Cape to Cairo - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Follow the vision of colonialist Cecil Rhodes, whose grand dream of connecting the African continent by rail from south to north was never realised.

Journey Overview

Follow the vision of colonialist Cecil Rhodes, whose grand dream of connecting the African continent by rail from south to north was never realised. Your streamlined 23-day odyssey, however, takes you from Cape Town to the Egyptian capital introducing quintessential experiences along the way. Tick off the wines and wildlife of South Africa, the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, unmatched safari encounters in Kenya, the treasures of Cairo and an illuminating luxury cruise along the mighty Nile. Expert Tour Directors and Egyptologists share their knowledge as you go making this an adventure like no other.

Journey Highlight

  • Bed down in Cape Town’s most iconic hotel and soak up the surrounding landscapes
  • Seek out rare wildlife in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kenya’s Masai Mara
  • Marvel at the thundering cataracts of Victoria Falls
  • Float down the mighty Zambezi River and toast the sunset on a leisurely sundowner cruise
  • Experience Maasai tribal culture on the edge of wilderness
  • Immerse yourself in ancient history in the company of an expert Egyptologist
  • Meander gently down the Nile on a luxury river cruise and watch life pass by
  • Retrace the steps of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in the Valley of the Kings

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa.

Arrive into the ‘Mother City’ to an A&K welcome and transfer to the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, your elegant base in this cosmopolitan metropolis.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel 

Days 2-4: Cape Town | The Mother City.

The next three days will reveal Cape Town from different angles. For an aerial perspective of the city and its surrounds take the cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting) and admire the panorama. Back at ground level, get an historic appreciation of the city through its monuments and the fascinating narrative from your guide. Mingle with fellow guests at a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Take one of the world’s great road trips along the Atlantic coast to Cape Point passing beautiful beaches and the bustling fishing haven of Hout Bay. Merge with the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Climb to the top of Cape Point and keep an eye out for southern right whales in spring and early summer, dolphins and a variety of seabirds. On your way back, seek out the local wildlife including the rare bontebok, eland and Cape mountain zebra and get up close to the adorable, but endangered, jackass penguins at Boulders beach.

Back in Cape Town, join a botanical guide for a wander through the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, recently voted one of the Top Ten gardens in the World by the curators of Kew Gardens in London.

One full day is devoted to visiting some of the country’s leading vineyards on an exploration of the Cape Winelands. Meander through Stellenbosch, admire the charming Cape Dutch architecture of Franschhoek and Paarl and taste some of the finest wines South Africa has to offer.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: BD (Day 2); BL (Days 3–4)

Days 5-7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve | Wildlife Encounters.

Journey by air to the northeast of the country and head into the bush for your first taste of safari. The 65,000-hectare wildlife-rich Sabi Sand is where Africa’s iconic species are centre stage and on guided forays in open 4WD vehicles seek out lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, rhino, hippo, buffalo, zebra and so much more. Discover the smaller mammals too and exotic birdlife on guided walks and be dazzled by Africa’s iconic sunsets.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge | Meals: BD (Day 5); BLD (Days 6–7)

Day 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | Zambezi National Park.

Depart the Sabi Sand for onward flights to Livingstone, Zambia and across the border to the Zambezi National Park, upstream of Victoria Falls where your iconic lodge sits on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Old Drift Lodge | Meals: BD

Day 9: Victoria Falls | Thundering Cataracts.

Prepare to be amazed on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. Get up close to the thundering cascades, marvel at the volume of water and admire the dancing rainbows. Sit down for lunch at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel and take a guided heritage walk while you’re there. Toast your Zambezi experience on an unforgettable sundowner cruise as dusk approaches.
Old Drift Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Nairobi, Kenya | Bustling Metropolis.

Fly north from Livingstone to the Kenyan capital where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Nairobi Serena Hotel | Meals: B

Day 11: Masai Mara National Reserve | Safari Central.

Fly into the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve where you will traverse the savannah in search of unique wildlife sightings returning each night to your exquisite tented safari camp.
Mara Explorer | Meals: BLD

Days 12-13: Masai Mara National Reserve | Out of Africa.

Your days of adventure begin before dawn as the natural world stirs. Morning and afternoon forays by 4WD deliver exciting encounters: a pride of lion stalking its prey; a leopard retrieving its kill; sparring wildebeest; and herds of elephant meandering along ancient trails. An early morning hot air balloon flight is an option during your stay (additional cost).
Mara Explorer | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Nairobi | City Stay.

After a final early morning game activity return to Nairobi by air.
Nairobi Serena Hotel | Meals: B

Day 15: Cairo, Egypt.

Early flight north to the Egyptian capital to a warm A&K greeting.
Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: B

Day 16: Cairo | Design Your Day.

Meet your A&K Egyptologist for a briefing on the days ahead. Your experience begins with an in-depth visit through 7,000 years of history at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its extraordinary Mummy Room. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Wind your way through the alleys of Coptic Cairo, visiting the hanging church, the churches of St. Barbara and St. Serguis, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • Visit the Mosque of Sultan Hassan and Refai Mosque, followed by a sunset walking tour down the main street of the old walled city of Cairo

Enjoy evening cocktails and dinner at your hotel.
Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: BLD

Day 17: Cairo | The Pyramids & Saqqara.

Synonymous with Cairo itself, the mighty Pyramids will surprise and amaze. Start with the first pyramid ever built at Saqqara and continue to the 4,500-year-old Pyramids of Giza alongside the legendary Sphinx and Solar Boat Museum which houses the reassembled funerary boat of King Cheops.
Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: BL

Day 18: Luxor | Ancient Thebes.

Fly south to Luxor where you’ll be struck by the awe-inspiring Luxor Temple before boarding ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,’ where you enjoy lunch. Afterward, disembark to explore Luxor’s West Bank, visiting the Valley of the Kings with entry to the tombs of Tutankhamun, and exclusive Insider Access to the tomb of the pharaoh Seti I. Visit the beautiful tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon as you return to your luxury Nile cruise ship in time for afternoon tea.
‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’ | Meals: BLD

Days 19-21: Nile Cruise | Temples & Tombs.

Joined by your Egyptologist you’ll spend the next three days exploring the most important temples and tombs along the river. Meander through the vast Temple of Karnak before leaving Luxor behind. Sail southward to Aswan visiting the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu, the Temple of crocodile-god Sobek at Kom Ombo and the Philae Temple. In the bustling market town of Aswan, see the unfinished obelisk and sail around the islands onboard a felucca.
‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’ | Meals: BLD

Day 22: Abu Simbel | Temple of Ramses II.

Disembark and fly to Abu Simbel to admire the awe-inspiring temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari overlooking Lake Nasser. Return to Cairo and enjoy a farewell dinner overlooking the Nile.
Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: BLD

Day 23: Depart Cairo.

Farwell Egypt as you transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 18
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please Note:
28 February 2020 departure will stay at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge on days 5-7.
27 February and 09 March 2021 departures will operate on an amended itinerary in Egypt. Please contact A&K for details.

Tour Inclusions
All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of an English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director (different for each country); economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges, all tipping.

Tour Exclusions
International flights not specified as included, visas, insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; excess baggage charges

Tailor Made Travel with A&K
If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Feb 17, 2021 - Mar 11, 2021
Price AU$35,990pp Single Supplement AU$11,770 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book
Mar 9, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Price AU$35,990pp Single Supplement AU$11,770 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.


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