Jinja to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$1060
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What's Included
• The Serengeti
• Lake Mburo National Park
• Lake Mburo boat trip
• Ngorongoro Crater
• South Luangwa National Park
• Matopos incl. rhino trekking
• Chobe National Park game cruise
• Etosha National Park
• Africat Carnivore Care
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Lake Victoria
• Lake Malawi
• Fish River Canyon
• Great Zimbabwe Ruins
• Kigali Genocide Memorial
• Maasai village visit
• Bushmen visit
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck
• 3 nights lodge stay, Swakopmund
• 1 night Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town
• Further 5 nights in local lodges
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
The Wildlife Journey 68 days from Jinja to Cape Town Safari
Countries Visited

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

Jinja to Cape Town Safari Overview

A journey through East and Southern Africa from the banks of the White Nile to Cape Town. Game park after game park - the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, South Luangwa, Chobe, Etosha, a mokoro safari in the Okavango. Days in the sun on Zanzibar Island. Victoria Falls. Help out in a local school and climb Namibia's dunes. Crazy times getting mashed on the wildest white water on the White Nile and the Zambezi. And if that isn't enough sky dive over the expanse of Namibia's desert, head out rhino trekking and come face to face with the endangered mountain gorilla!

Jinja to Cape Town Safari Add-ons


Days 1 - 8

Departure meeting by the While Nile and Lake Bujagali, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala, Lake Mburo National Park including a boat trip and guided game drive in smaller safari vehicles, Kalinzu Forest.

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, volunteer in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, rhino trek, chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan forest

Days 9- 13

Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze, Kigali, Genocide Memorial and Museum

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), trek to the golden monkeys, orphanage visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, banana beer making, basket weaving. 

Days 14 - 19

Rusomo Falls, local village stay, Mwanza, Bunda, The Grumeti. Game drives in the Serengeti in our large overland truck with big elevated windows for all round viewing and the assistance of our trained tour leader. Maasai village visit. Guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater in smaller safari vehicles. Evening celebratory barbecue on arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: Hill walk, Balloon safari

Days 20 - 26
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Marangu at the foot of Kilimanjaro, the Indian Ocean coast, seafood meal and preparations for Zanzibar Island on reaching the coast.

Optionals: Walks at the base of Kilimanjaro and the local village. Free time for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 23, returning to the mainland on day 27.

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 ancient Stone Town, as well as your other requirements including the ferry bookings, group transfers and spice tours.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping 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, including a spice tour, on Zanzibar Island are arranged ahead of time.

Days 27 - 32

Drive from Dar es Salaam south, through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach camps, village visits and curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, horse riding in the Lake, village walk, wood carving lesson.

Days 33 - 38

South Luangwa National Park for a guided game drive in smaller safari vehicles, Lusaka, The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing couple of days at Lake Kariba.

Optional: Extra game drive or game walk, South Luangwa National Park, A houseboat cruise on the Lake visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 39 - 42

Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Matopos National Park for rhino treks and a guided game drive in smaller safari vehicles.

Optional: Extra game drives and a visit to rock paintings and Cecil Rhodes’ grave or a Ndebele Village.

Days 43 - 45

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

Optionals: Rainforest walk – Victoria Falls, Bungee jump, Gorge swing, flying fox, zip line,  white water rafting, riverboard, canoe trips, sundowner cruise, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flight, horse rides.

Days 46 - 51

Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise. Maun.

Optionals: Chobe National Park, game drive, Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari, flight over the Delta.

Days 52 - 60

Rundu, Bushmen visit. Morning and afternoon game drives incl. entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park in our large overland truck with elevated all round windows and the assistance of our trained tour leader. A visit to the Africat Foundation. Stop over at Spitzkoppe. Cape Cross Seal Colony. Lodge stay or similar in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite. Walk with warrior bushmen, visit women’s village, Evening game drive, walk to see ancient rock paintings, quad biking, sandboarding, go-karts, sky diving, desert tours, township tour, seal and dolphin cruise, open sea fishing, horse riding.

Days 61 - 68

Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, camp by the Orange River, Stellenbosch, drive through to spend the final evening at Ashanti Lodge (or similar) in Cape Town.

Optionals: Guided walk on the dunes, canoeing, 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.


The Wildlife Journey - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Jinja to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* The Serengeti for game drives
* Ngorongoro Crater for game drives
* South Luangwa National Park for game drives
* Matopos for game drives and a rhino trek
* Lake Mburo National Park for game drives and a boat trip
* Etosha National Park (2 nights)
* Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
* Africat Carnivore Care
* Cape Cross Seal Colony
* The Grumeti Game Reserve
* Mikumi National Park
* Bujagali and the White Nile
* Lake Victoria
* Lake Malawi
* Kigali - Genocide Memorial
* Maasai village
* Bushmen visit
* Great Zimbabwe Ruins
* Namib Naukluft National Park
* Sossusvlei Dunes
* Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
* Fish River Canyon


- 54 breakfasts and 53 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues
- 60 nights accommodation - 51 nights camping and 9 nights dorm accommodation in a lodge or similar incl. three nights in Swakopmund and the final night in Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town.

