Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Tours

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Price

£1350
+ Local Payment US$275
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• Matopos
• Private Game Reserve
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck
• 1 night Ritz Backpackers, Jhb
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
The Southern Cross Safari travailing from Nairobi to Johannesburg
Countries Visited

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

Nairobi to Johannesburg Safari Overview

From Nairobi to Johannesburg - game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, four nights on Zanzibar Island, leisurely days by Lake Malawi, the mighty Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, finishing at the Ritz Backpackers of Johannesburg. With adrenalin pumping white water rafting on the the Zambezi, bungee jumping, lion walks, rhino treks, and nights in the bush under African stars........

Nairobi to Johannesburg Safari Add-ons
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Itinerary

Days 1 - 5
KENYA - TANZANIA

Depart Nairobi, across the Athi plains driving through to our camp in Arusha. Departure meeting.

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, Maasai Village.

Days 5 - 6
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, preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Days 7- 11
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Optional four night island stay: Four nights on exotic Zanzibar Island with five free days allocated for this tropical island beach stay, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 11 .....

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

Other options to budget for include snorkelling excursions to Prison Island, famous for its giant tortoise, as well as Mnemba Atoll, dolphin boat trips, Jozani Forest hike to see the red colobus monkeys, scuba diving.

All accommodation and transfers with a spice tours on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 12 - 13
TANZANIA - MALAWI

Drive through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi.

Days 14 - 16
MALAWI

Stay by beach camps, village visits including a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

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

Days 17 - 18
ZAMBIA

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

Days 19- 21
ZIMBABWE

Into the Zambezi Valley to relax by Lake Kariba.

Optional: A houseboat cruise on the Lake including guided game walks, a game cruise and fishing.

Days 22 - 24
ZIMBABWE

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

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

Days 25 - 26
ZIMBABWE

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

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 27 - 30
ZIMBABWE

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital

Optionals: Bungee jump, Gorge swing and rap jump, flying fox, white water rafting, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flight, horse rides.

 

Days 31 - 33
ZAMBIA - BOTSWANA - SOUTH AFRICA

Chobe safari Lodge with game cruise, Johannesburg.

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 Southern Cross - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Johannesburg 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.

Highlights including:

* Mikumi National Park
* Matopos game drive and rhino trek
* Private Game Farm

23 Breakfasts and 23 dinners whilst on the truck, including some pre-prepared barbecues, a village meal and a contribution to the final meal in Johannesburg.

24 nights camping and the final nights accommodation in a dorm in The Ritz Backpackers of Johannesburg.






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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: £445 - £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).

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
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
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
Canoeing on the Upper Zambezi US$150
Chobe National Park - game cruise US$32
Chobe National Park - combo game drive and game cruise US$58
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOUR TOUR
Nairobi day trip including Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park £50
Special discounted offer: 4 Days Kenyan safari inc 3 days/2 nights in the Masai Mara, with a visit to the Giraffe Park, The Elephant Orphanage and Lake Naivasha for a hippo cruise £690
TO CONSIDER AT THE END OF YOUR TOUR
Add-On Three, Four and Five Day guided safaris into Kruger National Park camping or staying in lodge or special tree house accommodation, from £490
Full day excursion to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum US$50
Half day Soweto tour US$35
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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.
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 Southern Cross tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations  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 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari (x2 nights), Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights) and the houseboat trip (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, 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 Southern Cross is £410 - £505

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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.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 Southern Cross you will want 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. More information can be found 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, 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.

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 Botswana or South Africa for most passport holders.

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

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 $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 absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Dates

Nairobi to Johannesburg
Start Nairobi Finish Johannesburg Price Local Payment Departure details
Tue 20 Jun 2017 Sat 22 Jul 2017 £1350 US$275 2 seats left Book Now
Tue 11 Jul 2017 Sat 12 Aug 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July fully booked Book Now
Fri 18 Aug 2017 Tue 19 Sep 2017 £1350 US$275 1 seat left Book Now
Thu 14 Sep 2017 Mon 16 Oct 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 10th September Book Now
Sat 7 Oct 2017 Wed 8 Nov 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 3rd October Book Now
Fri 10 Nov 2017 Tue 12 Dec 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 6th November Book Now
Thu 28 Dec 2017 Mon 29 Jan 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 24th December New Years on leaving the Tanzanian game parks. Book Now
Sun 4 Feb 2018 Thu 8 Mar 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 31st January Book Now
Tue 27 Feb 2018 Sat 31 Mar 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 23rd February Book Now
Wed 2 May 2018 Sun 3 Jun 2018 £1350 US$275 Book Now
Tue 12 Jun 2018 Sat 14 Jul 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 8th June Book Now
Thu 21 Jun 2018 Mon 23 Jul 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 17th June Book Now
Wed 11 Jul 2018 Sun 12 Aug 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July Book Now
Sat 18 Aug 2018 Wed 19 Sep 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 14th August Book Now
Thu 6 Sep 2018 Mon 8 Oct 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 2nd September Book Now

Before You Go

Nairobi to Johannesburg

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "The Southern Cross" - to Johannesburg.

The Southern Cross - 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 Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Johannesburg Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Tue 20 Jun 2017 Sat 22 Jul 2017 £1350 US$275 2 seats left
Book Now Tue 11 Jul 2017 Sat 12 Aug 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July fully booked
Book Now Fri 18 Aug 2017 Tue 19 Sep 2017 £1350 US$275 1 seat left
Book Now Thu 14 Sep 2017 Mon 16 Oct 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 10th September
Book Now Sat 7 Oct 2017 Wed 8 Nov 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 3rd October
Book Now Fri 10 Nov 2017 Tue 12 Dec 2017 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 6th November
Book Now Thu 28 Dec 2017 Mon 29 Jan 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 24th December New Years on leaving the Tanzanian game parks.
Book Now Sun 4 Feb 2018 Thu 8 Mar 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 31st January
Book Now Tue 27 Feb 2018 Sat 31 Mar 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 23rd February
Book Now Wed 2 May 2018 Sun 3 Jun 2018 £1350 US$275
Book Now Tue 12 Jun 2018 Sat 14 Jul 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 8th June
Book Now Thu 21 Jun 2018 Mon 23 Jul 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 17th June
Book Now Wed 11 Jul 2018 Sun 12 Aug 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July
Book Now Sat 18 Aug 2018 Wed 19 Sep 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 14th August
Book Now Thu 6 Sep 2018 Mon 8 Oct 2018 £1350 US$275 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 2nd September