Cairo to Cape Town Itinerary

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Young girl, Cairo

Spinx and pyramid, Cairo

Woman and child, Aswan

Masai Mara

Pineapples, Kenya

Leopard, Botswana

Okvango Delta

Lions, Serengeti National Park

Boat on the beach, Zanzibar

Days 1-2 Cairo

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Alexandria

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 5-7 Bahariya Oasis/White Desert

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 8 Dakhla Oasis

Journey to the rose-hued rocks, antiquities and greenery of the Dakhla Oasis.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 10 El Kharga Oasis

Explore palm lined streets, unspoilt springs and the Temple of Hebes. Sleep under a million stars in this special part of Egypt.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 11-13 Luxor

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 14-16 Aswan

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 17-18 Lake Nasser/Wadi Halfa

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight ferry - 1

Days 19-20 Nubian Desert

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 21-24 Atbara/Red Sea/Atbara

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2, Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 25 Meroe

Admire the spectacular pyramids of Meroe, explore Naqa's Lion Temple and the palace of Musawwarat.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 26-27 Khartoum

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 28 Gedaref

Travel across the rolling African savanna to camp beneath the stars in Gedaref area.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 29-30 Gonder

Discover Gondar's castles, churches and palaces. The city is often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 31 Debark

Arrive at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark, and prepare for the trek ahead.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 32-34 Simien Mountains National Park

Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 35 Enda Selassie

Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 36-37 Aksum

Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 38 Mekele

Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 39 Woldiya

Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near Woldiya.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 40-42 Lalibela

Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 43-45 Bahir Dar

Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 46 Dejen

Spend the night in Dejen.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 47-49 Addis Ababa

Stop by Ethiopia's bustling capital.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 50 Lake Abiyata

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 51-53 Bale Mountains National Park

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.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Day 54 Wendo Genet

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 55 Awassa

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.
ACCOM: Lodge - 1

Days 56-57 Arba Minch

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 58-60 Omo Valley Region

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 61-62 Konso

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 63 Moyale

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 64 Marsabit

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.
ACCOM: Camp site - 1

Days 65-66 Samburu National Reserve

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Days 67-68 Naro Moru

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 69-70 Nakuru National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 71 Lake Naivasha

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 72 Nairobi

Visit Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 73 Nakuru

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 74 Kericho

Spend time mingling with eager students before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 75-76 Jinja

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 77 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 78 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 79-80 Murchison Falls National Park

Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 81 Bush Camp

Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 82 Queen Elizabeth National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 83 Lake Bunyonyi

Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 84-86 Kigali/Ruhengeri/Gorilla trek

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Day 87 Lake Mburo National Park

Camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 88 Jinja

Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 89 Eldoret

Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 90 Nakuru National Park

Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm near Nakuru National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 91 Nairobi

Return to Nairobi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 92-94 Nairobi/Masai Mara

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 95 Arusha

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!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 96-97 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 98 Mto Wa Mbu

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 99 Marangu

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 100-101 Dar es Salaam

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 102-104 Zanzibar

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 105 Dar es Salaam

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 106 Iringa

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 107-109 Lake Malawi

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 110 Lilongwe

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 111-112 South Luangwa National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 113 Luangwa River

Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 114-116 Lower Zambezi

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 117 Choma/Livingstone

Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 118-120 Victoria Falls

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!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 121 Hwange National Park

Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 122-123 Bulawayo/Matobo National Park

Explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe before heading out on foot to track rhinos in Matobo National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 124-125 Makgadikgadi Pans

Cross into Botswana and traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 126 Maun

Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 127-128 Okavango Delta

Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 129 Maun

Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 130 D'Kar

Head south and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 131 Windhoek

Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 132-133 Etosha National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 134 Spitzkoppe

Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 135-136 Swakopmund

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.
ACCOM: Bungalow - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 137 Sesriem

Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 138 Bethanie

Witness a sunrise over the vast plains of the desert before escaping the heat of the desert in riverside Bethanie.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 139 Fish River Canyon

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 140 Noordoewer

Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 141 Citrusdal

Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrucel or take an optional winery tour.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 142 Cape Town

The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.