DAYS 1 – 13: EGYPT
Your epic overland tour to Cape Town starts in the vibrant city of Cairo, Egypt. Here you will have an included visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza with our Egyptologist guide, and also the Egyptian Museum.
You then drive towards the Red Sea Coast. You will have time relax on the beach for a couple of days or try your hand at various watersports such as snorkelling, windsurfing or scuba diving in the cool clear blue waters. You will end your first week at the city of Luxor where you have the opportunity to visit the Valley of Kings and Queens, the remarkably well preserved tombs of ancient rulers such as Ramses lV and Tutankhamun have coloured paintings and hieroglyphics that still seem fresh even after 3000 years. Karnak and Luxor Temples are both in easy walking distance from our camp – as is the local souq where you can pick up an array of souvenirs.
A half day drive further south brings us to Aswan. Here you will notice the first of many cultural changes on this trip. The darker Nubian people in Aswan lead a more relaxed and less hectic pace of life than their Egyptian countrymen. You will be based here for the next 4 or 5 days to finalise your Sudanese visas if they haven’t already been done in Cairo and in which time you can choose to join a 2 or 3 day felucca boat cruise to Edfu and/or Kom Ombo. From Aswan we drive to Abu Simbel where there is the opportunity to visit the massive stone monuments built by the greatest of all pharaohs, Ramses ll.