Cairo to Cape Town Overview

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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.

  • -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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Finish:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 21
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (1 nt), Bush camp (no facilities) (21 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (75 nts), Hostel (3 nts), Hotel (31 nts), Lodge (4 nts), Overnight ferry (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
  • 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    4120kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Please note that in order to confirm your booking on this trip we will require a scanned copy of your passport at time of booking. 2.This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. 3. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Cairo to Cape Town Summary

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 72 Nairobi

Visit Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

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.

Day 74 Kericho

Spend time mingling with eager students before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.

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.

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.

Day 78 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.

Days 79-80 Murchison Falls National Park

Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.

Day 81 Bush Camp

Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.

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.

Day 83 Lake Bunyonyi

Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.

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.

Day 87 Lake Mburo National Park

Camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.

Day 88 Jinja

Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.

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.

Day 90 Nakuru National Park

Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm near Nakuru National Park.

Day 91 Nairobi

Return to Nairobi.

Days 92-94 Nairobi/Masai Mara

Located in south-west Kenya, the Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and the world's most iconic animals living within its boundaries. Lively Nairobi is the gateway to some of Africa's best national parks and is nicknamed 'the safari capital of the world'.

Day 95 Arusha

Situated close to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha is a relaxed, friendly city with a wealth of famous sites on its doorstep.

Days 96-97 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

Teeming with animals and home to the famous migration of the wildebeest, the Serengeti is a marvel with rolling plains, iconic acacia trees and mesmerising skies.

Day 98 Mto Wa Mbu

Photographic opportunities abound in the Ngorongoro Crater, a massive volcanic caldera with so many animals, it's hard to know where to look first. Situated around halfway between Arusha and Ngorongoro, Mto Wa Mbu is a tiny town located near three rivers which is known for its curios and red-skinned bananas.

Day 99 Marangu

Nestled at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Marangu is a small village surrounded by stunning vistas and lush forest.

Days 100-101 Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam lies by the Indian Ocean and is abuzz with busy streets, laidback restaurants, colourful markets, interesting architecture and lots of water-based activities.

Days 102-104 Zanzibar

Famed for its fragrant spices and infamous for its slave-trading history, Zanzibar mixes divine beaches, an atmospheric main town and Middle Eastern flair with an African beat.
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