Kampala to The Victoria Falls Overland Tours

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Price

£1195
+ Local Payment US$850
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Serengeti
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Matopos rhino trek
• The Grumeti Game Reserve
• Bujagali
• Lake Victoria
• Private Game Reserve
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck including some simple hostels
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Rivers Of Africa Kampala to The Victoria Falls Safari
Countries Visited

Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kampala to The Victoria Falls Safari Overview

From the White Nile to the Zambezi River! With a gorilla trek, game drives across the Serengeti and in Ngorongoro Crater, staying on the tropical island of Zanzibar to snorkel and scuba dive, and by Lake Malawi. Game cruise down the Kazinga Channel, visit a chimp sanctuary and help out in a local school. Rhino trekking, lion walking and elephant rides, bungee jump, gorge swinging, quad biking and white water rafting - adrenalin activities plus!

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

Itinerary

Days 1 - 3
UGANDA

Transfer to Jinga, departure meeting by the White Nile and Lake Bujagali.

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

Days 4 - 8
UGANDA

Kampala, Lake Victoria, Drum markets, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive, Kabale.

Optionals: Chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan Forest.

Days 9 - 11
UGANDA - RWANDA

Kigali, Kisoro and the Virungas.

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

Days 12 - 13
TANZANIA

Cross into Tanzania near the Rusumo River, Mwanza, Lake Victoria.

Days 14 - 17
TANZANIA

Mwanza, Game drives in the Serengeti, The Grumeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Mto Wa Mbu markets, evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: Game walks and evening game drives in the Grumeti, Maasai Village.

Days 18 - 19
TANZANIA

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 when we arrive, and final preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Days 20 - 24
TANZANIA - Five days allocated for Zanzibar Island....

Free time to allow for an optional stay on Zanzibar island from day 20, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 24.

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

Days 25 - 29
TANZANIA - MALAWI

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

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

Days 30 - 31
ZAMBIA

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

Days 32- 34
ZIMBABWE

Into the Zambezi Valley to relax by Lake Kariba.

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

Days 35 - 37
ZIMBABWE

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, cub interaction, horse rides, carriage rides.

Days 38- 39
ZIMBABWE

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

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 40 - 43
ZIMBABWE

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:
Be aware this safari can finish on either the Livingstone side of the Zambezi at Victoria Falls or the Zimbabwean side.

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. Extra visa and transfer costs apply if you need to cross the river to fly out. We will arrange transfers 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.

Rivers Of Africa - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kampala to The Victoria Falls Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Over five core game parks and other highlights including:

The Serengeti
Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Ngorongoro Crater
Mikumi National Park
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
The Grumeti Game Reserve
Bujagali
Lake Victoria
Private Game Farm

- 33 breakfasts and 32 dinners whilst travelling on the truck including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues.
- 35 nights camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation whilst travelling on the truck.
- 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: £345 - £850

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 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
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, (not including transfers), from US$50
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 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
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
TO CONSIDER AT THE END OF YOUR TOUR
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 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 Rivers of Africa tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at Jinja, Zanzibar and Victoria Falls so please ensure you have enough money to cover meals during this time. 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) and the houseboats (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 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 Rivers of Africa is £525 - £625.

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Visa

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 Rivers of Africa you will need to have a minimum of 8 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 (www.fco.gov.uk) 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.

NB: For Uganda an online application will need to be done for the East Africa visa, which we will send instructions by email on how to do this. The visa is paid for upon arrival in Uganda.
Visas can only be paid for in US dollars cash.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel on to South Africa need to get a visa beforehand at 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.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without notice. The information above 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

Kampala to The Victoria Falls
Start Kampala Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Tue 18 Apr 2017 Tue 30 May 2017 £1195 US$850 4 seats left
Wed 7 Jun 2017 Wed 19 Jul 2017 £1195 US$850 fully booked Book Now
Wed 28 Jun 2017 Wed 9 Aug 2017 £1195 US$850 fully booked Book Now
Sat 5 Aug 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1195 US$850 1 seat left Book Now
Fri 1 Sep 2017 Fri 13 Oct 2017 £1195 US$850 Book Now
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Fri 15 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1195 US$850 Christmas with the gorillas, and New Years celebrations on leaving the Tanzanian game parks Book Now
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Before You Go

Kampala to The Victoria Falls

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Rivers Of Africa" - to The Victoria Falls.

Rivers Of Africa - 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 Kampala 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.

Book your Kampala to The Victoria Falls Safari

Start Kampala Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Tue 18 Apr 2017 Tue 30 May 2017 £1195 US$850 4 seats left
Book Now Wed 7 Jun 2017 Wed 19 Jul 2017 £1195 US$850 fully booked
Book Now Wed 28 Jun 2017 Wed 9 Aug 2017 £1195 US$850 fully booked
Book Now Sat 5 Aug 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1195 US$850 1 seat left
Book Now Fri 1 Sep 2017 Fri 13 Oct 2017 £1195 US$850
Book Now Sun 24 Sep 2017 Sun 5 Nov 2017 £1195 US$850
Book Now Sat 28 Oct 2017 Sat 9 Dec 2017 £1195 US$850
Book Now Fri 15 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1195 US$850 Christmas with the gorillas, and New Years celebrations on leaving the Tanzanian game parks
Book Now Mon 22 Jan 2018 Mon 5 Mar 2018 £1195 US$850
Book Now Wed 14 Feb 2018 Wed 28 Mar 2018 £1195 US$850
Book Now Thu 19 Apr 2018 Thu 31 May 2018 £1195 US$850
Book Now Wed 30 May 2018 Wed 11 Jul 2018 £1195 US$850
Book Now Thu 28 Jun 2018 Thu 9 Aug 2018 £1195 US$850
Book Now Sun 5 Aug 2018 Sun 16 Sep 2018 £1195 US$850
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