Stride climate

Trip Type : Group Tour
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Eastern Trans Africa

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
72 days
From: $ 7,910 $ 110 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • See the mummy of Rameses II in the Cairo Museum
  • Guided tour of the pyramids, tombs and other wonders of Egypt
  • Enjoy an overnight trip in a traditional felucca on the river Nile
  • Wild camp in the Sahara desert of Sudan
  • Guided visit of the Meroe pryamids
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana to witness the source of the Blue Nile
  • Guided tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Harar
  • 2 days hiking in the beautiful Bale Mountains
  • Search for a rare sighting of Ethiopian wolves on the Sanetti Plateau
  • Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet

Short Description

This trip is about travelling the Nile, or rather the Niles as it travels between the Mediterranean and East Africa, along the course of the Nile as far south as Khartoum and then along the Blue Nile to Lake Tana in the mountains of Ethiopia.  Along the way we pass through the Sahara Desert in both Egypt and Sudan, through the Ethiopian Highlands and then into the Rift Valley of East Africa

We explore the Islamic lands of North Africa and enter the lands of Ethiopia’s ancient Christian civilisations. We witness a wealth of extraordinary histories of Ancient Egypt, the Kushite Kingdom of Sudan and then the kingdoms of Ethiopia. Seldom has a trip had such a huge number of ancient historic monuments as this one.

Add into this the wildlife of East Africa, trekking across the Simien Mountains and crossing the northern Kenyan deserts and you have one of Africa’s greatest journeys

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cairo
End City Nairobi

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Use of the truck and its camping equipment, library, etc.,
  • Camping meals
  • All activities that are listed as included

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo

Border Information: if joining in Cairo, you will most likely enter Egypt at Cairo International Airport (IATA code: CAI).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to check your Sudanese visa or make sure the necessary preparations have been done to pick your visa up in Cairo or Aswan. They will also need to check the Ethiopian visas of anyone going beyond Khartoum.

In the afternoon we will have an included half-day guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. We will go to the museum by metro or by taxi, and be shown around the vast and breathtaking collection of historical relics and treasures, including the sarcophagus of Akhenaten, the mummy of Ramses II and of course the incredible golden mask of Tutankhamun!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cairo before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cairo.

In Cairo we wil stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum

Day 2: Cairo

Today we will set off in a local chartered minibus for an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqqara, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

We will aim to be back in Cairo for around 4:00pm today and stay overnight in the same hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit the site of Dashur, with the fascinating Red and Bent Pyramids built by the 4th Dynasty Pharoah Sneferu - includes entrance to the interior of the Red Pyramid
  • Explore the world-famous site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of three Pharoahs of the 4th Dynasty, and the oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Visit the ancient 3rd Dynasty necropolis of Saqqara, including Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest complete stone building ever built in the world
  • Explore the remains of Memphis, the old capital of Lower Egypt

Day 3-4: Alexandria

Today we will start our journey by travelling up to the Mediterranean coast to the bustling city of Alexandria, where will spend 2 nights exploring the sights. We will have the chance to visit the beautiful modern Alexandria Library, explore various historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean.

In Alexandria we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 5: Port Said

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Today we will follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach Port Said, the town at the northern outflow of the Suez Canal.

In Port Said we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said

Day 6: Eastern Desert, Zafarana

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Today we will travel south following the Suez Canal, then branch out into the Eastern Deserts, visiting the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony en route.

We will aim to stay in a simple local guesthouse in Zafarana en route.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Desert

Day 7: El Quseir

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Today we will travel down the stunning coast of the Red Sea to explore the Ottoman fort at El Quseir.

In El Quseir we will stay in a pleasant campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir

Day 8-10: Marsa Alam

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Today we will complete our drive to the beautiful southern Red Sea village of Marsa Alam.

We will have 2 full days in Marsa Alam to relax on the beaches, enjoy many optional activities on the Red Sea, or to take an optional overnight camel safari out into the nearby deserts of Wadi-el-Gamal!

In Marsa Alam we will stay in a basic local beach guesthouse.

