Nairobi to Zanzibar Overland Tours

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£From 1880
+ Local Payment US$875
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Nakuru National Park
• Lake Mburo National Park
• Boat cruise Lake Mburo
• The Giraffe Park
• Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage
• Maasai village visit incl. bush walk
• Lake Naivasha
• Bujagali and the White Nile
• Kigali - Genocide Memorial
• The Grumeti Game Reserve
• Lake Victoria
• Brkfast & dinner whilst with truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• 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
Wildlife and Spice Island Safari Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Countries Visited

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania

Nairobi to Zanzibar Safari Overview

Safari across the savannah plains of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti to follow the famous migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest, trek on the thick forested slopes of the Virungas to view the endangered mountain gorilla, travelling to the Indian Coast to finish on Zanzibar Island, relaxing on the palm - fringed white sand beaches of Zanzibar, the spice island.

Nairobi to Zanzibar Safari Add-ons


Days 1 - 2

Departure meeting, The Giraffe Park, Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage, Rift Valley, Maasai village visit including bush walk

Days 3 - 6

Guided game drives in the Masai Mara in small safari vehicles, Lake Naivasha.

Optionals:   Balloon safari, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park or guided walk to Crater Lake Sanctuary, Hippo boat cruise on Lake Naivasha.

Days 7 - 9

Nakuru, guided game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park in small safari vehicles, Eldoret.

Days 10 - 12

Jinja, the White Nile

Optionals: White water rafting, bungee jump, kayaking, boat trips and cruises, incl. fishing trips, sups, visit a local school, quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking.

Days 13 - 16

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala, Lake Mburo National Park with a boat cruise and guided game drive in small safari vehicles, craft and drum markets.

Optionals: Rhino trek, boat ride

Days 17 - 20

Kalinzu, Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze.

Optionals: , chimpanzee trekking in a Ugandan forest, mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), Golden monkey trek or orphanage visit. Batwa (Pygmy) village visit or coffee tour. Lake Mutande. Trek to Dian Fossey's gravesite, Banana beer making, Basket weaving.

Day 21 - 22

Kigali, Genocide Memorial and Museum

Optionals:Nyamata Church Memorial.

Days 23 - 25

Rusomo Falls, Mwanza, Bunda.

Optional: Hill walk

Days 26 - 28

The Grumeti, Game drives in the Serengeti in our large overland truck with elevated all round viewing windows 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: Balloon safari.

Days 29 - 35
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.

Optional free time for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island starting on day 32.

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.


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 and Spice Island - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Zanzibar Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* The Masai Mara for game drives
* Serengeti National Park for game drives
* Ngorongoro Crater for game drives
* Nakuru National Park for game drives
* Lake Mburo National Park for game drives<br />
* Boat cruise Lake Mburo<br />
* Lake Naivasha
* Bujagali and The White Nile
* The Grumeti Reserve
* Lake Victoria
* Entry to the Giraffe Park
* Entry to Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
* Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
* Maasai village incl. bush walk
* Kigali - Genocide Memorial


- 29 breakfasts and 28 dinners whilst on the truck including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues.
- 28 nights camping and 3 nights dorm accommodation in a lodge or similar

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$260 - US$650

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 to £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 £30
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Crater Lake Sanctuary, guided walk US$45
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
Afternoon tea at Elsamere - home of Elsa the Lion (not inc. transport) US$12
1 hour hippo cruise across Naivasha 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 - 44 metres over the Nile River US$95
Ziwa Rhino Trek US$30
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, from US$130
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
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, 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 and Spice tour you should budget to cover for the days we are in Jinja, 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).

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 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 and Spice Island to cover the above is: US$690-US$865

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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. As a guide then, for the Wildlife and Spice Island you will want to have a minimum of 6 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 ( 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, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route. Do be aware though that if you require a visa for Rwanda, Rwandan Immigration also require the completion of an online facility document prior to arrival at the port of entry. We can assist with this application.

The East Africa visa which covers Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda is available upon arrival in Kenya for U$100

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 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
New Zealand $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
South Africa - $30 $100 - - - - - - -
Canadian $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
American $100 - - $100 - - - - - -
British $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
German $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch $100 - - $50 - - - - - -
Irish $100 - - $100 - - - - - -
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Other exciting ADD-ONs

  • Balloons
  • Beach Stays on the Kenya Coast
  • Climb Kilimanjaro

    We recommend

  • 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 Zanzibar
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    Before You Go

    Nairobi to Zanzibar

    Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Wildlife and Spice Island" - to Zanzibar.

    Wildlife and Spice Island - 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 Nairobi 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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