Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tours

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Price

£2395
+ Local Payment US$1100
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Cape Agulhas
• The Cango Caves
• Ostrich Farm Tour
• Masai Mara (2 days)
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa depending on the season
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Nakuru National Park
• Grumeti Reserve
• Breakfast& dinner while 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 Cape Town to Nairobi
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• Transport from Cape Town to Nairobi
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Northern Trails Cape Town to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

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

Cape Town to Nairobi Safari Overview

Cape Town to Nairobi - Beginning at the foot of Table Mountain and continuing along the Garden Route, one of the most beautiful stretches of coast line in the world, before heading north to journey to East Africa. You will have every opportunity to spot the big 5 in game park after game park on this overland tour. There is also the chance to trek the endangered mountain gorillas.

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

Itinerary

Day 1 - 3
SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town, Cape Agulhas.

Optionals: Robben Island, Table Mountain cable car, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Point, paragliding, kiteboarding, shark diving, whale watching.

Days 4 - 6
SOUTH AFRICA

Outeniqua Mountains, Cango Caves, Oudsthoorn, Ostrich Farm, Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma Forest, Bloukrans Bridge, Storms River, Jeffreys Bay, Addo Elephant Park.

Optionals: Bloukrans Bungee, Canopy Tour, Black-water tubing, quad biking, flying fox, guided bridge-walk, waterfalls zipline, Addo Elephant Park night drives, Addo National Park horse trails.

Days 9 - 10
SOUTH AFRICA

Karoo, Aliwal North, Johannesburg.

Optionals:Apartheid Museum

Days 11 - 13
SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA

Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional:Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 14 - 15
ZIMBABWE

Guided game drives in Hwange National Park, visit to Painted Dog Conservation Centre.

Optional:Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 16 - 18
ZIMBABWE

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.

Days 19 - 20
ZAMBIA

Livingstone, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Days 21- 22
ZAMBIA

South Luangwa National Park for morning game drives (depending on the season)

Optional:Evening game drive in South Luangwa National Park

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

Days 23
MALAWI

Lake Malawi.

Days 24- 25
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 26
MALAWI

More time to enjoy rural Malawi and relax by the Lake.

Day 27
TANZANIA

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

Day 28
TANZANIA

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

Days 29 - 33
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 29, returning to the town of Bagamoyo on day 33.

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 34
TANZANIA

Arusha

Day 35
TANZANIA

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

Day 36
TANZANIA

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

Day 37
TANZANIA

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

Optional:Evening game drives in the Grumeti.

 

Day 38
TANZANIA

Mwanza, Lake Victoria.

Optionals Guided game walk in the Grumeti.

Day 39
TANZANIA

Nyakhanzi

Village stop over.

Days 40 - 41
RWANDA

Kigali, Ruhengeri.

Days 42-43
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 44
UGANDA

Kabale

Day 45
UGANDA

Mbarara, Equator stop, markets, Masaka.

Days 46- 47
UGANDA

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali

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

Day 48 -49
KENYA

Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 50-51
KENYA

Two nights camp, Lake Naivasha

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

Days 52- 53
KENYA

The Masai Mara for two days, afternoon and morning game drives

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari.

Day 54
KENYA

Morning game drives, Nairobi

Optional: Night out at a Nairobi restaurant.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 53 to 55 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.

 

Northern Trails - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Cape Town 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 (two days)
Nakuru National Park
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa depending on the season
Hwange National Park
Addo Elephant Park
Mikumi National Park
Chobe game cruise
The Grumeti Reserve
Cape Agulhus
Cango Caves
Ostrich Farm
Private Game Farm
Lake Naivasha
Bujagali
Lake Victoria

CAMPING, BREAKFAST & DINNER WHILST TRAVELLING ON THE TRUCK

- 48 Breakfasts and 46 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 49 nights Camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation whilst travelling on the truck

- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle travelling from Cape Town 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: £500 - £1,000

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).

White shark cage diving - day trip inc transport U$125
Table Mountain - Return Cable Car U$15
Robben Island boat transfer and guided tour U$20
Bungee - Bloukrans Bridge U$60
Tsitsikamma Forest - Treetop canopy walk U$33
Tsitsikamma - Waterfall Zip Lining U$25
Storms River - Black Water Tubing U$38
Learn to surf in J'Bay U$18
Visit to the meerkats U$30
Chobe National Park - game drive U$32
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls U$30
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) U$150
Guided walk alongside Lions U$150
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls U$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) U$140
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) U$95
White water rafting The Zambezi U$120
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi U$55
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) U$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) U$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 U$65
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa U$15
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from U$40
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises U$25
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £360 to £530
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing U$10
White water rafting The White Nile U$140
Volunteer work in a local school, Jinja U$20
Sunset cruise, The White Nile U$45
Quad biking, Jinja (1 hour) U$49
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers U$55
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha U$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 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 Northern Trails 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 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 Northern Trails is: £630 - £660.

