Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$1260
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What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Matopos
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• The Giraffe Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Lake Naivasha
• Private Game Reserve
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Fish River Canyon
• 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
Why not go on the Absolute Safari 73 days of pure fun
Countries Visited

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

Nairobi to Cape Town Safari Overview

The overland safari that does it all! Game drives across the world famous Masai Mara, a gorilla trek in the Virungas, the magic of Zanzibar's white beaches, the dunes of Namibia, the Serengeti, into Ngorongoro, across the pan of Etosha, mokoros deep into the Okavango, game cruise on the Chobe River and then the madness of white water rafting, bungee, gorge swings and walking with lions!!

Nairobi to Cape Town Safari Add-ons
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Days 1 - 7

Departure meeting, The Giraffe Park, morning and afternoon game drives in The Masai Mara, as well as overnight camp, The Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Optionals: Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, balloon safari, Maasai visit, hippo cruise, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hells Gate National Park, guided hike to Green Crater Lake.

Days 8 - 15

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali, Kampala, Lake Victoria, drum markets, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive.

Optionals: Whitewater rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, volunteer work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, forest chimpanzee trekking.

Days 16 - 19

Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze, Kigali.

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), trek to the golden monkeys, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village visit, banana beer making, basket weaving, Genocide Memorial and Museum.

Days 20 - 26

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

Optionals: Maasai Boma visit (village).

Days 27 - 32
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast, the chance of views of Kilimanarjo en route, seafood barbecue and preparations for Zanzibar Island on reaching the coast.

Optional free time for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 28, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 32.

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your stay on Zanzibar. We reserve accommodation in popular beach cottages 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 33 - 37

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 the Lake, Livingstonia hike, school visit.

Days 38 - 42

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing few days at Lake Kariba.

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

Days 43 - 45

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, carriage rides.

Days 46 - 47

Bulawayo and Matopos National Park for rhino treks.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Day 48 - 51

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 and horse rides.

Days 52 - 56

Chobe safari lodge, Maun.

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

Days 57 - 66

Morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit the Cheetah Park and Cape Cross Seal Colony, lodge stay or similar in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Evening game drives, Himba village visit, Bushman visit, walk to see ancient rock paintings, quad biking, sandboarding, go-karts, sky diving, desert flights, township tour, dolphin cruise, open sea fishing.

Days 67 - 73

Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, camp by the Orange River, Stellenbosch, drive through to spend the final evening at Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town.

Optionals: Guided walk on the dunes, canoeing, 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.

The Absolute Safari - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


The Masai Mara
The Serengeti
Nakuru National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Ngorongoro Crater
Mikumi National Park
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft National Park
The Giraffe Park
The Grumeti Game Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Private Game Reserve
Sossusvlei Dunes
The Cheetah Sanctuary
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
Fish River Canyon


- 57 breakfasts and 56 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 59 nights camping and 6 nights dorm accommodation whilst travelling on the truck including three nights in a lodge or similar in Swakopmund and the final night in Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town.

AS WELL AS.......
- A fully equipped and dieselled 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: £400 - £1427

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).

Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
Volunteer work in a local school, Jinja US$20
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, (not including transfers), from US$50
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £360 to £530
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
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
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
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$28
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 Masai Mara £385
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
White Shark Cage Diving - day trip inc. transport £84
Table Mountain, return cable car US$15
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 Absolute Safari 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 The Absolute Safari to cover the above is £890 - £1100.

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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 Absolute Safari 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.

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.

Please note that since June 2014 the East African Tourist Visa has been introduced for multiple entry to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Where this visa is being issued it should provide a saving in money and time. For the Absolute Safari it is now being regularly issued on arrival in Nairobi. The new visa is reflected in the chart below. It is being charged at $100 to cover all three countries.

Also do note that New Zealand passport holders need to get a visa for South Africa beforehand at 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.

If your passport is not detailed please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further details of your visa 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 - $30 $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 or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Nairobi to Cape Town
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Before You Go

Nairobi to Cape Town

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "The Absolute Safari" - to Cape Town.

The Absolute Safari - pre departure pack

The 73 Day Absolute Safari is our longest tour and a great adventure. With over 30 years overlanding experience, we hope you will find the information that we have compiled helpful to assist with preparing for your trip.

There are details on how to book flights, pre-tour accommodation and transfers in Nairobi, as well as information on the arrangements for our arrival in Cape Town at the end of your trip.

In Nairobi we offer a choice of accommodation to stay either at the Heron Hotel, or alternatively at Wildebeest Eco Camp. For this tour we can collect you on day one at either.

The Heron Hotel is a well appointed secure hotel where you can enjoy some home comforts before you head out on your big adventure, or alternatively the Wildebeest is competitively priced with a good range of different accommodation styles from dorms to deluxe tents.

Remember when considering your plans for the end of the trip, Cape Town has plenty to see and do. Many really enjoy staying a few extra days to get the most out of the 'mother city'.

On The Absolute Safari most of the big game parks are included from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti to Etosha National Park. At the same time there are many exciting optional activities and this pack has information on the these including details on gorilla trekking, the four days on Zanzibar Island, and adventure activities in Victoria Falls and Jinja, as well as the houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba.

Personal updates are issued before departure by email to all participants, with 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 Cape Town 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 in touch with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

An overlanding trip in Africa is a very different style of tour from your usual package holiday, so whatever your question please don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help, and happy to advise to ensure you get the most from your big trip! Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

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