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Cairo to Cape Town: Nile Expedition

17 weeks from GBP £3,500 plus local payment US$1,525 (What’s this?)

Week 1-2: Egypt
Week 3: Sudan
Week 4-6: Ethiopia
Week 7: Kenya
Week 8-9: Uganda, Kenya
Week 10-11: Tanzania,
Week 12-13: Malawi, Zambia,
Week 14-17: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa 

What's also included


Egypt, Lake Nasser Ferry, Sudan, Ethiopia, Northern Frontier District in Kenya, Mount Kenya, Lake Naivasha, Nile River in Uganda, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, Etosha National Park, Cheetah Park, Cape Cross Seal Colony, Sossusvlei.

The important bit

Our Expedition trips are different from our other departures and other holidays you may have taken – 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 this trip you need to be prepared to work as part of a team and to share with the others on the trip. Some of the things you’ll 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 out side for months, seeing more than you have ever before, trying to learn 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 who do an expedition find it a lot of fun though of course hard at times.


Transport in expedition truck
Etosha Pan National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Namib Naukluft Park in the Namib Desert
Transport on expedition truck with crew
Victoria Falls
Swakopmund - dorm accommodation 2 nights
Two meals per day cooked as a group, on average
Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs & cooking gear


Flights, visas, transfers, personal insurance, drinks, meals out, tips
Optional excursions/side trips
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

Side trips / Optional extras

Botswana - Okavango delta, overnight 'mokoro' canoe trip US$ 175
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 - Dives $80, Horse ride $70, village walk $5, boat hire $20 US$ 10
Tanzania - Zanzibar - Dive Mnemba Atoll 2 dives & lunch $80, Snorkeling Mnemba Atoll $30, Swim with dolphins $40, Prison Island, boat ride, entry. snorkel hire $30 US$ 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
Kenya - Nairobi Saturday day trip, or before or after the trip. Baby elephants entry $4 , Giraffes feeding $7, Yaya Centre Masai Market and shopping, Day's transport $7 US$ 25
Uganda Mountain Gorillas [Rwanda permits $750] plus visas & transport $65 to $120 US$ 600
Uganda - Jinja Bungy jumping $60, White water rafting on the White Nile US$ 160
Ethiopia - Bahir Dar - Tissisat Falls - free US$ 0
Ethiopia - Lake Tana monasteries : negotiable depending on number in group US$ 20
Ethiopia - Lake Tana boat trip - between $20 - $40 US$ 30
Ethiopia - Addis Ababa : National Museum US$ 5
Ethiopia - Temples and monasteries visited one by one US$ 5
Ethiopia - Gondar Monastery and castle guided tour US$ 25
Ethiopia - Horseback trek in Dodola Mountains : negotiable on group (excl. transport) US$ 20
Ethiopia - Historical route - includes Axum, Lalibela etc. $60-$100 pp US$ 80
Sudan - National Museum, Khartoum US$ 6
Egypt - Diving US$ 70
Egypt - Camel rides US$ 10
Egypt - Side trip to Alexandria : return transfers including lunch cost around US$ 30
Egypt - Boat cruise US$ 20
Egypt - Abu Simbel US$ 30
Egypt - Philae Temple US$ 8
Egypt - Feluccas US$ 30
Egypt - Kom Ombo US$ 10
Egypt - Edfu US$ 10
Egypt - Karnak Temple US$ 15
Egypt - Valley of the Kings : entry to site and 3 tombs US$ 15
Egypt - Valley of the Queens : entry 3 tombs US$ 5
Egypt - Great Pyramids and Sphinx : entry to Giza Plateau US$ 15
Egypt - Cairo Museum US$ 10
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 $3 US$ 3
South Africa - Stellenbosch wine tour (Cederberg wine tasting $15) US$ 90
South Africa - Cape Town - Robbin Island & Shark cage dive; before or after the tour US$ 225

Departure Dates

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Map of Cairo to Cape Town: Nile Expedition


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