Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tours

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What's Included
• Masai Mara
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa depending on the season
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Lake Nakuru
• Grumeti Reserve
• Breakfast and dinner whilst travelling with the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst with the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• Transport from Johannesburg to Nairobi
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Flight of the Flamingos Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

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

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Overview

Beginning in the 'City of gold' Johannesburg, traveling across into beautiful Botswana, cruising the Chobe river, game drives in Hwange National Park, with a visit to the Painted Dog conservation Centre. Chill out in Victoria falls or get your blood pumping with some extreme sports. Game drives in the famous Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti. You have the option to head over the to paradise island of Zanzibar. Trekking with the mountain gorillas is often a highlight for many. Traveling through Uganda and Rwanda, you can visit a pre-school, Jinja and the famous Masai Mara.

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Add-ons
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Days 1 - 3

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

Optional: Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 4 - 8 

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

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

Optionals: Lion walks, 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.

Optional: Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 9

 Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Days 10- 11

South Luangwa National Park (depending on the season)

Optional: 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 12 -14

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 15

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

Day 16

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

Days 17 - 21

Zanzibar Island

4 nights are allocated for the optional beach stay on Zanzibar Island. For the Zanzibar stay we can reserve accommodation for 3 nights in popular affordable beach accommodation on one of Zanzibar's best beaches, as well as a night within ancient Stone Town. All other requirements including the ferry bookings, a spice tour and transfers can also be arranged.

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 17, returning to stay the night in the town of Bagamoyo on day 21

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.

Day 22


Market shopping.

Day 23

Guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater- a perfectly intact valcanic caldera to spot the 'Big 5' and many more.

Days 24

Visit to a Maasai village, Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti, camp in the centre of the park.

Day 25

Morning game drives. Exit the Serengeti, game drive through Grumti reserve

Day 26

Mwanza, Lake Victoria.

Day 27

Village stop over.

Day 28


Day 29


Optionals: Banana beer making, basket weaving


Days 30- 31

Kisoro and the Virungas

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.

Day 32


Days 33

Mbarara, Equator stop and drum markets, Kampala.

Days 34- 36

Jinja and the While Nile and Bujagali Falls.

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

Day 37


Day 38 -39

Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 40-41

Lake Naivasha

Optionals: Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hell's Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, hippo cruise.

Day 42- 43

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara, afternoon and morning game drives

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari.

Days 44


Optionals:Night out at a Nairobi restaurant

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 43 to 45 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.

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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:


The Masai Mara
Nakuru National Park
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa depending on the season
Hwange National Park
Mikumi National Park
Chobe game cruise
The Grumeti Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Lake Victoria


- 37 Breakfasts and 37 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 38 nights camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation whilst at the gorillas

- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi 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$300 - US$920

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 (April 18)

Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £216
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £500 to £530
Chobe National Park - game drive US$42
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Guided walk alongside Lions US$150
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$140
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Gorge swing - (1 jump) US$95
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) US$70
Scuba diving (single dive) off Kendwa US$65
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from US$40
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
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
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
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
Nairobi day trip including Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park £50
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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 U$20 like a visit to the Maasai in the Serengeti or Masai Mara
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 tour when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations Victoria Falls, Zanzibar and Jinja - 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 excursion on this tour is the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights).
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, 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 Flight of the Flamingos is: US$870 - US$1050

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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. As a guide then, for the Flight of the Flamingoes you will want to have a minimum of 10 blank pages (sides).

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 with the exception of the East Africa visa. Rwandan immigration require you to make an online application and payment for this visa, we will send out instructions for this.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders need to get a visa for South Africa beforehand at an embassy.

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.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only.

Budget for all visas US$275 - US$325 depending on nationality.
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 - $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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Johannesburg to Nairobi
Start Johannesburg Finish Nairobi Price Special Offer Local Payment Departure details
Fri 19 Oct 2018 Sun 2 Dec 2018 £2395 £2227 US$930 8+ Seats available
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Before You Go

Johannesburg to Nairobi

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

Flight of the Flamingos - 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
Fri 19 Oct 2018 Sun 2 Dec 2018 £2395 £2227 US$930 8+ Seats available
45 day tour
Book Now Fri 11 Jan 2019 Fri 1 Mar 2019 £2395 £2227 US$930 8+ Seats available
50 day tour
Book Now Tue 14 May 2019 Tue 2 Jul 2019 £2395 £2227 US$930 8+ Seats available
50 day tour
Book Now Thu 4 Jul 2019 Sat 17 Aug 2019 £2395 £2227 US$930 8+ Seats available
45 day tour
Book Now Sun 11 Aug 2019 Fri 27 Sep 2019 £2395 £2227 US$930 8+ Seats available
48 day tour