Kigali to The Victoria Falls Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$700
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What's Included
• The Serengeti
• Ngorongoro Crater
• South Luangwa National Park
• Matopos
• The Grumeti Reserve
• 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
• 3 nights in a local lodge or similar
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Tusker Trails starting in Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari Overview

Trek into the Virungas to see the mountain gorilla. Safari across the plains of the Serengeti and into Ngorongoro to view elephant, lion, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and gazelle. Tusker Trails takes you to so many of Africa's special parks! Then lazy days on the white palmfringed beaches of Zanzibar. Snorkel and scuba dive. Visit a Maasai village and local fishing villages through Lake Malawi. Head out on a houseboat cruise, rhino trek in Matopos and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Then those nutty adrenalin sports - bungee, white water rafting and gorge swings!

Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari Add-ons


Day 1

Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, transfer to Kisoro.

Optionals: Coffee tour or Pygmy (Batwa) village visit or Lake Mutande

Days 2 -3

Kisoro, Musanze

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda). Or golden monkeys trek or orphanage visit. Batwa (Pygmy) village visit or coffee tour. Lake Mutande. Trek to Dian Fosseys grave. Basket weaving. Banana beer making.

Days 4 - 5


Optionals: Basket weaving. Banana beer making. Genocide Museum and Memorial, Nyamata Church Memorial

Days 6 - 11

Rusomo Falls, Mwanza, Bunda, The Grumeti, Game drives in the Serengeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals:  Hill walk, Balloon safari, Maasai Village.

Days 12 - 19

Marangu, Mount Kilimanjaro, Indian Ocean coast, seafood meal at our camp on the Indian Ocean, preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Optionals: Kilimanjaro day hike, Marangu day tour, four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 15, returning to the mainland on day 19.

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your stay on Zanzibar. We reserve accommodation in popular beach accommodation and in a lodge within ancient Stone Town, as well as your other requirements including the ferry bookings, transfers and spice tours.

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.

Days 20 - 24

Drive west through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach camps, fishing village visits, curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, including snorkelling, canoeing, scuba diving and pedalo hire, horse riding, village walk, wood carving lesson. 

Days 25 - 30

South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka, The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing few days at Lake Kariba. 

Optionals: Extra game drive or walk in South Luangwa, A houseboat cruise on the Lake visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 31 - 34

Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Bulawayo and Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

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

Days 35 - 37

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital, Victoria Falls.

Optionals: White water rafting, river boarding, bungee jumping, gorge swing, flying fox and zip line, ‘Flight of the Angels’, canoe trip, horse riding, sundowner cruise.

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.


Tusker Trails - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to The Victoria Falls Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:


* The Serengeti National Park
* Ngorongoro Crater
* South Luangwa National Park
* Matopos game drive and rhino trek
* Kigali - Genocide Memorial
* The Grumeti Game Reserve
* Lake Victoria
* Lake Malawi
* Great Zimbabwe Ruins


- 30 Breakfasts & 30 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some pre-prepared bbqs
- 28 nights camping & 3 nights in dorm accommodation in a lodge or similar.

AS WELL AS..........

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$400 - US$900

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)

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £650 to £680
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B shared accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £295
Visit to a local orphanage (transport) US$10
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
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
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 USD45
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
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
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 £785
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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 Tusker Trails you should budget to cover for the days we are 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 Tusker Trails to cover the above is: US$720-US$875

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. As a guide then, for the Tusker Trails you will need to have a minimum of 7 blank pages (sides).

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 FCO's 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 can be arranged in Africa en route with the exception of the East Africa visa. Rwandan immigration require you to apply and pay online for this visa, we will send out instructions for this.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel on to South Africa will need to obtain a visa beforehand at an embassy for this.

Visas bought on the ground can only be paid for in US dollars cash.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

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

Budget for all visas US$255 - US$355 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - $100 - - - - - - - -
Canadian - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $75 - - -
American - $100 - $100 $75 $50 $30 - - -
British - - $50 $50 $75 $50 $55 - - -
German - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Dutch - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Irish - $60 - $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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Kigali to The Victoria Falls
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Sat 7 Oct 2023 Sun 12 Nov 2023 £1675 US$700 3 Seats available Book Now
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Thu 21 Dec 2023 Fri 26 Jan 2024 £1675 US$700 8+ Seats available
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Before You Go

Kigali to The Victoria Falls

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

Tusker Trails - 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 Kigali 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 Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari

Start Kigali Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Sat 7 Oct 2023 Sun 12 Nov 2023 £1675 US$700 3 Seats available
Book Now Thu 2 Nov 2023 Fri 8 Dec 2023 £1675 US$700 8+ Seats available
Book Now Thu 21 Dec 2023 Fri 26 Jan 2024 £1675 US$700 8+ Seats available
Christmas in Kigali and New years upon coming from the Tanzanian parks
Book Now Tue 6 Feb 2024 Wed 13 Mar 2024 £1675 US$700 8+ Seats available
Book Now Wed 6 Mar 2024 Thu 11 Apr 2024 £1675 US$700 8+ Seats available
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Book Now Mon 10 Jun 2024 Tue 16 Jul 2024 £1675 US$700 8+ Seats available
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