77 days – The Absolute Safari

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77 days
Camping group tour
Nairobi - Cape Town
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 28
Tour Details

This international camping overland adventure tour starts in Nairobi en finishes 77 days later in Cape Town. This 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, 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 walking with lions!!

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Highlights

The Masai Mara; Serengeti National Park; Nakuru National Park; Queen Elizabeth National Park; Kazinga Channel game cruise; Ngorongoro Crater; Mikumi National Park; Matopos; Etosha National Park; Namib Naukluft National Park; The Giraffe Park; The Grumeti Reserve; Lake Naivasha; Private Game Reserve; Sossusvlei Dunes; The Cheetah Sanctuary; Cape Cross Seal Colony; Spitzkoppe or similar; Fish River Canyon; Cape Town; optional gorilla trekking; Bwindi Inpenetrale Forest; Lake Mutanda; Wine Lands; Optional Okavango Delta mokoro safari; Optional 4 day Zanzibar excursion; Jinja

Accommodation

Tents and roll mattresses are provided and the tents have sewn in floors and mosquito netting. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & sleep sheet. Get a cheap mosquito net in Africa if you want to sleep outside of your tent. If you start your trip in Nairobi or South Africa you can buy camping gear at the local department stores. All campsites have good ablution facilities & bars, and some have restaurants, shops and internet facilities. About half the campsites have upgrades to hut or cabins for an extra charge.

Restrictions

Minimum age is 18. Average age of the passengers is between 18 – 39 but if you are an open minded person more at age and you don’t mind climbing daily in and out the overland truck you are more than welcome to join!

Extras/Upgrades

Download the Tour Dossier for a complete list.

Hotel Pickup

This tour starts early morning from the Heron Hotel Nairobi or Wildebeest Eco Camp Nairobi.

Departure & Return Location

Nairobi (Kenya) – Cape Town (South Africa)

Departure Time

Around 8 a.m. on day 1.

The Absolute Safari departs from the Heron Hotel, Milimani Road, Nariobi at 8.00 am on the departure date. We can reserve accommodation for you prior to departure in Nairobi at the Heron Hotel, Milimani Road or Wildebeest Eco Camp, Mokoyeti Road West which is about an hour from the Heron Hotel, depending on traffic

Price Includes

  • Breakfast & 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 tour crew
  • Ongoing advice
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid
  • Entrance of • The Masai Mara • The Serengeti • Nakuru National Park • Queen Elizabeth National Park • Kazinga Channel game cruise • Ngorongoro Crater • South Luangwa National Park • Matopos • Etosha National Park • Namib Naukluft National Park • The Giraffe Park • Maasai village visit incl. bush walk • The Grumeti Reserve • Lake Naivasha • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary • Lake Victoria • Lake Malawi • Great Zimbabwe Ruins • Bushmen visit • Sossusvlei Dunes • Africat Carnivore Care • Cape Cross Seal Colony • Spitzkoppe or similar
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$1260. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
  • Visa
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (available on request)
  • Optional extra's
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Alcoholic- and soft drinks
Itinerary

Day 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 - 17Uganda

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 - 22Uganda - Rwanda

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 - 28Tanzania

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 - 35Tanzania: 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 - 41Tanzania 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 - 47Zambia 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 - 51Zimbabwe

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 - 54Zimbabwe

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 - 60Botswana

Kasane, Maun.

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

Days 61 - 69Namibia

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 - 77Namibia - South Africa

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.

Comments

Restrictions
Minimum age is 18. Average age of the passengers is between 18 – 39 but if you are an open minded person more at age and you don’t mind climbing daily in and out the overland truck you are more than welcome to join!

