Overview & Map

This 119 day expedition from Cape Town to Cairo (northbound) or Cairo to Cape Town (southbound) is operated by Oasis Overland.

The words ‘Cape Town to Cairo’ conjure up images of African expeditions from days of old. Even today there are a multitude of challenges that this vast continent can throw at you. Desert, river, & mountain crossings are inter-twined with stunning National Parks & some of the best adrenaline fuelled activities & playgrounds in the world. This is a trip that will linger in your memory long after completion.

17-week overland tour between Cairo & Cape Town

Is this trip for me?

If you have decided that overlanding is for you, but just need to know which trip will best suit you, here are some things to think about:

Accommodation – there is a lot of camping on this trip, and you can expect the standard of accommodation and campsites in the western and northern sections of the trip to be pretty basic.

Roughing it – Particularly in northern Africa you can expect some long, rough travel days, dusty conditions and basic accommodation, including some wild camps with no facilities at all. You can also expect that the truck will get stuck at some stage and you will need to help push it out. It is all part of the adventure, and the hardships often make the best memories, but it is something to keep in mind.

Weather – it can be very hot in places during the day (especially in Sudan and Egypt) but also can be surprisingly cold at night. In Ethiopia it is often colder and has more rain than many people expect.

Nature vs Culture – if you are interested in animals, this is a fantastic trip for you! There is nowhere else in the world that compares with Africa in terms of wildlife. This trip also includes a lot of cultural visits to villages and tribes, as well as plenty of museums, churches, temples and mosques, so there is something for everyone.

Activity – East and southern Africa has a well-developed adventure activity network and this trip offers plenty of opportunities to go white water rafting, horse riding, quad biking, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping and more.

To find out more about overlanding in general, be sure to visit our Overlanding page.

Elephants crossing the river in Chobe National Park

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