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Cape Town to Cairo & V/V

17 weeks from GBP £4,850 plus local payment US$1,950 (What’s this?)

Notes on Departures

November departure -
runs in the reverse direction; from Cairo to Cape Town

May departure - on leaving Cape Town head north to Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Harare, transiting through Mozambique to Malawi.

June 20121 one off special departure - from Cape Town follows a different route. From Cape Town to Namibia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique and Tanzania, following Lake Tanganyika to Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya to Ethiopia, Sudan into Egypt. Finishing in Alexandria after visiting Cairo. The cost of this special departure is £5,000 and LP of $2,500

Week  1: Cape Town South Africa, Namibia, Botswana
Week 2-3: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi
Week  4-6: Tanzania, Nairobi, Kenya
Week 7:  Nairobi - break Mombasa
Week 8-10: Uganda Gorillas, Kenya
Kenya 11: Mt Kenya & Northern Kenya
Week  12-14: Ethiopia
Week 15: Sudan
Week 16-17: Egypt, Cairo

Cape Town, South Africa
Canoeing Orange River, South Africa
Stellenbosch wine tour, South Africa
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Zambezi white water rafting, Zambia
Victoria Falls + adrenaline activities, Zambia
Zambezi sunset cruise, Zambia
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Kande Beach, Malawi
Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam &
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Masai Villages, Tanzania
Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater Reserve, Tanzania
Lake Nakuru Nat Park, Kenya
Hell’s Gate, Kenya
Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya
Mountain Gorillas, Uganda
Source of the Nile, Uganda
White Water Rafting, Uganda
Simien Mountains, Ethiopia
Lalibela and Axum, Ethiopia
Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia
Lake Tana, Ethiopia
Gondar, Ethiopia
Omdurman, Sudan
Meeting of the Blue & White Nile, Sudan
Meroe Pyramids, Sudan
Abu Simbel, Egypt
Valley of Kings & Queens, Egypt
Karnak Temple, Egypt
Red Sea Coast, Egypt
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

This trip is different – we go through areas where no tourists go, the roads can be bad, food can be limited to what we have stocked on the truck, campsites are few and basic, visas can be hard to get and communication to the outside world limited or unavailable at times. We guarantee; we’ll break down, that we will have to wait some where we don’t really want to be for visas spare parts or just for someone to open a closed road and we’ll have to dig the truck out of mud and sand. The trip might overrun so finish late; the route can change due to rains, closed roads visa issues, breakdowns and politics. It’s best not to book your return flights home until you finish the trip.

To join you need to be prepared to work as part of a team and to share with the others on the trip. After this safari never forget are the satisfaction of getting a 16 ton truck unstuck, cooking over open fires after collecting the firewood, pitching a tent and getting it right even when it rains, going to sleep when its dark and waking at dawn and wanting to get out of your sleeping bag to start another day in which you have no idea of what will happen, washing in rivers, not washing and not caring that your dirty, living outside for months, seeing more than you have ever before, trying to learn French Arabic or Swahili and having people understand what you say, finding out just how far places are away from where you started and how different places can be and how unaffected out of the way places are from the world we normally live in. Most people find it a lot of fun, though of course, hard at times.




Two meals per day, on average, prepared by the group,
Transport in expedition truck
Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs, cooking gear


Flights; visas; transfers; personal insurance, drinks, meals out, tips
Optional excursions/side trips

Side trips / Optional extras

Botswana - Chobe game drive US$ 70
Botswana - Okavango Delta, overnight dugout canoe trip US$ 175
Botswana - 45 min flight over Delta - 5 per plane. Price per per from $85 to US$ 110
Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls - Helicopter over Falls 12/25 mins $155/265, Abseil & Gorge Swing full day $140, Bungee jump $160, walk with lions $140, Rhino walk $70 , Rafting full day lunch, BBQ, drinks, park fees $160, Sunset Game Cruise - BBQ & drinks $65 US$ 185
Malawi - Kande Beach - Scuba dive $80, Horse ride $70, village walk $5, boat hire $25 US$ 25
Tanzania - Zanzibar Spice Tour - Stonetown, Slave Market, spice plantations, traditional lunch US$ 40
Tanzania - Zanzibar - Full day diving Mnemba Atoll 2 dives & lunch $80, Snorkeling Mnemba Atoll $30, Swim with dolphins $40, Prison Island - boat, entry & snorkeling $30 US$ 30
Kenya - Lake Naivasha - Horse Riding, Naivasha $25, Boat trip $60, Elsamere home of Joy Adamson $25, Hells Gate cycle thru the park $65 US$ 25
Uganda Mountain Gorillas plus local transfer $50 US$ 900
Uganda - Jinja Bungy jumping $60, White water rafting on the White Nile US$ 160
Ethiopia - Bahir Dar - Tissisat Falls $20, Lake Tana churches $20, boat trip $40, Gondar Monastery & Fasilidas Castles $25, Lalibela Rock Churches $55, Axum tour $200, Simean Mountain walk $60 a day, Addis Ababa : National Museum $5 US$ 200
Egypt - Alexandria on the Mediterranean; day trip, lunch, entrances US$ 100
Egypt – Aswan - Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple entrance, guide & transport $40, Guided tour & Entrance to Abu Simbel $20, Tombs of the Nobles $5, Kitchener Island & Elephantine Island sail boat $5, Edfu Temple $10, Day Trip to Abu Simbel by air $170 US$ 170
Egypt – Luxor - Balloon Flight over the Nile & Luxor $90, Karnak Temple $14 Luxor Temple $11, Luxor Museum$17 Karnak Temple Sound & Light Show $15, Tomb of King Tutankhamen $15, Valley of the Kings & Workers Tour, entry & guide $35 US$ 20
Egypt – Cairo - 4 Star Nile Dinner Cruise $30, Cairo Tower $13, Pyramids at Giza pyramid entry $7-35, Giza Pyramids Sound & Light Show $35, Egyptian Museum $15, Mummy Room in Egyptian Museum $15, Solar Boat Museum at Giza Pyramids $10 US$ 10
South Africa - Wine tasting $25, Canoe on the Orange River $25, Cape Town - Stellenbosch wine tour $90, Robbin Island $25; Shark cage dive - before or after the tour US$ 200
Namibia - Cape Cross Seals half day $50, Fish River Canyon $10, Sesriem $10, Cheetah Farm $8, Swakopmund deep sea fishing $100, Horse riding $55, Sand boarding $55-$70, Swakopmund scenic flight $250, Brandburg White Lady walk $6, Hoba Meteorite $3 US$ 250
Kenya - Nairobi Saturday day trip, pre or post trip. Baby elephants $5, Giraffes feeding $12 half day taxi $30. Yaya Centre Masai Market and shopping, Day's taxi $50 US$ 30
Sudan - National Museum, Khartoum US$ 6
Tanzania - Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater: two night trip from US$ 550

Departure Dates

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