Day 11-13: Luxor

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Today we will head to Luxor, a beautiful modern town built on the site of the Ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, where we will spend 3 nights exploring the incredible historical sites here. We will also try to visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendara en route (if accessible).

On the second day we will have an included guided tour around the world-famous Karnak Temple, which is walking distance from our hotel. This temple contains some remarkably preserved painted walls and many awe-inspiring pillars and obelisks, and was the centre of religious life in Thebes. Our tour will last about 2 hours, and then we will have free time for the rest of the day to explore the temple independently, and to visit the other sites in Luxor such as the smaller Luxor Temple in the town centre, and the small but beautiful Luxor Museum, which is filled with priceless treasures from the area.

On the third day we will have an included tour to the West Bank, which will encompass the Hatshepsut Temple and the phenomenal Valley of the Kings, the location of the tombs of the Pharoahs of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

In Luxor we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple, Luxor
  • See the remarkably well-preserved painted murals in the Temple of Hathor in Dendara
  • Explore the phenomenal royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile
  • Visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut, built to honour one of Egypt's most influential Pharoahs

Day 14: Edfu, Aswan

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Today we leave Luxor and visit the incredible Temple of Edfu, an awe-inspiring temple dedicated to Horus built during the Ptolomaic era, which is considered to be the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt.

We will then continue on to the southern city of Aswan - here is where we will pick up the Sudanese visas of anyone who has arranged them to be processed here in advance.

In Aswan we stay in a comfortable hotel in the centre of the town, next to the Nile River.

Daily Activities

Included ActivitiesL: (Included in Kitty)

  • Take a guided tour of the Ptolomaic-era Temple of Horus at Edfu, considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt

Day 15: Aswan, Nile Felucca

Today we will board a traditional felucca sailboat for an overnight adventure exploring the Nile by boat.

Our accommodation tonight will be on board the felucca.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Discover the River Nile by boat on an afternoon and overnight felucca trip

Day 16-17: Aswan

We will return from the felucca to Aswan, where we will have 2 full days to enjoy to wealth of history and culture that Aswan has to offer, and to make optional visits to the Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, the Nubian Museum, and the Aswan Dam. If the group are keen to extend the felucca trip, we also have time to allow this possibility.

We will return to our same hotel in Aswan for these 2 nights.

Day 18: Abu Simbel

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Today we will drive with the 11:00am convoy to the small village of Abu Simbel, where we will have an included visit to the phenomenal Temples of Ramses and Nefertari, with a possibility to visit the sound and light show after sunset (if it is running).

In Abu Simbel we will stay in a basic local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit the awe-inspiring world-famous Temple of Ramses II and Temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel

Day 19: Wadi Halfa

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Border Information: Exit Egypt at Qustol, enter Sudan at Qustol.

Today we will take an early transport ferry across to the east side of Lake Nasser, and then head across the border where we meet our local facilitator who will accompany us in Sudan. We will then drive a short distance to the dusty northern Sudanese frontier town of Wadi Halfa, where we will spend the night.

In Wadi Halfa we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Day 20-21: Wawa, Dongola, Karima

Estimated Drive Times - 4-7 hours each day.

Over the next 2 days we will journey through the remote areas of Northern Sudan and the vast Sahara Desert. En route we will visit many ruined temples of the Kushite era, including the Temple of Soleb near Wawa, the Deffufa of Kerma near Dongola, and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima.

On both of these nights we will wild camp out in the remote deserts, which is the true highlight of travelling overland through Sudan!

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain
  • Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation
  • Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri, near Karima
  • Cross the Nile and explore the remote Kushite Temple of Soleb

Day 22-24: Musawwarat, Meroe, Naqa

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours each day.

Over these days we continue our journey into the heart of Sudan, visiting the incredible and haunting Nuri pyramids and Meroe pyramids of the Kushite era. We will then continue south to visit the Kushite ruins at the sites of Naqa and Musawwarat.

