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.

Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Countries
Botswana,
Egypt,
Ethiopia,
Kenya,
Malawi,
Mozambique,
Namibia,
South Africa,
Tanzania,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
XXOBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip

Discover Africa on an adventure from Cairo to Cape Town.


Highlights

  • Visit Egypt's famous pyramids in Cairo
  • Walk in the footsteps of Egypt's pharaohs through the Western Desert
  • Ride a ferry through stunning landscapes to Sudan
  • Explore Ethiopia's castles and palaces in Gondar
  • Visit Ethiopia's atmospheric capital Addis Ababa
  • Relax with Rastafarians in Shashemene
  • Keep up with the frenetic pace of Kenya's capital Nairobi
  • Sample the spicy delights of Zanzibar
  • Camp on balmy beaches in Tanzania
  • Seek out elephant herds in Botswana
  • Soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of South Africa's Cape Town

Itinerary

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.
Travel through dramatic landscapes and pass impressive termite mounds on the way to Marsabit. Spend time at the lovely Lake Paradise, which is a perfect place to spot animals such as elephants and buffaloes.
Witness Samburu dancing and learn about tribal life from the locals. Try to spot the Big Five in Kenya's Samburu reserve.
Spend the night in a lodge on the slopes of Mt Kenya.
Spy iconic animals feeding around Nakuru lake.
See hippos wallowing on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
The journey ends in the busy streets of Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Travel to Arusha, a pleasant town from which many safaris in Tanzania begin. Camp in a Tanzanian village and spend the next morning exploring the village in free time.
Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras, before heading out across the Serengeti plains to enjoy camping and game drives.
Farewell the magnificent Serengeti and travel back to Mto Wa Mbu village. Walk around the farming areas on a guided tour, visit a local school and peruse colourful crafts at a local market.
Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.
Pitch tents on a beach just outside the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.
Be enchanted by exotic spice plantations, ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar. Stone Town offers a unique mixture of shops, bazaars, mosques, markets and palaces - enjoy walking the twisting alleyways which reveal hidden treasures and sensory pleasures. Be sure to sample a spicy seafood curry.
Return to the mainland by ferry and stay at a beachside camp near Dar es Salaam.
Travel through the Mikumi National Park where giraffes are often seen munching on acacia foliage and spend a night in the highland town of Iringa. Cross the border in Malawi and set up camp in Chitimba.
Travel south to vast Lake Malawi, which covers roughly a fifth of the country. Relax on the beach and meet friendly Malawians.
Soak up the cafe culture in Lilongwe city, the capital of Malawi, before enjoying a change of pace in a tiny Zimbabwean village.
Explore galleries, museums and gardens in Harare.
Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and discover some of the most significant ancient ruins in Africa.
Peruse the many markets in the city of Bulawayo before venturing out into Matobo National Park in search of rare rhinos.
Hwange National Park has been transformed from royal hunting grounds into a sanctuary for some of Africa's most precious animals. Keep watch for elephants on a game drive through the park.
Witness the tremendous power of Victoria Falls as torrents of water cascade into the canyon below. As this tour of Africa draws to an end, share a final dinner with new friends.
Enjoy exciting game drives in Botswana's Chobe National Park and cruise along the Chobe River.
Travel into Namibia. Perhaps relax with a boat trip.
Discover the watery wildlife haven of the Okavango Delta by mokoro, a dugout canoe poled along by a local guide. Camp on a remote island and fall asleep to the nocturnal music of the delta.
The African adventure leads back to Bagani before travelling to Rundu.
Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and observe their age-old traditions.
Roam Etosha Park's dry plains, perhaps encountering elephants, antelopes and big cats.
Watch the rock formations of Spitzkoppe change colour with the light.
See the seal colonies of Cape Cross and perhaps try skydiving, quad-biking or sandboarding in Swakopmund.
Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes before exploring ancient rock formations in the Giant's Playground.
Relax by the Fish River Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the world.
Cross into South Africa and travel along the Orange River by canoe or simply laze by the scenic riverbanks.
The Vic Falls to Cape Town trip ends among the cafes and vineyards of the stunning bayside city of Cape Town.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (16 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (7 nights), Camping (with facilities) (53 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Hotel (31 nights), Lodge (1 night), Overnight ferry (1 night)
Included activites
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Blue Nile Gorge
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Chobe - Boat Cruise
  • Chobe - Dawn game drive
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Game drives
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Guided tour of Gonder
  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple
  • Guided tour of rock churches, monastery & visit to local school at Lalibela
  • Guided tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Guided trip to Meroe Pyramids, Naqa Temple and Musawwarat Temples
  • Guided visit of Lake Abiyata
  • Guided visit to the Giza Pyramids
  • Guided visit to Valley of the Kings and other West Bank ruins
  • Hwange National Park
  • Kushite temples and pyramids at Jebel Barkal
  • Matobo National Park - Guided walking safari
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks
  • Quiver Tree Forest walk
  • Samburu - Game Drive
  • San Bushman cultural experience
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project
  • Visit to Temple of Edfu
  • Visit to Temple of Sulb
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Visits to Crystal Mountain and Black Desert
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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