Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$930
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What's Included
• Masai Mara
• Ngorongoro Crater
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa NP
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Lake Nakuru
• Grumeti Reserve
• Kruger NP
• Khama rhino reserve
• Queen Elizabeth NP
• Kazinga channel cruise
• Ziwa rhino sanctuary
• Masai village with bushwalk
• Breakfast and dinner whilst travelling with the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst with the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• Transport from Johannesburg to Nairobi
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Flight of the Flamingos Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari
Countries Visited

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Overview

Beginning in the 'City of gold' Johannesburg, visiting Kruger NP and then traveling across into beautiful Botswana, cruising the Chobe river, game drives in Hwange National Park, with a visit to the Painted Dog conservation Centre. Chill out in Victoria falls or get your blood pumping with some extreme sports. Game drives in the famous Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti. You have the option to head over the to paradise island of Zanzibar. Trekking with the mountain gorillas is often a highlight for many. Traveling through Uganda and Rwanda, you can also trek chimpanzees and will visit Queen Elizabeth NP, Jinja and then to Kenya to visit the famous Masai Mara.

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Add-ons



Days 1 - 3

 Johannesburg, Kruger National park, Blyde River canyon

Optionals: Soweto tour, Apartheid Museum

Days 4 - 8

Khama rhino reserve, Elephant Sands camp, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional:Rhino trek, night game drives in Hkama reserve, game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 9 - 12 

Guided game drives in Hwange National Park, visit to Painted Dog Conservation Centre, Victoria Falls

Optionals: Second game drive in Hwange National Park, horse rides, white water rafting, canoeing, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flights, bungee jump, gorge swing,rap jump, flying fox, sunset cruise and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Days 13 - 17

Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata, South Luangwa National Park

Optional:Evening game drive in South Luangwa National Park


Days 18 - 20

Lake Malawi beach camp, village visits including for a traditional meal and curio markets.

Optionals:Water sports, horse riding in the Lake, school visit.


Day 21 - 23

The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa, Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam or Bagamoyo on the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 24 - 27 

Zanzibar Island

4 nights are allocated for the optional beach stay on Zanzibar Island. For the Zanzibar stay we can reserve accommodation for 3 nights in popular affordable beach accommodation on one of Zanzibar's best beaches, as well as a night within ancient Stone Town. All other requirements including the ferry bookings, a spice tour and transfers can also be arranged.

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 24, returning to the town of Bagamoyo on day 28.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping coral reefs, 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 can be arranged ahead of time.


Day 28 - 32

Arusha, guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater- a perfectly intact valcanic caldera to spot the 'Big 5' and many more, Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti, camp in the centre of the par, exit the Serengeti, game drive through the Grumeti reserve, bunda

Optionals: ballooning in serengeti, hill walk

Day 33 - 35

Mwanza, Lake Victoria, Nyakhanzi village stop over.

Days 36 - 38

Kigali, Ruhengeri.

Optionals:Genocide Memorial and Museum,  golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave

Days 39 - 41 

Kisoro and the Virungas, Kabale

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village, coffee tour, lake Mutande

Day 42 - 45

Kalinzu forest, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kampala, Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Optionals: chimpanzee trek, rhino trek, boat ride

Days 46 - 48

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, visit a local school, quad biking, horse riding.

Day 49 - 51

Eldoret, Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 52 - 54

Lake Naivasha, Masai stay at Loita Hills

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

Days 55 - 58

The Masai Mara for two days, afternoon and morning game drives, Nairobi

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari, night out at a Nairobi restaurant, giraffe centre, Sheldricks elephant orpohanage 


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.


Flight of the Flamingos - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Johannesburg to Nairobi Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


The Masai Mara
Nakuru National Park
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
South Luangwa NP
Hwange National Park
Mikumi National Park
Chobe game cruise
The Grumeti Reserve
Lake Naivasha
Lake Victoria
Kruger NP
Khama rhino sanctuary
Queen Elizabeth NP
ZIwa rhino reserve
Masai village with bushwalk


- 49 Breakfasts and 48 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
- 51 nights camping and 3 nights dorm accommodation

- A fully equipped and deiselled expedition truck/vehicle travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi 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$400 - US$1450

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)

Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B shared accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £295
Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £650 to £680
Chobe National Park - game drive US$50
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$50
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$158
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Gorge swing - (1 jump) US$103
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) US$70
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
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Chimpanzee trek US$50
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
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
1hour hippo cruise across Naivasha US$30
Sheldricks Elephant Sanctuary and the Giraffe Park US$30
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £410
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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
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 tour when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations Victoria Falls, Zanzibar and Jinja - 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 excursion on this tour is the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights).
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on game drives or guided tours. 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 Flight of the Flamingos is: US$1150 - US$1385

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 to 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 Flight of the Flamingoes you will want to have a minimum of 10 blank pages (sides).

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 with the exception of the East Africa visa. Rwandan immigration require you to make an online application and payment for this visa, we will send out instructions for this.

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

Visas are not usually required for Botswana or South Africa for most passport holders.

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

Budget for all visas US$275 - US$325 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 - $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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Other exciting ADD-ONs

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  • Climb Kilimanjaro
  • Kruger National Park
  • The Garden Route

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    Johannesburg to Nairobi

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    This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

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