Kigali to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$850
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara - 2 days
• Lake Nakuru National Park
• The Genocide Memorial in Kigali
• Hippo cruise
• Lake Naivasha
• Bujagali
• Visit a local orphanage
• Free time in Kisoro and Jinja
• Matopos National Park
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• Private Game Farm
• Lake Malawi
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Fish River Canyon
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst with the truck
• 3 nights lodge stay, Swakopmund
• 1 night Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Gorillas to Cape Town Safari
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Kigali to Cape Town Safari Overview

Commencing with a trek to view the mountain gorilla and with every opportunity to see the big five and more in game park after game park from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti to Etosha. On the way experience the cultures and stunning geography of East and Southern Africa - The Rift Valley, the vast savannah plains, Zanzibar's white beaches, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta and the dunes of Namibia. With the opportunity for an adrenalin rush or two - sky dive, gorge swing and white water rafting on the Zambezi's grade 5 rapids!

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


Days 1 - 3


Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, Genocide Memorial and Museum. Mountain gorilla trek in  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda).


Optionals: trek to golden monkeys, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village visit.

Days 4 - 9

Lake Bunyoni, Masaka or Mpanga Forest, Jinja, free day by the White Nile, Lake Bujagali.

Optionals: Canoeing, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, voluntary work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, sunset cruise on Lake Victoria.

Days 10-17

Lake Nakuru National Park game drives, Masai Mara game drives, Nairobi

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


Days 18 - 23

Athi plains, Arusha: three days free time for a choice of optional game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, group barbecue on day 21 to celebrate the end of the Tanzania game drives. 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.

Optionals: Two nights/three days in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater including morning and afternoon game drives, Overnight safari in Ngorongoro Crater with morning game drives, Maasai village visit.

Days 24 - 28

4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 24, returning to the main land on day 28:

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your stay on Zanzibar. We reserve accommodation in popular beach cottages and in a lodge within the ancient capital, Stone Town as well as your other requirements including ferry bookings, transfers and spice tours.

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 tours on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 29 - 33

Drive from Dar es Sallam south, through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach resort, visit traditional fishing villages, Beach hop to second Malawi beach resort, visit traditional fishing villages, with a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

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

Days 34 - 35

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

Days 36 - 38

Into the Zambezi Valley to relax by Lake Kariba, Chinhoyi.

Optionals: A houseboat cruise on the Lake visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 39 - 41

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, cub interaction, horse rides, carriage rides.

Days 42 - 43

Into Bulawayo,  to visit Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 44 - 47

Drive though to Victoria Falls for a four night stay at Victoria Falls.

Optionals: Bungee jump, gorge swing, abseil, flying fox, white water rafting, 'flight of the angels' over the Falls in helicopters and microlights, breakfast drift canoe, sunset cruise and many other activities based around the Victoria Falls.

Days 48 - 52


Kasane, Maun

Optionals: Chobe National Park game cruise, and/or guided game drives, Overnight and two night/three day mokoro safaris in the Okavango Delta, game drives in Moremia, flights over the Delta.

Days 53 - 65

Caprivi Strip, Morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit to a cheetah sanctuary, Spitzkoppe or similar, Cape Cross Seal Colony, three night lodge stay or similar in Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Orange River.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Evening game drives. Himba village visit, rock engravings, Open sea fishing, township tour, dune buggies, quad biking, sand boarding, go-karting, tandem sky diving, dolphin boat trip, desert flights. Guided walk on the dunes, Rafting on the Orange River.

Day 65 - 69

Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

Optionals: Wine tour.

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.

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Over six core game parks and other highlights including:

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
Genocide Memorial & Museum in Kigali
Hippo cruise
Lake Victoria
Lake Bujagali
Visit to Lake Naivasha
Time with the children at a local orphanage
Mikumi National Park
Rhinotrek in Matopos National Park
Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft National Park
Private Game Farm
The Cheetah Park
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Sossusvlei Dunes
Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
Fish River Canyon

- 51 breakfasts and 51 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues, and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 59 nights accommodation (53 nights camping and 6 nights in dorms).
- A fully equipped and dieselled 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 services of a cook in East Africa
- 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$900 - US$2200

