Afrikalegburn - Cairo to Cape Town

Cairo to Cape Town Route and itinerary for Afrikalegburn

Lots of people have asked me if I have a route and itinerary, so if you’re interested and for what it’s worth, (given that it’s Africa and nothing will go to plan), I’ve attached it below.

I’ve cobbled it together using the regular(ish) Tour d’Afrique stage itinerary and the itinerary of Shayne Rookhuyzen who completed the trip in 2013/14. I am essentially following the Tour d’Afrique’s route as 1) there is a lot more information online around the route and the areas it goes through and 2) after 10 years of the Tour d’Afrique following this route down, I figure people/villages/police checkpoints etc will be more used to seeing a cyclist looking lost and asking which way is south. And what is that sandstorm doing coming this way.

So if anyone feels like a breezy sunny trip through Egypt or Sudan, the dates are below. Or Botswana or Namibia works too, always happy to have company!

You will notice there are a lot of times when it says ‘Camp’. This should be interesting given my woeful lack of actual camping experience. And cooking. Camping and cooking are not strengths that appear on my CV. They don’t even rank as weaknesses as that implies I have some knowledge of them. Anyway, I should probably practise my cooking-while-camping skills (read: watch youtube videos and save for offline use). Anyway Mark Beaumont on his solo World Record cycle down Africa didn’t have to camp once. Granted he was cycling 200-300km a day and had the talent and endurance to normally reach a town that could provide shelter in some form or another. I suspect I won’t be able to do that all too often, thus I am going to have to learn how to cook on the go. Tips and tricks welcome! 🙂

Also, if anyone has any contacts in the countries below and might be willing to put up with a smelly, sandy, underfed cyclist or who would be a good contact just to have, please let me know?!

Latest update: Ethiopia has just stopped issuing visas. Fantastic. My options are to swim around or head west into Chad and the DRC…

I have also just signed up for a 280km day coming in at around day 10 of the trip. The old military road from Aswan to Abu Simbel (near the Sudan border) alongside Lake Nasser has been re-opened and Mark Beaumont was one of the first cyclists to ride on the road last year and officially do the ‘complete’ Cairo to Cape Town route. Most people, including the TDA crew take the ferry down the lake. Mark put me onto a contact who will arrange a police escort to follow me. There’s only one snag. It’s 280km and you are not allowed to stop or camp. I am almost certain I don’t have 280km in my legs for one day, so should be an interesting day out!

Anyway…onto the very very very very flexible itinerary slash route that will change daily no doubt. 🙂

Proposed (rough) itinerary:

