Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$1000
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What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Matopos
• The Giraffe Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Private Game Farm
• Lake Naivasha
• Bujagali
• Lake Victoria
• 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 B'packers, Jhb
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Wildlife Wanderer Safari from Nairobi to Johannesburg
Countries Visited

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

Nairobi to Johannesburg Safari Overview

A Wildlife Treat - With highlights such as the mountain gorillas, The Masai Mara, The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Nakuru National Park, Chobe River Game Cruise and more!! Plus adventure sports - white water rafting, quad biking, bungee jumping and gorge swinging! And magical highlights such as Zanzibar Island and the mighty Victoria Falls!!

Nairobi to Johannesburg Safari Add-ons
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Days 1 - 7

Departure meeting, The Giraffe Park, morning and afternoon game drives in The Masai Mara, as well as overnight camp, The Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Optionals: Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, balloon safari, visit in a Maasai village, hippo cruise, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hells Gate National Park, guided hike to Green Crater Lake.

Days 8 - 13

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali, Lake Victoria, Kampala.

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

Days 14 - 16

Equator stop and drum markets, Mbarara, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive, Kabale.

Days 17 - 19

Kisoro and the Virungas, Kigali.

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

Days 20 - 25

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

Optionals: Maasai Village.

Days 26 - 32
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for Zanzibar Island....

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 when we arrive, and final preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Free time to allow for an optional four night stay on Zanzibar island from day 28, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 32.

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 33 - 37

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

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

Days 38 - 39

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

Days 40 - 42
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 43 - 45
Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

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

Days 46- 47

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

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 48 - 51
Victoria Falls

Optionals: Horse rides, white water rafting, canoeing, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flights, bungee jump, gorge swing,rap jump, flying fox, sunset cruise and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Days 52 - 54

Kasane, Chobe game cruise, Drive through to spend our final evening at the Ritz Backpackers, Johannesburg.

Optionals: Game drive in Chobe National Park.

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.

Wildlife Wanderer - 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:


The Masai Mara
The Serengeti
Nakuru National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Ngorongoro Crater
Mikumi National Park
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
The Giraffe Park
The Grumeti Reserve
Private Game Farm
Lake Naivasha
Lake Victoria


- 43 breakfasts and 43 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 45 nights camping and 3 nights dorm accommodation in Rwanda as well as the final night in Ritz Backpackers in Johannesburg

- 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: £320 - £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).

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
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
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing £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
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 - game cruise US$32
Chobe National Park - combo game drive and game cruise US$58
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
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 like the Grumeti guided walk or the 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 Wanderer tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations  Jinja, 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 Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights) and the houseboats (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 Wildlife Wanderer to cover the above is £650 - £800.

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 to 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 Wildlife Wanderer you will want 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. More information can be found in 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 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. Note also the Kenyan visa for most passport holders, can be easily arranged upon arrival in Nairobis Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

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 Wildlife Wanderer 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.

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.

If your passport is not detailed please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

Visas are not usually required for Botswana or South Africa for most passport holders.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders need to obtain a visa beforehand for South Africa 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
Australian $100 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand $100 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - $30 $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 or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Nairobi to Johannesburg
Start Nairobi Finish Johannesburg Price Local Payment Departure details
Fri 28 Jul 2017 Tue 19 Sep 2017 £1795 US$1000 0 Seats available Book Now
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Before You Go

Nairobi to Johannesburg

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Wildlife Wanderer" - to Johannesburg.

Wildlife Wanderer - pre departure pack

Before you leave for Africa there are a few things to sort out so you are well prepared. This booklet, put together from our 30 plus years of African overland experience, we hope will help.

There is information on pre tour accommodation and transfers in Nairobi and post tour arrangements in Johannesburg, ideas as to the best flights to organise, how to budget for your trip, and as to visa requirements, travel insurance, immunisations and what you need to pack.

When preparing for your trip you will probably have a few, or even quite a few questions! That’s absolutely fine!

If you need help with your flights just let us know and we can arrange a competitive quote. And when it comes to travel insurance – make sure you have appropriate cover - check out

Airport collections and hotel or backpackers accommodation can be booked in Nairobi.

We can also make arrangements for your time in Johannesburg.

If you want to head further afield take a look at a four day safari in Kruger

During the 54 days of the tour there is so much that goes on from trekking the incredible mountain gorillas, to horse riding bareback in Lake Malawi, throwing yourself 111 meters off a bridge at Victoria Falls (don’t forget to attach the bungee cord!) and game cruising down the Chobe River in Botswana. To ensure you have the trip of a lifetime it is important you are well prepared - let us know how we can help! Our experienced absolutely awesome team are here to help so give us a call, email or we can chat via skype. We are always happy to help with any queries or concerns you may have.

And before you go hook up with us on our Facebook page, on Instagram, via twitter and check our blog posts to keep you inspired and dreaming of your trip as you prepare.

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We look forward to hearing from you and helping as you plan your trip to Africa.

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