Kigali to Nairobi Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$460
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What's Included
• The Masai Mara - 2 days
• Masai stay with bushwalk
• Lake Nakuru National Park
• The Genocide Memorial in Kigali
• Hippo cruise
• Lake Naivasha
• Bujagali
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga channel cruise
• Ziwa rhino sanctuary
• Free time in Kigali and Jinja
•20 breakfasts, 20 dinners
• Incl. contribution to meal out in Nairobi
• Accommodation- 21 nights camping, 2 nights dorms
Face of Africa Kigali to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya

Kigali to Nairobi Safari Overview

A trek to view the mountain gorillas and game drive on the savanna plains of the Masai Mara. Visiting Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate National Park and The White Nile - allowing for some spills and thrills! - finishing in Nairobi.

Kigali to Nairobi Safari Add-ons


Day 1 - 2

Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city

Optionals: Visit to the Genocide memorial and museum

Days 3 -  5

Musanze, Kisoro

Optionals: Banana beer making, basket making, visit to Dian Fossey’s grave. Mountain gorilla trek, Lake Mutande, coffee tour, visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village

Days 6 -  7

Kabale, Kalinzu forest

Optionals: Golden monkeys trek, orphanage visit, Lake Mutande, coffee tour, visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village

Days 8 -  10

Queen Elizabeth NP game drive and game cruise, Equator stop, local craft markets, Kampala, Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Optionals: Chimpanzee trek, rhino trek, boat ride

Days 11 - 13

Jinja, White Nile, Lake Bujagali.

Optionals: Whitewater rafting, village walk, bungee jumping, kayaking, visit a local school, quad biking, horse riding, sunset cruise on Lake Victoria.

Days 14 - 16

Eldoret, Lake Nakuru National Park.

Days 17 -19


Orphanage visit, Lake Naivasha, Loita Hills Masai village

Optionals: Cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, Elsamere for afternoon tea, balloon safari, 

Day 20 - 23

game drives Masai Mara, Nairobi

Optional: Night out in a Nairobi restaurant, giraffe centre, elephant orphanage

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.

Face of Africa - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


Two days in the Masai Mara,including park entrance fees and game drives
A day in Lake Nakuru National Park, including park entrance fees and game drives
Queen Elizabeth national park entry and game drive
Kazinga Channel game cruise
Ziwa rhino sanctuary entry
Genocide Memorial & Museum in Kigali
Hippo cruise
Visit to Lake Naivasha
Masai stay with bushwalk
Free time in Kigali, Jinja and Nairobi


- 21 nights camping & 2 nights dorm stay whilst camping near the gorilla parks
- 20 breakfasts and 20 dinners including contribution to final meal out in Nairobi

AS WELL AS.......
- Transport from Kigali to Nairobi in a fully equipped and dieseled 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$250 - US$550

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 (August 19)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £670 to £710
Genocide Memorial audio guide ( entry is free of charge) US$15
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
VIsit to the Golden Monkeys (not including transfers) US$90
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfers) US$80
Chimpanzee trek US$50
Rhino trek US$30
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
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
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
Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park US$25
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £410
Special discounted offer: Add-On our special safari into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater when booked with this tour £1120
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs whilst on tour.
Be aware as well that meals are not covered whilst the truck is parked up in Jinja due to the many different activities on offer, some of which are inclusive of meals.
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on game drives or guided tours. 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 Face of Africa is: US$330 - US$430

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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 and one or two spare. As a guide then, for the Face of Africa safari you will need to have a minimum of 5 blank pages (sides).

For this tour you will need to get the East Africa visa that covers Uganda and Kenya as well.
This visa needs to be applied and paid for online with Rwanda immigration. We will send out instructions for this.

Visas bought on the ground 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.

Budget U$100 for the visa for this trip

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only.
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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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Kigali to Nairobi
Start Kigali Finish Nairobi Price Local Payment Departure details
Mon 24 Jun 2024 Tue 16 Jul 2024 £1345 US$460 Book Now
Sat 27 Jul 2024 Sun 18 Aug 2024 £1345 US$460 Book Now

Before You Go

Kigali to Nairobi

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Face of Africa" - to Nairobi.

Face of Africa - 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 Kigali 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 Kigali to Nairobi Safari

Start Kigali Finish Nairobi Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Mon 24 Jun 2024 Tue 16 Jul 2024 £1345 US$460
Book Now Sat 27 Jul 2024 Sun 18 Aug 2024 £1345 US$460