Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Overland Tours

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Price

£1415
+ Local Payment US$1000
(local payment explained)

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

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari Overview

The chance to see the Big Five and more! Visiting the mountain gorillas, and game park after park - Masai Mara, Serengeti, Queen Elizabeth, Nakuru and Ngorongoro Crater. Visiting magical Zanzibar and beach campsites by Lake Malawi. With adventure action white water rafting and bungee jumping on the White Nile and by the Zambezi River where we finish at the Victoria Falls, Mosi Oa Tunya - the Smoke that Thunders!

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

Itinerary

Days 1 - 3
KENYA

Departure meeting, Giraffe Park, Rift Valley, morning and afternoon game drives and overnight camp in The Masai Mara.

Optionals: Sheldrick's Elephant orphanage, Maasai Village, balloon safari in the Masai Mara.

Days 3 - 7
KENYA

Lake Naivasha, game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, Eldoret.

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

Days 8 - 13
UGANDA

Jinja, The White Nile and Lake Bujagali, Kampala, Lake Victoria.

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

Days 14 - 15
UGANDA

Equator stop and drum markets, Mbarara, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive.

Optionals: Chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan Forest

Days 16 - 19
UGANDA - RWANDA

Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze, Kigali

Optionals: 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 visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village, banana beer making, basket weaving, Genocide Memorial and Museum

Days 20 - 25
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.

Days 26 - 27
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 28 - 32
TANZANIA -5 days allocated for Zanzibar Island....

Free time to allow for an optional 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 accommodation staying in beach cottages and the traditional ancient capital, Stone Town, and your other requirements inciuding 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 33 - 34
TANZANIA - MALAWI

Drive through Mikumi National Park, Chitimba, Lake Malawi beach camp.

Days 35 - 37
MALAWI

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 38 - 39
ZAMBIA

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

Days 40- 42
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 43 - 45
ZIMBABWE

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

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

Day 46-47
ZIMBABWE

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

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 48 - 51
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.

The Big Six - 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:

Over seven core game parks and other highlights including:

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
The Giraffe Park
The Grumeti Game Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Bujagali
Lake Victoria
Private Game Farm

- 41 breakfasts and 40 dinners whilst travelling on the truck including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues.
- 43 nights camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation while trekking the gorillas.
- 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: £360 - £870

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
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha US$30
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
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
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Guided walk alongside Lions US$85
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 Masai Mara £385
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 Big Six tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations  Jinja, 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 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 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 Big Six to cover the above is £615 - £760.

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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 Big Six Safari you will need to have a minimum of 9 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.

For this tour 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.

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 Big 6 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.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel on to South Africa a visa needs to be obtained beforehand through an embassy.

If your passport is not detailed please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further details of your visa requirements.

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

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Dates

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls
Start Nairobi Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Mon 10 Apr 2017 Tue 30 May 2017 £1415 US$1000 4 seats left
Tue 30 May 2017 Wed 19 Jul 2017 £1415 US$1000 fully booked Book Now
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Thu 7 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1415 US$1000 Christmas with the gorillas, and New Years celebrations on leaving the Tanzanian game parks Book Now
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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 "The Big Six" - to The Victoria Falls.

The Big Six - 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
Mon 10 Apr 2017 Tue 30 May 2017 £1415 US$1000 4 seats left
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Book Now Tue 20 Jun 2017 Wed 9 Aug 2017 £1415 US$1000 fully booked
Book Now Fri 28 Jul 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1415 US$1000 1 seat left
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Book Now Thu 7 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1415 US$1000 Christmas with the gorillas, and New Years celebrations on leaving the Tanzanian game parks
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