From Kenya to Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt:
The Pharaoh Expedition: From the Equator to the Mediterranean Sea

$5,027 24 to 26 days from 6 participants for true adventurers
 

tour description

In search of new adventures, the first destination that came to mind was Africa - what could be more obvious than to travel to the "black" continent with its 54 countries, 1001 languages and cultures?
No other continent has appealed to explorers, adventure travellers and the rally scene as much as this continent! This is how the Trans Africa Expedition came into being, which has been divided into two halves for participants who cannot take six weeks off at a time.

Welcome to the second part of the Trans Africa Expedition, which will certainly be very demanding and indescribably eventful.   
For many interested people the question often arises, what kind of men participate in such a motorbike expedition. The typical participants are before or in the middle of their "midlife crisis". Men who find the thought of three weeks of dirt and grime with a maximum of two T-shirts and only one pair of pants sexy. These are guys from D-Max, Camel Trophy and the like.
So the group of participants and the equipment are already clear ;-)



 

 

Tasania der Norden Motorrad reise Vernastalter overross
On dirt roads through Kenya

 

 

The Pharaohs Expedition starts in Nairobi:

You will land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, from where you will be taken directly to your accommodation and meet the rest of the group. We will spend the evening with a Kenyan "Tusker" beer and eat "Nyama Choma" (grilled meat). What we don't manage to eat, we take with us as a "doggy bag" to eat on the way. Towards evening we chain ourselves to the bar, we have enough time to sleep... when we get back home. Now we start our holiday!

 

Krokodiel bei Josch auf der Motrad Tour durch Afrika
Crocodile for dinner in Kenya

 

5555 Africa Kilometres.... 

 

Ethiopia lies ahead of us, like every morning we check the bikes, refuel and take in the provisions for a day. 1001 kilometres of pure enduro, 1001 kilometres across Kenya until the sun sets again and we set up camp.

The next morning we start our daily ritual: motorbike check, a glass of water and some dry bread for breakfast and off we go. Our companions are elephants, giraffes and the other maniacs in front of you on the touring enduro. We cover the last few kilometres to the border with Ethiopia. The largest landlocked country in the world (in terms of population) awaits us, ranking 173rd on the Human Development Index (out of a total of 187 countries).

The question arises whether it is necessary to travel to a country in which, according to WHO and UNICEF, not even every second Ethiopian has access to clean drinking water? - A clear "yes", because through individual tourism, as we are doing it (especially on this tour), foreign currency reaches the people who need it most directly. According to the World Bank, in 2000, 56% of the population still lived on less than $1.25. In the same year, the IDA (World Bank Fund for the Poorest) rated 60% of the roads as good or satisfactory. This data is certainly outdated; we will experience the current situation for ourselves as we cross Ethiopia. We should be prepared that we will not be able to travel very fast, as life here literally takes place on the road. There are people everywhere, animals running or children playing by or even on the road. This country, together with Sudan, will certainly be an indescribable experience on the motorbike expedition through Africa.

Grenze Kenia beim Safari Camp am Rande des Wildwechsels
Kenya border at the camp on the edge of the game reserve
 

 

Motorbike trip in Ethiopia

The turnpike to Ethiopia goes up, we fill up again and drive a few hundred kilometres on asphalt in the direction of Addis Ababa.

A short stop to refuel, eat and replenish water supplies and the motorbike tour continues towards the "cold" north with its merciless desert. A short but special shower stop in the African urban jungle of Addis Ababa. The nocturnal conferences of the city dogs over the rooftops of Addis echo through the city's courtyards and streets until sunrise. Anyone who has ever spent an African night on a rooftop or in a cheap hotel by the hour amidst cockroaches, fleas and the barking of dogs knows why we are treating ourselves to a four-star hotel for tonight. On the other hand, we are so brushed and ironed after the hellish ride that we would certainly sleep well in any doss house.

Trans Afrika Motorrad Reise
 

 

On the way to the source of the Blue Nile

We pass Merkato, one of the largest markets in Africa with about 100 hectares, which is visited by a quarter of a million people DAILY. Freshly supplied with water and bread, we set off on the Ethiopian roads. Our stage destinations are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Lalibela with its famous rock churches and Gondar, the first capital of antiquity, where we end the evening at the Fasilides Fortress. The Feast of the Epiphany ("Three Holy Kings" according to the Gregorian calendar) with procession and celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ, is certainly a highlight we will experience on the way.