Extras/Upgrades
Please check the Tour Information for a list of optional extras.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single tent. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

6 Reviews
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Dave & Peter

Group Traveller

My boyfriend and I just finished the 73 day Nairobi to Cape Town with Absolute Africa. It was our very first group tour and it did not disappoint! From the get go, our driver Dave and guide Peter were amazing..and they just got better as the trip went on- always helping with dinner and answering ALL the questions we had  They were so knowledgeable about everywhere we went which was a great way to understand the culture and history of the areas!
There were so many highlights of this trip- to name a few it would have to be Masai Mara and Serengeti game drives, Gorilla trekking, Chimp trekking, Matopos Park (rhino trekking), Zanzibar, meeting local schoolchildren in Malawi, Okavango Delta, Vic Falls, Namibian Sand Dunes and star gazing and the new addition of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins was really really good too!
We had a great group dynamic with a mix of nationalities and age groups in the tour and overall we all got along really well which I think was a big contributing factor as to why we loved the trip so much! Weve both made new lifelong friends as a result 
The only thing we would change is maybe an additional day or two in Zambia if possible as we really only transited through here and didnt get to do much and less time in Antelope Park.
Overall though, we would 100% recommend Absolute Africa for both their value for money and their itinerary. The 73 day trip is long and there are some very long truck days but it was all worth it. We got to see the real side of Africa which sometimes can be hidden/skipped by tour groups. Not only do you have an amazing selection of game drives and activities, you get to meet locals, cook camp meals from scratch and learn about the history of Africa from Peter who was so knowledgeable on every country! We were devastated when the trip ended and look forward to coming back again some day  thanks so much for making our African adventure so spectacular..especially Dave and Peter

September 9, 2020

Anonymous

Solo Traveller

Well beyond expectations! Itinerary allowed us to cover so much – every day was a new adventure. The guide, Manache, and driver, Steve, were excellent and they always went far beyond the call of duty.

September 22, 2019

Anonymous

Solo Traveller

I did the Absolute Safari from Nairobi to Cape Town with Absolute Africa. It was a very long trip but the whole time I knew I did not want to leave. Travelling with Absolute Africa becomes like a lifestyle- you camp, cook, wash and clean as a team. I was fortunate because I was with a great bunch of people and a very helpful and kind tour guide. I really enjoyed my trip with Absolute. I would not recommend Absolute Africa if you are looking for comfortable and easy travelling as there are some challenging days.

My highlights on the trip were, in no particular order, the Serengeti, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Ngorogoro Crater, Matobo National Park, Vic Falls and the Deadvlei. I can also honestly say that the people on my trip and my tour guide were a highlight too. I will never forget my experiences in Africa, and it was difficult for me to leave.

I would recommend Absolute Africa for budget travellers and I would highly recommend Manache Nicklaa as a tour guide. Manache was always very professional and friendly. He will talk to anyone and he always did his best to help anyone who needed it. Manache has a very friendly persona and you can have a laugh with him too. He is very warm and just makes you feel safe and welcome!

November 30, -0001

Laura

Couple Traveller

My boyfriend and I just finished the 73 day Nairobi to Cape Town with Absolute Africa. It was our very first group tour and it did not disappoint! From the get go, our driver Dave and guide Peter were amazing..and they just got better as the trip went on- always helping with dinner and answering ALL the questions we had  They were so knowledgeable about everywhere we went which was a great way to understand the culture and history of the areas!
There were so many highlights of this trip- to name a few it would have to be Masai Mara and Serengeti game drives, Gorilla trekking, Chimp trekking, Matopos Park (rhino trekking), Zanzibar, meeting local schoolchildren in Malawi, Okavango Delta, Vic Falls, Namibian Sand Dunes and star gazing and the new addition of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins was really really good too!
We had a great group dynamic with a mix of nationalities and age groups in the tour and overall we all got along really well which I think was a big contributing factor as to why we loved the trip so much! Weve both made new lifelong friends as a result 
The only thing we would change is maybe an additional day or two in Zambia if possible as we really only transited through here and didnt get to do much and less time in Antelope Park.
Overall though, we would 100% recommend Absolute Africa for both their value for money and their itinerary. The 73 day trip is long and there are some very long truck days but it was all worth it. We got to see the real side of Africa which sometimes can be hidden/skipped by tour groups. Not only do you have an amazing selection of game drives and activities, you get to meet locals, cook camp meals from scratch and learn about the history of Africa from Peter who was so knowledgeable on every country! We were devastated when the trip ended and look forward to coming back again some day  thanks so much for making our African adventure so spectacular..especially Dave and Peter

November 30, -0001

Kelly

Solo Traveller

An ‘absolutely’ amazing tour- from travel, to campsites to everyone who contributed to leading/driving our tour! Some favourite highlights were the fancy dress party in Malawi, Zanzibar and various game drives with a fantasising your leader.

November 30, -0001
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