An adventure tour through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo.

If you've ever wanted to 'do Africa', this is a great start. In 88 action-packed days, cross the continent's entire length from the cafes and vineyards of Cape Town to the exotic charms of Ethiopia, 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. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure to remember, this Overland trip provides the unique opportunity to experience the true essence of Africa from ground level. It's a challenging expedition that demands a truly adventurous spirit, but the rewards are priceless.

Cape Town, South Africa
Gonder, Ethiopia
South Africa,
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
2 553kg pp per trip


  • 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


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.
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 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 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 adventure.
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4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle
Bungalow (2 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with facilities) (48 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Hotel (19 nights), Lodge (3 nights)
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 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 rock churches, monastery & visit to local school at Lalibela
  • Guided visit of Lake Abiyata
  • Hwange National Park
  • Konso Market
  • 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 Victoria Falls
  • Zanzibar Spice tour


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