We will wild camp in the Sudanese deserts on these nights.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat
  • Guided visit of Meroe Pyramids

Day 25-26: Khartoum

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Today we will complete our journey to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, where your tour leader will have to collect the passports of everyone in the group to register our visas.

We will have the rest of the day and the whole of the following day to freely explore Khartoum, including possible optional trips to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.

In Khartoum we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 27: Gedaref

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Today we will drive from Khartoum to the small town of Gedaref, en route to the Ethiopian border.

In Gedaref we will either stay in a basic local hotel in the town or bush camp in the deserts outside.

Day 28: Gondar

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Border Information: Exit Sudan at Metema, enter Ethiopia at Metema.

Today we have a full day's drive to cross the border into Ethiopia and reach the ancient royal city of Gondar.

In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 29: Gondar

Border Information: if joining in Gondar, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Gondar Atse Tewodros Airport (IATA code: GDQ).

There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting. If you are continuing to Kenya or beyond, your leader will need to check the validity dates of your Ethiopian visa.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Gondar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Gondar.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Learn all about medieval Ethiopia on a half-day guided tour of the castles, churches and baths of Gondar

Day 30: Gondar

Today, we will have an included half day guided tour of the historical sites of Gondar, including Gondar Castle, the King Fasilades' Baths and the Debre Birhan Selassie church.

In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 31-33: Simien Mountains National Park

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Today marks the start of our 3-day excursion into the Simien Mountains National Park. We will first drive to Debark, where we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options we will have during our excursion, before heading into the National Park.

The area is home to some of Africa's most jaw-dropping mountain scenery and is a great opportunity to enjoy some incredibly beautiful treks and breathtaking views!

The area is also home many indigenous animals, and during our time here we hope to spot Lammargeyer vultures, geladas, Walia ibex, and (if we are very lucky) klipspringers and Ethiopian wolves.

We will spend 3 nights in the incredible Simien Mountains National Park. On each day we aim to provide an option for a long trek (of 5-8 hours), a short trek (2-5 hours) or no trekking.

On our first day, we aim to wild camp at the area of Sankaber. On our second and third days, we aim to wild camp at the area of Chenek (underneath Ras Bwahit, the second-highest mountain in the Simiens, which we hope to get the opportunity to summit).

Please note that we must keep a flexible itinerary in the Simien Mountains, as our options will largely be determined by the weather.

Please also note that the camping areas in the national park are very basic, and are essentially wild camps with long drop toilets. Please also note that the food and provisions available in Debark and the National Park are very limited, and it is also likely to be very cold at night (often dropping below freezing), so please be prepared! You will need to bring a suitable sleeping bag and mat with you from home to ensure you are ready for this environment.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Guided treks in the Simien Mountains National Park

Day 34: Debark, Simien Mountains National Park

Today is our final day in the Simien Mountains National Park, and we make our way back to Debark for the night.

In Debark we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Day 35: Axum

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Leaving Debark behind us, we continue our journey with a full day of driving through the foothills of the Simien Mountains to reach the ancient town of Axum in the far north of Ethiopia. The roads here are very tough, but we are rewarded with more truly breathtaking scenery!

In Axum we will stay in a basic hotel.

Day 36: Axum

Today we will have an included half day guided tour of the incredible historical sites of Axum, the capital of the once-mighty Axumite Empire - included in this tour will be seeing the Stelae Field, the Tomb of King Kaleb, and the Palace of the Queen of Sheba.

We will have a free afternoon to have the time to optionally visit other places such as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum

Day 37: Mekele

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Today we will continue through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains and visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church) near to Mekele.

In Mekele we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Day 38-39: Danakil Depression

After breakfast meet your 4 x 4 vehicles and drive to Hamed Ella. On the way you will pass through the beautiful Tigre Villages and the escarpment of the Afar depression, this is commonly known as the cradle of mankind and is part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Along the way you will see camel caravans going to the traditional salt mine or to the North Eastern highlands of the country, loaded with salt bars in the old traditional way. We will also stop at Brehalle where we will get our permits and scouts for the trip into the Danakil Depression.

