Please note; the November departures run in the reverse direction; from Cairo to Cape Town, arriving in Cape Town in May…..

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
Week 11: Mt Kenya & Northern Kenya
Week 12-14: Ethiopia
Week 15: Sudan
Week 16-17: Egypt, Cairo

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 somewhere 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 it’s 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

Trip/extra Cost
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 USD $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 USD $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 USD $10
Egypt – Alexandria on the Mediterranean; day trip, lunch, entrances USD $100
Egypt – Red Sea Coast – Diving $70, Boat cruise $20, Red Sea Monasteries $10 USD $70
Ethiopia – Bahir Dar – Tissisat Falls $20, Lake Tana monasteries $20, boat trip $40, Gondar Monastery & Fasilidas Castles tour $25, Lalibela Rock Churches tour $55, Historical route to Axum $200, Simean Mountain Trek, transport, guide, food & entry, $60 USD $20
Kenya – Nairobi day trip, before or after the trip. Baby elephants entry $5, Giraffes feeding $12 – 1/2 day's taxi $30. + Yaya Centre Masai Market and shops, full day $50 USD $30
Kenya – Lake Naivasha – Horse riding $25, Boat trip $60, Elsamere home of Joy Adamson $25, Hells Gate cycle thru the park $65 USD $25
Malawi – Kande Beach – Dives $80, Horse ride $70, village walk $5, boat hire $20 USD $10
South Africa – Wine Tasting $10, Canoeing on the Gariep River $25 – Cape Town – Stellenbosch wine tour $90, Robben Island & Shark cage dive; before or after the tour USD $225
Sudan – National Museum, Khartoum, Meroe Pyramids $20, Sail on the Nile $15 USD $6
Tanzania – Zanzibar – Taxi to best beaches $7, meals $5/2, Dive Mnemba Atoll 2 dives & lunch $80, Snorkeling Mnemba Atoll $30, Swim with dolphins $40, Prison Island, boat ride, entry. snorkel hire $30 USD $30
Uganda Mountain Gorillas + local transfer transport $50 USD $900
Uganda – Jinja Bungy jumping $60, White water rafting on the White Nile USD $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 USD $185
Namibia – Cape Cross Seals half day $50, Fish River Canyon $10, Sesriem $10, Cheetah Farm $8, Horse riding $55, Sand boarding $55-$70, Swakopmund scenic flight $250, Brandburg White Lady walk $6 USD $3

Departure Dates

View all the dates for this tour on the departure dates page.


Map of Cape Town to Cairo & v/v - Nile Expedition