3.8
4 reviews
Northern Star - Absolute Africa
33 days

Northern Star

From Johannesburg to Nairobi
Tour Operator:
Absolute Africa
Max group size:
28
Age range:
18 to 80
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
30295
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+ $430 Local Payment
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Itinerary

Start in Johannesburg and end in Nairobi! With the Overland Truck tour Northern Star, you have a 33 days tour package taking you through Johannesburg, South Africa and 15 other destinations in Africa. Northern Star includes accommodation, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Days 1 - 3: SOUTH AFRICA
  2. Days 4 - 8: SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA
  3. Days 9 - 12: ZIMBABWE
  4. Days 13 - 17: ZAMBIA
  5. Days 18 - 20: MALAWI
  6. Day 21 - 23: TANZANIA
  7. Days 24 - 27: TANZANIA
  8. Day 28 - 32: TANZANIA
  9. Days 33: KENYA
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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Good
    3.8
  • Itinerary
    Average
    3.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.7
  • Transport
    Average
    3.0
  • Accommodation
    Good
    4.0
  • Food
    Good
    4.0
  • 4.5
  • Northern Star reviewer 1
    · November 3rd, 2019
    STAFF Not sure if this is normal, but we had two guides. Although not a local, Natasja was professional, experienced, and very knowledgeable about the wildlife we encountered. A Kenyan, Kip was very good at his job, laid back, and I felt we were in... Show more
    Trip date: September 2019
  • CS
    · September 18th, 2019
    Not what I thought. Our original Tour guide and Driver were fantastic as individuals. Both provided everything that was needed and quoted for with the original trip. The Truck “Whiley” was big and old, but was around what was promised. This is until... Show more
    Trip date: August 2019
  • KD
    · September 14th, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this tour. I loved the overlanding and camping aspect, and parts of the itinerary were really well executed. But if I were to do this trip again, I don't think I would go with Absolute Africa. First of all, I don't think... Show more
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, Kylie. We are disappointed to hear you feel we haven’t been transparent with our costing, as this is something we do pride ourselves on. We’ve taken a lot of time over the years to prepare detailed... Show more
    Trip date: August 2019
  • M
    · December 14th, 2014
    JB and Vailet were an amazing duo!
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    That's great to hear thank you!
    Trip date: January 2014

Dates & Availability

33 days
Northern Star
From Johannesburg to Nairobi
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Upcoming departures
  • Sunday
    16 Jan, 2022
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    Thursday
    17 Feb, 2022
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  • Sunday
    22 May, 2022
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    Thursday
    23 Jun, 2022
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  • Sunday
    17 Jul, 2022
    English
    Thursday
    18 Aug, 2022
    $2,699
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  • Friday
    26 Aug, 2022
    English
    Tuesday
    27 Sep, 2022
    $2,699
    + $430
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  • Sunday
    25 Sep, 2022
    English
    Thursday
    27 Oct, 2022
    $2,699
    + $430
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  • Monday
    16 Jan, 2023
    English
    Friday
    17 Feb, 2023
    $2,699
    + $430
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  • Monday
    22 May, 2023
    English
    Friday
    23 Jun, 2023
    $2,699
    + $430
    Local Payment
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  • Tuesday
    18 Jul, 2023
    English
    Saturday
    19 Aug, 2023
    $2,699
    + $430
    Local Payment
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  • Saturday
    26 Aug, 2023
    English
    Wednesday
    27 Sep, 2023
    $2,699
    + $430
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • Does this trip also go from North to South?

      We do not have the exact same itinerary going from North to South, but we do have the African Adventurer trip which departs Nairobi and ends in Victoria Falls. This trip has the options to visit the Serengeti, Crater and Zanzibar. It visits the Malawi beaches and then gives you 4 days at Victoria Falls to see the Falls and do activities. This tour also spends more time in Zimbabwe.

    • When is the best time to view the migration?

      The prime time to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania is usually regarded as being from late November through to March when the big herds of wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and zebra head on to the southern plains of the Serengeti.

      To get the best viewing on the other hand in Kenya's Masai Mara July through to September are usually regarded as the best months.

    • What is the local payment?

      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.

    • How much will this tour really cost me?

      The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

      Safari price & Local payment,
      Optional excursions,
      Personal spending money,
      Visas.

      We are always very transparent about what a tour will cost and are happy to go through personal, tailored budgets to give you a very realistic idea of what you will spend on your tour - whether you are an adrenaline junkie, souvenir-shopaholic or travelling on a shoestring…

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    Good to Know

    • Currencies
      $
      US Dollar
      P
      Pula
      Botswana
      Sh
      Kenyan Shilling
      Kenya
      MK
      Malawi Kwacha
      Malawi
      Sh
      Tanzanian Shilling
      Tanzania
      R
      Rand
      South Africa
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types D, M, G, C, E, F. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types D, M, C, E, F. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types G, C, E, F.

      Type D
      Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia
      Type M
      Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia
      Type G
      Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia
      Type C
      Zambia
      Type E
      Zambia
      Type F
      Zambia
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Rabies - Recommended for Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 1 month before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Yellow fever - Recommended for Kenya. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      • Cholera - Recommended for Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Meningococcal meningitis - Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • 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.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before September 28th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after September 28th, 2021, 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 prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Absolute Africa will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "Absolute Africa" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
    • Cancellation Policy
    • Accessibility
      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.