Overnight we will climb the famous Erta Ale mountain. Once at the top we will be able to look directly into the volcano's crater and hopefully witness the lava within. We will then sleep under the stars at the top of the mountian before walking down as the sun begins to rise. There is an option to ride a camel up and down instead of walking.

On the second day you we drive to Dallol. Here in Dallol you will visit the beautiful land covered by salt, sulfur and different minerals that gives the area a spectactular colour. We will then continue on to Lake Asale to witness the beautiful salt flats.

We will wildcamp and stay in a local homestay during this excursion. The final day we will then make our way back to Mekele visiting villages along the way.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Journey out on an incredible 3 day/2 night excursion to the Danakil Depression.

Day 40: Mekele

Today we will finish our time in the beautiful Danakil Depression. We will make our way back to Mekele to stay in a basic hotel overnight.

Day 41-43: Lalibela

Estimated Drive Time - 9 - 10 hours.

Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Lalibela.

On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of its world-famous 13th-century rock churches. Our guide will be able to explain the fascinating history of Lalibela and its churches, and there will be plenty of time to explore, absorb the haunting atmosphere inside the churches, and take plenty of photographs of the incredible architecture and the religious rituals within.

On our second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. We will have opportunity to hike up the nearby mountains to the Asheten Monastery, visit the Yemrehana Kristos cave church outside the town, or freely explore the Lalibela churches again at your own pace.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela

Day 44-46: Bahir Dar

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Today we will drive to Bahir Dar, a small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile.

On our first day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile.

On our second full day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. We will have some free time in the afternoon to visit some other spots around Bahir Dar such as the 'Hippo bridge' and the Tigray war memorial.

In Bahir Dar we will stay in decent local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries
  • Explore the stunning Blue Nile Falls just downstream of Bahir Dar

Day 47: Debre Markos

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Today we will continue our journey south towards Addis Ababa. We will break the journey with a nightstop in a basic local hotel in the small town of Debre Markos en route.

Day 48: Addis Ababa

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Today we will complete our journey to the bustling Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side!

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 49-50: Addis Ababa

Border Information: If joining in Addis Ababa, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).

There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day before this meeting and the whole following day will be free to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums.

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 51-53: Harar

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours

Today we will have a long drive east through the mountains to the ancient trading city of Harar.  We will stay in a charming small hotel in the old city inself.

The following day we have a free day in ancient Harar and will have an included guided city tour of the walled city of Harar (Harar Jugol). Enjoy its colourful markets, mosques and shrines. In the evening you can visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city.

Our final day in this incredible city is a free day to explore this amazing city on your own.  It is one of the most important historic sites on this trip and one not to be missed.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city.
  • Witness Harar's tradition of feeding wild Hyenas by hand each evening just outside the city walls.

Day 54: Awash National Park

Estimated drive time - 6 - 7 hours

Toady we will drive to Awash National Park and overnight in the lovely Awash Falls Lodge. Who said luxury was not part of overlanding! This is a stunning place to experience this great little National Park.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Head out with a scout to explore the trails of this National Park.

Day 55-56: Lake Ziway

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Today we will leave Awash National Park and head to the small town of Ziway.

The following day we will take an included boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, where we will have a short guided tour of the ancient monastery there and view some of the old religious manuscripts.

In Ziway we will stay in a small local hotel.

Day 57-59: Bale Mountains National Park

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Today we will leave Lake Ziway and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park.

We will enjoy 2 full days to explore the National Park. We will keep one day completely free to head out for optional guided walks - there are several possibilities for routes, including highland routes up the hills and moorlands searching for mountain nyalas, or lowland walks through the forest areas to look for Bale monkeys! On the other day we will drive in the truck up to the Sanetti Plateau, all the way to the second-highest point in Ethiopia (the 4359m summit of Tulu Dimtu) to explore the primeval landscape and search for Ethiopian wolves.

In the Bale Mountains we will stay in dorms in a basic lodge near the entrance to the National Park.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park
  • Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck, stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves

Day 60: Wendo Genet, Awassa

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Today we will head across to the small town of Awassa, where we can visit the local fish market.

