If you've ever wanted to 'do Africa', this is the definitive trip. In 142 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. Take in a dizzying array of natural wonders and cultural encounters, be humbled by the welcoming smiles of local villagers, wander through 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 an adventurous spirit, but offers countless rewards in return.

Cairo, Egypt
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa,
Explorer, Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
4 120kg pp per trip


  • -Be awestruck by the Pyramids in Egypt
    -Gaze in wonder at the mighty Sphinx
    -Hike the Simien Mountains
    -Hang out in Samburu National Reserve
    -Camp in the heart of the Serengeti
    -Be enchanted by the markets and bazaars of Zanzibar
    -Spot wildlife in South Luangwa National Park
    -Glide over the Zambezi River in canoes
    -View the curtain of water at Victoria Falls
    -Visit the salt pans of Makgadikgadi
    -Enjoy incredible sunsets in Spitzkoppe
    -Explore the expanse of Etosha National Park
    -Marvel at the Giant's Playground


Explore the iconic Great Sphinx, the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Travel across the rolling African savanna to camp beneath the stars in Gedaref area.
Discover Gondar's castles, churches and palaces. The city is often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
Arrive at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark, and prepare for the trek ahead.
Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.
Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near 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 Ethiopia's bustling capital.
Head to the crystallised white shorelines of Lake Abiyata, home to vast flocks of flamingos that cover the water in a pink haze. Keep an eye out for fish eagles and a plethora of other birdlife who come to feed on the prolific algae the lake provides.
Drive high to the plateau of the Bale Mountains National Park in search of the Simien fox, perhaps explore the riding trails on horseback. Take time to traverse a varying landscape of exotic moorlands and thick forest, criss-crossed by fast-flowing streams.
Descend from the mountain tops and relax in the luxurious hot springs of Wendo Genet. Let all your stresses wash away in the warm waters, situated in the centre of the panoramic beauty of Ethiopia's natural landscape.
Pay a visit to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes sensible, culturally responsible relief work aimed at assisting children primarily orphaned by AIDS, as well as educating the population about the disease and its prevention. See how the members of the organisation work tirelessly to bring about better healthcare and a higher standard of life for their community.
Journey to Arba Minch, a town that boasts glorious views of the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo. Perhaps search for a bargain in the vibrant market or take a boat out on to the lake and glide passed 'crocodile market', where vast numbers of crocs congregate.
Travel into the Omo Valley to experience local markets full of local produce and handicrafts. Visit multiple completely unique tribes, each with their own histories and traditions.
Hugging the banks of the Sagan River, learn of the strong traditions of the Konso people. Tour the local dwellings and shop at the local market, sharing in a way of life passed down through generations.
Enter Northern Kenya and head straight for the market town of Moyale, where both Kenyan and Ethiopian products can be found in abundance amongst a friendly and pleasant atmosphere.
Pass through a black lunar landscape on the way to Marsabit, which lies at the foot of an extinct volcano. Trek through the forests to reach Lake Paradise, a site with a well-deserved name, which is a popular hangout for elephants and buffaloes.
Trek into the Samburu National Reserve, a pristine wilderness that is home to a fascinating mix of Kenya's nomadic tribes. Keep an eye out for giraffes, zebras and gerenuks in their natural habitat.
Travel to the foot of Mt Kenya and safari through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to endangered black and white rhinos as well as several members of Africa's Big Five. Keep an eye out for the chimpanzees, this is the only area of Kenya with wild chimps.
Take a game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, world-famous for its population of striking pink flamingos. Keep cameras at the ready to get some colourful shots of flocks of birdlife as well as a variety of Africa's better-known wildlife.
As one of the only freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is able to support floating islands of papyrus reeds and is bordered by flat-topped acacias. Explore these lush green surroundings and discover a substantial population of hippos who frolic in the shallows.
Visit Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
Head for the small town of Gilgil and make a stop at the Saida Children’s Home Project to learn about their work to improve the lives of AIDS orphans. In the afternoon, drop in on a lively local school.
Spend time mingling with eager students before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.
Cross the border into Uganda, set up camp near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure. For adrenaline junkies, why not try some whitewater rafting.
Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
Descend into the Great Rift Valley and embark on a game drive through this stunning national park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos.
Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
Cross into Rwanda, stopping at Kigali for a visit to the moving Genocide Memorial. Continue on to Ruhengeri and make a memorable trek into one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla.
Camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.
Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.
Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm near Nakuru National Park.
Return to Nairobi.
Head for the Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for prides of lions, herds of elephants and, if you are lucky, a stealthy cheetah or leopard, all of which call the Masai Mara home. After a couple of days game driving, make your way to cosmopolitan Nairobi and soak up the lively restaurant and bar scene.
