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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Day 105 Dar es Salaam

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.

Day 106 Iringa

Overlooking the Ruaha River, Iringa is a picturesque town with a relaxed vibe, some good places to eat and a wonderful crafts centre.

Days 107-109 Lake Malawi

Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere.

Day 110 Lilongwe

As the cosmopolitan capital of Malawi, Lilongwe has a number of great restaurants, cafes and markets, which are often interspersed with areas of greenery.

Days 111-112 South Luangwa National Park

Famed for its walking safaris, South Luangwa National Park holds an abundance of Africa's favourite animals and classic savanna scenery.

Day 113 Luangwa River

See amazing sunsets and hear a symphony of animal calls while camping on the banks of the winding Luangwa River.

Days 114-116 Lower Zambezi

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.

Day 117 Choma/Livingstone

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.

Days 118-120 Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, with spectacular views and a reputation as the adventure capital of Zimbabwe.

Day 121 Hwange National Park

Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.

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.

Days 124-125 Makgadikgadi Pans

Cross into Botswana and traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.

Day 126 Maun

Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.

Days 127-128 Okavango Delta

Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.

Day 129 Maun

Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.

Day 130 D'Kar

Head south and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.

Day 131 Windhoek

Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.

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.

Day 134 Spitzkoppe

Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.

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.

Day 137 Sesriem

Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.

Day 138 Bethanie

Witness a sunrise over the vast plains of the desert before escaping the heat of the desert in riverside Bethanie.

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.

Day 140 Noordoewer

Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.

Day 141 Citrusdal

Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrucel or take an optional winery tour.

Day 142 Cape Town

The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.