Kampala to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$1060
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What's Included
•The Serengeti
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Matopos or Chobe
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Bujagali
• Lake Victoria
• Private Game Farm
• 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 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 Wildlife Journey 65 days from Kampala to Cape Town Safari
Countries Visited

Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Kampala to Cape Town Safari Overview

A journey through East and Southern Africa from the banks of the White Nile to Cape Town. Game park after game park - the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Chobe, Etosha, a mokoro safari in the Okavango. Days in the sun on Zanzibar Island. Victoria Falls. Help out in a local school and climb Namibia's dunes. Crazy times getting mashed on the wildest white water on the White Nile and the Zambezi. And if that isn't enough sky dive over the expanse of Namibia's desert, head out rhino trekking, walk with lions and come face to face with the endangered mountain gorilla!

Kampala to Cape Town Safari Add-ons
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Days 1 - 8

Transfer to Jinja, departure meeting by the While Nile and Lake Bujagali, Kampala, Lake Victoria, drum markets, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive, Kabale.

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, volunteer work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, kayaking, chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan forest, canoeing.

Days 9 - 11

Kisoro and the Virungas, Kigali.

Optionals: Genocide Memorial and Museum, Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), trek to the golden monkeys, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village.

Days 12 - 17

Mwanza, Game drives in the Serengeti, The Grumeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: visit to a Maasai village.

Days 18 - 24
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast, the chance of views of Kilimanarjo en route, seafood barbecue and preparations for Zanzibar Island on reaching the coast.

Optional free time allowing for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 20, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 24.

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 25 - 29

Drive through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach camps, fishing village visits including for a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

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

Days 30 - 34

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

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

Days 35 - 37

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, carriage rides.

Days 38-39

Bulawayo and Matopos National Park for rhino treks.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Day 40 - 43

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital, Victoria Falls.

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

Days 44 - 48

Chobe safari lodge, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun.

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

Days 49 - 58

Morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit the Cheetah Park and Cape Cross Seal Colony, lodge stay or similar in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Evening game drives, Himba village visit, Bushman visit, walk to see ancient rock paintings, quad biking, sandboarding, go-karts, sky diving, desert flights, township tour, dolphin cruise, open sea fishing.

Days 59 - 65

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

Optionals: Guided walk on the dunes, canoeing, 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 Wildlife Journey - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kampala to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* The Serengeti
* Ngorongoro Crater
* Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise on the Kazinga Channel
* Mikumi National Park
* Matopos game drive and rhino trek
* Etosha National Park
* Namib Naukluft National Park
* The Grumeti Reserve
* Bujagali
* Lake Victoria
* Private Game Farm
* Sossusvlei Dunes
* The Cheetah Sanctuary
* Cape Cross Seal Colony
* Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
* Fish River Canyon


- 49 breakfasts and 48 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 57 nights accommodation including eight nights in dorm or similar including the final night in Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town, and 49 nights camping.

- 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: US$900 - US$1500

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).

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
Visit to a local orphanage (transport) US$10
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
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
Himba village excursion US$18
Tandem sky dive, Swakopmund 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 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 U$20 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 Wildlife Journey 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 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 Wildlife Journey is US$1260 - US$1530

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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 when you enter South Africa at the end of your trip. As a guide then, for the Wildlife Journey you will need to have a minimum of 10 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, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route.

NB: For Uganda an online application and payment will need to be done for which we will send instructions by email on how to do this.

Please find details of the costs of each visa in the chart below. 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.

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.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without notice. The information above is given as a guide only.

Budget for all visas US$305 - US$355 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian - - $100 $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand - - $100 $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - - $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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Kampala to Cape Town
Start Kampala Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Fri 1 Sep 2017 Sat 4 Nov 2017 £1770 US$1060 4 Seats available Book Now
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Before You Go

Kampala to Cape Town

Can’t wait to spend 65 days travelling through Africa on your Wildlife Journey Safari from Kampala to Cape Town? Who can blame you!

You will see below a link to the Wildlife Journey Pre-Departure Pack which contains a ton of information to help plan your trip

The Wildlife Journey - pre departure pack

We hope you find the information compiled over 30 years of experience overlanding to be of help planning your adventure.

It is filled with details as to the best flight arrangements, transfers and accommodation in Kampala for the time before the trips starts and arrangements for when you finish in Cape Town. There is information on what to pack, vaccination and visa guides, how to take your travel money and much more.

There are a variety of excursions and activities available on this route and there is information available on the big highlights including the gorilla trek and Zanzibar Island stay.

The trips too offer you many opportunities to help out and get involved in local projects en route.

Particularly as we start in Jinja on this tour there is the option to help out with Soft Power – a charity organization working with local Ugandan schools and preschools in Jinja. Talk to us if you would like more information as to how to get involved to give something back as part of your trip.

We will send out personal updates around 10 days before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of your prebooked transfers and accommodation as well as other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

Be sure to come back here to this page periodically as the information is regularly updated, as is the news section on the website.

Our Facebook and twitter pages are also great places to stay in touch to keep you up to date.

We are also on Instagram. And check out our blogs too. They are full of the real day to day stuff of travelling on the road on a big yellow truck so you can feel like you are already there……

Everyone in the Absolute Africa team has a genuine passion for Africa, and will be more than happy to answer any queries or concerns you may have – just give us a call, skype or email. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your preparations for what is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime!

Book your Kampala to Cape Town Safari

Start Kampala Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Fri 1 Sep 2017 Sat 4 Nov 2017 £1770 US$1060 4 Seats available
Fully Booked Sun 24 Sep 2017 Mon 27 Nov 2017 £1770 US$1060 0 Seats available
Book Now Sat 28 Oct 2017 Sun 31 Dec 2017 £1770 US$1060 1 Seats available
Fully Booked Fri 15 Dec 2017 Sat 17 Feb 2018 £1770 US$1060 0 Seats available
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