Cape Town to Gonder Overview

Visit Africa and travel from Cape Town to Cairo. Tour South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

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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.

  • Glide down the Okavango Delta on a canoe
  • Relax beside shimmering Lake Malawi
  • Seek out Africa's exotic wildlife on game drives
  • Stroll beneath giant crumbling obelisks in Aksum
  • Travel to Addis Ababa and taste spicy Ethiopian
  • 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:

    Gonder, Ethiopia
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (2 nts), Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nts), Camping (with facilities) (48 nts), Chalet (3 nts), Hotel (19 nts), Lodge (3 nts)
  • 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 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2553kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. 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 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.

Days 67-69 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 adventure.
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