Cairo to Cape Town Overview
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.
What's included in this trip
About Botswana , Egypt , Ethiopia , Kenya , Malawi , Namibia , Rwanda , South Africa , Sudan , Tanzania , Uganda , Zambia , Zimbabwe
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Dar es Salaam roughly means 'haven of peace' and has a long history of trade with India, the Middle East and Germany, making it a fascinating blend of cultures.
Overlooking the Ruaha River, Iringa is a picturesque town with a relaxed vibe, some good places to eat and a wonderful crafts centre.
Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere.
As the cosmopolitan capital of Malawi, Lilongwe has a number of great restaurants, cafes and markets, which are often interspersed with areas of greenery.
Famed for its walking safaris, South Luangwa National Park holds an abundance of Africa's favourite animals and classic savanna scenery.
See amazing sunsets and hear a symphony of animal calls while camping on the banks of the winding Luangwa River.
With big populations of hippos and crocodiles - among the usual suspects - the Lower Zambezi is a fabulous spot to take to the river and see Africa from the water.
Choma is a small, friendly Zambian town halfway between Lusaka and Livingstone with a small market and smattering of shops. Located on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, Livingstone is a lovely town catering to those who are visiting the falls, and named after Dr Livingstone, I presume.
Victoria Falls is a town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, with spectacular views and a reputation as the adventure capital of Zimbabwe.
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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