Trans Africa Expedition

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Trans Africa Expedition

from £5,350
Duration: 40 weeks
Countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
An expedition across Africa from Morocco to Cape Town, Nairobi and Cairo. You must be willing to rough it, work as part of a team and travel where things do not always go to plan!

Trans Africa Expedition

Travelling overland by truck from Gibraltar to Cape Town, Nairobi and Cairo, Oasis Overland's Trans Africa is a true overland expedition. Join us for an epic 21, 29 or 39 week trip!

Trans Africa Expedition route map

You must expect to dig the truck out of mud and sand mat in the Sahara and still be ready to participate in day-to-day activities such as shopping, cooking and gathering fire wood. You will experience extremes of climate from the heat of the desert, to torrential downpours in the jungles. We will often be isolated and away from doctors and telephones and at times food and water supplies will be limited.

But it’s all worth it!

On this expedition you can discover a continent most travellers only dream of and meet people you may never otherwise encounter.

Please note that because of the unpredictable nature of this expedition it is not always possible to follow exactly the itinerary below. For up-to-date information please contact us.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 to 28

    Fly from UK to Gibraltar to meet the expedition vehicle.


    Chefchaouen - stroll through this idyllic & picturesque hillside town.
    Roman ruins of Volubilis.
    Fez - guided tour of this fortress city & its amazing bazaar.
    Marrakech - visit the world famous Djemaa el Fna square.

Days 29 to 42


    Cross the vast Sahara Desert.
    Parc d'Arguin - desert & beach crossing at low tide.


    Cross Senegal River to St. Louis – oldest French colonial town in Africa
    Dakar – Great nightlife, Senegalese food and some of the best music in West Africa.
    Tambacounda – Bustling market town at junction of many trade routes.

Days 43 to 70

    Our Africa Overland Adventure now heads east along the coast past tropical beaches such as Grand Bassam with its dugout canoes.


    Mole National Park - game walk to spot the numerous elephants & game.
    Kakum National Park
    Relax on palm-fringed beaches along the Coastline.

Days 71 to 76

    Free days on the beaches near Accra.

Days 77 to 102

Togo & Benin

    Visit a fetish market to see the still thriving religion of  Voodoo.
    Ganvie Stilted Village - visit a village built on bamboo stilts on Lake Nakoue.


    Drill Monky and Chimpanzee rehabilitation centre.
    Hectic cities with vibrant nightlife & bars.


    Buea - climb Mt Cameroon or relax on the beach at Limbe.

Days 103 to 154

Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo,  Angola

    Travel through some of the densest jungles, toughest terrains and some of the most challenging roads we will encounter on the entire trip.


    Etosha National Park
    Skeleton Coast
    Swakopmund - quad biking, dune sledding & buggies, tandem sky diving & more!
    Windhoek, the modern capital.

South Africa

    Cape Agulhas - Africa's most southerly point.
    Cape Town

Days 155 to 160

    Cape Town - Free time in Cape Town to experience the city - Robben Is. prison tour, shark diving, Table Mountain, great nightlife & much more. The time spent here is at your own cost.

Days 161 to 174


    Fish River Canyon - Africa's Grand Canyon.
    Namib-Naukluft Park.
    Sossusvlei Sand Dunes - the world's highest dunes.
    Swakopmund - quad biking, dune sledding & buggies, tandem sky diving & more!
    Cape Cross Seal Colony.

Days 175 to 186

    Brandberg Mountains in Demaraland.
    Cheetah park - an up close & personal experience with these amazing cats.
    Etosha National Park - game drive by day & relax at floodlit water holes by night to spot rhino, elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard amongst a horde of other wildlife.


    Okavango Delta - 2 night mokoro canoe trip on the delta to spot elephant, crocodile, hippo, buffalo, zebra plus more.
    Chobe National Park - river game cruise.

