Nairobi to Kigali Overland Tours

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Price

£770
+ Local Payment US$430
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• The Giraffe Park
• Lake Naivasha
• Bujagali
• Lake Victoria
• Brkfast & dinner whilst on the truck
• Camping whilst on the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
The Gorilla Trek from Nairobi to Kigali Safari
Countries Visited

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda

Nairobi to Kigali Safari Overview

The best game parks in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - The Masai Mara, the mountain gorillas, Nakuru, Queen Elizabeth and Hells Gate National Park. Spectacular scenes across the savannah plains of the Mara and into The Rift Valley, across both freshwater and soda lakes, and into Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. Packed with adventure activities - mountain bike riding, quad biking, horse riding, kayaking, bungee and white water-rafting.

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

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2
KENYA

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

Optionals: Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, Maasai Village

Days 3 - 4
KENYA

Lake Naivasha.

Optionals: Hippo boat cruise on Lake Naivasha, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park or Crater Lake Sanctuary.

Days 5 - 7
KENYA

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

Optionals: Hippo boat cruise on Lake Naivasha, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park or Crater Lake Sanctuary.

Days 8 - 11
UGANDA

Jinja, the White Nile, Lake Bujagali, Kampala.

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

Days 12 - 15
UGANDA

Entebbe, Lake Victoria, drum markets, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive.

Optionals: Chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan forest

Days 16 - 18
UGANDA - RWANDA

Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze.

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in either Parc National des Volcans (Rwanda) or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa village visit, Banana beer making, Basket weaving.

Day 19 - 20
RWANDA

Kigali. Tour finishes early morning on day 20 .

Optionals: Genocide Museum

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 Gorilla Trek - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Kigali Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Transport in a fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleeping mats etc.

 Services of a driver and safari leader.

 The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute Team.

 All road tolls and taxes are paid.

Over three core game parks and other highlights including:

* The Masai Mara
* Lake Naivasha
* Nakuru National Park
* Queen Elizabeth National Park including game drives and a game cruise on Kazinga channel
* Bujagali
* Lake Victoria
* Entry to the Giraffe Park

CAMPING, BREAKFAST AND DINNER i.e.

- 19 nights accommodation (17 nights camping & 2 nights dorm stay)
- 17 breakfasts and 16 dinners




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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: £407 - £630

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
Crater Lake Sanctuary, guided walk US$45
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha US$30
Afternoon tea at Elsamere - home of Elsa the Lion (not inc. transport) US$12
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
Half day Kayaking US$95
Horse riding (1 hour) US$40
Bungee jump, The Nile High - 44 metres over the Nile River US$95
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
Batwa trail, from US$100
VIsit to the Golden Monkeys (not including transfers) US$90
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfers) US$80
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch, souvenirs and different small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under £10 like a visit to the Maasai village.
Be aware as well that meals are not covered whilst the truck is parked up in Jinja due to the many different activities on offer, some of which are inclusive of meals.
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as your guides whilst gorilla trekking. 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 Gorilla Trek is: £240 - £300

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Visa

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO's website under entry requirements.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed below please dont hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

For this tour visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on 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 Gorilla Trek 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.

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. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
PASSPORT
Australian $100 - - - - - - - - -
New Zealand $100 - - - - - - - - -
South Africa - $30 $100 - - - - - - -
Canadian $100 - - - - - - - - -
American $100 - - - - - - - - -
British $100 - - - - - - - - -
German $100 - - - - - - - - -
Dutch $100 - - - - - - - - -
Irish $100 - - - - - - - - -
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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 Kigali
Start Nairobi Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Mon 10 Apr 2017 Sat 29 Apr 2017 £770 US$430
Tue 30 May 2017 Sun 18 Jun 2017 £770 US$430 fully booked Book Now
Tue 20 Jun 2017 Sun 9 Jul 2017 £770 US$430 fully booked Book Now
Fri 28 Jul 2017 Wed 16 Aug 2017 £770 US$430 1 seat left Book Now
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Before You Go

Nairobi to Kigali

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "The Gorilla Trek" - to Kigali.

The Gorilla Trek - 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 Kigali 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 Nairobi to Kigali Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Mon 10 Apr 2017 Sat 29 Apr 2017 £770 US$430
Book Now Tue 30 May 2017 Sun 18 Jun 2017 £770 US$430 fully booked
Book Now Tue 20 Jun 2017 Sun 9 Jul 2017 £770 US$430 fully booked
Book Now Fri 28 Jul 2017 Wed 16 Aug 2017 £770 US$430 1 seat left
Book Now Thu 24 Aug 2017 Tue 12 Sep 2017 £770 US$430
Book Now Sat 16 Sep 2017 Thu 5 Oct 2017 £770 US$430
Book Now Fri 20 Oct 2017 Wed 8 Nov 2017 £770 US$430
Book Now Thu 7 Dec 2017 Tue 26 Dec 2017 £770 US$430 Christmas with the gorillas
Book Now Sun 14 Jan 2018 Fri 2 Feb 2018 £770 US$430
Book Now Tue 6 Feb 2018 Sun 25 Feb 2018 £770 US$430
Book Now Wed 11 Apr 2018 Mon 30 Apr 2018 £770 US$430
Book Now Tue 22 May 2018 Sun 10 Jun 2018 £770 US$430
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