Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tours

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Price

WAS £2560 NOW £2432
+ Local Payment US$1100
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Cape Agulhas
• The Cango Caves
• Ostrich Farm Tour
• Winery tour
• Masai Mara reserve
• Masai village with bush walk
• Grumeti Reserve
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Nakuru National Park
• Grumeti Reserve
• Khama rhino reserve
• Kruger park
• Queen Elizabeth NP with Kazinga channel cruise
• Ziwa rhino Sanctuary
• Breakfast& dinner while 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 Cape Town to Nairobi
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• Transport from Cape Town to Nairobi
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Northern Trails Cape Town to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

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

Cape Town to Nairobi Safari Overview

Cape Town to Nairobi - Beginning at the foot of Table Mountain and continuing along the Garden Route, one of the most beautiful stretches of coast line in the world, before heading north to journey to East Africa. You will have every opportunity to spot the big 5 in game park after game park on this overland tour. There is also the chance to trek the endangered mountain gorillas.

Cape Town to Nairobi Safari Add-ons

Itinerary

Day 1 - 3
SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

Optionals: Robben Island, Table Mountain cable car, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Point, paragliding, kiteboarding, shark diving, whale watching.

Days 4 - 5
SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Agulhas, Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, Ostrich Farm.

 

Days 6 - 7
SOUTH AFRICA

Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma Forest, Bloukrans Bridge, Storms River.

Optionals: Bloukrans Bungee, Canopy Tour, Black-water tubing, quad biking, flying fox, guided bridge-walk, waterfalls zipline.

Days 8 - 10
SOUTH AFRICA

Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant Park, Hogsback

Optionals: Addo Elephant Park night drives, Addo National Park horse trails, bushwalks, abseiling, horse riding, village tour

 

Days 11 - 12
LESOTHO

Malealea, Lesotho

Optionals: pony trek, village tour, hiking, mountain biking.

Days 13 - 14
SOUTH AFRICA

Drakensberg mountains

Optionals: hiking, biking, abseiling, rock climbing

Days 15 - 18
SOUTH AFRICA

 Johannesburg, Kruger National park, Blyde River canyon

Optionals: Soweto tour, Apartheid Museum

Days 19 - 23
SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA

Khama rhino reserve, Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional:Rhino trek, night game drives in Hkama reserve, game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 24 - 27 
ZIMBABWE

Guided game drives in Hwange National Park, visit to Painted Dog Conservation Centre, Victoria Falls

Optionals: Second game drive in Hwange National Park, 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.

Days 28 - 32
ZAMBIA

Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata, South Luangwa National Park

Optional:Evening game drive in South Luangwa National Park

 

Days 33 - 35
MALAWI

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 36 - 38
TANZANIA

The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa, Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 39 - 43 
TANZANIA

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 39, returning to the town of Bagamoyo on day 43.

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 44 - 47
TANZANIA

Arusha, guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater- a perfectly intact valcanic caldera to spot the 'Big 5' and many more, Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti, camp in the centre of the par, exit the Serengeti, game drive through the Grumeti reserve, bunda

Optionals: ballooning in serengeti, hill walk

Day 48 -50
TANZANIA

Mwanza, Lake Victoria, Nyakhanzi village stop over.

Days 51 - 53
RWANDA

Kigali, Ruhengeri.

Optionals:Genocide Memorial and Museum,  golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave

Days 54 - 56 
UGANDA

Kisoro and the Virungas, Kabale

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village, coffee tour, lake Mutande

Day 57 - 60
UGANDA

Kalinzu forest, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kampala, Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Optionals: chimpanzee trek, rhino trek, boat ride

Days 61- 63
UGANDA

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali

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

Day 64 - 66
KENYA

Eldoret, Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 67 - 69
KENYA

Lake Naivasha, Masai stay at Loita Hills

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

Days 70 - 73
KENYA

The Masai Mara for two days, afternoon and morning game drives, Nairobi

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari, night out at a Nairobi restaurant, giraffe centre, Sheldricks elephant orpohanage 

 

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.

