Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$900
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What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• Nakuru National Park
• Matopos
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• Private Game Reserve
• Lake Naivasha
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Fish River Canyon
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst with 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 incl. cook in East Africa
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
The Classic Safari from Nairobi to Cape Town Safari
Countries Visited

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

Nairobi to Cape Town Safari Overview

A Classic Safari - from Kenya to Cape Town, with every opportunity to see the big five and more in game park after game park from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti to Etosha. On the way experience the cultures and stunning geography of East and Southern Africa - The Rift Valley, the vast savannah plains, Zanzibar's white beaches, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta and the dunes of Namibia. With the opportunity for an adrenalin rush or two - sky dive, gorge swing and white water rafting on the Zambezi's grade 5 rapids!

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


Days 1 - 7

Option to visit the giraffe centre and Sheldricks elephant orphanage before heading to the Rift Valley Look Out and onto Nakuru. Morning and afternoon game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, visit to a children's orphanage and then onto Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara for morning and afternoon game drives.

Optionals: Hells Gate National Park, Crater Lake Sanctuary, Elsamere for afternoon tea, visit in a Maasai Village, The Giraffe Park, Sheldrick's Animal Orphanage.

Days 8 - 11

Drive through to Arusha, with evening celebratory barbecue on our return from the game parks.

Optionals: Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti National Park, afternoon drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater.

Days 12 - 18
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the coast, the chance of views of Kilimanjaro en route, seafood barbecue at our camp by the Indian Ocean, preparations for Zanzibar Island stay.

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 14, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 18:

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 the ancient capital, Stone Town as well as your other requirements including 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 tours on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 19 - 23

Lake Malawi beach resorts, visit traditional fishing villages, with a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

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


Days 24 - 28

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka. The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing few days at Lake Kariba.

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


Days 29 - 31

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, carriage rides.


Days 32 - 33

Bulawayo and Matopos National Park including rhino trek.

Optionals: Extra game drives in Matopos


Days 34 - 37

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital.

Optionals: lion walks, rhino trek, white water rafting, bungee jump, gorge swing and abseil, Flight of the Angels, sunset cruise, township tour, canoe excursions, horse rides and many other activities at the Falls.

Days 38 - 42

Chobe Safari Lodge, Maun.

Optionals: Chobe National Park, Flights over the Delta, Okavango Delta mokoro safari, Moremi Game Reserve.

Days 43 - 47

Caprivi Strip, morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit to a cheetah sanctuary, Spitzkoppe or similar.

Optionals:Hoba meteorite, evening game drives, Himba village visit, rock engravings.

Days 48 - 52

Cape Cross Seal Colony, three night lodge stay or similar in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Open sea fishing, township tour, dune buggies, quad biking, sand boarding, go-karting, tandem sky diving, dolphin boat trip, desert flights.

Days 53 - 59

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

Optionals: Guided walk on the dunes, Rafting on the Orange River, 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 Classic 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:

Over six core game parks and other highlights including:

The Masai Mara
Nakuru National Park
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft National Park
Lake Naivasha
Private Game Reserve
The Cheetah Sanctuary
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Sossusvlei Dunes
Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
Fish River Canyon

- 44 breakfasts and 44 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues, and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 43 nights camping and six nights dorm accommodation in a lodge or similar in Swakopmund and Stellenbosch and the final night in Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town.
- 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 services of a cook in East Africa
- 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 - £1100

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).

Entry to Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park US$15
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
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater game drives 3 days/2 nights, from US$625
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 on 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
Evening game drives, Etosha National Park - 3 hour guided drive with spotlights and refreshments US$40
Himba village excursion US$18
Tandem sky dive, Swakomund US$140
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) US$20
Quad biking 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 US$125
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 a 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 Classic 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 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari (x2 nights), the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights), the houseboats (X2 nights) and the mokoro safari into the Okavango Delta (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 Classic Safari to cover the above is £745 - £940.

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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 Classic Safari you will want 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 is wise as a back up strategy. You can find more information on 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 trip 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. This includes the Kenyan visa, which for most passport holders can be easily arranged upon arrival in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

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.

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.

