Dar es Salaam to Kigali Overland Tours

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What's Included
• Return ferry to Zanzibar
• Transfers on the island & a spice tour
• Gorilla permit
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Serengeti National Park
• Maasai village
• Genocide Memorial
• The Grumeti Reserve
• 18 breakfasts, 14 dinners
• 11 nights camping, 4 nights hotel, 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
Zanzibar to Kigali safari
Countries Visited

Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda

Dar es Salaam to Kigali Safari Overview

A stay on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar Island, with time for water sports, and to visit the red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest and then heading off into the wilds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater before taking time to reflect at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali. Trek the mountain gorillas in Uganda with a hike to see the golden monkeys and visit a Batwa (Pygmy) village.

Dar es Salaam to Kigali Safari Add-ons


Day 1


Meet the group early evening of Day 1 staying on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Departure Meeting

Days 2-5


A four night stay on the Swahili Paradise island. Night one spent in the colourful hubub of Stown Town with a spice tour included. Nights 2, 3 and 4 spent on the northern beaches of Kendwa,

Options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar's untouched 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 spice tours on Zanzibar Island will be arranged ahead of time.

Days 6-7


A two day drive to the bustling Arusha, with an overnight stay in Bagamoyo - a historical town on the outskirts of Dar.

Day 8 - 10

Afternoon entry to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and game drive in the crater.  Drive through the Ngorongoro conservation area, afternoon game drive and morning game drive, Maasai village, Serengeti National Park, The Grumeti, Bunda

Optional: Ballooning in the Serengeti

Day 11 - 13

Mwanza, Lake Victoria, Nyakhanazi

Day 14 -16

Kigali, Genocide Memorial and Museum. Musanze

Optionals: golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fosseys grave, 

Days 17 -18 

 Kisoro, Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 

Optionals: orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village, lake Mutanda

Day 19 


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.

Zanzibar to Gorillas - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Dar es Salaam to Kigali Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price covers:


* Spice tour and transfers on Zanzibar Island
* Gorilla permit
* Entry and game drives in the Serengeti
* Entry and game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
* Entry into the Grumeti Reserve
* Maasai village
* Genocide Memorial and Museum


- 11 nights camping, 3 nights dorm stay, 3 nights in simple Zanzibar beach accommodation and 1 night in a simple local lodge in traditional Stone Town.

14 dinners, 18 breakfasts

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$150 - US$300

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 (August 19)

Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Scuba diving (single dive) off Kendwa US$65
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from US$40
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Genocide Memorial audio guide US$15
Batwa village visit, from US$35
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave (not including transfer cost) US$80
Golden monkey trek (not including transfers) US$90
Also to consider : Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch, dinner on Zanzibar, 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 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 Gorillas to Zanzibar is: US$300 - US$400

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 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 for most 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 for this online, we will send out instructions for this.

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$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 - - $100 - - - - - - -
Canadian - $100 - $50 - - - - - -
American - $100 - $100 - - - - - -
British - $100 - $50 - - - - - -
German - $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch - $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Irish - $100 - $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 absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Dar es Salaam to Kigali
Start Dar es Salaam Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Tue 13 Aug 2024 Sat 31 Aug 2024 £2995
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Thu 12 Sep 2024 Mon 30 Sep 2024 £2995
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Tue 15 Oct 2024 Sat 2 Nov 2024 £2995
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Sun 12 Jan 2025 Thu 30 Jan 2025 £2995
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Thu 6 Feb 2025 Mon 24 Feb 2025 £2995
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Before You Go

Dar es Salaam to Kigali

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Zanzibar to Gorillas" - to Kigali.

Zanzibar to Gorillas - 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 Dar es Salaam to Kigali 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.

Book your Dar es Salaam to Kigali Safari

Start Dar es Salaam Finish Kigali Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Tue 13 Aug 2024 Sat 31 Aug 2024 £2995
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Book Now Thu 12 Sep 2024 Mon 30 Sep 2024 £2995
8+ Seats available
Book Now Tue 15 Oct 2024 Sat 2 Nov 2024 £2995
8+ Seats available
Book Now Sun 12 Jan 2025 Thu 30 Jan 2025 £2995
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Book Now Thu 6 Feb 2025 Mon 24 Feb 2025 £2995
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