Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$1100
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What's Included
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Cape Agulhas
• The Cango Caves
• Ostrich Farm Tour
• Masai Mara (2 days)
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa depending on the season
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Nakuru National Park
• Grumeti Reserve
• 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, 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
Download and print the relevant pages for this safari from our brochure (PDF)


Day 1 - 3

Cape Town, Cape Agulhas.

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

Days 4 - 6

Outeniqua Mountains, Cango Caves, Oudsthoorn, Ostrich Farm, Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma Forest, Bloukrans Bridge, Storms River, Jeffreys Bay, Addo Elephant Park.

Optionals: Bloukrans Bungee, Canopy Tour, Black-water tubing, quad biking, flying fox, guided bridge-walk, waterfalls zipline, Addo Elephant Park night drives, Addo National Park horse trails.

Days 9 - 10

Karoo, Aliwal North, Johannesburg.

Optionals:Apartheid Museum

Days 11 - 13

Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional:Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 14 - 15

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

Optional:Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 16 - 18

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.

Days 19 - 20

Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Days 21- 22

South Luangwa National Park for morning game drives (depending on the season)

Optional:Evening game drive in South Luangwa National Park

Please note when Luangwa is out of season we will spend an extra night in Hwange National Park.

Days 23

Lake Malawi.

Days 24- 25

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 26

More time to enjoy rural Malawi and relax by the Lake.

Day 27

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

Day 28

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

Days 29 - 33

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 29, returning to the town of Bagamoyo on day 33.

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 34


Day 35

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

Day 36

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

Day 37

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


Day 38

Mwanza, Lake Victoria.

Day 39


Village stop over.

Days 40 - 41

Kigali, Ruhengeri.

Days 42-43

Kisoro and the Virungas

Optionals:Genocide Memorial and Museum, Mountain gorilla trek in either Parc National de Volcans (Rwanda) or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village.

Day 44


Day 45

Mbarara, Equator stop, markets, Masaka.

Days 46- 47

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali

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

Day 48 -49

Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 50-51

Two nights camp, Lake Naivasha

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

Days 52- 53

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

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari.

Day 54

Morning game drives, Nairobi

Optional: Night out at a Nairobi restaurant.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 53 to 55 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

Cape Town to Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


The Masai Mara (two days)
Nakuru National Park
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa depending on the season
Hwange National Park
Addo Elephant Park
Chobe game cruise
The Grumeti Reserve
Cape Agulhus
Cango Caves
Ostrich Farm
Private Game Farm
Lake Naivasha
Lake Victoria


- 48 Breakfasts and 46 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 49 nights Camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation whilst travelling on the truck

- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle travelling 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$400 - US$1150

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
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$60
Tsitsikamma Forest - Treetop canopy walk U$33
Storms River - Black Water Tubing U$38
Tsitsikamma - Waterfall Zip Lining U$25
Learn to surf in J'Bay U$18
Visit to the meerkats U$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
Guided walk alongside Lions 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
White water rafting The White Nile U$140
Volunteer work in a local school, Jinja U$20
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
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha U$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 the visit to the Maasai in the 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 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$1050 - US$1250

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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 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 ( 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

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

Book your Cape Town to Nairobi Safari

Start Cape Town Finish Nairobi Price Special Offer Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Tue 1 Jan 2019 Fri 1 Mar 2019 £2395 £2227 US$1100 8+ Seats available
60 day tour
Book Now Sat 4 May 2019 Tue 2 Jul 2019 £2395 £2227 US$1100 8+ Seats available
60 day tour
Book Now Mon 24 Jun 2019 Sat 17 Aug 2019 £2395 £2227 US$1100 8+ Seats available
55 day tour
Book Now Thu 1 Aug 2019 Fri 27 Sep 2019 £2395 £2227 US$1100 8+ Seats available
58 day tour