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Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Egypt top 20

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans
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Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

This tour takes you from Cairo to Cape Town in 119 days. PDFGrab the Tour Dossier PDF .

Current Price

GBP 3495  Currency Converter + USD 1525 Local Payment Single Supplement (if needed)


119 days


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Tour Summary

The ancient overland route from Cairo to Cape Town is the ultimate in Trans Africa Expeditions! The Giza Pyramids to Table Mountain and everything in between! This is REAL overland travel at its best!


General Notes

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.

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A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 1 to 6, Cairo to Luxor

Kick off this trip of a lifetime with a visit to the great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and the Cairo Museum. The Western Desert is where we head next and the oases of Bahariyya, Farafra and Dhakla offer numerous opportunities for sight-seeing and taking some pics. On to Luxor where the Valley of Kings and Queens and Karnak and Luxor Temples will keep us busy exploring for a few more days.

Day 7 to 13, Luxor to Aswan

Luxor is great for souvenir shopping and haggling is expected. After wandering all the souqs in search of the ultimate bargain our next stop is Aswan where we sort out our Sudan visas and can take a visit to famous Abu Simbel - an early start but well worth the visit! A couple of days cruising the Nile on a Felucca is available so you can lay back and watch the world go by!

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 14 to 20, Aswan to Khartoum

Crossing Lake Nasser bring us to Wadi Halfa in Northern Sudan and the doorway to the Nubian Desert. A unique desert-crossing experience awaits you along this not so travelled route that passes the ancient pyramids at Meroe before arriving in Khartoum.

Day 21 to 24, Khartoum

Our stay here is on the banks of the Nile at the quirky but interesting Blue Nile Sailing Club. With plenty to see and do in and around Khartoum the days will go quickly.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 25 to 37, Khartoum to Addis Ababa via (Axum)

Crossing into Ethiopia we slowly make our way towards some of the most historic religious sites in the world. We spend some time in Gondar and Bahir Dar and can visit Axum, the amazing rock churches at Lalibela, Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls before arriving in the bustling capital of Addis Ababa.

Day 38 to 49, Addis Ababa to Kampala via (Moyale)

Travelling through the gorgeous Rift Valley we head further south and west to Uganda, passing through some of the worlds most amazing natural scenery.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 50 to 56, Kampala to Kisoro via (Lake Bunyoni)

A free day in Kampala allows time to check out the local cafes and nightspots before we travel further west to the borders of DRC, Rwanda and Uganda - home base for Gorilla Trekking. Getting up close to these amazing creatures is a truly a once in a lifetime experience and one of the big highlights of the trip. Where we view the Gorilla's will depend on where they are currently roaming and what permits are available at that time. If time allows we also have the chance to relax at peaceful Lake Bunyoni.

Day 57 to 61, Kisoro to Nairobi via (Lake Nakuru National Park)

We back track to Kampala and stop near Jinja - Uganda's adventure playground. Go whitewater rafting or kayaking, quad biking , horse riding or a visit a local school. Re-entering Kenya we pass Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate National Park on the way to Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 62 to 63, Nairobi

Depending on how we are going for time we may spend up to a good few days in Nairobi to organise visas and permits for the rest of our trip. With plenty to see and do there is more than enough to keep us busy.

Day 64 to 73, Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam via (Zanzibar Island)

An early start sees us leave Nairobi behind and continue south crossing into Tanzania. From Arusha we take a trip into the World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park for a Big 5 spotting experience. Moving on to Marangu you have the opportunity to trek the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro! After a dose of the highest mountain in Africa, a full days’ drive to Dar es Salaam lies ahead. Once there, we jump on a ferry to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar - before returning to Dar es Salaam.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 74 to 79, Dar Es Salaam to Lake Malawi via (Iringa)

Further west sees us travelling some 'interesting' roads through mountainous central Tanzania before turning south again and crossing into Malawi. Picturesque Lake Malawi is where we spend the next few days as we drive along the western edge of this massive Lake. Plenty of good curios on offer here!

Day 80 to 86, Lake Malawi to Gweru

A couple of days are spent in Lilongwe so we can organise Mozambique visas before following the infamous 'Gun Run' Tete Corridor into Zimbabwe. After a quick stop in Harare we venture on to Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a hiking adventure or spend the day enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the local village and market. After that, our journey continues on to a privately run horse and game ranch at Gweru. Not only is it one of the best campsites in Africa is it also a spot to where you can take a walk with Lion Cubs!

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 87 to 96, Gweru to Victoria Falls via (Bulawayo)

The medieval city of Great Zimbabwe is worth a visit before we make our way to Bulawayo. The Black Rhino tour in Matobo National Park is well worth your time and the local guides are some of the best you will find in Africa. Adrenaline junkies paradise is next on our trip - Victoria Falls. With dozens of adventure, wildlife and nature activities to try you will find something for everyone. Keep in mind that to TRUELY appreciate the awesome power of Victoria Falls, you have to fly over them!

Day 97 to 103, Victoria Falls to Maun via (Chobe National Park)

Entering Botswana we spend the night on the outskirts of the Chobe National Park - famous for its hordes of Elephants. Cruise the Chobe River before we head south into the Kalahari Basin. The Okavango Delta is a must-do highlight of any trip to Botswana and being poled along in your hollowed out tree is a relaxing way to spend a couple of days.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 104 to 108, Maun to Swakopmund via (Spitzkoppe)

Another border crossing as we leave Bots and enter Namibia. Etosha National Park is where we will spend a couple of days game driving and checking out the amazing wildlife at the waterholes. From Etosha we visit a local Cheetah park and get up close to these amazing and endangered creatures before continuing on towards Spitzkoppe. If time allows we can visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony before arriving in the adventure capital of Namibia - Swakopmund.

Day 109 to 116, Swakopmund to Fish River Canyon via (Sesriem)

Our base for the next few days is Swakopmund and there is plenty to keep us busy. Spend a day deep sea fishing, quad biking, dune boarding or sky diving or chill out at a beachfront cafe. From here we enter the oldest desert in the world and the Namib-Naukluft National Park - home of massive, ancient sand dunes. Further south finds us at Fish River Canyon reputably the second biggest canyon in the world.

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Day 117 to 119, Fish River Canyon to Cape Town

A short drive away we enter South Africa and cross the Orange River on our way to the gorgeous Cedarberg region. As the Natural Wonder of the World, Table Mountain, comes into view we know we have reached the cosmopolitan 'Mother City' of Cape Town and the end of our trip of a lifetime!


Meals included in your tour cost

Highlights included in your tour cost

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Giza Pyramids

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Mysterious and magical
Not to be missed!
Walk inside a Pyramid!
Ride a camel

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

Lake Nakuru National Park

A sanctuary for the rare Black Rhino. Well known for the huge population of Flamingo that turns the lake's surface bright pink!

Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans


Ancient Egypt at its best Half Lion, half Pharaoh Giza Plateau Guarding the Pyramids of Giza


This tour goes through: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Addis Ababa, Kampala & 10 other destination(s) in Africa.


Crew: 2 crew
Vehicle: Overland Truck

Available in Reverse

This tour is also available in reverse. Click here to view details of the Eastern Trans Africa Expedition tour

Recent Feedback

Left quoteThe 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!Right quote

Anne B (27) from Ireland

Left quoteThe 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!Right quote

Michael & Silke from Germany

Left quoteI loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)Right quote

JoJo E (61) from Switzerland

Left quoteFinally home and had a great time…. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…Right quote

John E from Canada

Left quoteI did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.Right quote

Juca from Uruguay

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