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The Southern Safari - Absolute Africa
The Southern Safari - Absolute Africa
Neil "What an incredible trip! Highly recommend the Southern Safari to everyone! Extremely good value for money, and also had amazing drivers and tour leader! Especially JB and Philippa! Both of them were always helpful and positive despite the stress that comes with organising a large group! I can recommed this trip to people of all ages being 17 myself and the oldest on our tour was in their 40's. Eve..."
Excellent
7 reviews
Starts
Nairobi
Destinations
+31
Ends
Cape Town
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Highlights

Start in Nairobi and end in Cape Town! With the overland truck tour The Southern Safari, you have a 53 day tour package taking you from Nairobi to Cape Town and through Nairobi, Kenya and 29 other destinations in Africa. The Southern Safari includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Max Group Size
28
Travel style
Overland Truck, Adventure, Camping, Safari, Wildlife
Operator
Absolute Africa

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 - 4: TANZANIA
  2. Days 5 - 11: TANZANIA
  3. Days 12 - 17: TANZANIA - MALAWI
  4. Days 18 - 23: ZAMBIA - ZIMBABWE
  5. Days 24 - 27: ZIMBABWE
  6. Days 28 - 30: ZIMBABWE
  7. Days 31 - 36: BOTSWANA
  8. Days 37 - 45: NAMIBIA
  9. Days 46 - 53: NAMIBIA - SOUTH AFRICA

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

  • Optional Extras

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  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Additional Services

7 Reviews

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  • QY
    Written on November 25, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    I did the 52 day Southern Safari trip with Absolute Africa traveling from Nairobi to Cape Town. Highlights include rafting along the Zambezi river, Spitzkoppe and of course all the amazing animals we saw on safari (Serengeti, endangered rhinos at Matopos,... Read more

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for leaving your feedback. We are glad to hear that overall you had an enjoyable tour and got to see all the fantastic wildlife and more that you would hope to see in Africa. At the same time we are disappointed to read your assessment of aspects of your tour and experience overall. The staff of Absolute Africa are a small team that do all work around the clock endeavouring to deliver tours that enable our clients to enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful highlights on the overland route in Africa. In regard to Martin, your tour leader, he has been working for us for a long time. We know that he does care very much about how his trips go and that each client gets the very most from their trip. He can bring a lot to a trip having such an extensive knowledge and experience developed over years. We know that during your tour he was endeavouring to work through some issues arising with the group dynamics on tour, and he was doing what he could to encourage teamwork and good relations. Staff were also looking to support him with this as well. Tour leading though is a very demanding job and we are concerned where his manners and demeanour on tour may not have been as a mature professional tour leader should be. Where Martin’s actions didn’t reflect the caring professional tour leader he can be, this is a real disappointment, and we are looking at how this came about and where we can learn lessons. We continually need to assess how our team are supporting each other to ensure all are able to work to their best ability at all times and to help each other as much as we all can to meet the challenges that arise on tour. You also mentioned your issues with some optionals. We provide a list of optional activities in the pre departure information and depending on the length of the tour the list usually provides a good number of choices. The same list is on display in the vehicles tour after tour. As explained with each list, the lists are a guide only, there being many reasons why an excursion may not be available or have changed. We endeavour to keep our information as up to date as possible. Particularly in regard to the core big highlights as well as the pricing we know accuracy is very important for our travellers to really enjoy their trips. Given the number of options that are available en route and the very changeable nature of the places that we visit it is though always a challenge to stay up to date with every option that can arise. To this end we receive reports back from each trip and are in constant contact with each trip as it progresses as well as maintaining regular contact with our operators.That being said, we are looking at instances where there has been some mixed/conflicting information about optionals and/or a serious lag in information coming through or information being assessed after the office receives it, resulting in some changes having slipped through unnoticed. Clearly then we need to work harder to keep communication lines open with operators, and ensure crew and office staff get the time needed to provide detailed feedback after the tours, as well as time to accurately inform clients where changes have occurred where possible. And we do apologise if there was an activity you were considering doing that was not available on your tour. We appreciate this would be disappointing. As mentioned also we are making itinerary changes for 2019. Currently exploratory visits are being conducted to alternative destinations including to replace the visit to Antelope Park. Changes involve taking a fresh look at different aspects of overlanding, with itinerary adjustments being made in direct response to feedback we receive from our clients. These reflect our commitment to creating itineraries that allow clients to get the very most from their tour in Africa. We are sorry if our last email was wanting and if you felt we weren’t wanting to be accountable following your feedback email at the end of the tour. We did attempt to speak to you by phone several times last week, leaving messages to invite you to come back to us to discuss your concerns directly. We do take our obligations as an African tour operator very seriously and wanted to take the time to discuss with you the elements of the tour you were unhappy with in person rather than via emails. Please feel free to get back to us if you would like us to follow up with a call about any aspect of your tour.
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  • BK
    Written on August 12, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    My wife and I spent wonderful time with Absolute Africa. All of crew and people were nice and kind. I shared every single moment of this trip on my SNS.