- 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 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$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 (June 19)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £625 to £690
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B shared accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £295
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
Sunset cruise, The White Nile US$45
Quad biking, Jinja (1 hour) US$49
Ziwa Rhino Trek US$30
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, from US$130
Visit to a local orphanage (transport) US$10
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
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
South Luangwa Extra Game Drive US$45
Houseboats on Lake Kariba incl. Matusadona National Park (2 nights) US$170
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$50
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$158
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) US$103
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$50
Chobe National Park - combo game drive and game cruise US$90
Flights over the Delta, 1 hour (min 5 people) US$125
Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari (two nights) US$185
Tandem sky dive, Swakopmund US$260
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) US$50
Quad biking 60km route (approx 2 hours) US$46
Township tour, a guided tour visiting the homes 3 local tribes (4 hours Incl. lunch & refreshments) US$40
Open sea fishing in the Atlantic waters (5 hours Incl. licenses, lunch, refreshments & whatever you catch) US$115
Desert tour, a guided tour discovering the secrets of the local dune belt (5 hours Incl. lunch) US$57
Canoeing on the Orange River US$34
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 Serengeti £455
Special discounted offer: Add-On Garden Route Tour when booked with this tour £1550
White Shark Cage Diving - day trip inc. transport US$185
Table Mountain, return cable car US$27
Robben Island boat transfer & guided tour US$40
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch, souvenirs and some small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under U$20. Other costs to note are for those times where meals and/or accommodation are not covered, as well as money for tips, extra transfers and accommodation upgrades.

Be aware during the trip there are times we dont cover meals and/or accommodation when some of the group are away from camp doing their own thing on excursions, and it becomes impractical to cover. In general in regard to meals when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations, do budget to cover your meals for these days. For the Wildlife Journey you should budget to cover for the days we are in Jinja, in Victoria Falls, Swakopmund and Stellenbosch, as well as for the overnight excursions listed below including meals whilst on Zanzibar Island. In particular be aware that spending money is needed to cover accommodation and some meals on the off-chance you choose to stay back and not participate in any of the overnight excursions. The overnight excursions on this tour are: the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights), the houseboats on Lake Kariba (x2 nights) and the mokoro safari into the Okavango Delta (x2 nights).

Note for some excursions extra transport occasionally is needed to get to the start point of the excursion too eg to the gorillas, and so do have some aside for these times.

Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as for the gorilla trek, for the guide who takes you down into Ngorongoro, and on the houseboat tour. And again whilst tips are at your discretion, your tour leader and driver also appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.

And lastly remember some campsites en route have simple huts or chalets on site. If you think you might like a break from camping and youd like to upgrade to have a bed at some point during the trip, it is well worth having money for this so again budget accordingly.

The recommended typical spending money for The Wildlife Journey to cover the above is: US$1320-US$1600

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate 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 Wildlife Journey you will need 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 strategy. You can find more information 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.

NB: For Uganda an online application and payment will need to be done for which we will send instructions by email on how to do this.

Please find details of the costs of each visa in the chart below. 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 notice. The information above is given as a guide only.

Budget for all visas US$255 - US$355 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - - $100 - - - - - - -
Canadian - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $75 - - -
American - - $100 $100 $75 $50 $30 - - -
British - - $50 $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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Jinja to Cape Town
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Before You Go

Jinja to Cape Town

Can’t wait to spend 65 days travelling through Africa on your Wildlife Journey Safari from Kampala to Cape Town? Who can blame you!

You will see below a link to the Wildlife Journey Pre-Departure Pack which contains a ton of information to help plan your trip

The Wildlife Journey - pre departure pack

We hope you find the information compiled over 30 years of experience overlanding to be of help planning your adventure.

It is filled with details as to the best flight arrangements, transfers to Jinja to join the trip and arrangements for when you finish in Cape Town. There is information on what to pack, vaccination and visa guides, how to take your travel money and much more.

There are a variety of excursions and activities available on this route and there is information available on the big highlights including the gorilla trek and Zanzibar Island stay.

The trips too offer you many opportunities to help out and get involved in local projects en route.

Particularly as we start in Jinja on this tour there is the option to help out with Soft Power – a charity organization working with local Ugandan schools and preschools in Jinja. Talk to us if you would like more information as to how to get involved to give something back as part of your trip.

We will send out personal updates around 10 days before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of your prebooked transfers and accommodation as well as other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

Be sure to come back here to this page periodically as the information is regularly updated, as is the news section on the website.

Our Facebook and twitter pages are also great places to stay in touch to keep you up to date.

We are also on Instagram. And check out our blogs too. They are full of the real day to day stuff of travelling on the road on a big yellow truck so you can feel like you are already there……

Everyone in the Absolute Africa team has a genuine passion for Africa, and will be more than happy to answer any queries or concerns you may have – just give us a call, skype or email. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your preparations for what is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime!

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Start Jinja Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Sun 2 Jun 2024 Thu 8 Aug 2024 £3200 US$1060 5 Seats available
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Fully Booked Sun 4 Aug 2024 Thu 10 Oct 2024 £3200 US$1060 0 Seats available
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