About 2,000 years ago, about 400,000 San lived in Africa, of which about 100,000 still live in southern Africa. In 1652, the Dutch started the extermination of the Pygmies in the Cape region from where we started. Today we have arrived about 10,0000 kilometres further on at the northern end of their hunting ground. Certainly, a San did not roam the whole of Africa to hunt, yet a San hunter covered 4,000 kilometres per year!

 

Camp in Afrika
 

 

From the bush to the desert, from Ethiopia to Sudan:

Today's driving day will be rather long and monotonous from the Sudanese border to Khartoum. We will cross the south mainly on asphalt to the capital of Sudan, where we will arrive shortly before sunset.
Along the "Sudan Express" we will cross the Nubian Desert, also known to the Copts as Taseti (sandy arc land), for about 1000 kilometres through the former Kingdom of Nobatia, the desert area between the Third Nile Cataract and Khartoum, considered to be ancient Egypt's high culture. In the desert land of the tall Hamitic Nubians, we will encounter cultural-historical relics of the ancient pyramids, burial cities and temple ruins, which arose before our era from the cultural flowering of the Kingdom of Kush. We will spend the night in or near the oldest necropolis of the kingdom of Kush. Fill up the water and petrol tanks for the last time in Sudan: Fully refuelled, we will return to the merciless desert that will surely demand our last strength before we cross the border at railway station 1 to the Kingdom of the Pharaohs.

No Limit Tour durch Afrika Motorrad Safari 2001
 

 

Ship ahoy: The Africa Motorcycle Expedition reaches the last country of the Africa crossing with the border crossing from Sudan to Egypt:

In shā'a llāh, the ferry will already be waiting for us in the morning hours. After the "customs clearance" of the motorbikes in Wadi Halfa, we can carry the bikes on board and enjoy an (old school) crossing on the pontoon or barge (depending on which one is ready for use). The border situation between Egypt and Sudan is getting on the last nerve of every tour operator! Maybe that is the reason why no one offers the crossing? We leave Lake Nubia and cross the border into Egypt to Lake Nassar. Ahead of us is the harbour town of Abu Simbel and a marathon with the authorities to register and re-insure the motorbikes in Egypt. With our new Egyptian number plates we can then drive into Abu Simbel for the long-awaited shower..

Enduro Tour in Afrika

 

In the footsteps of the pharaohs to the Valley of the Kings:

We leave Abu Simbel on a tarred road heading north along the Sahara. The desert world with its isolated volcanic craters alternates with the monotonous mirages of the Sahara and the boredom of the tarred road that stretches beyond the horizon. After 250 kilometres the checkpoint of Aswan is reached and after a few bends the dam of Aswan is finally reached. On the Khazan Aswan Road we cross the Nile and follow it northwards to the Valley of the Kings on Egypt's lifeline. Luxor, the largest city in Upper Egypt, will be our last supply base. From Luxor it is only a "stone's throw" through the land of the Pharaohs. We will spend the night near the Karnak Temple and decide the following day whether to take the boat on the Nile or cross the country as planned by Enduro.

We leave the green Nile belt and enter the Egyptian desert/Sahara in the early morning hours. We cross the desert tongue of Quena with the Enduros, if the road conditions and our condition allow it. Along the Nile we travel on to our big stage destination: Cairo. The streets become busier and you can literally feel the metropolis announcing itself with the crowds of people on the streets. To the west of the Nile, we can see the Pyramids of Giza from afar. A great goal has been reached, we are standing in front of the Sphinx and the pyramids, the stage destination Egypt has been reached and we are almost at the Mediterranean Sea - time for a good, cold beer.

 

 

On the Road to the Destination: Alexandria

We can take a relaxed approach to the last few kilometres through Egypt. The route from Cairo to Alexandria is well-maintained asphalt roads. Time to relax and review the journey once more: We are welcomed in Alexandria and have dinner before we take the motorbikes to the nerve-racking Egyptian customs the next day, where the container is already waiting for us. From this city steeped in history, where the famous library and one of the seven wonders of the world, the "Pharos of Alexandria" lighthouse, stood, we take the train back to Cairo.