Visas are not normally required for most passport holders for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

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

Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice.
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
Canadian $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $75 - - -
American $50 - - $100 $75 $50 $30 - - -
British $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $55 - - -
German $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Dutch $50 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Irish $50 - - $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
Start Nairobi Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Fri 11 Aug 2017 Sun 8 Oct 2017 £1670 US$900 0 Seats available Book Now
Thu 7 Sep 2017 Sat 4 Nov 2017 £1670 US$900 2 Seats available Book Now
Sat 30 Sep 2017 Mon 27 Nov 2017 £1670 US$900 0 Seats available Book Now
Fri 3 Nov 2017 Sun 31 Dec 2017 £1670 US$900 1 Seats available
Christmas by the Orange River with a stop over at Ai Ais Hot Springs and New Years in Cape Town.
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Thu 21 Dec 2017 Sat 17 Feb 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available
Christmas in the Masai Mara, New Years Eve party on leaving the Tanzanian parks
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Sun 28 Jan 2018 Tue 27 Mar 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available Book Now
Tue 20 Feb 2018 Thu 19 Apr 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available Book Now
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Thu 14 Jun 2018 Sat 11 Aug 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available Book Now
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Sat 11 Aug 2018 Mon 8 Oct 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available Book Now
Thu 30 Aug 2018 Sat 27 Oct 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available Book Now
Mon 1 Oct 2018 Wed 28 Nov 2018 £1670 US$900 8+ Seats available Book Now

Before You Go

Nairobi to Cape Town

Excited about the Classic Safari? When you start to prepare for your trip you will probably have a lot of questions!

Below, you will find a link to the pre departure pack for the Classic Safari which is full to the brim of useful information relating to your trip.

The Classic Safari - pre departure pack

With our 30 yearsÂ’ experience in overlanding Africa, we have put together this departure booklet specifically with you in mind to covers all sorts of frequently asked questions such as how to arrange your flights, what you should pack, how do I organize airport transfers and where is the best place to stay pre and post safari?

If you need assistance with accommodation before the tour in Nairobi do take a look at the information for the Heron Hotel, or alternatively at Wildebeest Eco Camp. For this tour we can collect you on day one at either the Heron or Wildebeest Camp.

A well-appointed secure hotel in Nairobi, you might like to treat yourself and enjoy some home comforts at The Heron 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.

We include many of the highlights in the price of the Classic Safari. At the same time during this 58 day tour there are many different and exciting optional activities. The pack has information on the optional extras available along the way from Kenya all the way to South Africa including a four night Zanzibar Island, adventure activities in Victoria Falls and the houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba.

When planning the end of your trip, it is worth noting that Cape town is a very beautiful city with lots to see and do, we find many people like to stay at least a few extra days to get the most out of the 'mother city'.

Remember to 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.

Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up with our blogs to stay up to date with all that is happening on the trucks. We are also on Instagram

Overlanding in Africa is something completely different to any other form of holiday - this aint another big bus tour!! So if there are any queries or concerns please do get in touch, we are more than happy to help - just give us a call, skype or email.

We look forward to helping you plan the trip of a lifetime!

Book your Nairobi to Cape Town Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Fri 11 Aug 2017 Sun 8 Oct 2017 £1670 US$900
Book Now Thu 7 Sep 2017 Sat 4 Nov 2017 £1670 US$900
Book Now Sat 30 Sep 2017 Mon 27 Nov 2017 £1670 US$900
Book Now Fri 3 Nov 2017 Sun 31 Dec 2017 £1670 US$900 Christmas by the Orange River with a stop over at Ai Ais Hot Springs and New Years in Cape Town.
Book Now Thu 21 Dec 2017 Sat 17 Feb 2018 £1670 US$900 Christmas in the Masai Mara, New Years Eve party on leaving the Tanzanian parks
Book Now Sun 28 Jan 2018 Tue 27 Mar 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Tue 20 Feb 2018 Thu 19 Apr 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Tue 5 Jun 2018 Thu 2 Aug 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Thu 14 Jun 2018 Sat 11 Aug 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Wed 4 Jul 2018 Fri 31 Aug 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Sat 11 Aug 2018 Mon 8 Oct 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Thu 30 Aug 2018 Sat 27 Oct 2018 £1670 US$900
Book Now Mon 1 Oct 2018 Wed 28 Nov 2018 £1670 US$900