Discover Africa on an adventure from Cairo to Cape Town.

If you've ever wanted to 'do Africa', this is the definitive trip. In 121 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 a unique opportunity to experience the true essence of Africa from the ground level .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
3 366kg pp per trip


Highlights

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

Itinerary

Visit Egypt and the Pyramids of Giza.
Head to Egypt's second largest city, the ancient port of Alexandria. As the ancient capital of Egypt's last royal dynasty, there is no shortage of history here to be explored. Perhaps check out the Roman Amphitheatre and Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, and be sure to feast on some of Alexandria's renowned seafood.
Travel into Sudan and the Western Desert. 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.
Explore palm lined streets, unspoilt springs and the Temple of Hebes. 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.
Camp under Sudan's open sky.
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.
Explore a succession of temples - including the hilltop Temple of Amun - that dot the desert terrain. Continue to roam the remote dunes of Sudan, stopping at night to camp under the stars.
Admire the spectacular pyramids of Meroe, explore Naqa's Lion Temple and the palace of Musawwarat.
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.
Spend the night in Gedaref.
Visit Ethiopia's fascinating castles in Gondar.
Stop off in Debark.
Hike Ethiopia's Simien Mountains, passing eroded volcanic cores and raging rivers.
Take in views from Enda Selassie.
Visit Aksum, Ethiopia's city with a web of underground tombs.
Wander Mekele's cliff-face cave churches in the Tigray Region.
Peruse the markets at Woldiya.
Peer into Ethiopia's rock-hewn churches at Lalibela.
See Ethiopia's Blue Nile Falls.
Spend the night in peaceful Dejen.
Stop by Ethiopia's bustling capital.
Begin your African adventure with some traditional cuisine and perhaps some local music as you get acquainted with the fun-loving culture. Why not arrive a little early and check out the Ethnological Museum, a fascinating glimpse into Ethiopia's tribal heritage.
Relax in hot springs.
Go on game spotting expeditions.
Camp overnight at hot springs.
Visit the Children’s Project at Awassa.
Embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
Visit remote Ethiopian tribes in the Omo Valley.
Peruse the local market at Konso.
Travel through a changing landscape to reach Kenya.
Stay by the national park in Marsabit.
Witness Samburu dancing and experience Kenyan tribal life. Try to spot the Big Five.
Spend the night near Mt Kenya.
See a sea of pink flamingos on Kenya's Lake Nakuru.
Camp by Lake Navaisha.
Visit Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
Camp in a Tanzanian village.
Explore Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and safari through the Serengeti plains.
Soak up Tanzania's village life.
Camp amid tropical gardens.
Visit Tanzania's coast at Dar es Salaam.
Smell the spices of Tanzania's Zanzibar.
Return to Tanzania's Dar es Salaam.
Travel through highland towns to reach Malawi.
Chill out at Lake Malawi.
Kick back in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe. before crossing into Zimbabwe.
Explore cultural Harare.
Visit Zimbabwe's ancient city of Masvingo.
Search out rhinos in Matobo National Park.
Look for elephants on a 4x4 safari in Hwange National Park.
See the torrents of Victoria Falls.
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.
Travel to Namibia and embark on boat rides, hikes or fishing trips.
Travel into Namibia and choose to relax with a boat trip.
Cross back into Botswana, and travel through waterways by mokoro.
Camp amid lush vegetation.
Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari in Namibia.
Explore Namibia's Etosha National Park.
Admire stunning geological formations.
See seals on the shores of Cape Cross.
Visit Sesriem, Namibia's home to some of the highest sand dunes on the Earth.
Marvel at Namibia's famous canyon.
Travel to South Africa's Orange River.
The trip ends in South Africa's Cape Town.
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Inclusions

Meals
70 breakfasts, 70 lunches, 70 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (15 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (7 nights), Camping (with facilities) (51 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Hotel (30 nights), Lodge (4 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)
Included activities
  • 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
  • Dairy farm visit
  • 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
  • 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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