The journey goes from North to South through the vast nature reserves of Africa.
A travel adventure of over 12,000 km through the areas where you can only come with your own classic car. A unique journey with a meeting of the Big Five, the Elephant, the Rhino, the Lion, the Leopard and the Buffalo. Are we going to meet them all in the nature reserves of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Okavango and Etosha?
The travel programme has 2 routes. Route 1 from Cairo to Cape Town in 6 weeks and Route 2 from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town in 4 weeks.
The Transafrica will be held in the period November – December 2020.
The travel programme alternates between long and shorter stages, with a regular rest day. On the rest days excursions are organized to get acquainted with the country, its people and culture.
The Transafrica has 2 routes.
The provisional itineraries are as follows:
* Route 1 : Cairo – Cape Town November – December 2020
* Route 2 : Dar es Salaam – Cape Town November – December 2020
Below both itineraries are shown.
Route 1 : Cairo to Cape (Cairo to Cape Town)
The start takes place at the pyramid of Giza.
The route alternately follows the left – and right bank of the Nile and passes ancient archaeological sites with monumental buildings, such as Karnak, Luxor and Abu Simbel. A route through the history of ancient Egypt, the land of the pharaohs.
Through the Nubian desert with its characteristic truncated pyramids, the Nile is followed far into Sudan. From Khartoum we follow the Blue Nile, which originates on the plateau of Ethiopia. Via the route along Lake Tana and the former palace of Heile Selassie, you will reach Addis Ababa. A scenically beautiful route leads through National Parks and along Lake Chamo to the border zone with Kenya. Through the vast steppes area, Mount Kenya and then Nairobi is reached. In Tanzania, of course, the Ngorongoro crater, the Serengeti and Lake Manyara are on the program. The first introduction to wild life in Africa.
Through the unknown and inhospitable inland, a challenging route leads along the Dodoma to the border city of Mbeya. The road through the mountains along Lake Malawi is absolutely spectacular. From Lilongwe we drive on the “Great East Road” to the border with Mozambique to Zambia. At Livingstone, named after the famous explorer, the Victoria Falls can be admired. After crossing the Zambezi river, the route goes west along the border with Angola through the Caprivi strip, along the Okavango Delta to the National Park Etosha in Namibia. Pure enjoyment of nature and wildlife. The Atlantic Ocean is reached at Swakopmund. The route then leads through the Namib desert southwards through the fantastic red dune area of Sossusvlei and Sesriem to arrive at the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
The finish is at Cape Town at the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Point.
Route 2 : Dar es Salaam – Cape Town
The start takes place in Dar es Salaam.
After the flight to this exuberant and historic port city on the Indian Ocean, enthusiasts can first visit the island of Zanzibar.
The route first goes north along the border with Kenya. Here lies a beautiful mountain area. You drive along Kilimanjaro, with its 5985 meters it is the highest mountain in Africa.
From Arusha on, this route follows the same route as route 1 which starts from Cairo.
The adventure can begin! By plane to the port of Alexandria. This metropolis in the mouth of the Nile Delta is named after Alexander the Great, whose empire also included Egypt. The cars have already arrived here by ship.
In the morning we go to the port to pick up the cars and to go through the last formalities. The rest of the day is dedicated to exploring Alexandria. This was once the second city of the Roman Empire and the most important centre of culture and learning. In classical antiquity, the Library of Alexandria was the centre of Western knowledge and the world famous Pharos lighthouse was one of the seven wonders of the world. Stroll along the beautiful ruins and visit the market at night with jewellery, art and handmade souvenirs.
A short stage through the Nile Delta region will take you to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the starting location around the pyramids of Giza and take a nice picture of your own classic; of course with the pyramids and the setting sun in the background.
At the pyramids of Giza, the official start of the Cairo to Cape rally takes place. That will undoubtedly be in the spotlight. Driving yourself in Cairo is a big challenge in this big city with an unprecedented traffic density.