After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills above Awassa, where we will stay for the night.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Experience the true local culture at this fish market. If you would like to try the soup make sure you bring your own bowl!
  • Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet

Day 61-62: Arba Minch

Border Information: If you are leaving in Arba Minch, you will most likely exit Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).

Today we arrive in Arba Minch, the next day we have time for optional activities such as the crocodile market or bike rides around the city.

Our third day in Arba Minch is the end day for passengers finishing their trip. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Day 63: Arba Minch

Border Information: If joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).

There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day before this meeting will be free to explore Arba Minch. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Arba Minch before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Arba Minch.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Day 64: Konso

Today we will arrive in the town of Konso, we will visit the Konzo Village and Cultural centre on route today

In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit this traditional village and see how locals have lived there for hundreds of years. Soak in the calm atmosphere of a village that has stood the test of time.

Day 65: Moyale

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Continuing south we will have a full drive day across the Kenyan border to Moyale, where we will stay in a basic local hotel or camp in a local campsite.

Border Information: Exit Ethiopia at Moyale, enter Kenya at Moyale.

Day 66: Samburu Village

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

Today we will have an early start and travel through the very rarely-visited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous Moyale-Marsabit road to the central Samburu region. The scenery along this route is spectacular, as you travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds.

We will reach the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post this evening, where we will visit a Samburu village - this evening there will be fantastic display of traditional singing and dancing from the Samburu villagers, and a chat around the camp fire with the locals to ask them all about their way of life.

We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities.

Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts between Moyale and Archer's Post.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

Day 67: Samburu National Reserve

This morning we will enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will enjoy game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day).

Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the National Parks further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes').

Tonight we will wild camp in a camping area in the National Reserve - facilities are very basic, but the area is a 5-10 minute walk from Samburu Lodge.

Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally-chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve

Day 68-69: Naro Moru, Samburu National Reserve

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Today we will get up early to spend the morning enjoying some more excellent game driving in our truck through the Samburu National Reserve. When the animals start to take shelter from the heat of the midday, we will exit the reserve and drive to the small village of Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya.

On the next day, we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve.

In Naro Moru we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Day 70: Naivasha

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Today we make our way to Naivasha, on the edge of a beautiful calm lake in the Great Rift Valley. Here we will have the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake to spot hippos and African fish eagles, and also to visit the Elsamere Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson.

On the following day we will have free time in the morning to enjoy some excellent optional activities around Naivasha. Naivasha is the base for exploring the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and the Hell's Gate National Park, two scenic areas that are some of the only places in East Africa where you can safely explore and look for wildlife on foot.

In Naivasha we will stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

Daily Activities

Included Activities: (Included in Kitty)

  • Visit to Lake Naivasha

Day 71: Nairobi

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Today we will drive to the bustling Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where we will have free time on arrival.

In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.

Day 72: Nairobi

Border Information: If you are leaving in Nairobi, you will most likely exit Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code NBO).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Nairobi. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you spending an extra night here. Possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 700
  • Local Payment (Kitty): $ 2,190

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Optional Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Day 1:

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

USD 6.01

Entrance to the Mummy Room in the Egyptian Museum, which displays the mummies of some very important Pharoahs such as Akenaten, Ramses II and Hatshepsut

USD 9.01

Visit The Pharonic Village, a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt

USD 3.00

Explore the medieval Islamic fortress of the Cario Citadel, built by the warrior Saladin, and the beautiful Ottoman Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha

USD 3.00

Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church

USD 0.90

See the 9th-century Nileometer on Rhoda Island, which was once used for carefully measuring the height of the Nile during the annual flood

USD 4.21

Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower, the tallest building in North Africa (when open)

USD 0.42

Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park, an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo, built in tradition Islamic style

Day 2:

USD 7.21

Guided visit to the Giza and Saqqara Pyramids, Cairo

USD 6.01

Entrance to the interior of the Menkaure Pyramid at Giza

USD 2.40

See the reconstruction of an Ancient Egyptian reed boat at the Pyramids of Giza

USD 7.21

See the stunning Sound and Light show at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Day 3-4:

USD 4.21

Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the incredible modern Library of Alexandria

USD 48.08

Scuba diving around the incredible submerged port of Heracleion in the Mediterranean Sea

USD 3.91

See the interesting collections and exhibits at the Alexandria Museum, located in a restored Italian-style palace

USD 0.90

Explore the incredible 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka

USD 1.50

Visit the incredible Citadel of Qaitbey, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the mouth of the Eastern Harbour

USD 2.10

Explore the ancient underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

USD 3.00

Take a trip out to the incredibly moving war cemeteries of El Alamein, the site of one of the most influential battles of World War II

Day 8-10:

USD 67.86

Head out scuba-diving through the coral reefs of the Red Sea

USD 45.24

Explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea from a 'semi-submarine', a boat designed with huge underwater viewing windows

USD 18.02

Take an overnight camel safari out into the Wadi-El-Gamal desert, sleeping out under the stars

USD 67.86

Snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, searching for dolphins and other marine life

USD 56.55

Visit the fascinating traditional camel markets of Shalateen, on the remote coastal border with Sudan

USD 39.58

Head out for a sunset quad biking trip into the deserts near Marsa Alam

Day 11-13:

USD 3.90

Explore the colossal 18th-Dynasty Temple of Luxor

USD 4.81

Visit the fascinating Luxor Museum of Antiquities

USD 9.01

Visit the world-famous tomb of the Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the only Egyptian royal tomb ever discovered undisturbed

Day 16-17:

USD 6.61

Visit the Philae Temple, a beautiful Ptolomaic-era temple to Osiris on an island near Aswan

USD 1.80

Visit the controversial Aswan High Dam

USD 5.41

Take a boat trip out to Elephantine Island to explore its ruins and Nileometers, and to the beautiful botanical gardens on Elnabatat's Island

USD 2.40

Explore the Tombs of the Nobles near Aswan, the rock-hewn tombs of nobility all the way from the Old Kingdom to the Roman era

USD 1.20

Visit the Nubian Museum, a fantastic showcase of Nubian culture and civilisation

Free

Explore the nearby Fatimid cemetery, a rare window into the 10th and 11th-century Fatimid Caliphate era

USD 3.00

Visit the incredible Roman-era Temple of Kalabsha, constructed in tribute to Mandulis, the Nubian sun god

USD 3.60

Learn all about the process and techniques of mummification at the Luxor Mummification Museum

Day 18:

USD 3.60

Watch the fantastic Sound and Light show at the Abu Simbel Temples

Day 25-26:

Free

Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum

Free

Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum

USD 1

Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman

SDD 0.74

Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum

Day 29:

USD 8

Enjoy a tour of the local Dashen brewery in Gondar

Day 36:

USD 6.86

Visit the Church of St Mary of Zion at Axum

Day 37:

Free

Explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches at Mekele

Day 41-43:

USD 17.16

Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery

USD 20.59

Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique 'church in a cave' near Lalibela

Day 47:

Free

Overland journey north of Addis Ababa, passing through the immense Blue Nile Gorge

Day 48:

USD 0.34

Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum

Free

Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa

Free

Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism

Free

Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896

Free

Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes

USD 3.43

Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie

Day 49-50:

USD 0.34

Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum

Free

Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa

Free

Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism

Free

Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896

Free

Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes

USD 3.43

Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie

Day 55-56:

USD 137.29

Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island

ETB 4000

Day 60:

Free

Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet

Day 61-62:

USD 6.86

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

USD 15.45

Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market'

USD 10.30

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

Day 63:

USD 6.86

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

USD 15.45

Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market'

USD 10.30

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

Day 68-69:

USD 9.73

Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule

USD 25

Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru

USD 20

Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys

Day 70:

Free

Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate

USD 50

Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle

Day 71:

USD 9.73

Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

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  • Meals at restaurants or cafes or whilst staying in hotels, drinks, tips, or personal spending money

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