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Cairo to Cape Town Overview
Discover Africa on an adventure from Cairo to Cape Town.
If you've ever wanted to 'do Africa', this is the definitive trip. In 119 action-packed days, cross the continent's entire length from Cairo to Cape Town - an epic adventure from north to south. Travel through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. You'll take in a dizzying array of natural wonders and cultural encounters, be humbled by the welcoming smiles of local villagers, wander vibrant modern cities and encounter iconic African animals in the wild. This overland trip provides the unique opportunity to experience the true essence of Africa from the ground level - a once-in-a-lifetime journey to remember. This challenging expedition demands a truly adventurous spirit, but is rewarding in return.
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Explore the iconic Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza and the sprawling Saqqara cemetery with a local guide. There's also time to see precious, ancient treasures housed in the Egyptian Museum.
Set of from Cairo and into the Western Desert. Travel in the footsteps of thousands of years of travellers and see why so many people are touched by this part of the world. We explore Ptolemaic tombs, hot springs, palm groves and the remote Crystal Mountain. Camp under the stars at the Bahariya Oasis and in the White Desert.
Journey to the rose-hued rocks, antiquities and greenery of the Dakhla Oasis. There is the opportunity to take an overnight camel trek into the desert to camp near hot springs.
The outstanding Temple of Hebes is not the only beauty of this area. Palm tree lined streets, unspoilt springs and numerous antiquities are spoils of the area. Sleep under a million stars in this special part of Egypt.
The ancient Egyptian capital of Luxor houses spectacular temples and tombs. Ride a donkey to the remarkable Valley of the Kings and visit the Temples of Karnak with an Egyptologist.
Arrive in Aswan and unwind with a stroll along the Nile River or take a relaxing felucca cruise, followed by a sunset cocktail. See a giant, unfinished obelisk, haggle for souvenirs and treasures in the souq or take a trip to see the two magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
Embark on an epic ferry adventure across Lake Nasser, an enormous man-made lake. Glimpse spectacular scenery en route to the port of Wadi Halfa at Sudan's northern tip.
Travel into Sudan and follow a camel route through the rugged terrain of the Nubian Desert, passing oases, small Nile hamlets and ancient relics of past civilisations. In the evening, share a simple meal around the campfire and sleep under the stars as nomadic locals pass by.
Brush up on some Arabic language skills with the friendly residents of Khartoum city, Sudan's busy capital. Relax in a chai house and recount memories of this remarkable North African tour.
Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
Trek through the dramatic scenery of the Simien National Park, one of Africa's major mountain ranges.
Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
Aksum is one of Ethiopia's oldest cities and home to ruins that are thought to be a palace of the Queen of Sheeba.
Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
Travel to the hillside market town of Woldiya.
Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.
Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.
Spend the night in Dejen.
Stop by the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
Admire Ethiopia's flocks of flamingos, relax in hot springs and camp overnight in stunning scenery.
Head out on wildlife-spotting expeditions in the Bale Mountains.
Learn about the Rasta lifestyle and philosophy at a Rastafarian community school and museum.
Visit the inspiring Awassa Childrens Project in the lakeside town of Awassa. Camp at Wendo Genet and test out their famed hot springs.
Use free time to cycle around Ethiopia's scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
Visit the remote villages and markets of the Omo Valley and learn about the customs of local tribes.
Journey to Konso and perhaps take a tour of some traditional houses.
Travel through a surreal black lunar landscape into northern Kenya.
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What's included in this trip
About Botswana , Egypt , Ethiopia , Kenya , Malawi , Mozambique , Namibia , South Africa , Sudan , Tanzania , Zimbabwe
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