Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Overland Tours

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Price

£985
+ Local Payment US$875
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Giraffe Park
• Lake Naivasha
• Bujagali
• The Grumeti Game Reserve
• Lake Victoria
• Brkfast & dinner whilst with truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst with the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Wildlife and Spice Island Safari Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Countries Visited

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Safari Overview

Safari across the savannah plains of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti to follow the famous migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest, trek on the thick forested slopes of the Virungas to view the endangered mountain gorilla, travelling to the Indian Coast to finish on Zanzibar Island, relaxing on the palm - fringed white sand beaches of Zanzibar, the spice island.

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

Itinerary

Days 1 - 3
KENYA

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

Optionals: Sheldrick's Elephant orphanage,Maasai Village

Days 4 - 7
KENYA

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

Optionals: Hippo cruise, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hells Gate National Park, guided hike to Green Crater Lake.

Days 8 - 11
UGANDA

Jinja, the While Nile and Lake Bujagali

Optionals: White water rafting, village walk, bungee jump, kayaking, boat trips, voluntary work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding.

Days 12 - 15
UGANDA

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

Optionals: Chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan forest.

Days 16 - 19
UGANDA - RWANDA

Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze, Kigali.

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, banana beer making, basket weaving, Genocide Museum and Memorial.

Days 20 - 22
RWANDA - TANZANIA

Rusomo Falls, Mwanza, The Grumeti.

Optionals: Evening game drives in the Grumeti.

Days 23 - 25
TANZANIA

Game drives in the Serengeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Mto Wa Mbu markets, evening celebratory barbecue on arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: Guided game walks in the Grumeti, balloon safari, Maasai Village.

Days 26 - 27
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 28 - 32
TANZANIA

Free time for a 4 night stay on Zanzibar Island....

Optionals: Free time to stay on Zanzibar island from day 28, returning to Dar es Salaam on the day 32.

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

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar's untouched coral reefs, a visit to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys.

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

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 and Spice Island - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

OVER FOUR GAME PARKS & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS including:

* The Masai Mara
* Lake Naivasha
* Nakuru National Park
* Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise on Kazinga channel
* Serengeti National Park
* Ngorongoro Crater
* Bujagali
* The Grumeti Reserve
* Lake Victoria
* Entry to the Giraffe Park

CAMPING, BREAKFAST & DINNER WHILST TRAVELLING ON THE TRUCK i.e.

- 24 breakfasts and 24 dinners whilst on the truck including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues.
- 24 nights camping and 3 nights dorm accommodation whilst in Uganda

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.


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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: £170 - £760

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
Afternoon tea at Elsamere - home of Elsa the Lion (not inc. transport) US$12
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
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
Golden monkey trek (not including transfers) US$90
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfers) US$80
2 hour guided evening game drive with spotlights, The Grumeti Reserve US$50
Zanzibar including ferry to Zanzibar island, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £190
One way ferry £26
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
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
TO CONSIDER AFTER YOUR SAFARI
Scuba Diving Padi Course, from US$499
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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 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 and Spice tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at Jinja and Zanzibar so please ensure you have enough money to cover meals during this time. 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 is the Zanzibar Island trip (x4 nights).
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 Wildlife and Spice is: £380 - £470

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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. As a guide then, for the Wildlife and Spice Island you will want to have a minimum of 6 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, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route. Do be aware though that if you require a visa for Rwanda, Rwandan Immigration also require the completion of an online facility document prior to arrival at the port of entry. We can assist with this application.

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 and Spice Island 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.

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

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 $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
New Zealand $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
South Africa - $30 $100 - - - - - - -
Canadian $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
American $100 - - $100 - - - - - -
British $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
German $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
Irish $100 - - $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 Dar es Salaam
Start Nairobi Finish Dar es Salaam Price Local Payment Departure details
Tue 30 May 2017 Fri 30 Jun 2017 £985 US$875 fully booked Book Now
Tue 20 Jun 2017 Fri 21 Jul 2017 £985 US$875 fully booked Book Now
Fri 28 Jul 2017 Mon 28 Aug 2017 £985 US$875 fully booked Book Now
Thu 24 Aug 2017 Sun 24 Sep 2017 £985 US$875 Book Now
Sat 16 Sep 2017 Tue 17 Oct 2017 £985 US$875 Book Now
Fri 20 Oct 2017 Mon 20 Nov 2017 £985 US$875 Book Now
Thu 7 Dec 2017 Sun 7 Jan 2018 £985 US$875 Christmas with the gorillas and New Years Eve in Arusha after coming out of the Tanzanian game parks. Book Now
Sun 14 Jan 2018 Wed 14 Feb 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Tue 6 Feb 2018 Fri 9 Mar 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Wed 11 Apr 2018 Sat 12 May 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Tue 22 May 2018 Fri 22 Jun 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Wed 20 Jun 2018 Sat 21 Jul 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Sat 28 Jul 2018 Tue 28 Aug 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Thu 16 Aug 2018 Sun 16 Sep 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now
Mon 17 Sep 2018 Thu 18 Oct 2018 £985 US$875 Book Now

Before You Go

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Wildlife and Spice Island" - to Dar es Salaam.

Wildlife and Spice Island - 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 Dar es Salaam 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 Dar es Salaam Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Dar es Salaam Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Tue 30 May 2017 Fri 30 Jun 2017 £985 US$875 fully booked
Book Now Tue 20 Jun 2017 Fri 21 Jul 2017 £985 US$875 fully booked
Book Now Fri 28 Jul 2017 Mon 28 Aug 2017 £985 US$875 fully booked
Book Now Thu 24 Aug 2017 Sun 24 Sep 2017 £985 US$875
Book Now Sat 16 Sep 2017 Tue 17 Oct 2017 £985 US$875
Book Now Fri 20 Oct 2017 Mon 20 Nov 2017 £985 US$875
Book Now Thu 7 Dec 2017 Sun 7 Jan 2018 £985 US$875 Christmas with the gorillas and New Years Eve in Arusha after coming out of the Tanzanian game parks.
Book Now Sun 14 Jan 2018 Wed 14 Feb 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Tue 6 Feb 2018 Fri 9 Mar 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Wed 11 Apr 2018 Sat 12 May 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Tue 22 May 2018 Fri 22 Jun 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Wed 20 Jun 2018 Sat 21 Jul 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Sat 28 Jul 2018 Tue 28 Aug 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Thu 16 Aug 2018 Sun 16 Sep 2018 £985 US$875
Book Now Mon 17 Sep 2018 Thu 18 Oct 2018 £985 US$875