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Cape Town to Cairo - Nile Expedition

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

Week 1-4: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana
Week 5-6: Zimbabwe, Malawi
Week 7-8: Tanzania
Week 9: Kenya
Week 10: Uganda
Week 11: Kenya 
Week 12-14: Ethiopia 
Week 15: Sudan
Week 16-17: Egypt - Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx 

Cape Town to Cairo Highlights
The Cape Town to Cairo tour offers many highlights such as; Namibia, Botswana, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Serengeti, River Nile, Mountain Gorillas, Mountains of Ethiopia, deserts of Sudan and ancient Egypt

Our African expedition trips are different from our other departures – 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. On this trip 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 African expedition you need to be prepared to work as part of a team and to share with the others on the trip. After this trip you’ll never forget 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 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 go find it a lot of fun, though of course, hard at times.


Transport on expedition truck with crew
Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs & cooking gear
Two meals per day cooked as a group, on average


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

Side trips / Optional extras

Egypt - Abu Simbel US$ 30
Egypt - Boat cruise US$ 20
Egypt - Cairo Museum US$ 10
Egypt - Camel rides US$ 10
Egypt - Diving US$ 70
Egypt - Edfu US$ 10
Egypt - Great Pyramids and Sphinx : entry to Giza Plateau US$ 15
Egypt - Feluccas US$ 30
Egypt - Karnak Temple US$ 15
Egypt - Kom Ombo US$ 10
Egypt - Philae Temple US$ 8
Egypt - Side trip to Alexandria : return transfers including lunch cost around US$ 30
Egypt - Valley of the Kings : entry to site and 3 tombs US$ 15
Egypt - Valley of the Queens : entry 3 tombs US$ 5
Ethiopia - Addis Ababa : National Museum US$ 5
Ethiopia - Bahir Dar - Tissisat Falls - free US$ 0
Ethiopia - Gondar Monastery and castle guided tour US$ 25
Ethiopia - Historical route - includes Axum, Lalibela etc. $60-$100 pp US$ 80
Ethiopia - Horseback trek in Dodola Mountains : negotiable on group (excl. transport) US$ 20
Ethiopia - Lake Tana boat trip - between $20 - $40 US$ 30
Ethiopia - Lake Tana monasteries : negotiable depending on number in group US$ 20
Ethiopia - Temples and monasteries visited one by one US$ 5
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
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
Malawi - Kande Beach - Dives $80, Horse ride $70, village walk $5, boat hire $20 US$ 10
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
Sudan - National Museum, Khartoum US$ 6
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
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
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
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

Departure Dates

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