An adventure tour through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo.

If you've ever wanted to 'do Africa', this is the definitive trip. Visit Africa and travel from Cape Town to Cairo in 121 action-packed days. Cross the continent's entire length from the cafes and vineyards of Cape Town to the exotic charms of Cairo, taking in a dizzying array of natural wonders and cultural encounters. Be humbled by the welcoming smiles of local villagers, wander vibrant, modern cities and encounter iconic African animals in the wild. This Overland trip provides the unique opportunity to experience the true essence of Africa from the ground level - a once-in-a-lifetime journey to remember. Touring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt, this challenging expedition demands a truly adventurous spirit - but the rewards are priceless.

Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Countries
Botswana,
Egypt,
Ethiopia,
Kenya,
Malawi,
Mozambique,
Namibia,
South Africa,
Tanzania,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
UXOJC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
3 482kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit South Africa and behold the beauty of Cape Town
  • Seek out Africa's exotic wildlife on game drives
  • Meet the San Bushmen of Namibia
  • Glide down the Okavango Delta on a canoe
  • Hear the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls
  • Relax beside shimmering Lake Malawi
  • Travel to Tanzania and delight your senses in Zanzibar
  • Admire the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru
  • Visit the Samburu National Reserve and spot the Big Five
  • Trek to meet the remote tribes of Omo Valley
  • Travel to Addis Ababa and taste spicy Ethiopian
  • Marvel at Lalibela's dramatic rock-hewn churches
  • Stroll beneath giant crumbling obelisks in Aksum
  • Visit Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
  • Reflect on the ancient beauty of the Temples of Karnak
  • Peruse glittering treasures in the Egyptian Museum

