Nairobi to Kigali Overland Tours

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£From 1990
+ Local Payment US$630
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara - 2 days
• Masai stay with bushwalk
• Ngorongoro Conservation Area
• Serengeti National Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Lake Naivasha
• Hippo Cruise
• Giraffe Park
• Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
• Lake Victoria
• Genocide Memorial
• Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• 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
African Sky from Nairobi to Kigali
Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda

Nairobi to Kigali Safari Overview

An overland tour to finish with the highlight of a trek to see the endangered mountain gorilla. With game drives in the Masai Mara, The Serengeti and into the ancient caldera, Ngorongoro Crater. The Genocide Memorial in Rwanda as well as Lake Naivasha for a hippo cruise, and the Giraffe Park in Nairobi.

Nairobi to Kigali Safari Add-ons


Day 1

Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, hippo cruise.

Optionals: game walk, Elsamere high tea

Day 2 - 3

Masai stay at Loita Hills, bushwalk and village visit. Drive through to the Masai Mara, afternoon game drive in the Mara, camp.

Day 4 -5

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara, camp. Return to Nairobi

Optionals: Mara Ballooning.

Day 6 - 7

Nairobi, The Giraffe Park, Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage. Drive through to Arusha

Optional: Night out in Nairobi.

Days 8 - 10

Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Game drive in the Crater. Morning drive through the Conservation Area.  Enter Serengeti at Naabi Gate. Afternoon  and morning game drive in The Serengeti.  The Grumeti. Bunda

Day 11 - 13

Mwanza, Lake Victoria. Nyakhanazi.

Day 14 -15

Kigali, visit to The Genocide Memorial and Museum.

Day 16 - 18

Musanze. Kisoro.

Optionals: Batwa Pygmy village visit, orphanage visit, mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, Diane Fossey hike

Days 19 

Transfer to Kigali.

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.

African Sky - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Kigali Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price covers:


* Two days drives in the Masai Mara including park entrance fees and game drives
* A day in the Serengeti National Park including park entrance fees and game drives
* A day in Ngorongoro Conservation Area including game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater
* The Grumeti Reserve
* A hippo cruise
* Entrance to The Giraffe Park
* Entrance to Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
* Entrance to the Genocide Memorial and Museum
* Lake Naivasha
* Lake Victoria
* Maasai stay with bushwalk


- 15 nights camping and 3 nights dorm stay
- 18 breakfasts and 18 dinners

Transport from Nairobi to Kigali 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: US$100 - US$220

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 (January 24)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £625 to £690
Visit to a local orphanage (transport) US$10
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Batwa village visit, from US$35
Visit to the Golden Monkeys (not including transfers) US$90
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfers) US$80
Genocide Memorial audio guide ( entry is free of charge) US$15
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £425
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
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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 U$20 like a visit to the Maasai in the Serengeti or Masai Mara
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.
We recommend US$380 - US$455 for the African Sky safari.

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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. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCOs website under entry requirements.

Kenya now requires most visitors to apply for an eTA prior to arrival. This is instead of the former tourist visa.

For most passport holders, the Tanzanian visa can be purchased at the border as we travel.

For those nationals that need to pay for a Rwandan visa, it is recommended to purchase the East African Tourist visa at the border. This will save you time and money and allows entry into both Rwanda and Uganda.

For those passport holders not needing to pay for a visa for Rwanda, you will need to apply ahead of time to Uganda for an online visa.

Note that visas on the ground can only be paid for in USD cash.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and the associated cost. If your passport is not detailed below please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

Be aware that entry requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.

Budget for all visas US$80 - US$230 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian $30 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
New Zealand $30 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
South Africa $30 - $50 - - - - - - -
Canadian $30 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
American $30 $100 - $100 - - - - - -
British $30 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
German $30 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch $30 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Irish $30 $60 - $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 or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Nairobi to Kigali
Start Nairobi Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Tue 11 Jun 2024 Sat 29 Jun 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available Book Now
Tue 13 Aug 2024 Sat 31 Aug 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available Book Now
Thu 12 Sep 2024 Mon 30 Sep 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available Book Now
Tue 15 Oct 2024 Sat 2 Nov 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available Book Now
Sun 12 Jan 2025 Thu 30 Jan 2025 £1990 US$630 8+ Seats available Book Now
Thu 6 Feb 2025 Mon 24 Feb 2025 £1990 US$630 8+ Seats available Book Now

Before You Go

Nairobi to Kigali

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "African Sky" - to Kigali.

African Sky - 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 Kigali 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 Kigali Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Tue 11 Jun 2024 Sat 29 Jun 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available
Book Now Tue 13 Aug 2024 Sat 31 Aug 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available
Book Now Thu 12 Sep 2024 Mon 30 Sep 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available
Book Now Tue 15 Oct 2024 Sat 2 Nov 2024 £2147 US$630 8+ Seats available
Book Now Sun 12 Jan 2025 Thu 30 Jan 2025 £1990 US$630 8+ Seats available
Book Now Thu 6 Feb 2025 Mon 24 Feb 2025 £1990 US$630 8+ Seats available