Cape Town to Cairo

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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.

  • Admire the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru
  • Marvel at Lalibela's dramatic rock-hewn churches
  • Peruse glittering treasures in the Egyptian Museum
  • Reflect on the ancient beauty of the Temples of Karnak
  • Relax beside shimmering Lake Malawi
  • Trek to meet the remote tribes of Omo Valley
  • Visit Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
  • Visit the Samburu National Reserve and spot the Big Five

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    63 breakfasts, 63 lunches, 63 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (2 nts), Bush camp (no facilities) (15 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nts), Camping (with facilities) (50 nts), Chalet (3 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (30 nts), Lodge (3 nts), Overnight ferry (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle
  • 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3482kg 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. 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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Day 1 Cape Town

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.

Days 2-3 Western Cape/Orange River

Spend a night on a farm then cross into Namibia to camp on the banks of the Orange River.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Travel to Fish River Canyon in time for a spectacular sunset over the surrounding region.

Days 5-6 Sesriem/Bush Camp

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.

Days 7-9 Swakopmund

Enjoy adventure activities in Swakopmund, an oasis between the desert and the beach.

Day 10 Spitzkoppe

View thousands of seals basking on the shores of Cape Cross before gazing at the wonder of the rocky Spitzkoppe.

Days 11-12 Etosha National Park

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.

Day 13 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Head out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen, perhaps picking up a few words of their local 'clicking' language.

Days 14-15 Rundu/Bagani Community Camp

Travel onwards to Rundu before reaching the vast swamps of Bagani.

Days 16-17 Okavango Delta

Make tracks for the expansive Okavango Delta in Botswana. Explore the maze of reed beds and waterways onboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.

Day 18 Bagani Community Camp

Relax in laidback Bagani and perhaps enjoy some of the optional activities, including boat tours, fishing and hiking.

Days 19-20 Chobe National Park

Try to spy swimming elephants, wallowing hippos or sun-loving crocs on a cruise along the Chobe River.

Day 21 Victoria Falls

Travel across to Zimbabwe and head to Victoria Falls. Admire the might of the thundering falls, a fitting finale to this epic African adventure.

Days 22-23 Victoria Falls

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.

Day 24 Hwange National Park

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.

Days 25-26 Bulawayo

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.

Day 27 Masvingo

Explore ancient ruins thought to have once been a palace for Zimbabwean royalty.

Day 28 Harare

Relax amid the gardens and galleries of Harare city.

Days 29-30 Blantyre/Lilongwe

Soak up Malawian culture in the capital Lilongwe. Relax in cafes and restaurants or wander through markets and shops.

Days 31-32 Lake Malawi

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.

Days 33-34 Chitimba/Iringa

Forge through the green highlands and pitch camp in the grounds of a local farmhouse. Travel back across the plains into Tanzania.

Day 35 Dar es Salaam

Visit Mikumi National Park spotting elephants, buffaloes and giraffes. Camp on a tropical beach outside Dar es Salaam.

Days 36-38 Zanzibar

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.

Day 39 Dar es Salaam

Return to Dar es Salaam for more beach camping.

Day 40 Marangu

Spend a night amid acres of beautiful tropical gardens in Marangu.

Day 41 Mto Wa Mbu

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.

Days 42-43 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

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.

Day 44 Arusha

Peruse the craft market of Mto Wa Mbu and admire the colourful fabrics, crafts and wood carvings on offer. Spend the night in Arusha.

Day 45 Nairobi

Travel to Kenya and start the adventure in the busy streets of Nairobi.

Day 46 Lake Naivasha

Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
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