Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tours

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Price

£1465
+ Local Payment US$625
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• Matopos
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Fish River Canyon
• Private Game Reserve
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst 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
The Southern Safari from Nairobi to Cape Town
Countries Visited

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

Nairobi to Cape Town Safari Overview

Game drives on the Serengeti's savannah plains, in Ngorongoro Crater and on the pans of Etosha. Zanzibar's palmfringed white beaches, the mighty Victoria Falls and the massive dunes of Namibia. Stopping by Lake Malawi in the warm heart of Africa, with a cruise on the Chobe River and a mokoro in the Okavango. And to top it off options to walk with lions, bungee, white water rafting and sky dive!

Nairobi to Cape Town 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,  a visit in a Maasai village.

Days 5 - 11
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for Zanzibar Island....

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

Free time to allow for an optional four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 7, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 11.

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 12 - 13
TANZANIA - MALAWI

Drive through Mikumi National Park to camp at Iringa. Enter Malawi to camp by Lake Malawi at Chitimba.

Days 14 - 16
MALAWI

Three more nights by Lake Malawi camping at simple beach resorts, visiting fishing villages and curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, horse riding, 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 visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 22 - 24

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

 

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

Day 25-26

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

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 27 - 30

Four night stay at Victoria Falls.

Optionals: Rhino trek, lion walks, horse rides, white water rafting, bungee jump, gorge swing, 'Flight of the Angels' in microlights and helicopters, township tour, sunset cruise and many other activities at the Falls.

Days 31 - 35
BOTSWANA

Kasane, Maun.

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

Days 36 - 40
NAMIBIA

Caprivi Strip, morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park, The Cheetah Park, Spitzkoppe or similar camp.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Evening game drives in Etosha, Himba village visit, Visit with traditional Bushmen, Bushman rock paintings.

Days 41 - 46
Cape Cross Seal Colony, Three to four night lodge stay in Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park.

Optionals: Tandem sky diving, Sandboarding, Quad-biking, Township tour, Open sea fishing, Dolphin cruise with brunch, Go-karting, Horse riding. Guided walk on the dunes.

Days 47 - 48
NAMIBIA - SOUTH AFRICA

Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, Orange River.

Optionals: Rafting on the Orange River.

Days 49 - 52
SOUTH AFRICA

Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

Optionals: 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 Southern 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 four core game parks and other highlights including:

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

- 37 breakfasts and 37 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 42 nights accommodation (x38 camping and X4 nights in a lodge or similar in Swakopmund 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 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 - £1,050

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
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
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
2 hour guided Himba village tour US$18
Tandem sky dive, Swakomund US$140
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) £19
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
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
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 or the Himba tribe in Namibia.
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 Safari tour 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 houseboat trip (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, 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 Safari is £655 - £800.

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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 adequate 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 Safari you will want to have a minimum of 9 blank pages (sides).

If you have dual nationality you can only us 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, 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 most passport holders entering Botswana, Namibia or South Africa.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders need to obtain 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 Cape Town
Start Nairobi Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Mon 1 May 2017 Wed 21 Jun 2017 £1465 US$625 3 seats left Book Now
Tue 20 Jun 2017 Thu 10 Aug 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 16th June fully booked Book Now
Tue 11 Jul 2017 Thu 31 Aug 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July Book Now
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Thu 14 Sep 2017 Sat 4 Nov 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 10th September Book Now
Sat 7 Oct 2017 Mon 27 Nov 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 3rd October Book Now
Fri 10 Nov 2017 Sun 31 Dec 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 6th November. Christmas Day by the Orange River, New Years in Cape Town. Book Now
Thu 28 Dec 2017 Sat 17 Feb 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 24th December New Year's party on leaving the Tanzanian game parks. Book Now
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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 Southern Safari" - to Cape Town.

The Southern Safari - 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 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 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 Cape Town Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Mon 1 May 2017 Wed 21 Jun 2017 £1465 US$625 3 seats left
Book Now Tue 20 Jun 2017 Thu 10 Aug 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 16th June fully booked
Book Now Tue 11 Jul 2017 Thu 31 Aug 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July
Book Now Fri 18 Aug 2017 Sun 8 Oct 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 14th August 4 seats left
Book Now Thu 14 Sep 2017 Sat 4 Nov 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 10th September
Book Now Sat 7 Oct 2017 Mon 27 Nov 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 3rd October
Book Now Fri 10 Nov 2017 Sun 31 Dec 2017 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 6th November. Christmas Day by the Orange River, New Years in Cape Town.
Book Now Thu 28 Dec 2017 Sat 17 Feb 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 24th December New Year's party on leaving the Tanzanian game parks.
Book Now Sun 4 Feb 2018 Tue 27 Mar 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 31st January
Book Now Tue 27 Feb 2018 Thu 19 Apr 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 23rd February
Book Now Wed 2 May 2018 Fri 22 Jun 2018 £1465 US$625
Book Now Tue 12 Jun 2018 Thu 2 Aug 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 8th June
Book Now Thu 21 Jun 2018 Sat 11 Aug 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 17th June
Book Now Wed 11 Jul 2018 Fri 31 Aug 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 7th July
Book Now Sat 18 Aug 2018 Mon 8 Oct 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 14th August
Book Now Thu 6 Sep 2018 Sat 27 Oct 2018 £1465 US$625 Pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara available departing 2nd September