Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Overland Tours

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Price

£1750
+ Local Payment US$1000
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• South Luangwa National Park
• Matopos
• The Giraffe Park
• Maasai village visit incl. bush walk
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Lake Naivasha
• Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• Lake Victoria
• Lake Malawi
• Great Zimbabwe Ruins
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck
• 1 night Backpackers Ritz, Johannesburg
• Further 2 nights in local lodges or similar
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
The Big Six Safari Nairobi to The Victoria Falls
Countries Visited

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari Overview

The chance to see the Big Five and more! Visiting the mountain gorillas, and game park after park - Masai Mara, Serengeti, Queen Elizabeth, Nakuru, South Luangwa, Matopos and Ngorongoro Crater. Visiting magical Zanzibar and beach campsites by Lake Malawi. With adventure action white water rafting and bungee jumping on the White Nile and by the Zambezi River where we finish at the Victoria Falls, Mosi Oa Tunya - the Smoke that Thunders!

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari Add-ons

Itinerary

Days 1 - 9
KENYA

Departure meeting, The Giraffe Park, 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: Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, balloon safari, hippo cruise, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hells Gate National Park, guided hike to Green Crater Lake.

Days 10 - 17
UGANDA

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive.

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
UGANDA - RWANDA

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
TANZANIA

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
TANZANIA - MALAWI

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
ZAMBIA - ZIMBABWE

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
ZIMBABWE

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
ZIMBABWE

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.

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 Big Six - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Over seven core game parks and other highlights including:

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
Mikumi National Park
The Giraffe Park
Maasai village visit
The Grumeti Game Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Bujagali
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Kigali - Genocide Memorial
Lake Victoria
Lake Malawi
Great Zimbabwe Ruins

- 43 breakfasts and 44 dinners whilst travelling on the truck including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues.
- 43 nights camping and 3 nights dorm accommodation while trekking the gorillas.
- 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$600 - US$1100

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)

PAID BEFORE DEPARTURE
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £510 to £600
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £245
PAID IN AFRICA
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Visit to a local orphanage (Donation only) £0
1-2 hour guided hippo and bird cruise across Naivasha US$30
Ziwa Rhino Trek US$30
White water rafting The White Nile US$140
Sunset cruise, The White Nile US$45
Quad biking, Jinja (1 hour) US$49
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Kalinzu Forest guided chimpanzee trek, (not including transfers), from US$50
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
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
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$140
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$140
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) US$95
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £385
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
TO CONSIDER AT THE END OF YOUR TOUR
Special discounted offer: Add-on Botswana Safari including a Chobe River game cruise & a 3-day guided mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta when booked with this tour £590
3 day Add-On to Johannesburg including a game cruise on the Chobe river £550
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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 Big Six Safari you should budget to cover for the days we are in Jinja and in Victoria Falls, 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) and the houseboats on Lake Kariba (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 Big Six to cover the above is: US$1100-US$1300

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Visa

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. As a guide then, for the Big Six Safari you will need to have a minimum of 9 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, New Zealand, 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 and costs U$100

Do note that New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel on to South Africa a visa needs to be obtained beforehand through an embassy.

If your passport is not detailed please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further details of your visa requirements.

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
PASSPORT
Australian $100 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand $100 - - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - $30 $100 - - - - - - -
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 absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Dates

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls
Start Nairobi Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Fri 30 Aug 2019 Tue 22 Oct 2019 £1750 US$1000 1 Seats available Book Now
Fri 20 Sep 2019 Tue 12 Nov 2019 £1750 US$1000 0 Seats available Fully Booked
Wed 16 Oct 2019 Sun 8 Dec 2019 £1750 US$1000 8+ Seats available Book Now
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Before You Go

Nairobi to The Victoria Falls

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "The Big Six" - to The Victoria Falls.

The Big Six - 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 The Victoria Falls 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 Nairobi to The Victoria Falls Safari

Start Nairobi Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Fri 30 Aug 2019 Tue 22 Oct 2019 £1750 US$1000 1 Seats available
Fully Booked Fri 20 Sep 2019 Tue 12 Nov 2019 £1750 US$1000 0 Seats available
Book Now Wed 16 Oct 2019 Sun 8 Dec 2019 £1750 US$1000 8+ Seats available
Book Now Wed 4 Dec 2019 Sun 26 Jan 2020 £1750 US$1000 8+ Seats available
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