Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tours

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£From 3870
+ Local Payment US$1260
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Nakuru National Park
• Mburo National Park
• Lake Mburo boat cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• South Luangwa National Park
• Matopos Incl.rhino trek
• Chobe National Park cruise
• Etosha National Park
• Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• Africat Carnivore Care
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• The Giraffe Park
• Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Fish River Canyon
• Maasai village visit incl. bush walk
• Bushmen visit
• Lake Naivasha
• Lake Victoria
• Lake Malawi
• Great Zimbabwe Ruins
• Genocide Museum
• 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
Why not go on the Absolute Safari 77 days of pure fun
Countries Visited

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

Nairobi to Cape Town Safari Overview

The overland safari that does it all! Game drives across the world famous Masai Mara, a gorilla trek in the Virungas, the magic of Zanzibar's white beaches, the dunes of Namibia, the Serengeti, into Ngorongoro, explore South Luangwa, across the pan of Etosha, mokoros deep into the Okavango, game cruise on the Chobe River and then the madness of white water rafting, bungee, gorge swings and sky diving!!

Nairobi to Cape Town Safari Add-ons


Days 1 - 9

Departure meeting, The Giraffe Park, Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, Loita Hills Maasai cultural experience, morning and afternoon game drives over two days in The Masai Mara, The Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

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

Days 10 - 17

Jinja, the While Nile and Lake Bujagali, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala, Lake Mburo National Park including a boat cruise and guided game drives. Kalinzu Forest

Optionals: Whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, volunteer in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking, rhino trek, boat ride in Ziwa, forest chimpanzee trekking.

Days 18 - 22

Kisoro and the Virungas, Musanze, Kigali.

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), trek to the golden monkeys, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village visit, Lake Mutande, banana beer making, basket weaving, cycling tour, Genocide Memorial and Museum, Nyamata Church Memorial.

Days 23 - 28

Lake Victoria, game drives in the Serengeti, The Grumeti, guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: Hill walk, Balloon safari, Maasai Boma visit (village).

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 from day 32, returning to the mainland on day 36.

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 36 - 41

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 42 - 47

South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka, The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing few 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 48 - 51

Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Matopos National Park for rhino treks.

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

Day 52 - 54

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 and horse rides.

Days 55 - 60

Kasane, Maun.

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

Days 61 - 69

Morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit the Africat Foundation and 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 70 - 77

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, 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 Absolute Safari - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


The Masai Mara
The Serengeti
Nakuru National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa national Park
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
Chobe National park game cruise
Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft National Park
Mikumi National Park
The Giraffe Park
Maasai village visit
The Grumeti Game Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Kigali - Genocide Memorial
Lake Victoria
Lake Malawi
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Bushmen visit
Africat Carnivore Care
Sossusvlei Dunes
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
Fish River Canyon


- 63 breakfasts and 62 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues
- 69 nights accommodation - 60 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.

AS WELL AS.......
- 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$1000 - US$1700

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 2022).

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
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Ziwa Rhino Trek US$30
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, from US$130
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 - game drives US$50
Flights over the Delta, 1 hour (min 5 people) US$125
Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari (two nights) US$185
Tandem sky dive, Swakomund US$260
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) US$50
Quadbiking 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 Masai Mara £425
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 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 Absolute Safari are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations - Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, Swakopmund and Stellenbosch - 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 excursions on this tour are the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights), the houseboat (X2 nights) and the Okavango Delta mokoro safari (x2 nights).

Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on the houseboat tour. 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 Absolute Safari to cover the above is US$1500 - US$1800

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure also that you have enough 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 Absolute Safari 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 ( 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.

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 do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further details of your visa requirements.

Visas are not normally required for most passport holders for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only.

Budget for all visas US$305 - US$355 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 - $30 $50 - - - - - - -
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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Nairobi to Cape Town
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Before You Go

Nairobi to Cape Town

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "The Absolute Safari" - to Cape Town.

The Absolute Safari - pre departure pack

The 77 Day Absolute Safari is our longest tour and a great adventure. With over 30 years overlanding experience, we hope you will find the information that we have compiled helpful to assist with preparing for your trip.

There are details on how to book flights, pre-tour accommodation and transfers in Nairobi, as well as information on the arrangements for our arrival in Cape Town at the end of your trip.

In Nairobi we offer a choice of accommodation to stay either at the Heron Hotel, or alternatively at Wildebeest Eco Camp. For this tour we can collect you on day one at either.

The Heron Hotel is a well appointed secure hotel where you can enjoy some home comforts before you head out on your big adventure, or alternatively the Wildebeest is competitively priced with a good range of different accommodation styles from dorms to deluxe tents.

Remember when considering your plans for the end of the trip, Cape Town has plenty to see and do. Many really enjoy staying a few extra days to get the most out of the 'mother city'.

On The Absolute Safari most of the big game parks are included from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti to Etosha National Park. At the same time there are many exciting optional activities and this pack has information on the these including details on gorilla trekking, the four days on Zanzibar Island, and adventure activities in Victoria Falls and Jinja, as well as the houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba.

Personal updates are issued before departure by email to all participants, with 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 Cape Town 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 in touch with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

An overlanding trip in Africa is a very different style of tour from your usual package holiday, so whatever your question please don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help, and happy to advise to ensure you get the most from your big trip! Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

Book your Nairobi to Cape Town Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Sun 21 Apr 2024 Sat 6 Jul 2024 £3870 US$1260 8+ Seats available
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