Day Date Town/Stop Distance covered Country
1 Thurs 17 Nov Camp 129km
2 Fri 18 Nov Camp 166km
3 Sat 19 Nov Camp 134km
4 Sun 20 Nov Safaga 94km
5 Mon 21 Nov Desert Camp 123km
6 Tues 22 Nov Luxor 107km EGYPT
7 Wed 23 Nov Rest Day 9 Cycling Days
8 Thurs 24 Nov Idfu 116km
9 Fri 25 Nov Aswan 113km 2 Rest Days
10 Sat 26 Nov Rest Day (Aswan)
11 Sun 27 Nov Ferry 17km
12 Mon 28 Nov Ferry – Wadi Halfa 3km
13 Tues 29 Nov Camp 185km
14 Wed 30 Nov Rest Camp/Tent 131km
15 Thurs 01 Dec Dongola 104km
16 Fri 02 Dec Rest Day
17 Sat 03 Dec Rest stop 144km
18 Sun 04 Dec Rest stop 167km SUDAN
19 Mon 05 Dec Khartoum – Blue Nile Sailing Club 218km 10 Cycling Days
20 Tues 06 Dec Rest Day
21 Wed 07 Dec Rest Day 3 Rest Days
22 Thurs 08 Dec Wad Medani 199km
23 Fri 09 Dec Village 190km
24 Sat 10 Dec Camp 129km
25 Sun 11 Dec Shehadi 124km
26 national hol Mon 12 Dec Gondor 157km
27 Tues 13 Dec Rest Day
28 Wed 14 Dec Lake Tana/Bahir Dar 168km
29 Thurs 15 Dec Finote Selam 174km
30 SA p/holiday Fri 16 Dec Dejen 153km
31 Sat 17 Dec Debre Libanos – Etho German chalets 128km ETHIOPIA
32 Sun 18 Dec Addis Ababa (Have contact?) 111km 12 Cycling Days
33 Mon 19 Dec Rest Day
34 Tues 20 Dec Rest Day 3 Rest Days
35 Wed 21 Dec Lake Langano – Overlanders Beach 215km
36 Thurs 22 Dec Yirga Alem 119km
37 Fri 23 Dec Gedeb 129km
38 Sat 24 Dec Yavello ( Shayne replaced tyres) 133km
39 SA p/holiday Sun 25 Dec Moyale 208km
40 SA/national hol Mon 26 Dec ? 89km
41 Tues 27 Dec Bubisa 124km
42 Wed 28 Dec Marsabit (Henry’s Camp) 48km
43 Thurs 29 Dec Rest Day
44 Fri 30 Dec Rest Day
45 Sat 31 Dec Merille (all offroad) 121km
46 SA/national hol Sun 01 Jan Madiba Hotel ? KENYA
47 SA p/holiday Mon 02 Jan Mera, Camp David (rain storm) 28km 9 Cycling Days
48 Tues 03 Jan Sagana 147km
49 Wed 04 Jan Nairobi, Jungle Junction (Have contact) 128km 4 Rest Days
50 Thurs 05 Jan Rest Day
51 Fri 06 Jan Rest Day
52 Sat 07 Jan Namanga River Hotel 170km
53 Sun 08 Jan Arusha 118km
54 Mon 09 Jan Rest Day (Arusha)
55 Tues 10 Jan Rest Day (Arusha)
56 Wed 11 Jan Rest Day (Arusha)
57 national hol Thurs 12 Jan Magugu School Camp 145km
58 Fri 13 Jan Katesh 94km TANZANIA
59 Sat 14 Jan Puma Bush Camp 119km 9 Cycling Days
60 Sun 15 Jan Game Post 104km
61 Mon 16 Jan Soccer Field Camp 114km 4 Rest Days
62 Tues 17 Jan Biti Manyanga 125km
63 Wed 18 Jan Makongolose Camp 120km
64 Thurs 19 Jan Mbeya 111km
65 Fri 20 Jan Rest Day (Mbeya)
66 Sat 21 Jan Karonga 162km
67 Sun 22 Jan Chitimba 92km
68 Mon 23 Jan Rest Day (Chitimba)
69 Tues 24 Jan Mzuzu 135km
70 Wed 25 Jan Luviri School 125km MALAWI
71 Thurs 26 Jan Kasungu 107km 7 Cycling Days
72 Fri 27 Jan Lilongwe 130km
73 Sat 28 Jan Rest Day (Lilongwe) 3 Rest Days
74 Sun 29 Jan Rest Day (Lilongwe)
75 Mon 30 Jan Chipata 152km
76 Tues 31 Jan Petauke 176km
77 Wed 01 Feb Luanga Bridge Camp 172km
78 Thurs 02 Feb Jehovah School Camp 124km
79 Fri 03 Feb Lusaka 104km ZAMBIA
80 Sat 04 Feb Rest Day (Lusaka) 6 Cycling Days
81 Sun 05 Feb Soccer Field Camp 157km
82 Mon 06 Feb Ruze Chalets 181km 3 Rest Days
83 Tues 07 Feb Victoria Falls 151km
84 Wed 08 Feb Rest Day (Victoria Falls)
85 Thurs 09 Feb Rest Day (Victoria Falls)
86 Fri 10 Feb Kasane 81km
87 Sat 11 Feb Construction Camp 171km
88 Sun 12 Feb Nata 145km BOTSWANA
89 Mon 13 Feb Bush Camp 184km 9 Cycling Days
90 Tues 14 Feb Maun 134km
91 Wed 15 Feb Rest Day (Maun) 1 Rest Days
92 Thurs 16 Feb Bush Camp 160km
93 Fri 17 Feb Ghanzi 140km
94 Sat 18 Feb Buitepos 207km
95 Sun 19 Feb Witvlei 162km
96 Mon 20 Feb Windhoek 159km
97 Tues 21 Feb Rest Day (Windhoek)
98 Wed 22 Feb Weissenfels Camp 114km
99 Thurs 23 Feb Solitaire 123km
100 Fri 24 Feb Sesrium 83km
101 Sat 25 Feb Betta 139km NAMIBIA
102 Sun 26 Feb Konkiep Lata 153km 10 Cycling Days
103 Mon 27 Feb Seeium 126km
104 Tues 28 Feb Canon Resthouse 93km 2 Rest Days
105 Wed 01 Mar Felix Unite Camp 170km
106 Thurs 02 Mar Rest Day (Felix Unite Camp)
107 Fri 03 Mar Springbok 122km
108 Sat 04 Mar Garies 119km
109 Sun 5 Mar Klawer 171km SOUTH AFRICA
110 Mon 6 Mar Picketberg 154km 5 Cycling Days
111 Tues 7 Mar Cape Town 130km
Total Days 111 Days
Total Cycling Days 86 Days
Total Rest Days 25 Days
Cairo to Cape Town Route Map