 

Northern Trails - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Cape Town to Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

OVER TEN GAME PARKS & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS including:

The Masai Mara (two days)
Nakuru National Park
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa
Hwange National Park
Addo Elephant Park
Chobe game cruise
Khama rhino reserve
Kruger National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park with Kazinga channel cruise
The Grumeti Reserve
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Cape Agulhus
Cango Caves
Ostrich Farm
Winery visit
Lake Naivasha
Bujagali
Lake Victoria
Masai village visit with bush walk

CAMPING, BREAKFAST & DINNER WHILST TRAVELING ON THE TRUCK

- 64 Breakfasts and 63 dinners whilst traveling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 57 nights Camping and 12 nights dorm accommodation whilst traveling on the truck

- A fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle traveling from Cape Town 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$600 - US$1500

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 19)

PAID BEFORE DEPARTURE
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £245
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £515 to £600
PAID IN AFRICA
White shark cage diving - day trip inc transport U$185
Table Mountain - Return Cable Car U$20
Robben Island boat transfer and guided tour U$20
Bungee - Bloukrans Bridge U$100
Tsitsikamma Forest - Treetop canopy walk U$50
Storms River - Black Water Tubing U$85
Tsitsikamma - Waterfall Zip Lining U$30
Addo - Night Drives U$32
Drakensberg mountains day hike £from US$62
Pony trek Lesotho £from US$30
Chobe National Park - game drive U$42
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls U$30
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) U$150
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls U$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) U$140
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) U$95
White water rafting The Zambezi U$120
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi U$55
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) U$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) U$70
Scuba diving (single dive) off Kendwa U$65
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa U$15
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from U$40
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises U$25
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing U$10
Rhino trek U$30
Chimpanzee trek U$50
White water rafting The White Nile U$140
Sunset cruise, The White Nile U$45
Quad biking, Jinja (1 hour) U$49
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers U$55
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha U$30
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
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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
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 Northern Trails tour are 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 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 Northern Trails is: US$1420 - US$1680

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Visa

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 Northern Trails you will want to have a minimum of 10 blank pages (sides).

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, but bringing both passports is a wise back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCOs website (www.fco.gov.uk) under entry requirements. Do be aware it can be illegal to travel in Africa on two passports.

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 apply and pay online for this visa, we will send out instructions for this

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
PASSPORT
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 absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Dates

Cape Town to Nairobi
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Before You Go

Cape Town to Nairobi

Check the link below to download the Predeparture Booklet for the Northern Trails tour.

This tour is ideal for those that want to start in Cape Town and experience so many of the big highlights from Cape Town through to Nairobi

Northern Trails - pre departure pack

Having run overland trips through Africa for over 30 years, we understand the desire to have as much information about your chosen tour as possible. An overland trip in Africa is a very different style of travel from any you might have done before.

In order to help you plan, we have put together this predeparture pack filled with tips and advice for your trip

The pack contains answers to the most frequently asked questions including what to bring, how to budget, arrange airport pick up and pre and post safari accommodation and there are details of all the optional excursions you can do along the way as you travel from Cape Town up to Nairobi.

Cape Town is a great city with lots to see and do, and we find many people like to arrive a few days early to get the most out of the 'mother city'. Nairobi also has lots to offer, and many people like to stay a few days to explore Kenya's capital.

We will also send you a personal update about 10 days before departure containing all the latest information as well as final confirmations of your transfers, accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is in order for your trip of a lifetime.

There is always one of our friendly and passionate team around to help you with any queries or concerns you may have at any stage of your booking. Just give us a call, email or skype and we will be more than happy to help.

The booklet is also regularly updated so check back here periodically. It is also worth keeping an eye on the news section of our website, as well as checking out our Facebook page, twitter updates, Instagram and blog to see what adventures are currently occurring out on the road.

We look forward to helping you plan your Northern Trails Safari.

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Book Now Fri 6 Dec 2019 Sun 16 Feb 2020 £2560 £2432 US$1100 8+ Seats available
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