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)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £500 - £530
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £216
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
Volunteer work in a local school, Jinja US$20
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Visit to a local orphanage (return transfer) US$10
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater game drives 3 days/2 nights, from US$625
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
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) US$70
Houseboats on Lake Kariba incl. Matusadona National Park (2 nights) US$140
Guided walk alongside Lions US$85
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$140
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) US$95
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
Chobe National Park (3 hour guided game cruise) US$42
Chobe National Park - combo game drive and game cruise US$84
Flights over the Delta, 1 hour (min 5 people) US$110
Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari (two nights) US$145
Evening game drives, Etosha US$40
Tandem sky dive, Swakopmund US$180
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) US$40
Quad biking 60km route (approx 2 hours) US$45
Township tour, a guided tour visiting the homes 3 local tribes (4 hours Incl. lunch & refreshments) US$35
Open sea fishing in the Atlantic waters (5 hours Incl. licenses, lunch, refreshments & whatever you catch) US$110
Desert tour, a guided tour discovering the secrets of the local dune belt (5 hours Incl. lunch) US$50
Canoeing on the Orange River US$20
Wine tour, Stellenbosch,visit 4 local wineries and a cheese farm (7 hours Inc. wine tasting, cheese tasting and lunch) US$28
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
Special discounted offer: Add-On Garden Route Tour when booked with this tour (plus local payment, 280 USD) £599
Table Mountain, return cable car US$20
White Shark Cage Diving - day trip inc. transport US$185
Robben Island boat transfer & guided tour US$20
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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 the 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 Gorillas to Cape Town tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations - Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, Swakopmund and Stellenbosch - 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 excursions on this tour are the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari (x2 nights), Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights), the houseboat (X2 nights) and the Okavango Delta mokoro safari (x2 nights).

Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on the houseboat tour. 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 Gorillas to Cape Town is: US$1370 - US$1650

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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. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required when you enter South Africa at the end of your trip. As a guide then, for the Gorillas to Cape Town Safari you will need to have a minimum of 10 blank pages (sides).

For this tour visas for most passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route. Please note that Rwandan Immigration require you to apply and pay online for the East Africa visa which also covers Uganda and Kenya, 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.

Visas bought on the ground can only be paid for in US dollars cash.

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

Visas are not normally required for most passport holders for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

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

Budget for all visas US$305 - US$355 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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Kigali to Cape Town
Start Kigali Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Wed 24 Oct 2018 Mon 31 Dec 2018 £2095 US$850 0 Seats available
Christmas at Orange River and New Years in Cape Town
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Mon 21 Jan 2019 Sat 30 Mar 2019 £2095 US$850 0 Seats available Fully Booked
Sun 24 Feb 2019 Fri 3 May 2019 £2095 US$850 8+ Seats available Book Now
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Thu 1 Aug 2019 Tue 8 Oct 2019 £2095 US$850 8+ Seats available Book Now

Before You Go

Kigali to Cape Town

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Gorillas to Cape Town" - to Cape Town.

Gorillas to Cape Town - pre departure pack

The Gorillas to Cape Town Safari truly does what its namesake says - give you a 69 day extraordinary road trip from Rwanda to South Africa, with time to trek the endangered mountain gorillas, before heading further into Uganda and Kenya to then journey south to Cape Town with so many special highlights on the way.

We have put the Pre-Departure Booklet together from our 30 plus years of overlanding experience in Africa and we hope you will find this useful as you plan your trip.

There is information on how to arrange your flights, pre safari accommodation suggestions in Kigali, as well as options for when you finish your trip in Cape Town.

When considering plans for the end of your tour, we strongly recommend staying on for a few extra days to get the most out of all there is to see and do in and around Cape Town. 

There are many special highlights included in the price of the Gorillas to Cape Town Safari - from the Masai Mara to Etosha National Park.  There is also an abundance of exciting and varied optional activities from which you can choose as well. The booklet has further information on these including the Zanzibar Island stay, gorilla trekking, as well as adventure activities in Victoria Falls and the houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba.

Whatever your interests – there will be plenty to busy yourself with!  And of course let us know if you have any questions or need more information about all that is available to see and do on the route. Questions like what to bring for the visit in the local orphanage we support, where to shop for a piece of Tanzanite, how to upgrade to a deluxe boutique hotel on Zanzibar and special restaurants available en route - always feel free to ask.

You will receive a personal update about 10 days before departure which includes final confirmations of pretour transfers, accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

Remember to periodically check back here as well 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, join us on our Facebook page or on twitter, and keep up to date with our blogs of all that is happening on the road.

For many travellers an overland trip in Africa may well be totally different from other travel experiences you have had before. As you prepare for your trip whenever you have questions or if you have concerns please feel free to get in touch. We are more than happy to help.

Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to assisting with your plans for Africa.

Book your Kigali to Cape Town Safari

Start Kigali Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Fully Booked Wed 24 Oct 2018 Mon 31 Dec 2018 £2095 US$850 0 Seats available
Christmas at Orange River and New Years in Cape Town
Fully Booked Mon 21 Jan 2019 Sat 30 Mar 2019 £2095 US$850 0 Seats available
Book Now Sun 24 Feb 2019 Fri 3 May 2019 £2095 US$850 8+ Seats available
Book Now Mon 24 Jun 2019 Sat 31 Aug 2019 £2095 US$850 8+ Seats available
Book Now Sat 20 Jul 2019 Thu 26 Sep 2019 £2095 US$850 8+ Seats available
Book Now Thu 1 Aug 2019 Tue 8 Oct 2019 £2095 US$850 8+ Seats available