Days 187 to 203


    Victoria Falls - view these spectacular falls from Zimbabwe or Zambia, and try your hand at grade 5 whitewater rafting, and kayaking trips. Something for all - Flight of Angels (microlite or helicopter), sunset cruises, gorge swing, abseil, bungy jump, jet boating and more! - Adrenaline Heaven.
    Bulawayo, Matobo National Park - game walks to spot Black Rhino & many other game.
    Cecil Rhodes' grave & Ancient Rock Paintings
    Great Zimbabwe Ruins
    Antelope Park - a privately run game ranch - game viewing on horseback & walk with lion cubs!
    Eastern Highlands - Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens - hike through this vast mountain wilderness area bordering Mozambique or visit bridal veil falls, enjoy the surrounding scenery from this sleepy village.
    Harare - the capital city

Mozambique - travel the Tete corridor.

Malawi - described as the warm heart of Africa.

    Lilongwe - the capital.
    Lake Malawi - windsurf, scuba dive along with other water sports, horse riding, school visits, village meals & craft markets.

Days 204 to 216


    Mikumi National Park - spot giraffe, zebra, elephant, buffalo from the roadside.
    Dar Es Salaam - bbq on the Indian Ocean coast.
    Zanzibar Island - Stone Town & spice tour, swim with dolphins, snorkel, scuba dive & serious beach time!
    Marangu - Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro - you have the opportunity to hike up to Base camp, or walk through the pleasant surroundings visiting waterfalls and rivers in the area
    Maasai Village Tour - back at camp in Arusha.
    Ngorongoro Crater Reserve - take a jeep safari into the crater to spot lion, zebra, elephant, hippos, flamingos & gazelle
    Serengeti National Park - continue on to see lion, cheetah & leopard, wildebeest, giraffe, and elephant, along with various species of gazelle and antelope.



Days 217 to 218

    Free time in Nairobi, visit Langata Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National park, or an Elephant orphanage.

Days 219 to 239

    Elsamere - visit the home of Joy Adamson & Elsa the lion, of Born Free fame.
    Visit either Crater Lake Game Sanctuary or Hells Gate National Park (walk through or hire mountain bikes - the only park in Kenya where this is permitted).
    Lake Nakuru National Park - games drives to spot lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino & flamingo.


    Jinja - the source of the Nile, whitewater rafting, quad biking or visit a  local education project.
    Mountain Gorilla trek - in Rwanda. Trek to see these amazing creatures, the closest species related to man.
    - Trips that trek in Rwanda may include a visit to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali.
    Kampala - Uganda's capital, take a city tour or visit a Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria.

Kenya - arduous northern Kenyan roads.

    East Africa Rift Valley

Days 240 to 259


    Addis Ababa, the capital.
    Omo Valley
    Blue Nile Gorge
    Bahir Dar - organise a trip to the 12th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, or a boat out onto Lake Tana with monasteries dating back 900 years.
    Gondar - organise a trip to the holy city of Axum.

Days 260 to 266


    Khartoum, the capital.
    Visit Hamed al Nil Tomb - experience the largest market in Sudan: Omdurman Souq, as well as visit the daily camel market or take a boat trip on the Nile.
    Pyramids at Meroe.
    Follow piste tracks through the Nubian Desert.

Days 267 to 273

    Ferry across from Wadi Halfa to Lake Nasser


    Aswan - stroll along the corniche, visit the temple at Philae or Elephantine Island.
    Abu Simbel - visit the great stone monuments of Ramses II.
    2 day traditional felucca sailboat cruise trip to Edfu & Kom Ombo.

Days 274 to 279

    Luxor - take a day tour to the Valley of Kings & Workers, also visit Karnak & Luxor Temples.
    Red Sea Coast - 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 of the Red Sea.
    Cairo - Day tour to the Pyramids + Sphinx at Giza and the Egyptian History Museum (accompanied by an Egyptologist guide).

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Price details:

from £5,350

Cost Details:

Additional local payment of US$2650 to be made at the start of the trip.  Costs shown are for 39 weeks to UK to Cairo

This placement would suit:

Those who want to travel Africa from top to bottom and back again!  If you are willing to rough it and work as part of a team and like to travel in areas where things do not always go according to plan, this is the trip for you!

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