Kigali to Zanzibar Overland Tours

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£From 2115
+ Local Payment US$595
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara - 2 days for guided game drives
• Lake Nakuru National Park for guided game drives
• Lake Mburo National Park for guided game drives
• Boat cruise, Lake Mburo
• Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• The Genocide Memorial in Kigali
• Hippo cruise
• Lake Naivasha
• Maqsai village visit incl bushwalk
• Bujagali
• Visit a local orphanage
• Free time in Kisoro and Jinja
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• 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
Kigali to Zanzibar Safari
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania

Kigali to Zanzibar Safari Overview

Commencing with a trek to view the mountain gorilla and with every opportunity to see the big five and more in some of East African's best known game parks: the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. On the way experience the cultures and stunning geography of East Africa - Lake Mburo NP, the Rift Valley, the vast savannah plains and Kilimanjaro, before finishing with a trip over to tropical Zanzibar island to relax on the pristine white beaches.

Kigali to Zanzibar Safari Add-ons


Day 1 - 2

Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, 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

Day 6 

Kalinzu forest

Optional: Chimpanzee trek 

Days 7 -  10

Mburo NP game drive and boat cruise, Equator stop, local craft markets, Kampala, Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Optionals: 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

Guided game drives Masai Mara, Nairobi, The Giraffe Park, Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage

Optional: Contribution to a night out in a Nairobi restaurant

Day 24 

Travel across the Athi Plains through to Arusha at the foot of Mount Meru.

Days 25 - 27
Free time to allow for your choice of safari in the Northern Circuit game parks. With evening celebratory barbecue for the final night on our return from the game parks.

Optionals: Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti National Park, afternoon transit drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater.

Days 28 - 30
Marangu at the foot of Kilimanjaro, Seafood barbecue at our camp by the Indian Ocean and preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Optionals: Kilimanjaro day hike, Marangu day tour

Days 31 - 34

Free time for a 4 night stay on Zanzibar Island....

Optional beach break: Optional free time to stay on Zanzibar Island from day 31, you can fly out of Zanzibar the day after the tour ends or take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam.

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your accommodation staying in beach cottages and the traditional capital, ancient Stone Town and other requirements on the Island including transfers and spice tours.

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


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.

Gorillas to Zanzibar - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to Zanzibar Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Three core game parks and other highlights including:

Two days in the Masai Mara,including park entrance fees and guided game drives
A day in Lake Nakuru National Park, including park entrance fees and guided game drives
Lake Mburo National park including guided game drive and boat cruise
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum
Nairobi Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
Nairobi Giraffe Park
Bujagali by The White Nile
Lake Naivasha

- 33 breakfasts and 32 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues, and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 28 nights accommodation (26 nights camping and 2 nights in dorms)
- 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$380 - US$1350

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 (July 22)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £625 - £690
Zanzibar including ferry to Zanzibar island, 4 nights B&B shared accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £295
One way ferry £35
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Batwa village visit, from US$35
Golden monkey trek (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 US$95
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Crater Lake Sanctuary, guided walk US$45
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater game drives 3 days/2 nights, from US$645
Base hike Kilimanjaro US$125
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
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £425
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
Scuba Diving Padi Course, from US$499
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs whilst on tour. Spending money is also needed to cover meals when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations - Jinja and Zanzibar Island. It also covers camping and meals on the offchance you don't participate in the overnight Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari. Some campsites en route also have simple huts or chalets in which you can stay if you feel like a change from camping. Spending money is also needed to cover these times if you want the occasional upgrade from your tent!

The recommended spending money for the Gorillas to Zanzibar Safari is: US$695 - US$825

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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 then, for the Gorillas to Zanzibar safari you will need to have a minimum of 6 blank pages (sides).

For this tour visas for most passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route. Please note that Rwandan Immigration requires you to apply and pay online for the East Africa visa which also covers Uganda and Kenya, we will send you instructions on how to do this. The cost is US$100

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.

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

Budget for all visas US$150 - US$200
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
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Other exciting ADD-ONs

  • Balloons
  • Climb Kilimanjaro

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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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    Before You Go

    Kigali to Zanzibar

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

    Gorillas to Zanzibar - 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 Zanzibar 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.

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