Enter Tanzania and head for Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital, located at the base of Mt Meru. Stock up on supplies and perhaps enjoy a traditional meal at one of the many eateries before making your way into the wilds of Africa!
Journey into the wide, open plains of the Serengeti National Park, home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Try to spot all of Africa's Big Five on game drives and sleep in the midst of nature, letting the nocturnal sounds of this unique African habitat lull you to sleep.
The famous Ngorongoro Crater is home to more than 30,000 animals including the endangered black rhino, zebras and hippos. Keep cameras handy as you game drive through the heart of this natural wonder. Stop by the small village community of Mto Wa Mbu and get an insight into the traditional African way of life.
Climb the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to reach the small village of Marangu, which is situated by the streams that run down from Mt Kilimanjaro's glaciers. Enjoy fantastic views of the mountain and the surrounding countryside.
Travel south to Dar es Salaam and camp on the beach by the city's outskirts. Stroll along the bustling ports, people watch from chilled cafes and kick back on the warm sands and relax.
Catch the ferry to Zanzibar, the spice island so full of fragrant bazaars and delicious eateries that you can almost smell it before you dock! Take a guided tour through the spice plantations of cinnamon and vanilla and shop for authentic goods at the markets. Work up an appetite walking through the friendly atmosphere of the port town before making the most of exquisite local restaurants that utilise local produce to create the freshest meals.
Return to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Spend one last day enjoying the seaside before heading heading to the wilderness of the African inland.
Journey through the rolling plains of Mikumi National Park to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa, a town set into the slopes of a cliff overlooking Little Ruaha River. Wander through the markets, full of colourfully dressed locals. If you are feeling game try the legendary Dabaga chilli sauce.
Enter Malawi and head straight for the lake that covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.
Travel to Lolongwe, Malawi's capital. With a vibrant atmosphere, the city is a hub for the country's cultural output and boasts a lively restaurant and bar scene.
Cross the border into Zambia to game drive through South Luangwa National Park. The Luangwa River is home to vast numbers of crocodiles and hippos, while the plains of the park contain many species of buck, kudu and gazelle. Perhaps visit Kawaza village to see a local dance performance and try a traditional Kunda midday meal.
Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
Canoe down the gentle Lower Zambezi River. Float through a stunning natural landscape, keeping an eye out for wildlife stopping to drink at the river banks. Camp on islands dotted throughout the waters.
Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
Get an early start in Zimbabwe and make a v-line for the awesome power of Victoria Falls. This curtain of water stretches almost a mile across and falls over 100 m into a narrow gorge below. The spray created from this powerful raging torrent can reach up to 400 m in the air!
Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.
Explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe before heading out on foot to track rhinos in Matobo National Park.
Cross into Botswana and traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.
Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.
Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.
Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.
Head south and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.
Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.
Get an up-close look at some of Southern Africa’s most iconic wildlife, and some truly unique species, in the world renowned Etosha National Park.
Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.
Get a further sense of Namibia’s German colonial roots in Swakopmund. After checking out the European architecture, why not indulge in a range of adrenaline pumping activities in this action sports Mecca.
Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.
Witness a sunrise over the vast plains of the desert before escaping the heat of the desert in riverside Bethanie.
Explore the incredible Giant’s Playground, a collection of magma formations that have to be seen to be believed. Then, arrive at the Fish River Canyon and be treated to some phenomenal views.
Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.
Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrucel or take an optional winery tour.
The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.
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Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Bungalow (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (21 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (75 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (31 nights), Lodge (4 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip
  • 2 day canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Blue Nile Gorge
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Dairy farm visit
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Game drives
  • 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
  • Guided walk
  • Kariandusi School Project Visit
  • Kazinga Channel boat cruise
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial
  • Kushite temples and pyramids at Jebel Barkal
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Murchison Falls Game Drive
  • Murchison Falls Launch trip
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Painted Dog Conservation Centre
  • Samburu - Game Drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
  • 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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