 

 




Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather-, road- or any other condition that OVERCROSS or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.

 

What benefits can you expect?

Pharao Expedition Basic Package:

 

Basic Package:

  • All accommodations (Camping, Guesthouse, Hotel)
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • English and German-speaking Tourguide
  • Support car
  • Emergency evacuation (insured up to 50.000 €)
  • Satelite-Live-Tracking for family and friends at home
  • Pre-departure information
  • Packing list for rider and motorcycles

 

Upgrade 1

Can only be booked in combination with basic package

Fly and ride with your own bike.

  • Flight from Europe to Nairobi
  • Flight from Egypt to Europe
  • Airport Transfer in Nairobi and Egypt
  • Spare Part and Logistics Support
  • Organisation of Visa in Germany (if possible!)
  • Support for arranging transport of motorcycle to Nairobi
  • Transport of motorcycle from Egypt to Tübingen/Germany
  • Customs in Egypt
  • Customs in Germany

 

Upgrade 2

Can only be booked in combination with basic package

Motorcycle Expedition with rental bike: "All in" (incl. Upgrade 1)

  • Motorcycle rental
  • Fully comprehensive insurance  with 2000€ excess
  • Carnet de Passage
  • Transport of motorcycle to Kenya
  • Transport of motorcycle from Egypt to Tübingen/Germany
  • Stuffing, security checks (sniffing), x-ray and hand search
  • Customs in Kenya, Egypt and Germany
  • Tyres, inspection and weare parts
  • Visas for all countries (if possible in Germany!)
  • Road tax & border costs for motorcycle

 

Upgrade 3

Can only be booked in combination with basic package

Passenger in support car:

  • Transport in 4x4 support car
  • Airport transfers in Kenya and Egypt
  • Flight from Europe to Kenya
  • Flight from Egypt to Europe

 

Nicht enthalten:

  • Camping tent
  • Fuel
  • Speeding/Parking ticket
  • Restaurant and bar visits
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs and other private expenses
  • Organisation of extension/earlier arrival in Kenya/later departure from Egypt
  • Transport of own motorbike to Nairobi or Mombasa
  • Everything not listed in the service description!
 

country information

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  • What is meant by desert and what kinds are there?

    Dry deserts do prevent due to their lack of water, the plant growth. At the
    Tropics at about 23, 5 degrees, there are so-called tropic deserts like the Sahara.

    The high-pressure areas there let the clouds dissolve and there is therefore no precipitate.

    These high-pressure areas are established by the intertropical convergence zone. Due to the strong sunlight warms the equatorial region particularly hard, so much water evaporates which prevents the precipitation.
    Descending air masses lead to the degradation of the clouds.
    The different types of desert we travelare: stone, gravel, salt and the sand desert.

     

    Stone or rock desert:

    Also known as Hammada is covered with dense nature of the blocky, angular fine rock or coarser rock material. These Hamada is the result of the physical
    Weathering.

    Often, this rocky desert are coverde with boulders.Plateaus crossed that even with a well-developed havy duty off roaders barely passable. On our safari jeep, we usually travel on the old caravan routes, which is usually like in other forms of the desert


    Alamat acknowledges. Almat are small stone pyramids were usually placed on increases as route of the nomads and caravan leaders. Along the sandy desert, they are usually blown away, and man recognizes the old and new routes in camel carcasses, old tires and the car frame or other veralssenen those who "runs" line. A typical picture is dark colored and the smooth surface of the rocks of a desert rock, due to the smooth shiny surface it is also called desert varnish, results of flexibility accorded by the sun and the creeping permanent audit by the fine desert sand.

