Nairobi to Nairobi Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$800
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What's Included
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Serengeti National Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Lake Naivasha
• Hippo Cruise
• Lake Victoria
• Genocide Memorial
• The Masai Mara - 2 days
• Masai stay with bushwalk
• Lake Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth national Park
• Ziwa rhino sanctuary
• Free time in Kigali and Jinja
• Breakfast & dinner whilst with truck
• The final pre-prepared barbecue
• 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
East Africa Encounter round trip Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda

Nairobi to Nairobi Safari Overview

A tour that packs in game drives on the plains of the world famous Serengeti and Kenya's Masai Mara, journeys in 4 X 4's into Ngorongoro Crater and Nakuru National Park, Staying by the White Nile - white water raft, kayak, bungee, quad biking and more. Trek rhinos and chimpanzees, with time to cycle through Hells Gate and for a hippo cruise on Lake Naivasha, and of course the highlight of the tour a guided trek to see the mountain gorillas.

Nairobi to Nairobi 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

Optionals: banana beer making, basket weaving, visit to Dian Fossey's grave. Coffee tour or Batwa (Pygmy) village visit or Lake Mutande. Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek or orphanage visit.

Days 13 - 14

Kabale, Kalinzu forest

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek, golden monkeys trek, orphanage visit, Lake Mutande, coffee tour, visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village

Days 15 - 17

Queen Elizabeth NP game drive and game cruise, Equator stop, local craft markets, Kampala, Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Optionals: Chimpanzee trek, rhino trek, boat ride

Days 18 - 20

Jinja, White Nile, Lake Bujagali.

Optionals: Whitewater rafting, village walk, bungee jumping, kayaking, visit a local school, quad biking, horse riding, sunset cruise on Lake Victoria.

Days 21 - 23

Eldoret, Lake Nakuru National Park.

Days 24 - 26


Orphanage visit, Lake Naivasha, Loita Hills Masai village

Optionals: Cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, Elsamere for afternoon tea, balloon safari, 

Day 27 - 30

game drives Masai Mara, Nairobi

Optional: Night out in a Nairobi restaurant, giraffe centre, elephant orphanage

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.

East Africa Encounter - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* A day in the Serengeti National Park including park entrance fees and game drives
* A day in Ngorongoro Conservation Area including guided game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater
* Two days in the Masai Mara including park entrance fees and game drives
* A day in Lake Nakuru National Park, including park entrance fees and guided game drives
* A day in Queen Elizabeth National Park, including park entrance fees and guided game drive and game cruise on the Kazinga channel
* Ziwa rhino sanctuary entry
* A hippo cruise
* Masai stay with bushwalk
* Entrance to the Genocide Memorial and Museum
* The Grumeti Reserve
* Free time in Kigali, Jinja and Lake Naivasha
* Lake Victoria
* A visit to a local orphanage


- 27 nights camping and 3 night dorm stay whilst in Uganda
- 27 breakfasts and 27 dinners including a contribution to the final meal in Nairobi

Transport from Nairobi to Nairobi 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$500

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 18)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £650 to £680
Genocide Memorial audio guide ( entry is free of charge) US$15
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Golden Monkey trek (not including transfers) US$90
Trek to Dian Fossey's grave, from (not including transfers) US$80
Rhino trek US$30
Chimpanzee trek US$50
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
Afternoon tea at Elsamere - home of Elsa the Lion (not inc. transport) US$12
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Crater Lake Sanctuary, guided walk US$45
Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park US$30
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £410
Beach stay on the Kenyan Coast per night from US$20
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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 $20
Be aware as well that meals are not covered whilst the truck is parked up in Jinja due to the many different activities on offer, some of which are inclusive of meals.
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 East African Encounter is: US$570 - US$720

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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. As a guide then, for the East African Encounter you will need 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 trip 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, Rwanda and Uganda needs to be applied for online through Rwanda immigration, we will send out instructions for this

If your passport is not detailed please dont hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

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

Budget for all visas US$170 - US$220 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
New Zealand $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
South Africa - $100 - - - - - - - -
Canadian $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
American $20 $100 - $100 - - - - - -
British $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
German $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch $20 $100 - $50 - - - - - -
Irish $20 $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 or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Start Nairobi Finish Nairobi Price Local Payment Departure details
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Sat 20 Jul 2024 Sun 18 Aug 2024 £1545 US$800 8+ Seats available Book Now

Before You Go


Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "East Africa Encounter".

East Africa Encounter - 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 Nairobi 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 Safari

Start Nairobi Finish Nairobi Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Mon 17 Jun 2024 Tue 16 Jul 2024 £1545 US$800 8+ Seats available
Book Now Sat 20 Jul 2024 Sun 18 Aug 2024 £1545 US$800 8+ Seats available