Cairo to Cape Town Route Map

Cairo to Cape Town Route Profile

Cairo to Cape Town Route Profile

For more information and how to donate check out

#afrikalegburn #bhbikessouthafrica #shineliteracy

Afrikalegburn - Why Am I Doing This?

Um, Why Am I Doing This?

The short answer is I’m doing this because even though I’ve done some crazy stuff (relative to what other people think is crazy), to me they’ve always been more of a calculated risk.

And normally it’s a once off risk. I’ve always known deep down that if I train hard enough, prepare and visualise enough, I should pull it off barring some catastrophic accident. The IRONMAN 2015 was the closest I’ve come to doing something that I wasn’t sure if I could pull off, I had never swum that far and had never run that far. But even with a fractured hand from a bicycle accident a month before and hitting the ‘wall’ quite badly on the bike – I was so scared of the run, that I ate too much while on the bike leg! – I still came in with some time to spare.

I’m doing this because of all those pithy cliches and motivational quotes you’ve heard of already:

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that matter, it’s the life in your years”

“In the end we only regret the chances we did not take”

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves”

“Get busy living or get busy dying” (Thanks Shawshank Redemption)

I’m doing it for all of the above and more. Haven’t you always wondered what it would be like to take the biggest thing on your bucket list and actually do it? I’m doing it because I can. I’m doing it because I really don’t know if I can do it, because it actually terrifies me. That there is something that is so out there, that I will just have to think on my feet and make the decisions in the moment. And it’s not bravery which everyone thinks it is, it’s ignorance, it’s faith that the adventure will work out in the end, it’s the promise of some insane experiences, it’s for a very meaningful cause and it’s a lot of stupidity. But hey, I wasn’t not head boy for nothing.

So that something stupid for me is cycling Cairo to Cape Town to arrive in time for the 40th Cape Town Cycle TourThen lining up for the Cape Epic a week later, then lining up on the start line of the IRONMAN 2017 a week later. A journey that promises to throw up mental and physical challenges that I have never had to deal with and that really weirdly excites me. And then straight after, I feel like I want to throw up with anxiety. What is my limit? At what point do I run away and ask someone for a hug? Not too mention that challenge of fundraising and promoting this whole crazy expedition.

Did I mention how much I hate fundraising?!

Read more about my challenges here.


Just 2 coffees is 1 more book for Shine's understocket library