    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.
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  • C
    Written on November 8, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was incredible from start to finish. I was worried about travelling alone, however there were plenty of other people on the tour who were all lovely and we became like a family during the tour and I have made life long friends from this. Our tour... Read more

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your comments, Charlotte. It's great to hear that you have had such a fab time on your tour and made the most of being in this special continent :)
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  • The Southern Safari reviewer 4
    Written on February 25, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was the first African trip my wife and I have done, and what an incredible trip it was! The organisation of absolute africa was fantastic and we enjoyed every single day with no booking issues at all. An extremely exciting tour my favorite one of all... Read more

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your comments Philip, its great that you had such an enjoyable trip!
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  • The Southern Safari reviewer 5
    Written on December 22, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    What an absolutely amazing trip I had with Absolute Africa! This was without a doubt the trip of a lifetime. Troy, JB and David took amazing care of us. I cannot recommend this company and this tour enough. Will definitely be going back to Africa with... Read more

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your comments Grainne and lovely to hear you had such a fantastic time on your trip.
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  • The Southern Safari reviewer 6
    Written on May 15, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    What an incredible trip! Highly recommend the Southern Safari to everyone! Extremely good value for money, and also had amazing drivers and tour leader! Especially JB and Philippa! Both of them were always helpful and positive despite the stress that comes... Read more

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for your kind words, we are so please to hear you enjoyed yourself!
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  • The Southern Safari reviewer 7
    Written on December 13, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    Our guide was our mentor and friend and always put us first. She was very approachable and knowledgeable of all the places we stopped at. She made sure we were having the best time possible and helped us whenever we had issues. I value the effort put it by... Read more

    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    It's great to hear such kind words about our tour leader Vialet, we're glad she made your trip special!
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Questions & Answers

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

    • What if I have special dietary requirements?

      All of the meals include local foods to fully embrace your tour! Please notify your Travel Expert of any dietary requirements that you may have when booking your tour to ensure Absolute Africa can accommodate your request.

    • Is tipping included?

      Tipping is not included in your tour cost as it is completely optional. If you feel your guide and crew went above and beyond to make your trip special, tipping would be greatly appreciated.

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    About the countries

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    Currencies

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    Kenya and Tanzania
    ZK
    Kwacha
    Malawi and Zambia
    $
    Dollar
    Zimbabwe and Namibia
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    Botswana
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    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Meningococcal meningitis
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Recommended for Kenya. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Nairobi is the starting point and Cape Town is the endpoint.
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    Payment(s)
    For any tour departing before 18 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 18 January 2020, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Absolute Africa. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
    Cancellation policy
    TourRadar is an authorised Agent of Absolute Africa. Please familiarise yourself with the Absolute Africa payment, cancellation and refund conditions.
    Availability
    Some departure dates and prices may vary and Absolute Africa will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 7,528 km.
    • Nairobi (Kenya)
    • 235 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)
    • 208 km
    • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
    • 55 km
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
    • 153 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)
    • 88 km
    • Marangu (Tanzania)
    • 434 km
    • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
    • 71 km
    • Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    • 71 km
    • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
    • 403 km
    • Iringa (Tanzania)
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