Cape Town to Cairo

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If you've ever wanted to 'do Africa', this is the definitive trip. 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. This challenging expedition demands a truly adventurous spirit, but the rewards are priceless.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town

Boasting vineyards, adventure activities, restaurants and cafes - Cape Town is a delight.

Days 2-3 Western Cape/Orange River

Walk along the riverbanks, relax at the camp or canoe down the scenic river.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Catch a spectacular sunset over one of the largest canyons in the world.

Days 5-6 Sesriem/Bush Camp

Climb to the top of some of the highest sand dunes on earth in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Wake early to witness a dramatic sunrise across a sprawling sea of golden sand. Afterwards, meet with a passionate local full of incredible knowledge of the desert.

Days 7-9 Swakopmund

Enjoy adventure activities in this oasis between the desert and the ocean.

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 tiny birds, there's plenty to spot on this adventure into the vast Etosha.

Day 13 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

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

Days 14-15 Rundu/Bagani Community Camp

Stop off in Rundu, then continue to the vast swamps of Bagani.

Days 16-17 Okavango Delta

Cruise the delta's reed beds and maze of waterways aboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.

Day 18 Bagani Community Camp

Recharge in laidback Bagani and perhaps enjoy some of the optional activities, including boating, fishing and hiking.

Days 19-20 Chobe National Park

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

Days 21-23 Victoria Falls

Enter Zimbabwe and admire the might of thundering Victoria Falls. Thrillseekers can chose from white-water rafting, canoeing or abseiling.

Day 24 Hwange National Park

Hear about the efforts to save the African wild dog from extinction on a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Group. Later, journey to Hwange National Park to see herds of majestic elephants.

Days 25-26 Bulawayo

Explore the Matobo National Park on foot and track the rare rhinos that live here.

Day 27 Masvingo

See intriguing ancient ruins thought to have once been a palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.

Day 28 Harare

Unwind in the gardens, galleries and cafes of Zimbabwe's capital city.

Days 29-30 Blantyre/Lilongwe

Journey through Mozambique to reach the friendly capital of Malawi. Take time to visit the markets and shops here to stock up on essentials or perhaps buy a souvenir.

Days 31-32 Lake Malawi

Chill out on the serene shores of Lake Malawi and spend time chatting to the friendly locals.

Days 33-34 Chitimba/Iringa

Forge through lush highlands and set up camp in the grounds of a Tanzanian farmhouse.

Day 35 Dar es Salaam

Spot elephants, buffaloes and giraffes on a drive through Mikumi National Park. Camp on a balmy beach outside Dar es Salaam.

Days 36-38 Zanzibar

Plunge into the sensuous delights of Zanzibar by exploring historic Stone Town, touring fragrant spice plantations and lounging under coconut palms beside the Indian Ocean.

Day 39 Dar es Salaam

Return to this port city by ferry and spend another night camping on the beach.

Day 40 Marangu

Leave the beach behind and travel high onto the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Stay overnight amid acres of beautiful, tropical gardens.

Day 41 Mto Wa Mbu

Learn about the day-to-day life of the crop-growing Chagga people while walking around Mshiri village. Visit a farm and sample some traditional cuisine.

Days 42-43 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in a 4x4 to seek out lions, zebras and rhinos. Afterwards, head to the Serengeti and safari across the grassy plains of the savanna, home to the Big Five. In the evenings, fall asleep to the sounds of animal calls.

Day 44 Arusha

Interact with locals in the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Perhaps pick up some souvenirs from the market before continuing to Arusha.

Days 45-50 Nairobi

Stroll the streets of Kenya's vibrant capital.

Day 51 Lake Naivasha

Relax by the lake and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.

Days 52-53 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 54 Mt Kenya

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

Days 55-56 Samburu National Reserve

Witness traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about tribal life and customs from the locals. Venture into the vast reserve to try and spot Africa's iconic Big Five.

Days 57-58 Marsabit/Moyale

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

Days 59-60 Konso

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

Days 61-64 Omo Valley

The colourful markets and villages are a delight to explore in this picturesque valley. Meet friendly tribespeople and learn about their fascinating culture.

Days 65-66 Arba Minch

In free time, why not embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm?

Days 67-68 Shashemene

Learn about the Rasta lifestyle and philosophy at a Rastafarian community school and museum.

Days 69-71 Bale Mountains National Park

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

Day 72 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

Soak in hot springs surrounded by the twitter of birdlife.

Days 73-74 Addis Ababa

Arrive in Ethiopia's bustling capital and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine in a local restaurant or cafe.

Day 75 Dejen

Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.

Days 76-78 Bahir Dar

Feel the sheet of mist rising from the mighty Blue Nile Falls before boarding a reed boat bound for the monasteries on Lake Tana's islands and isolated peninsulas. The monasteries are famous for their murals and ornately decorated interiors.

Days 79-81 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.

Days 82-83 Mekele

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

Days 84-85 Aksum

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

Days 86-90 Simien Mountains National Park

These stunning mountains are home to a wealth of animals. Hike through the rugged terrain, passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks.

Days 91-93 Gonder

Discover this cosmopolitan city of elaborate castles, churches and palaces.

Days 94-97 Khartoum

Brush up on your Arabic with the friendly residents of Khartoum in Sudan. Be sure to watch the famous Sufi Whirling Dervishes dance themselves into religious ecstasy.

Days 98-99 Meroe

Marvel at the spectacular Kushite temples at Meroe, the most impressive and well-preserved in Nubia. Explore unique sites including the Lion Temple at Naga and the palace at Musawwarat es-Sufra.

Days 100-103 Nubian Desert

Follow a traditional camel route through some of Africa's most unforgiving terrain. Experience the magical solitude of camping among the dunes and perhaps offer passing nomads a meal in accordance with desert hospitality. Cross the Nile by boat and admire the remote, ruined Temple of Sulb.

Days 104-105 Wadi Halfa

Drive to Wadi Halfa then take in the spectacular desert landscape on a ferry adventure across the vast expanses of Lake Nasser.

Days 106-109 Aswan

A stroll beside the Nile is the perfect way to appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of this picturesque town. Visit an unfinished obelisk, take a felucca ride or venture into the atmospheric souq to snare a bargain.

Days 110-112 Luxor

Be overwhelmed by Luxor's ancient treasures including the spectacular Temples of Karnak. Ride donkeys into the eerie Valley of the Kings and explore the famous tombs of pharaohs, which boast wonderfully preserved paintings.

Days 113-117 Western Desert Oasis Route

Experience the magic of travelling through golden, desert landscapes. Explore the White and Black deserts and behold the unique beauty of Crystal Mountain.

Days 119-121 Cairo

Dive into the rich history of captivating Cairo. Be amazed by the priceless artefacts in the Egyptian Museum, including the dazzling treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb. Gaze in awe at the legendary Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza and explore the sprawling Saqqara cemetery. The city's unique fusion between ancient and modern offers something for everyone and is sure to impress.

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