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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 Northern Trails 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 Rwandan visa. Rwandan immigration require the completion of a facility document prior to arrival at the port of entry in order for you to obtain the East Africa visa and we can assist with this.

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

Cape Town to Nairobi
Start Cape Town Finish Nairobi Price Local Payment Departure details
Thu 22 Jun 2017 Thu 17 Aug 2017 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour Book Now
Fri 11 Aug 2017 Fri 6 Oct 2017 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour Book Now
Fri 1 Sep 2017 Sun 29 Oct 2017 £2395 US$1100 59 day tour Book Now
Mon 9 Oct 2017 Sat 2 Dec 2017 £2395 US$1100 55 day tour Book Now
Tue 28 Nov 2017 Thu 25 Jan 2018 £2395 US$1100 59 day tour Book Now
Mon 1 Jan 2018 Mon 26 Feb 2018 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour Book Now
Sat 23 Jun 2018 Fri 17 Aug 2018 £2395 US$1100 56 day tour Book Now
Fri 3 Aug 2018 Fri 28 Sep 2018 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour Book Now
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Sun 7 Oct 2018 £2395 US$1100 56 day tour Book Now
Sat 1 Sep 2018 Tue 30 Oct 2018 £2395 US$1100 60 day tour Book Now
Mon 24 Sep 2018 Tue 20 Nov 2018 £2395 US$1100 58 day tour Book Now

Before You Go

Cape Town to Nairobi

Check the link below to download the Predeparture Booklet for the Northern Trails tour.

This tour is ideal for those that want to start in Cape Town and experience so many of the big highlights from Cape Town through to Nairobi

Northern Trails - pre departure pack

Having run overland trips through Africa for over 30 years, we understand the desire to have as much information about your chosen tour as possible. An overland trip in Africa is a very different style of travel from any you might have done before.

In order to help you plan, we have put together this predeparture pack filled with tips and advice for your trip

The pack contains answers to the most frequently asked questions including what to bring, how to budget, arrange airport pick up and pre and post safari accommodation and there are details of all the optional excursions you can do along the way as you travel from Cape Town up to Nairobi.

Cape Town is a great city with lots to see and do, and we find many people like to arrive a few days early to get the most out of the 'mother city'. Nairobi also has lots to offer, and many people like to stay a few days to explore Kenya's capital.

We will also send you a personal update about 10 days before departure containing all the latest information as well as final confirmations of your transfers, accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is in order for your trip of a lifetime.

There is always one of our friendly and passionate team around to help you with any queries or concerns you may have at any stage of your booking. Just give us a call, email or skype and we will be more than happy to help.

The booklet is also regularly updated so check back here periodically. It is also worth keeping an eye on the news section of our website, as well as checking out our Facebook page, twitter updates, Instagram and blog to see what adventures are currently occurring out on the road.

We look forward to helping you plan your Northern Trails Safari.

Book your Cape Town to Nairobi Safari

Start Cape Town Finish Nairobi Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Thu 22 Jun 2017 Thu 17 Aug 2017 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour
Book Now Fri 11 Aug 2017 Fri 6 Oct 2017 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour
Book Now Fri 1 Sep 2017 Sun 29 Oct 2017 £2395 US$1100 59 day tour
Book Now Mon 9 Oct 2017 Sat 2 Dec 2017 £2395 US$1100 55 day tour
Book Now Tue 28 Nov 2017 Thu 25 Jan 2018 £2395 US$1100 59 day tour
Book Now Mon 1 Jan 2018 Mon 26 Feb 2018 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour
Book Now Sat 23 Jun 2018 Fri 17 Aug 2018 £2395 US$1100 56 day tour
Book Now Fri 3 Aug 2018 Fri 28 Sep 2018 £2395 US$1100 57 day tour
Book Now Sun 12 Aug 2018 Sun 7 Oct 2018 £2395 US$1100 56 day tour
Book Now Sat 1 Sep 2018 Tue 30 Oct 2018 £2395 US$1100 60 day tour
Book Now Mon 24 Sep 2018 Tue 20 Nov 2018 £2395 US$1100 58 day tour