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Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town

Trip Length

Trip Code

42 days PFGA

Minimum Passengers

6 people

Maximum Passengers

10 people

Countries Visited

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Egypt

Start City

End City

Cairo Cape Town, South Africa
Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town

Travelling through Africa's top national parks makes for one of life's most rewarding adventures. Couple that with an in-depth look at the ancient sites of Egypt, and you have a very special itinerary. Let our local leaders introduce you to Africa's lions, leopards and pyramids of Giza!

 

 

Why we love it:

Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Cairo

Travel time: From Cairo International Airport to Hotel - Approximately 1 hour

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar, Cairo

Activities:

Day 3: Cairo - overnight train

Travel time: Train time: Approximately 11 hours on overnight train.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeper Train

Activities:

Day 4: Luxor

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverboat

Activities:

Day 5: Valley of the Kings - Luxor - Nile Cruise

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverboat

Activities:

Day 6: Nile Cruise (Edfu - Komombo)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverboat

Activities:

Day 7: Aswan

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Basma or similar, Aswan

Activities:

Day 8-9: Aswan - overnight flight

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Overnight Flight, Cairo/ Nairobi

Activities:

Day 10: Nairobi

Travel time: From Nairobi International Airport to Hotel - Approximately 45 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, Nairobi

Activities:

Day 11: Lake Nakuru

Travel time: Approximatey 3 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 12: Lake Nakuru

Travel time: Game drive times may vary

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 13-14: Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel time: Approximately 6-7 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: JK Mara Camp or similar, Masai Mara

Activities:

Day 15: Migori

Travel time: Approximately 7 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Grabo County Dream Hotel or similar, Migori

Activities:

Day 16-17: Serengeti National Park

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving (not including time spent at border)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar, Serengeti

Activities:

Day 18: Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Activities:

Day 19: Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel time: Game drive times may vary

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Activities:

Day 20-21: Lake Manyara National Park - Zanzibar (East Coast Beaches)

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours driving, 1.5 hours flying

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club or similar, East Coast - Zanibar

Activities:

Day 22: Zanzibar (Stone Town)

Travel time: Approximately 1 hour driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Tembo Hotel or similar, Stone Town

Activities:

Day 23: Johannesburg

Travel time: From Johannesburg Airport to Hotel - Approximately 15 minutes on the shuttle

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Peermont Metcourt or similar, Johannesburg

Activities:

Day 24: Victoria Falls

Travel time: From Victoria Falls Airport to Hotel - Approximately 30 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Vic Falls

Activities:

Day 25: Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours driving (not including time spent at border)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Thebe Safari Lodge or similar, Chobe National Park

Activities:

Day 26: Chobe National Park - Kwando River - Mudumu National Park Region

Travel time: Approximately 3.5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Namushasha Lodge or similar, Mudumu National Park

Activities:

Day 27-28: Okavango Delta

Travel time: Approxmately 7 hours driving (not including time spent at border)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Delta Boathouse or similar, Okavango Delta

Activities:

Day 29: Rundu

Travel time: Approximately 4 hours driving (not including time spent at border)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Nkwazi Lodge or similar, Rundu

Activities:

Day 30-32: Etosha National Park

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Chalets or similar, Etosha

Activities:

Day 33: Himba Village - Otjitotongwe - Gelbingen

Travel time: Approximately 4 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Gelbingen Guest Farm or similar, Gelbingen

Activities:

Day 34: Khorixas

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Igowati Lodge or similar, Twyfelfontein

Activities:

Day 35-36: Cape Cross - Swakopmund

Travel time: Approximately 7 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar, Swakopmund

Activities:

Day 37: Sesriem - Namib Nauklift

Travel time: Approximately 7 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sossus Desert Camp or similar, Sesreim

Activities:

Day 38: Namib-Naukluft National Park

Travel time: Travelling time for excursion variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sossus Desert Camp or similar, Sesreim

Activities:

Day 39-40: Fish River Canyon - Cederberg

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving on Day 39 and approximately 7 hours driving on Day 40

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge or similar, Fish River Canyon

Activities:

Day 41: San Cultural Centre - Cape Town

Travel time: Approximately 4 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:

Day 42: Cape Town

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PGAX - Alexandria Extension (Independent)
PFKP - Kruger Wildlife Experience
PFKW - Kalahari Extension

What's Included

• The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour, and professional local guides at some sites.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, pyramids, Sphinx, Gayer-Anderson Museum, Ibn Tulun Mosque and Khan al-Khalili bazaar; Karnak Temple; Valley of the Kings; Temple of Hatshepsut; Colossi of Memnon; Edfu and Komombo Temples; the fields of Namaqualand, Fish River Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park including Sossusvlei, Sesriem Gorge and Deadvlei, Rundu wetlands, Walvis Bay, the Cape Cross seal colony, Brandberg rock paintings, Damaraland's bushman paintings at the rock amphitheatre of Twyfelfontein.
• Cultural experiences by stopping in small villages to discover the local way of life.
• Cruise on the Chobe River.
• Wine-tasting in Cederberg hills.
• Game drives and entrance fees (where applicable) in Mudumu National Park, Chobe National Park and Etosha National Park.
• Authentic accommodation including a Namib-Naukluft National Park lodge built with the flat rocks characteristic of the nearby mountains, boasting views over the vast plains of the Namib Desert and an excellent farmhouse style meal; Brandberg Lodge with spacious ensuite rooms overlooking a swimming pool; Etosha National Park's rest camps with floodlit waterholes ensuring that our game viewing opportunities are continuous; and bungalows by the Okavango River with hot water, electricity and good mosquito protection.
• Two nights sleeping on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta enjoying a sunset motorboat trip and a mokoro excursion.
• Four nights on a comfortable Nile river cruise boat sailing from Luxor to Aswan, with sightseeing stops along the way.
• Horse-drawn carriage ride to Karnak.
• Transport by air-conditioned sleeper train in a private, two-person sleeping berth with beds and linen, an ‘airline-style’ dinner and breakfast, and toilet facilities located at the end of each carriage.
• Arrival transfer.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, meals unless specified in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:


What to know

Fitness

You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles. However please note that the roads, particularly in Kenya, are in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Botswana
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Botswana. For other nationalities that do require a visa to enter into Botswana, this is no longer able to be purchased upon arrival. Your visa will need to be pre-arranged - please contact your travel agent for assistance.

Kenya
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Kenya. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Kenya visas are easily obtained at the airport or border crossing at a cost of US$50 for most nationalities based on single entry. For some nationalities a single entry Kenya visa allows the person to enter Kenya more than once provided travel is only between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda within a 30-day period.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Namibia
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Namibia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. For those nationalities that do require a visa these need to be obtained prior to arrival in Namibia.

South Africa
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for South Africa. Upon arrival you will be given a free three-month multi-entry visa stamp. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that you require six blank pages and your passport needs to have a minimum of six months validity to enter South Africa. Also note that to enter South Africa you may be required to show proof of onward travel plans and a valid yellow fever certificate (especially if entering or re-entering from East African countries or Zambia).

Tanzania
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Tanzania. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Care must be taken to ensure that your visa does not expire before your proposed date of entry to Tanzania (visas are usually valid for three months from the date of issue). It is recommended that visas should be obtained before departure. A visa fee of US$50 is charged to most foreign nationals. A visa fee of US$100 is charged for US citizens.

Zimbabwe
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Zimbabwe. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. For trips to Zimbabwe you may require either a single or double entry visa. Both single and double entry visas are obtainable on arrival currently costing between US$30 and US$60 (depending on nationality). If you choose to travel to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls your Zimbabwe visa will not expire as long as you do not spend the night out of Zimbabwe.

Egypt
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Egypt. All other nationalities should check with the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information. If you require a double entry visa for Egypt you will need to obtain this from an overseas embassy prior to arrival. Single entry visas for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival at Cairo Airport. The current cost for most nationalities is US$15. You must pay in cash in US dollars, UK pounds, euros, Japanese yen or any other convertible currency to a bank located next to immigration. If you are arriving in Egypt by land from Israel you must obtain your visa beforehand.

If you are arriving in Egypt by ferry from Aqaba, Jordan, a single entry visa can be obtained upon arrival and costs approximately US$15.

All travellers departing Egypt at the Port of Nuweiba must pay a 50 Egyptian pound departure tax (subject to change). Your tour leader will collect this amount from you to pay at immigration control.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Botswana

Botswana-Lonely Planet

The Guide to Botswana-Alec Campbell

Birds of Southern Africa-Newman

The Chobe-Bruce Aitken

The Lost World of the Kalahari-Laurence Van der Post

Okavango-Sea of Land, Land of Water-Bannister & Johnston

Kenya

East Africa-Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road-Meja Mwangi

Out Of Africa-Karen Blixen

Night Of The Lions - Kuki Gullimann

African Nights - Kuki Gullimann

Namibia

Lonely Planet Namibia

The Struggle for Liberation-Alfred T Moleah

The Burning Shore-Wilbur Smith

South Africa

South Africa - Lonely Planet

The Covenant - James A Michener

Cry The Beloved Country - Alan Paton

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

White Thorn - Bryce Courtenay

Tanzania

East Africa - Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road - Meja Mwangi

Flame Trees of Thika - Elspeth Huxley

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Lonely Planet

Travel & Adventure in South East Africa-F.C. Selous

Birds of Southern Africa-Newman

The Mammals of Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi Smithers

Egypt

In an Antique Land-Amitav Ghosh Islands of the Blest-Cassandra Vivian Death on the Nile-Agatha Christie The English Patient-Michael Ondaatje


Important Information

The flights Cairo to Nairobi and Zanzibar to Johannesburg are NOT INCLUDED in the total price.

For departures with a group size of less than 6 people, the East Africa sector will be operated in a 4x4 Landcruiser vehicle with 1 driver/guide, rather than in the 12-seater safari truck

Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

In Southern Africa the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth, or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. We endeavour to make things as comfortable as possible, by travelling in a custom-built safari vehicle with large windows for exceptional game viewing and staying in local guesthouses, lodges and hotels.


Drive Times

The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall!

The travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.


Unescorted Days

You will be unescorted for the Zanzibar and Johannesburg section of the tour. You will say farwell to your East African Tour Leader in Arusha, and you will meet your new Tour Leader in Victoria Falls who will accompany you to Cape Town.

Our local representatives will be on hand to look after you in Zanzibar and Johannesburg should you require any assistance.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

19 February 2014


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