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Absolute Africa

Absolute Africa

Headquarters in Chiswick, London, England
OVERALL RATING
4.7/5 - Excellent
TOURS
54
AGE RANGE
18-99
RESPONSE RATE
88%
RESPONSE TIME
8h
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122 Absolute Africa Reviews

Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Average
3%
Rather Poor
0%
Bad
0%
Accommodation
4.5 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
5 / 5
Guide
5 / 5
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  • BK
    The Southern Safari
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on August 12, 2017
    My wife and I spent wonderful time with Absolute Africa. All of crew and people were nice and kind. I shared every s…
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your review Byungjoon. Its good to hear you both had a great time on the safari with us, and would love to welcome you back again with Absolute Africa should you return to Africa.
  • SF
    Wildlife and Spice Island
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 1, 2017
    …ked by the teams with Nash's guidance. I wish I had booked the 73 day Absolute Safari! I will be back to do the second half!
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thanks Susan for your review! It's great to hear you had such an enjoyable time and we look forward to having you come back and explore more of this wonderful continent with us!
  •  reviewer 3
    Gorillas and Game Parks
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on July 7, 2017
    Its an early start and a long bumpy ride to the gorillas. On the way you will see fantastic scenery and villages coming to life as the day breaks. Children wal…
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your review, Sally. You paint a beautiful description of travelling overland through East Africa and seeing what, for many, is the key highlight of our tours to this region. We would love to have you back on the Big Yellow Truck if you ever fancy exploring other parts of the route!
  • K
    Gorillas and Game Parks
    3.5 - Good
    Written on July 7, 2017
    … their trip costs. It was uncomfortable and I would not take another Absolute Africa tour unless you're into non-stop drinking & partying & screa…
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    We are glad to hear that you were happy with your tour leader and driver - we select our crew very carefully and they are a huge asset to Absolute. We are disappointed for you though that you were not so happy with other aspects of your tour and, this being the case, we would encourage you to get in touch with us at your convenience. We can then look into what you are raising directly. Our trips are mainly made up of travellers in their twenties and thirties who share a wish to get the most out of their time in Africa - from its famous wildlife to the varying cultures and magnificent scenery. There is regularly an eclectic mix of personalities and characters on the tours. We find that this usually enhances the trip for most clients who enjoy getting to know people from totally different walks of life. Travellers to Africa spend a lot of time and money when embarking on a trip to the continent. Our travellers are not willing to miss out on the highlights in order to party throughout the tour. What you are describing then isn’t usual. These are NOT party trips and we have a strict no alcohol policy on the truck as well as strict rules around noise. Our travellers do love to have fun for sure on the other hand, and some may enjoy a drink at camp at the end of the day, celebrating and reminiscing over the fantastic things they have seen and done together, and enjoying the friendships they make on tour. The focus though remains firmly in the activities and highlights of the tour itinerary and the crew are tasked very much to ensure the tours achieve this and typically clients extend their tours more than they wish to drop out. Do feel free then to get back to us directly so we can look into your concerns further.
  • E
    Wildlife Encounter
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on June 27, 2017
    Had a great experience on this tour! Guide & Driver: Ali was AbsoluTELY AMAZING. Her patience and positive attitude didn't falter. Could …
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for leaving a review of your tour - we are really happy to hear you had a great time and were pleasantly surprised by the facilities and food! We very much appreciate your feedback on all areas of the tour and we will pass on your comments to Aly and Patrick. Do think of us if you wish to return to see a bit more of this fantastic continent :)
  • M
    Rivers Of Africa
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on June 7, 2017
    My experience with Absolute Africa has been nothing short of amazing, from the booking process …
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you very much for leaving your tour review, Michelle. We will surely pass on your comments to Derek and Angelo and are glad you had such a fab time travelling with us :) You've just got to find an excuse to come back and do the final section from Vic Falls to Cape Town now!!
  • MD
    A Week In Gorilla Lands
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on May 9, 2017
    Wow, wow wow! Given the low cost of this tour I was worried it might not live up to my expectations, but the dates worked perfectly so I thought what the heck. …
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your review, Megan. Great to hear you enjoyed your time in Uganda and Rwanda with Absolute! We will be sure to pass on your comments to Derek and Angelo too :)
  •  reviewer 8
    Gorillas to Cape Town
    4.0 - Good
    Written on April 22, 2017
    … and truly wants to see the real Africa. As far as an operation goes, Absolute did a very good job. Some improvements need to be made; for sure. B…
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your honest review, Lisa. We are glad you enjoyed your tour with us. This is absolutely what we are about - seeing the real Africa from the grass routes and meeting a whole spectrum of people from all walks of life to share the journey with :)
  • L
    Climb Kilimanjaro (7 day Rongai Route)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 13, 2017
    I climbed Kilimanjaro with Absolute Africa and had the most amazing experience, from arrival at the air…
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Hi Lily, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad to hear you had such a good time on your trek and will pass your comments onto the team :)
  • BE
    East Africa Encounter
    3.0 - Average
    Written on February 4, 2017
    … not deter us from having a truely unique and wonderful experience as Absolute Africa had the route we were on very well worked out to make sure w…
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    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your review Bernadette, its great to hear you had a fantastic time on the tour. We also appreciate your comments on the different aspects of the tour and the guide as we are always looking to improve our service and will surely take your comments into account :)

