Eastern Trans Africa Expedition
This tour takes you from Cape Town to Cairo in 119 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
Current PriceGBP 3195 Currency Converter + USD 1525 Local Payment Single Supplement (if needed)
TypeTrans Africa Tours, Camping Tours,
REAL overland travel at its best! If you want air conditioning, hot showers every night and a cook then this expedition is not for you.
Expect to get "stuck in" on this trip that covers the major sights between Cape Town and Cairo both on and off the beaten track. A true ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!
Your Gorilla Permit is not included in the trip cost. This needs to be paid for at the time of booking. Please enquire for more information.
A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1 to 7, Cape Town to Sossusvlei
A few days in the Mother City will pass quickly before we head off north to the Orange River. Crossing into Namibia we stop at the glorious Fish River Canyon before arriving at the highest sand dunes in the world - Sossusvlei.
Day 8 to 13, Sossusvlei to Etosha National Park via (Swakopmund)
Leaving the inland dunes we head to the coast and the highlights of Swakopmund and the Cape Cross Seal Colony before turning inland again. Spitzkoppe is our destination before reaching Brandberg Mountains, Cheetah Park and the fantastic Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.
Day 14 to 19, Etosha National Park to Kasane via (Okavango Delta)
After a few amazing days in Etosha Game Driving and viewing the wildlife from the floodlit waterholes we turn east, cross into Botswana and head for the stunning Okavango Delta.We spend a few days being poled along these waterways in our hollowed out tree before we re-board the truck and drive up to Chobe National Park - famous for it's huge Elephant herds.
Day 20 to 26, Kasane to Victoria Falls
We trade wildlife viewing for adrenaline pumping action as we cross into Zimbabwe and stop at the thundering Victoria Falls. With plenty to keep everyone busy the days will pass quickly so step out of the box and try everything at least once!
Day 27 to 34, Victoria Falls to Gweru via (Bulawayo)
After all the adrenaline is spent we jump back on the truck and drive south and east across Zimbabwe stopping at Bulawayo, Matopos National Park and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins before reaching Gweru. The gorgeous Antelope Park awaits and you have the chance to get up close and personal with Lions and Elephants.
Day 35 to 42, Gweru to Lake Malawi via (Harare)
Leaving Antelope Park we make our way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, we will either visit Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens. Afterwards, we make a short stop in the capital Harare before quickly crossing Mozambique via the Tete Corridor. The desert landscape gives way to lush forests and rivers as we meet Lake Malawi. We spend the next few days driving north along the west coast of the Lake stopping at different bays along the way.
Day 43 to 49, Lake Malawi to Zanzibar Island via (Dar Es Salaam)
Leaving Malawi we pass large tea plantations on our way to Tanzania. Look out for Giraffe and Elephant as we drive through Mukumi National Park on the way to Dar es Salaam - our base for a trip to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island. Try out the water activities as well as the historic city tours this ancient island has on offer to truly grasp its diverse past.
Day 50 to 58, Zanzibar Island to Nairobi via (Serengeti National Park)
Leaving the 'Spice Island' we skip through Dar es Salaam and stop off at Marangu where you have the opportunity to climb to Kilimanjaro base camp, or take a walk through the lush surroundings passing through coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls, caves and visiting a local blacksmith. We then make our way to Arusha - our base for the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Meet the brightly coloured Masai people in their own village before we cross into Kenya and arrive at the capital, Nairobi.
Day 59 to 66, Nairobi to Kampala via (Jinja)
We enter the Great Rift Valley as we leave Nairobi and travel to Lake Nakuru and Jinja. Test out some Nile River rafting before we move further west to Kampala and Lake Victoria.
Day 67 to 73, Kampala to Nairobi via (Kisoro)
Now we are entering Mountain Gorilla country! Further west on the borders of Uganda and Rwanda is where all Gorilla Treks take place and we have the chance to spend a short but worthwhile hour with them before retracing our steps past Lake Bunyoni, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate National Park and Kampala. Crossing back into Kenya, a couple of days could be spent in Nairobi to allow time to obtain Egypt and Ethopia visas.
Day 74 to 84, Nairobi to Moyale
Remote northern Kenya appears in front of us as we negotiate Mount Kenya and Marsabit and travel through the East Africa Rift Valley. Absolute stunning scenery is all around and the photo opportunities are huge. Our last Kenyan camp, at Moyale, is right on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Day 85 to 91, Moyale to Bahir Dar
Leaving the awful roads of northern Kenya behind us we cross into Ethiopia and aim for Lake Tana and Bahir Dar. The Blue Nile Gorge and Blue Nile Falls are an amazing sight and the islands of Lake Tana, with their 900 year old monasteries, are well worth the short boat trip to get there.
Day 92 to 99, Bahir Dar to Gondar
The poor quality roads and mountain passes give the truck a work out and slow down our drive times as we travel to and from Bahir Dar and Gondar. However the stunning and ancient historic sites we come across more than make up for the slow drive. Lalibela and the holy city of Axum boast 12th century churches carved straight out of the rock!
Day 100 to 106, Gondar to Aswan via (Khartoum)
After crossing into Sudan we start our desert drive through Khartoum and along the Nile toward Egypt. Be amazed at the friendly Sudanese hospitality as we wind slowly north. Egypt is not the only country with pyramids and we stop at Meroe to see them Sudan style! A hard desert adventure ends at Wadi Halfa on the shores of Lake Nasser and here we cross in to Egypt.
Day 107 to 113, Aswan to Luxor
After our relaxing ferry trip across Lake Nasser, Aswan is a interesting change of pace. We sort out some visa's and enjoy the local sites - such as famous Abu Simbel - before deciding if we want to sail the Nile in a traditional Felucca, passing Edfu and Kom Ombo on the way to Luxor.
Day 114 to 119, Luxor to Cairo
Luxor has plenty to offer and the ancient sites of the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Luxor and Karnak Temples will keep you inspired and busy! The oasis's of the Western Desert await us before we continue to Cairo. The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum are a must-see and a fitting end to our trip of a lifetime!
Meals included in your tour cost
Highlights included in your tour cost
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Mysterious and magical
Not to be missed!
Walk inside a Pyramid!
Ride a camel
A sanctuary for the rare Black Rhino. Well known for the huge population of Flamingo that turns the lake's surface bright pink!
Ancient Egypt at its best Half Lion, half Pharaoh Giza Plateau Guarding the Pyramids of Giza
This tour goes through: Cape Town, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Victoria Falls, Gweru & 10 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 2 crew
Vehicle: Overland Truck
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The highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!
— Anne B (27) from Ireland
The trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!
— Michael & Silke from Germany
I loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)
— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
Finally home and had a great timeâ€¦. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…
— John E from Canada
I did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.
— Juca from Uruguay