Nairobi to Kigali Overland Tours

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What's Included
• Gorilla permit
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Serengeti National Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners
• A pre-prepared barbecue
• 9 nights camping, 3 nights dorm stay
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda

Nairobi to Kigali Safari Overview

Game drives in the wilds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater as well as The Grumeti with a stop over by Lake Victoria. Trek the endangered mountain gorillas and take time to reflect at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.

Nairobi to Kigali Safari Add-ons


Day 1

Nairobi, Arusha

Day 2 - 4

Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Game drive in the Crater. Morning drive through the Conservation Area.  Enter Serengeti at Naabi Gate. Afternoon  and morning game drive in The Serengeti.  The Grumeti. Bunda

Optional: Masai Village. Ballooning in the Serengeti.

Day 5 -7

Mwanza, Lake Victoria. Nyakhanazi

Day 8 -9

Kigali, visit to The Genocide Memorial and Museum.

Days 10 -12

Musanze, Kisoro, gorilla trekking

Optionals:  visit to Dian Fosseys grave, golden monkey trek, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village.

Day 13

Transfer to Kigali

NOTE: This tour has a higher non-refundable deposit to include the cost of the gorilla permit.

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.

Wildlife Encounter (Reverse) - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Kigali Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* Gorilla permit

* Entry and game drives in the Serengeti
* Entry and game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
* Entry into the Grumeti Reserve


12 breakfasts and 12 evening meals including a local meal
9 nights camping, 3 nights dorm stay

Transport in a fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleeping mats etc.

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$70 - US$200

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)

Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
Batwa village visit, from US$30
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfer cost) US$80
Golden monkey trek (not including transfers) US$90
Genocide Memorial audio guide ( entry is free of charge) US$15
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch, souvenirs and different small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under U$20 like a visit to the Maasai in the Serengeti.
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as your guides whilst gorilla trekking. 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 The Wildlife Encounter (Reverse) is: US$200 - US$255

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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. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCOs website under entry requirements.

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

For this tour visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on route.

Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.

Budget for all visas US$120 - US$220 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian $20 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
New Zealand $20 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
South Africa - $100 $ - - - - - - -
Canadian $20 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
American $20 $100 - $100 - - - - - -
British $20 - $50 $50 - - - - - -
German $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Irish $20 $60 - $100 - - - - - -
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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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Nairobi to Kigali
Start Nairobi Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Mon 17 Jun 2024 Sat 29 Jun 2024 £2255
8+ Seats available
Join us for a 6 day pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara check out the Africa Sky tour starting on the 11th June 24
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Sat 20 Jul 2024 Thu 1 Aug 2024 £2255
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Before You Go

Nairobi to Kigali

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Wildlife Encounter (Reverse)" - to Kigali.

Wildlife Encounter (Reverse) - pre departure pack

Please clink on the link below to find your pre-departure dossier, filled with all kinds of information that has been put together using our 30 years experience overlanding Africa!

You'll get the full low down on what to expect during the Wildlife Encounter (Reverse) from what to bring with you to all those last minute bits and pieces such as visa information, reccommended pre and post safari accommodation and how to arrange transfers either side of your safari.

We'll also send you out a personalised update letter around 6 weeks before you set off, just to confirm all of the arrangements in place for your trip of a lifetime.

Shoud you have any questions about any aspect of your trip, just give us a shout on email, skype, via our LiveChat service or simply giving us a call, we're here to help with whatever you need :-)

We look forward to planning your African adventure with you, safari njema!

Book your Nairobi to Kigali Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Mon 17 Jun 2024 Sat 29 Jun 2024 £2255
8+ Seats available
Join us for a 6 day pre-tour safari in Kenya's Masai Mara check out the Africa Sky tour starting on the 11th June 24
Book Now Sat 20 Jul 2024 Thu 1 Aug 2024 £2255
8+ Seats available