Overview & Map

This 142-day overland tour is operated by Dragoman Overland.

This epic overland journey offers you an unparalleled insight into this amazing continent. Travelling either northbound or southbound between Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa, this overland tour travels via Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.  Fantastic wildlife viewing, stunning scenery, fascinating cultures, ancient ruins, friendly people and much more!

20-week Cape to Cairo overland tour route map

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 – this trip is about 60% camping, although there are some opportunities to upgrade to accommodation along the way, you would still want to be fairly confident that you are happy under canvas before signing up to a trans-Africa trip.

Roughing it – A trans-Africa trip can be demanding with some long, rough travel days, dusty conditions and basic accommodation, including some wild camps with no facilities at all.

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, and there are sections of high altitude, such as the Simien Mountains.

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. For those keen to trek, there are some fantastic trekking opportunities on this trip, most of which are single day hikes but there are also some overnight hikes available in Ethiopia.

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

The mighty Victoria Falls

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