village stop over.

Day 28
RWANDA

Kigali.

Day 29
RWANDA

Musanze.

Optionals: Banana beer making, basket weaving

 

Days 30- 31
UGANDA

Kisoro and the Virungas

Optionals:Genocide Memorial and Museum, Mountain gorilla trek in either Parc National de Volcans (Rwanda) or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village.

Day 32
UGANDA

Kabale.

Days 33
UGANDA

Mbarara, Equator stop and drum markets, Kampala.

Days 34- 36
UGANDA

Jinja and the While Nile and Bujagali Falls.

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, voluntary work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, kayaking.

Day 37
KENYA

Eldoret

Day 38 -39
KENYA

Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 40-41
KENYA

Lake Naivasha

Optionals: Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hell's Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, hippo cruise.

Day 42- 43
KENYA

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara, afternoon and morning game drives

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari.

Days 44
KENYA

Nairobi

Optionals:Night out at a Nairobi restaurant

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 43 to 45 days. 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.

Flight of the Flamingos - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Johannesburg to Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

OVER SEVEN GAME PARKS & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS including:

The Masai Mara
Nakuru National Park
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa depending on the season
Hwange National Park
Mikumi National Park
Chobe game cruise
The Grumeti Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Bujagali
Lake Victoria

CAMPING, BREAKFAST & DINNER WHILST TRAVELLING ON THE TRUCK

- 37 Breakfasts and 37 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 38 nights camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation whilst at the gorillas

- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi 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: £200 - £1,021

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).

Chobe National Park - game drive US$32
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Guided walk alongside Lions US$150
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
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) US$70
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
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from US$40
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £360 to £530
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
Volunteer work in a local school, Jinja US$20
Sunset cruise, The White Nile US$45
Quad biking, Jinja (1 hour) US$49
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha US$30
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
TO CONSIDER AFTER YOUR TOUR
Nairobi day trip including Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park £50
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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 or a guided game walk in the Grumeti.
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 Victoria Falls, Zanzibar and Jinja - 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 excursion on this tour is the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights).
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on game drives or guided tours. 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 Flight of the Flamingos is: £500 - £630.

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Visa

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 to 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 Flight of the Flamingoes you will want 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. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCOs website (www.fco.gov.uk) under entry requirements. Do be aware it can be illegal to travel in Africa on two passports.

For this tour visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route with the exception of the East Africa visa. Rwandan immigration require the completion of a facility document prior to arrival at the port of entry for this visa and we can assist with this.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders need to get a visa for South Africa beforehand at an embassy.

If your passport is not detailed please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

Visas are not usually required for Botswana or South Africa for most passport holders.

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
PASSPORT
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 - $100 - $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 absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Dates

Johannesburg to Nairobi
Start Johannesburg Finish Nairobi Price Special Offer Local Payment Departure details
Sun 2 Jul 2017 Thu 17 Aug 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 47 day tour Book Now
Mon 21 Aug 2017 Fri 6 Oct 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 46 day tour Book Now
Mon 11 Sep 2017 Sun 29 Oct 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 49 day tour Book Now
Thu 19 Oct 2017 Sat 2 Dec 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 45 day tour Book Now
Fri 8 Dec 2017 Thu 25 Jan 2018 £2395 US$930 49 day tour, Christmas at the beach on Zanzibar, New Years in Arusha Book Now
Thu 11 Jan 2018 Mon 26 Feb 2018 £2395 US$930 47 day tour Book Now
Tue 3 Jul 2018 Fri 17 Aug 2018 £2395 US$930 46 day tour Book Now
Mon 13 Aug 2018 Fri 28 Sep 2018 £2395 US$930 47 day tour Book Now
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Sun 7 Oct 2018 £2395 US$930 47 day tour Book Now
Tue 11 Sep 2018 Tue 30 Oct 2018 £2395 US$930 50 day tour Book Now
Thu 4 Oct 2018 Tue 20 Nov 2018 £2395 US$930 48 day tour Book Now

Before You Go

Johannesburg to Nairobi

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Flight of the Flamingos" - to Nairobi.

Flight of the Flamingos - 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 Johannesburg to Nairobi 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.

Book your Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari

Start Johannesburg Finish Nairobi Price Special Offer Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Sun 2 Jul 2017 Thu 17 Aug 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 47 day tour
Book Now Mon 21 Aug 2017 Fri 6 Oct 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 46 day tour
Book Now Mon 11 Sep 2017 Sun 29 Oct 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 49 day tour
Book Now Thu 19 Oct 2017 Sat 2 Dec 2017 £2395 £2156 US$930 45 day tour
Book Now Fri 8 Dec 2017 Thu 25 Jan 2018 £2395 US$930 49 day tour, Christmas at the beach on Zanzibar, New Years in Arusha
Book Now Thu 11 Jan 2018 Mon 26 Feb 2018 £2395 US$930 47 day tour
Book Now Tue 3 Jul 2018 Fri 17 Aug 2018 £2395 US$930 46 day tour
Book Now Mon 13 Aug 2018 Fri 28 Sep 2018 £2395 US$930 47 day tour
Book Now Wed 22 Aug 2018 Sun 7 Oct 2018 £2395 US$930 47 day tour
Book Now Tue 11 Sep 2018 Tue 30 Oct 2018 £2395 US$930 50 day tour
Book Now Thu 4 Oct 2018 Tue 20 Nov 2018 £2395 US$930 48 day tour