Itinerary

Boasting vineyards, adventure activities, restaurants and attractions both in and around the city, Cape Town is a delight. It is also the perfect place to kick off the ultimate overland tour of Africa.
Spend a night on a farm then cross into Namibia to camp on the banks of the Orange River.
Travel to Fish River Canyon in time for a spectacular sunset over the surrounding region.
Climb to the top of one of the world's highest sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Wake early to witness sunrise over the golden dunes.
Enjoy adventure activities in Swakopmund, an oasis between the desert and the beach.
View thousands of seals basking on the shores of Cape Cross before gazing at the wonder of the rocky Spitzkoppe.
From big carnivores to over 340 bird species, there's plenty to spot on this adventure into vast Etosha park, one of the largest national parks in Africa.
Head out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen, perhaps picking up a few words of their local 'clicking' language.
Travel onwards to Rundu before reaching the vast swamps of Bagani.
Make tracks for the expansive Okavango Delta in Botswana. Explore the maze of reed beds and waterways onboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.
Relax in laidback Bagani and perhaps enjoy some of the optional activities, including boat tours, fishing and hiking.
Try to spy swimming elephants, wallowing hippos or sun-loving crocs on a cruise along the Chobe River.
Travel across to Zimbabwe and head to Victoria Falls. Admire the might of the thundering falls, a fitting finale to this epic African adventure.
The journey begins in Zimbabwe's adventure capital. Experience the sheer wonder of the mighty Victoria Falls - they can be heard long before they are seen.
Learn about the plight of the endangered African wild dog at the Painted Dog Conservation Group. Travel into Hwange National Park to look for elephants and other wildlife on exciting game drives.
Enjoy time relaxing in the city of Bulawayo then venture into the Matobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinos. Take a walking safari to track these rare beasts on foot.
Explore ancient ruins thought to have once been a palace for Zimbabwean royalty.
Relax amid the gardens and galleries of Harare city.
Soak up Malawian culture in the capital Lilongwe. Relax in cafes and restaurants or wander through markets and shops.
Kick back on the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi. Indulge in the many optional water activities on offer and be sure to take the opportunity to meet the locals - Malawians are some of the friendliest people in Africa.
Forge through the green highlands and pitch camp in the grounds of a local farmhouse. Travel back across the plains into Tanzania.
Visit Mikumi National Park spotting elephants, buffaloes and giraffes. Camp on a tropical beach outside Dar es Salaam.
Plunge into the sensuous delights of Tanzania's tropical playground, Zanzibar, exploring historic Stone Town, touring fragrant spice plantations and lounging under coconut palms beside the Indian Ocean.
Return to Dar es Salaam for more beach camping.
Spend a night amid acres of beautiful tropical gardens in Marangu.
Meet the Chagga people, sample traditional food and learn about the life of these crop-growers on a visit to the Mt Kilimanjaro village of Mshiri. Afterwards, head to Mto Wa Mbu for the night.
Descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater to see an abundance of wildlife including lions, leopards, zebras and rhinos. Then head to the wilds of the Serengeti to embark on thrilling safari drives.
Peruse the craft market of Mto Wa Mbu and admire the colourful fabrics, crafts and wood carvings on offer. Spend the night in Arusha.
Travel to Kenya and start the adventure in the busy streets of Nairobi.
Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
A favourite spot with birdlife, Lake Nakuru is a shimmering sea of pink flamingos. Listen for the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops above.
Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
Witness traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about tribal life and customs from the locals. Venture into this vast reserve to try and spot Africa's iconic Big Five.
Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.
Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.
The colourful markets and villages are a delight to explore in Ethiopia's picturesque Omo Valley. Meet friendly tribespeople and learn about their fascinating culture.
In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wendo Gennet, encased in a beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forest, wildlife and abundant water. Head to Awassa the following day, a city nestled on the shores of a great lake, and home to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes AIDS prevention.
Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.
Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
Hidden among the hills of northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is home to monolithic churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Take a walk through the structures with a local guide to unlock the fascinating history of this area.
Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.
Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
Ethiopia's stunning Simien Mountains are home to a wealth of animals. Hike through the rugged terrain and pass eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks.
Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian Explorer adventure.
Cross the border into Sudan and ride through the countryside on the way to its lively capital.
Brush up on some Arabic language skills with the friendly residents of Khartoum city, Sudan's busy capital. Relax in a chai house and get ready to start this epic trip through North Africa.
Admire the spectacular pyramids of Meroe, explore Naqa's Lion Temple and wander through the palace of Musawwarat.
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.
Take in the the last of Sudan's desert scenery on the journey to Wadi Halfa. There's a free day here so perhaps explore the town, wander by the shores of Lake Nasser or sit in the main square sipping tea, people watching and eating fuul (beans) or fried Nile perch.
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 and make the crossing into Egypt.
Travel north to 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.
Travel north to 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.
Drive through endless dessert scenery to reach El Kharga Oasis. There are many sites of antiquity to explore, more notably the Temple of Hebes and the Bagawaat Necropolis. Perhaps take a camel ride around the oasis or explore the springs close by. Camp under a sea of stars.
Perhaps head out on an overnight camel safari to camp by hot springs or explore the palm groves and Coptic antiquities at the Dakhla Oasis.
Relax in the morning or further explore the area before heading to the White Desert bush camp for another glorious night sleeping under the star-filled skies.
Spend the day exploring the White and Black deserts, visiting Crystal Mountain and discovering the gold mummies that are housed in the fascinating museum here.
Drive through endless dessert scenery to reach El Kharga Oasis. There are many sites of antiquity to explore, more notably the Temple of Hebes and the Bagawaat Necropolis. Perhaps take a camel ride around the oasis or explore the springs close by. Camp under a sea of stars.
Head south, across Egypt's Western desert and into Siwa - an area famous for its delicious olives and dates. Enjoy a Bedoouin meal and embark on a desert safari, or perhaps stick around in Siwa and explore the maze-like ruins of Shali - the mud brick fort which overlooks the town.
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.
Explore the iconic Sphinx and 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. Celebrate the end of a remarkable trip by exploring the markets in Cairo and picking up souvenirs.
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Inclusions

Meals
63 breakfasts, 63 lunches, 63 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (15 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with facilities) (50 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (30 nights), Lodge (3 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath
  • Chobe - Boat Cruise
  • Chobe - Dawn game drive
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie
  • Dairy farm visit
  • Driving and game excursions
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Entrance Golden Mummies Museum
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
  • Etosha - Game drive
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Guided excursions to tribal markets and villages
  • 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
  • Hwange National Park
  • Konso Market
  • Kushite temples and pyramids at Jebel Barkal
  • Matobo National Park - Guided walking safari
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Samburu - Game Drive
  • Samburu community activities
  • San Bushman cultural experience
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Ura Kidane Mereth Monastery and Kebran Gabriel M KChurch
  • Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project
  • Visit to Temple of Sulb
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Visits to Crystal Mountain and Black Desert
  • War cemeteries and museum
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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