    Gravel desert:

    In the Western Sahara, they are called Reg, in the central Sahara, they are called Serir. Gravel deserts caused by erosion of stone or rock desert or by the
    Deposition of gravel where millions of years ago were still glacial. Another cause is a
    physical effect on the surface to collect more and more rocks, since the smaller pebbles or sand grains move down much easier. This process was developed in the desert for thousands of years, because provide moisture, wind and temperature differences for the movement of sand grains. When crossing through this gravel deserts you can still see the tracks after weeks of the knobby tires of motorcycles or the lanes of the SUVs and trucks Expeditions:

    Salt desert

    Chott el Jerid is probably the biggest and most famous salt lake Chott Tunesien.Der term is also used in Algeria and in the Eastern Sahara, the central salt desert, also known as Sebkha. Salt flats occur mostly in arid endorheic
    Sedimentary basins due to strong evaporation. In the Maghreb region of the layer is under-shaped ground conducive to formation of a dei Chotts which Duch promotes its consistency clay to seal the bottom surface. Very many of the deserts lie in the type
    Iran and Central Asia. Salt flats and salt-containing damp voallem deserts such as the Chott el Jerid, they are difficult if not impossible to impassable. Depending on the depth of the drying Sonneneinstarahlung the salt crust / upper class bedinkt passable. Often arise in wells of only a few Zentiumeter "swamp fields and ponds," weren which should in any case not drive through or walk through. The salt is formed mostly by down
    washed up debris from adjacent elevations / mountains, which often contain plenty of salt in endorheic depressions such as the Qattara Depression accumulates naturally as salt-enriched clay and Lehmflächen. This surface is called Salt Flat and Alkali Flats. After precipitation, which are mostly in the winter months, walked these salt lakes.

     

    The sandy deserts:

    The erg in the Western Sahara and in the Libyan Sahara is a desert is called the surface mainly consists of quartz sand. This is caused by soil erosion, sand a gravel desert. Due to the absolute dry conditions in the sandy deserts due to the lack of vegitation are much harder than stone or gravel deserts. Because of the fine grading of the sand deserts in the lower part of the carrying capacity is solidified, the surface is rather finely and due to the strong sunlight and fine dust-like sand of Einwehung less viable.
    In the northern Sahara dunes are found frequently occurring as longitudinal dunes or sickle.
    In libischen part of the Sahara will find the most beautiful crescent dunes below Seba and the longest sand dunes in Algeria with up to six hundred miles long.

    With the motorcycle and 4x4 suv in the solidified dunes levels passable, but difficult or impossible in up to three hundred feet high Mamutdünen how she finds in Algeria and Libya.

    The world's largest sand desert in Arabia, where we conduct the tours in Oman and the Rub al Khali Dubai. الربع الخالي ar-Rub ʿ al-Khali is the paradise for every off roader. The turning circle running through the desert of Oman, Yemen, and UAE.

  • What is the climate in Tanzania?

    Tanzania is located near the equator, and temperatures are higher over the year than in Germany. In the higher parts of the country, it is consistently enjoyable, even in the Tanzanian summer. Only in June and July it can get quite chilly at night. Located on the higher sections Tour (Usambara mountains, highlands grave breach), then it can be quite cold at night, but not below freezing.

  • Which temp can we expect in June/July or August/ Sept?

    Normally warmer than Germany.

    In the Gobi extremely hot, above 100 F.

    Over the night cooler.

 

Dates

start finish Price  
Jan 13, 2023 Feb 7, 2023
Pharao Expedition
$5,027 Pharao Expedition from Kenya to Egypt

Optional additional services
$2,398 Upgrade NO 1: Fly & drive with your own motorcycle
$6,993 Upgrade NO 2: With rental motorcycle "All in"
$126 Upgrade NO 3: In the support 4x4 vehicle per participant

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Jan 13, 2025 Feb 7, 2025
Pharao Expedition
$5,027 Pharao Expedition from Kenya to Egypt

Optional additional services
$2,398 Upgrade NO 1: Fly & drive with your own motorcycle
$6,993 Upgrade NO 2: With rental motorcycle "All in"
$126 Upgrade NO 3: In the support 4x4 vehicle per participant

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$5,027 Pharao Expedition from Kenya to Egypt
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There are no fix dates for this tour. We are happy to set up dates to your liking.

Optional additional services

$2,398 Upgrade NO 1: Fly & drive with your own motorcycle

$6,993 Upgrade NO 2: With rental motorcycle "All in"

$126 Upgrade NO 3: In the support 4x4 vehicle per participant