Discover the Long Way Down
Cairo to Cape
Fully Guided Self-Drive Africa Adventure
10 Weeks, 9 countries
Feel like an explorer on this once in a lifetime adventure travelling Cairo to Cape Town. Experiencing the Pyramids, temples and ancient sites while cruising up the Nile in Egypt, unique historical churches and castles in Ethiopia; taking on the big 5 in the heart of safari country, relaxing on the island of Zanzibar, overlook spectacular Lake Malawi; bath on top of the mighty Victoria Falls, hike up the highest free standing sand dune in the world; hunt for diamonds in Namibia and finally relax in South Africa’s wine region sipping fine South African wine. You will be amazed over the next 10 weeks at the diversity, contrasts, and cultures on this Cairo to Cape Town expedition.
Livingstone to Nairobi - 19 August 2015 departure
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Countries visited: Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Mode of transport: International and internal flights (Egypt and Ethiopia 2 weeks), 8 weeks guided self drive in Land Rover Defenders Kenya to South Africa.
Our epic adventure Cairo to Cape Town begins in the vibrant city of Cairo visiting the famous Egyptian museum and the Pyramids during the day and sitting back to be dazzled by the sound and light show at the Sphinx at night. We board our flight to Aswan, where we visit Abu Simbel before boarding our cruise ship docked on the banks of the Nile River. We spend the coming days exploring historic sites around Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu and finally Luxor before disembarking our cruise boat and flying back to Cairo before continuing to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is a country rich in history and culture, Queen of Sheeba and King Solomon ruled here; St George killed dragons in this mystical land of gorges and lakes. Starting in Addis we enjoy a city tour before flying to the unbelievable historic sites in Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum. Dazzled by Ethiopia's beauty and hospitality we regrettably depart for our next destination, Kenya, the heart and soul safari country.
We board our flight to Nairobi upon arrival we meet our Land Rovers and begin the next leg of our unbelievable journey. We bid farewell to hotels and airports and say hello to Defenders and Oz tent camping equipment as we embark on a guided self drive 4WD adventure for the next 8 weeks from Kenya to South Africa!
Following in the footsteps of some of the great explorers before us we begin our guided self drive 4WD journey overland toward Cape Town, South Africa.
Kenya is truly a remarkable country most famous for its game parks, stunning scenery and amazing hospitality. We spend a couple of days getting acquainted with our Land Rover Defenders while visiting David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and hand feed endangered Rothschild giraffes. Leaving the city behind we head for the bush!
We spend the next few days seeking and photographing the Big 5 in the multi award winning Masai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Amboseli NP. To break the tempo we visit a women’s knitting project as well as spend some time on the shores of Lake Naivasha where we enjoy high tea at Elsamere, the home of Born Free and take a gentle walking safari amongst giraffe, eland, warthogs and flamingos.
Driving across the border into Tanzania we arrive in Arusha (the best place in the world to buy Tanzanite) and step back in time in a Masai village where we meet the locals and learn about their unique lives as well as do a spot of shopping at the local souvenir market. We make our way in our Land Rover Defenders past Mount Kilimanjaro, through sisal plantations and rich farming land toward Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. We take a few days to kick back and relax on the island of Zanzibar enjoying Swahili cuisine, warm tropical water, vibrant markets and rich culture.
Entering Malawi it becomes apparent how relaxed and laid back Malawians truly are. Following the lake shore we divert to visit Livingstonia, a small settlement dedicated to Dr David Livingstone before enjoying a day or two on the lake’s edge swimming, snorkelling and sighting rare prehistoric fish or visiting the local village, local school and clinic.
Fish market, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Breakfast at South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Elephants playing in mud, Chobe National Park
We farewell Malawi and make our way toward Zambia where we night game drive in South Luangwa National Park and spend a few days in awe of the mighty Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Continuing our way South we cross into Botswana and experience the beauty and charm of Chobe River before entering northern Namibia.
Namibia, our second to last country on our epic journey does not disappoint. We start with exploring the northern Okavango Delta, visit the world’s largest meteorite, game drive through Etosha National Park, wander through a 200 million year old Petrified Forest, gaze at ancient rock paintings, drive down the Skeleton coast, climb Dune 45, be amazed by the Namibian wild horses, explore the old diamond mining ghost town of Kolmanskop and finally enjoy a picnic on the edge of Fish River Canyon.
Crossing the border into South Africa, our final destination, on our guided 4WD Cairo to Cape adventure. We begin to leave the desert landscape of Namibia as we enter the Mediterranean like terrain of the Western Cape. Passing through fruit growing region of Citrusdale we arrive in Cape Town. We spend our final day in the wine region of Stellenbosch tasting fabulous South African wines and enjoying a relaxed lunch.
We complete our expedition with a final group dinner where we reminisce over the past 10 weeks, remembering the great times, the times we laughed so hard our ribs hurt and the first time we saw African wildlife in the wild. We struggle to pinpoint one, two, three, four, five highlights as every day was amazing.
What Our Customers Say...
For our family Steve absolutely made the trip so special. The girls adored him and he was so kind to them in so many little ways. For someone who had travelled so much in Africa I was impressed how he was always enthusiastic about where we were going and could impart knowledge, road conditions and instructions in such a humorous and entertaining way. He is a marvelous story teller and regularly had the girls spell bound and gob smacked all in one!
INCLUDED QUICK LIST
- Internal flights Egypt (Cairo-Aswan, Luxor-Cairo)
- Abu Simbel flight and tour
- Entrance fees, guided tours, cruise, some meals Egypt
- Transfers and accommodation Egypt
- International flight Cairo, Egypt to Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
- Internal flights transfers, accommodation, guided tours, entry fees, some meals Ethiopia
- International flights Addis Abeba, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya
- Airport transfers, accommodation, Nairobi, Kenya
- 4x4 Land Rover Defender equipped
- Fuel, road tolls, spare parts, international vehicle paperwork, ferries
- Camping equipment (Oz Tent, camp beds, director camping chairs)
- Lead vehicle equipped with spare parts, tools, kitchen and cooking equipment
- Experienced expedition crew (mechanic and tour leader/cook)
- Accommodation – 27 days accommodation, 45 days camping
- Maps and local information
- Entrance fees and guides where appropriate
- Game Parks: Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara, Amboseli NP, Mikumi NP, South Luangwa NP, Victoria Falls NP, Chobe NP, Etosha NP
- 3 nights Zanzibar plus Spice Tour including return ferry
- National Park: Skeleton Coast, Sesrium, Fish River Canyon
- Wine tour Stellenbosch
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This expedition is also available Cape Town to Cairo.
Horseriding, Lake Malawi
Etosha National Park, Namibia