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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.

  • Glide down the Okavango Delta on a canoe
  • Peruse glittering treasures in the Egyptian Museum
  • Reflect on the ancient beauty of the Temples of Karnak
  • Relax beside shimmering Lake Malawi
  • Stroll beneath giant crumbling obelisks in Aksum
  • Travel to Tanzania and delight your senses in Zanzibar
  • Trek to meet the remote tribes of Omo Valley
  • Visit Gonder's ornate castles and palaces

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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Days 47-48 Lake Nakuru

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.

Day 49 Mt Kenya

Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.

Days 50-51 Samburu National Reserve

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.

Days 52-53 Marsabit/Moyale

Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.

Days 54-55 Konso

Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.

Days 56-58 Omo Valley

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.

Days 59-60 Arba Minch

In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.

Days 61-62 Wendo Genet/Awasa

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.

Days 63-65 Bale Mountain National Park

Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.

Day 66 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.

Day 67 Addis Ababa

Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.

Days 68-69 Addis Ababa

Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.

Day 70 Dejen

Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.

Days 71-73 Bahir Dar

Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.

Days 74-76 Lalibela

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.

Day 77 Bush Camp

Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.

Day 78 Mekele

Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.

Days 79-80 Aksum

Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.

Day 81 Enda Selassie

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.

Days 82-85 Simien Mountains National Park

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.

Days 86-88 Gonder

Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian Explorer adventure.

Day 89 Gedaref

Cross the border into Sudan and ride through the countryside on the way to its lively capital.

Day 90 Khartoum

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.

Day 91 Meroe

Admire the spectacular pyramids of Meroe, explore Naqa's Lion Temple and wander through the palace of Musawwarat.

Days 92-94 Nubian Desert

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.

Days 95-96 Wadi Halfa

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.

Day 97 Overnight Ferry

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.

Days 98-100 Aswan

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.

Days 101-103 Luxor

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.

Day 104 El Kharga Oasis

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.
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