10 Places to Visit from Cairo to Cape Town
The Egyptian Government have begun developments to connect the road from Upper Egypt to the north of Sudan. Major General Gamal Hegazy told the press that the “Cairo–Cape Town Highway is made for transportation between the countries of Africa, as well as for bonding with the BRICS countries.” Constructions like this play a big role in developing African economy with the trade movement expected to double. But, more importantly, for the adventurers among us it gives us an opportunity for one kick-ass road trip and explore the sights of this continent which we really should call home. If one day you pack some bags and decide to head off to Cape Town, here are the top ten places we suggest you visit in each of the ten countries you'll pass on the way...
Sudan - Omdurman Camel Market
Situated in the capital Khartoum is one of the largest trades of camels in the world where camels are bread for transportation or sport. Whilst your friends may have that stereotype image of themselves on a camel by the pyramids, how about a shot with a thousand camels? Or, if you're really adventurous purchase a camel and head back down the Cairo-Cape Town highway on its back.
Ethiopia - Gondar
Ethiopia, contrary to popular belief, is mainly beautiful greenland and on the Cairo-Cape Town road you will pass by Gondar. Sounds like something from Lord of The Rings and looks like it too. The city holds the remains of of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi pictured above.
Kenya - The Masai Mara National Reserve
No trip through Africa would of course be complete without a wildlife safari. If you want to see the 'big five' in one morning, Masai Mara in western Kenya is the place to be. During the dry season from July to October, the wildlife spectacle is unparalleled. Nowhere else can you watch the annual migration of over a million wildebeest from a hot-air balloon, whilst, of course, singing in the jungle, the mighty jungle...
Just off the town of Arusha on the Cairo-Cape Town commute lives the mountain which needs no introduction - Kilimanjaro. Give Omar Samra a ride for his money if you're not tired from the journey by that point.
Malawi - Kaya Mawa
We're assuming by the time you hit Malawi in the West of Africa you've seen enough giraffes to last a life time and need a little rest and relaxation. Kaya Mawa sits on the sparkling, unspoiled inland waters of Lake Malawi. Newly renovated, it’s like a scene from Swiss Family Robinson.
Mozambique - Bazaruto Archipelago
Somewhere where you might find pirates and buried treasure the Bazaruto Archipelago is a picture perfect group of six secluded islands in Mozambique.
Zambia - Victoria Falls
If you've got this far, then you might as well go do some Instagrams of the most famous waterfall in the world.
Zimbabwe - Balancing Rocks
In Matopos National Park situated in the South East of Harare on the Cairo-Cape Town route, stop off and check out these famous natural rock formations.
Botswana - Okavango Delta
You will pass by the world's largest inland delta in Botswana; the Okavango Delta. Formed by the emptying of the Okavango River into the Kalahari Desert at the place where an ancient lake once sat, it features an immensely wildlife-rich expanse of islands, islets and lagoons and is home to many safari camps.
South Africa - Everything
Now you could go party in Cape Town, visit the penguins in Boulder Beach, go on a safari at Kruger park, visit Nelson Mandela's cell at Robben Island... but our recommendation? Ditch the camel, head to Oudtshroon Ostrich farm where you can ride one back home.
So there you have it, grab your nearest cab and tell them Cape Town...