Before departure it is possible to participate in the excursion program. You can visit for example the city centre or the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which houses some of the greatest treasures of Egyptian antiquity. Stand face to face with the golden sarcophagus of Tutankhamun and the mummy of Ramses II.
Een lange dag door het groene dal van de Nijl. We volgen de route van de “Western Desert Road”. Aan weerszijden van de Nijl ligt de woestijn. Het is een drukke route met veel vrachtverkeer en een groot scala aan gebruikers die in alle richtingen van deze verbindingsroute gebruik maken. Dus vroeg vertrekken en attent blijven deze reisdag.
Luxor is, under the name Thebes, the former capital of Ancient Egypt. Perhaps it is the most famous and impressive destination of Egypt. On this rest day there is the opportunity to explore the city and its many historical monuments to admire. Visit for example the Temple of Amon, the temple of Hatshepsut or the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.
The route now follows the eastern bank of the Nile. In Edfu, also a historical site, you have the opportunity to visit the temple of Horus. At Aswan we cross the Nile again to the west bank. Aswan is situated at the 1st rapids in the Nile, exactly on the Tropic of Cancer. This means that during the solstice, the sun is perpendicular to the earth. Further south we enter the area that belongs to Nubia, to reach Abu Simbel at the end of the day.
Welcome to Abu Simbel. You feel the heat of the desert landscape and see how the sunlight on the babbling water of Lake Nasser is reflected. Today you will have the opportunity to explore the archaeological complex, which consists of two enormous temples carved into the rocks. The construction of the Aswan dam threatened to flood the statues, so it was decided to cut them into pieces and move them to a new, higher location
Perhaps this is one of the most exciting parts of your journey: crossing the border from Egypt to Sudan. Take the ferry across the Nile to Wadi Halfa. The capacity of the ferry is limited, so we assume that the cars will be transported in different shifts. Today a lot of time has been reserved for the handling of all kinds of border crossing procedures and the export and import of the cars. Cruising the Nile with your own car, who has ever done that before?
A long and warm day through the Nubian desert, which also extends over the northern part of Sudan. The route follows the eastern bank of the Nile and we pass the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rapids. Dongola used to be a centre of Nubian civilization. This is evident from the many archaeological remains that this small town counts.
We cross the Nile again and continue the route on the western bank, until we reach Multaga. On the way we pass some typical Nubian pyramids. We drive to Khartoum, the capital, on a new road through the desert.
A rest day in the capital of Sudan. A great opportunity to make an excursion to explore the sights of this historic city. Visit the Grand Mosque, the bustling Omdurman market and the many museums that Khartoum has to offer, such as the Presidential Palace Museum. And in the evening you can go to the place where the Blue and White Nile meet and continue together as ‘the Nile’.
At first we follow the valley of the Blue Nile. At the town of Wad Madoni, the route heads east to Gedaref, a city with 360,000 inhabitants. Gedaref is the last city before the border with Ethiopia.
We drive a route that slowly goes up. At Gallabat, we have the border crossing to Ethiopia. We reach Gondar. The kingdom ‘Gondor’ from the books of J.R.R. Tolkien would have been named after this city. Then we drive through the Amhara region to Bahir Dar.
Bahir Dar is an interesting city on Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the highest lake in Africa. The palace of the former emperor Haile Selassie and the waterfalls of the Blue Nile, which we encounter south-east of the city again, are among the tourist highlights. Bahir Dar has beautiful, wide roads flanked by palm trees. Today you can make a boat trip on Lake Tana.
Today a long stage on good, but busy roads with lots of slow local traffic. Near Dejen we pass the Blue Nile once more which goes north here, to the starting point of the river on the plateau in eastern Ethiopia. We drive on to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
We continue our route to the south of this gigantic country and pass some big lakes. At Shashemene we head west through a nature reserve with national parks, before arriving at Arba Minch at the end of the day.
Arba Minch is a small, busy city with a beautiful location. Take a boat trip between the hippopotamuses and crocodiles of Lake Chamo, go in search of the zebras and Dik-Diks of Nechisar (Nech Sar) National Park or visit the special crocodile farm. These animals are even traded at the market, so if you want to take a crocodile as a souvenir, this is a unique opportunity.