About Absolute Africa

With over thirty years of experience running safaris from London to Cape Town and living and working on the Continent, enjoy the thrills, laughs, smiles and challenges of Africa with us, knowing that our crew, staff and management are doing all possible to make your safari memorable. In 1979 we crossed the Sahara Desert in a London taxi from Britain to Kenya. The company has grown from there and now operates 10 overland trucks in East and Southern Africa. Our choice of vehicle has changed whilst we retain the core idea of enabling passengers to experience Africa at an affordable price.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • Is my departure guaranteed?

    All our published departures are guaranteed and there is no minimum passenger number required in order for the tour to go ahead, so you can feel safe to go ahead with flight bookings and other travel arrangements when booking with us.

    Can you help with travel and accommodation arrangements before and after the tour?
    We can book airport transfers and accommodation for you both before and after the tour. This is booked in advance by us with trusted, reliable operators whom we regularly use and is then payable out in Africa direct to the local operator. There is no extra charge by booking through us, it just helps in making your trip planning easier!

  • When is the best time to go?

    Any time of year you are guaranteed to have the time of your life travelling in Africa. However it is worth knowing what sort of weather to expect and what you are more likely to see at certain times of the year.

    East Africa has two rainy seasons - long rains from mid March through to the end of May and a short rains in November/December characterised by brief showers. East Africa doesn't have a summer or winter. That being said, the hottest months in East Africa are from December to March. June to August can get cooler, particularly at altitude.

    Zanzibar's weather is similar to the mainland. Water temperatures average around 27 degrees all year. For water clarity July through to November, and January to April are usually best. The western side of the island particularly is well protected, making diving enjoyable for most of the year.

    Kilimanjaro creates its own weather. Mid January through to mid March can have superb conditions with little cloud prior to the arrival of the rains. From there there is an increased chance of rain, snow and a lot of cloud. From mid June the rains ease and visibility improves whilst it is very cold. Temperatures remain very cold through to the end of August. Temperatures improve again September to October and this is the driest time on the mountain, making for very good conditions trekking during this time. From mid October through to the end of December there can be rain, temperatures dropping on the mountain with the risk of snow from November onwards, through December.

    Southern Africa
    The rains come during the hot summer months from November to March in much of southern Africa, often experienced as afternoon thunderstorms making for spectacular skies. Cape Town and the Western Cape have a separate pattern with winter rains from June to August, and the Eastern Cape and along the Garden route receive rains on a lot less predictable pattern.

    Winter is from May to September. This is prime time for safaris with animals congregating around water holes, making them easier to spot as it is dry season.

    Remember weather in Africa, as everywhere, can never be guaranteed. Each country and regions within countries has its own variables as well. The above is provided as a general guide. Note weather can always surprise so be prepared for anything!

  • Why choose Absolute Africa?

    We offer a wealth of experience, having a long history of over 35 years operations on the Continent, with an office in both the UK and Africa. We also have our own workshop and fleet of 10 overland trucks in Arusha, Tanzania, and our knowledgeable, experienced staff and crew will support and back you up all the way. Focusing solely on Africa we are able to offer some original routes on what is a well-carved overland trail, and we are able to do so at very affordable prices.

    Knowing you are travelling with a company that has a reliable overland fleet, plus the experience and knowledge-base to deliver all the great highlights - the wildlife, culture, landscapes and fun adventure activities that bring clients to Africa - is essential.

  • What are the trucks like?

    Our trucks are specialised overland adventure trucks which are serviced and maintained in our own workshop in Arusha, Tanzania. They have all the essential features needed to maximise your viewing from the truck, as well as your comfort and security. Truck features include: forward facing coach seats with head rests and seat belts; large viewing spaces for unimpeded panoramic views from the side and front of the truck; an on-board fridge; resource library; personal lockup for your valuables, easily accessible under your seat; fire extinguisher & First Aid kit; and charge points, including UK power sockets to charge your camera and other electrical items, plus additional 12V sockets.

    The trucks are also equipped with an all-weather awning, a kitchen area with gas cooker and BBQ grill, trestle tables, camping stools and outside lighting. There are lockers to store your main backpack, tents and the high-density roll mats we provide.

  • Do I need to get visas prior to going?

    Most visas are easily obtained while on tour and are payable on the borders in USD cash, so it is not necessary to get them prior to your trip. This advice applies to most passports including Australians, New Zealanders, British, US, Canadian and most European passport holders.

    Feel free to check with us if you are unsure about the visa requirements for your particular passport.