Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tours

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WAS £720 NOW £648
+ Local Payment US$650
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• South Luangwa depending on the season
• Hwange National Park
• Painted Dog Conservation Centre
• Chobe National Park game cruise
• Mikumi National Park
• Breakfast and dinner whilst travelling with the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck from Johannesburg to Nairobi incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Northern Star Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

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

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Overview

From Johannesburg to Nairobi - game drives in the famous game parks of Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Three nights allocated on the tropical spice island Zanzibar Island, relax at Lake Malawi and experience the extreme sports at Victoria Falls. Game drives in Chobe National Park.

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


Days 1 - 3

Depart Johannesburg, departure meeting, Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional: Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 4-7


Guided game drives in Hwange National Park and visit to Painted Dog Conservation Centre.

Optional: Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

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

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

Days 8 - 10

Livingstone, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Days 11- 12

South Luangwa National Park (depending on the season)

Optional: Extra game drives in South Luangwa National Park

Please note when Luangwa is out of season we will spend an extra night in Hwange National Park.

Days 13

Lilongwe en route to Lake Malawi.

Days 14- 15

Lake Malawi beach camp, village visits including for a traditional meal and curio markets.

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

Day 16

More time to enjoy rural Malawi and relax by the Lake.

Day 17

The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa.

Day 18

Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 19 - 22

3 nights are allocated 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.

Optional: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 19, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 22

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 a spice tour on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 23 - 26

Market shopping, Maasai Cultural Centre and Museum. Transfer through to Simba Campsite, Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Optional: Guided game drives in The Serengeti and overnight camp.

Day 27
Breakfast, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, picnic lunch. Transfer back to Arusha by late afternoon, camping and evening bbq meal in Arusha.

Day 28

Shuttle transfer through to Nairobi

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 27 to 29 days. 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.

Northern Star - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Johannesburg to Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


South Luangwa depending on the season
Hwange National Park
Painted Dog Conservation Centre
Chobe game cruise
Mikumi National Park
Private Game Farm

Camping, and breakfast and dinner whilst with the truck:-
- 23 nights accommodation (23 camping)
- 21 Breakfasts and 19 dinners whilst with the truck incl pre-prepared bbq in Arusha and seafood bbq by the Indian Ocean

- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle travelling from Johannesburg to Arusha including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleep mats.
- Shuttle transfer on last day into Nairobi to a hotel in the centre or to the airport
- 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: £548 - £910

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during the 27 days. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you.

Chobe National Park - game drive £18
Lion Walks £108
Elephant rides £108
Bungee Jump £100
Gorge swing/abseil/flying fox - 1/2 day £97
Gorge swing - 1 jump £69
White water rafting Zambezi £108
Flight of the Angels - 15 minute microlight £108
Sunset cruise £38
Interactive drumming £16
Jet boat £61
Entrance and rainforest walk Victoria Falls National Park £19
Second game drive Hwange National Park £29
Horse riding Lake Malawi from £28
Zanzibar Island including return ferry and 3 nights accommodation £145
Scuba diving from £44
Snorkelling, from £13
Day excursion Jozani Forest red colobus monkey visit, from (not including transfer costs) £25
Game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater from £387
SPECIAL OFFER: Add on Garden Route Safari at discounted price when booked with this tour (plus local payment, 290 USD) £220
Nairobi day trip including Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park £45
Masai Mara: Depart 4 days prior for the Masai Mara, for two days of game drives, incl. the Giraffe Park & Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage £530
Beach stay on the Kenyan Coast from £14 p/n
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Spending Money

You will also need spending money to cover drink, lunch, souvenirs and cheap excursions or tips costing under £10. Spending money is also needed to cover meals when the truck parks up for a few days for the stay on Zanzibar Island and whilst at Victoria Falls. Some campsites en route also have simple huts or chalets in which you can stay if you feel like a break from camping. Spending money is also needed to cover if you want to occasionally upgrade from your tent! We recommend £320 to £400 for this trip.

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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. As a guide for the Northern Star you will want to have a minimum of 7 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.

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. This includes for entry into South Africa which for most passport holders is easily arranged upon arrival in Johannesburg's International Airport.

Note also as well visas are not normally required for Malawi and Botswana for most passport holders.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash. 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
Australian $50 - - $50 - $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand $50 - - $50 - $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
Canadian $50 - - $50 - $50 $75 - - -
American $50 - - $100 - $50 $30 - - -
British $50 - - $50 - $50 $55 - - -
German $50 - - $50 - $50 $55 - - -
Dutch $50 - - $50 - $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 or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Johannesburg to Nairobi
Start Johannesburg Finish Nairobi Price Special Offer Local Payment Departure details
Fri 22 May 2015 Tue 16 Jun 2015 £720 £648 US$650 26 day tour Book Now
Fri 12 Jun 2015 Thu 9 Jul 2015 £720 £648 US$650 28 day tour Book Now
Sun 19 Jul 2015 Fri 14 Aug 2015 £720 US$650 27 day tour Book Now
Sat 5 Sep 2015 Thu 1 Oct 2015 £720 US$650 27 day tour Book Now
Fri 16 Oct 2015 Sat 14 Nov 2015 £720 US$650 30 day tour Book Now
Mon 16 Nov 2015 Tue 15 Dec 2015 £720 US$650 30 day tour Book Now
Mon 11 Jan 2016 Sat 6 Feb 2016 £720 US$650 27 day tour Book Now

Before You Go

Johannesburg to Nairobi

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Northern Star" - to Nairobi.

Northern Star - 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 Johannesburg to Nairobi 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 Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari

Start Johannesburg Finish Nairobi Price Special Offer Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Fri 22 May 2015 Tue 16 Jun 2015 £720 £648 US$650 26 day tour
Book Now Fri 12 Jun 2015 Thu 9 Jul 2015 £720 £648 US$650 28 day tour
Book Now Sun 19 Jul 2015 Fri 14 Aug 2015 £720 US$650 27 day tour
Book Now Sat 5 Sep 2015 Thu 1 Oct 2015 £720 US$650 27 day tour
Book Now Fri 16 Oct 2015 Sat 14 Nov 2015 £720 US$650 30 day tour
Book Now Mon 16 Nov 2015 Tue 15 Dec 2015 £720 US$650 30 day tour
Book Now Mon 11 Jan 2016 Sat 6 Feb 2016 £720 US$650 27 day tour