A beautiful route through a mountainous desert landscape to Moyale. Moyale is a real market town on the border between Ethiopia and Kenya. The city is located largely on the territory of Ethiopia, but also belongs partly to Marsabit in Kenya. The city is known for its traditional architecture.
Early departure for the border passage to Kenya. Undoubtedly a wide range of formalities and documents will have to be done again, but then a long route follows through a vast savannah area. Slowly the landscape becomes greener. Until a few years ago, the roads here were impassable, especially for rear wheel drive cars. However, the Chinese have recently built a beautiful asphalt road here, as part of development aid. We pass Marsabit and Samburu National Park, drive in a wide bend along the foot of Mount Kenya and finally arrive in Nairobi.
Rest day in the capital of Kenya, also called ‘the green city in the sun’. A great opportunity to get to know this fast-growing city. Take a walking tour of the city, go on safari in Nairobi National Park or visit the famous Elephant Orphanage, where young elephants are taken care of. Enthusiasts of the book or the film version of ‘Out of Africa’ can visit the Karen Blixen museum. And in the evening a local party with local food and drinks.
Today you leave Nairobi and Kenya behind you and travel on to Tanzania. In view of the border crossing we leave early. In a mountainous area, near the village of Namanga, we cross the border and enter the beautiful Tanzania. Typical extensive savannahs are framed by green mountains. On our way to Arusha, we drive along the mountain range of Kilimanjaro, with its 5985 meters it is the highest mountain of the African continent. At Makuyuni we head west on a beautiful road along Lake Manyara to Karatu.
In the afternoon we make an excursion to the famous Nogrongoro crater. This gigantic, collapsed volcanic cone has crater walls of about 600 meters high. In the Ngorongoro crater there is a very high concentration of wild animals, some species of which never leave the crater. The area is the permanent home of large lion families and the black rhino, which you won’t see elsewhere in Tanzania. During an adventurous ride over the edge of the Ngorongoro crater, with a spectacular view of the crater bottom, we slowly descend into the special area. The Masai also descend here daily with their herds of cows, to let them drink in the crater.
Welcome to Karatu. Today is reserved for an unforgettable safari through what is perhaps the most famous wildlife park in the world: Serengeti National Park. By 4×4
we explore the endless plains, after which the park is named. With a bit of luck we’ll be face to face with the complete Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) and many other wild animals, such as cheetahs, hyenas and giraffes.
From Karatu we drive back, past Lake Mayara, to the main route towards Dodoma. Dodoma is officially the capital of Tanzania and still under construction and expansion. Tourists do not actually come here yet, so it is quite unique that we drive through it.
We drive a beautiful route through the inland of Tanzania. The landscape around you changes from dry and vast to green and hilly. Occasionally, a shepherd passes with his cattle. The road we drive is newly constructed and leads along the large Mtete water reservoir to Iringa. Via Mafinga (Johns Corner) and Makambaka we follow the route to Mbeya.
From Mbeya we continue our route towards Malawi. We drive through a beautiful mountain landscape and after the border follows a challenging route along the steep shores of Lake Malawi, originally known as Lake Nyasa. The overnight stay takes place in Chinteche, on a beautiful spot at the beach. When the night falls it soon becomes clear why Lake Malawi is also called ‘Lake of Stars’.
A day of relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi. Lazing around a bit, checking the car, having a chat, visiting the local market or a boat trip on the lake, there is something for everyone on this rest day. Above all, enjoy the golden beaches and tropical vegetation.
We follow the coastline of Lake Malawi: a beautiful route in a green environment. From Nkhotakota we drive inland to the capital Lilongwe. Then we cross the border to the next destination: Zambia. Immediately after the border crossing we arrive at the city of Chipata.
The route extends through the border area with Mozambique. At Luangwa we pass the bridge with the same name over the Arangua river, a tributary of the Zambezi river. In the background you can see the imposing mountain ranges of Lower Zambezi National Park. On the ‘Great East Road’ we drive to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
Via the cities of Mazabuka and Choma we drive through a vast sloped landscape. It is the route of the Livingstone Trail, named after the city with the same name on the Zambezi river. We cross the border to Zimbabwe and reach the town of Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls shares its name with the impressive waterfalls that are located here. The famous explorer David Livingstone was the first white man to see the waterfalls and fell in love with their beauty. He decided to name them after the then Queen of England: Queen Victoria.
A rest day in Victoria Falls, a town with about 33,000 inhabitants. Visit Victoria Falls, make an excursion to Zambezi National Park or step aboard a boat at sunset for a cruise on the Zambezi River.
On this second rest day, a trip inland can be made. There is also a possibility to admire from the air the Okavango Delta in neighbouring Botswana. With a little plane you fly over the green waterways of the Delta, the largest river delta in the world.
We drive via Botswana to beautiful Namibia. From Zimbabwe we cross the border to Kasane, after which we drive through the northern part of Chobe National Park. This beautiful wildlife park is known for its many elephants. Then we cross the border at Ngoma to Namibia. We drive through the green Caprivi strip, an elongated area on the border with Zambia and Angola, towards the Okavango River. Then we reach Mahango National Park. Can you complete your search for the Big Five here?
We continue the route in a westerly direction, along the border with Angola. At Rundu we go south to Grootfontein, and then to Etosha National Park. This night we stay at the eastern side of this famous wildlife park. Savannah, bush fields and dry salt marshes alternate: the perfect stage to spot African wildlife.
Today we take the classics with us through Etosha National Park. Are you shooting the first picture of your car next to an elephant? After a day full of safari adventures, you can exchange stories at the campfire and fall asleep with the sound of calling hyenas in the background.
From Etosha South the route leads to Otjiwarongo. We drive through the rugged landscape of Damaraland, the home of the Himba and the colourful Damara population. Moreover, there is a good chance to meet animals that have adapted completely to the desert, such as the desert elephant, lion and rhino.
Then we reach the bustling coastal town of Swakopmund. In Swakopmund there is a range of nice shops, terraces, museums and good restaurants, which serve the freshest fish dishes. What is striking are the German influences that are recognizable in the architecture of the old buildings and the menu of some restaurants. Order a ‘kaffee und kuchen’ or a delicious bratwurst and enjoy the view over the Atlantic Ocean.
From Swakopmund we follow the coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to Walvis Bay. Here we drive inland through the Namib Desert on unpaved, but easily passable roads. Mostly sand and gravel roads, with an occasional strip of washboard. That takes some searching for the right speed and cadence. After this adventurous stage you will reach Sesriem. Upon arrival, you will be rewarded with a magical view over the vast landscape with red hills and rocks in the background. Do not leave any food lying around, because the jackals are constantly lurking!
A rest day in Sesriem. A great opportunity to book an excursion to the world famous Sossusvlei. Climb the high red sand dunes, of which Dune 45 and Big Daddy are the most famous.
We continue the route through the Naukluft mountains on partly unpaved roads. We drive south towards Keetmanshoop. At Seeheim we take the exit to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Only the Grand Canyon is bigger. Those who have had enough of driving can take a six-day hike of 160 km through the canyon.
Today we drive to the border of Namibia with South Africa. The Orange River forms the natural border between both countries. Via Springbok we reach the last accommodation location and route in Clan William.
The last day of travel. A short stage to get to the finish line in Cape Town at ease. There follows the festive conclusion of an exciting journey. An unforgettable adventure in your own classic through the African nature reserves
After breakfast, first take the car to the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Point.
After breakfast the cars are brought to the port. In the afternoon and evening there is an opportunity to explore Cape Town.
On the last day of this adventure there is an excursion programme to Robben Island and Table Mountain, among others. We will say goodbye to Cape Town and Africa.
The adventure has really come to an end. You fly back home after an incredibly beautiful journey through the African continent.