Cairo to Nairobi

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Tour Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya on a trip from Cairo to Nairobi

Travel to Africa and embark on a grand adventure across Africa's north-east from Cairo to Nairobi. Experience the marvels of ancient Egypt and Nubia, the Horn of Africa's deserts and mountains, and the rolling savanna and lush highlands of Kenya. Along the way, encounter friendly Nubian oasis dwellers, Sudanese market vendors, Ethiopian Rastafarians, Kenya's proud Samburu warriors and the rarely visited tribes of the Omo Valley. This is a memorable overland escapade through a very special part of the continent.

  • Be mesmerised by the famous Sufi Whirling Dervishes
  • Camp beneath a starry sky in the Nubian Desert
  • Learn about the Rasta lifestyle in Shashemene
  • See hippos wallowing on the shores of Lake Naivasha
  • Spot game in the Samburu National Reserve
  • Travel across enormous Lake Nasser by ferry
  • Travel to Egypt and marvel at the mighty pyramids
  • Travel to Ethiopia, and visit Aksum to explore the crumbling ancient palaces

Cairo to Nairobi Summary

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Days 1-2 Cairo

Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo's dazzling array of museums, mosques and markets are a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders.

Days 3-4 Alexandria

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is packed with architectural and cultural wonders, both ancient and modern.

Days 5-7 Bahariya Oasis/White Desert

Situated in Egypt's Great Western Desert, Bahariya has long served as gateway between Libya and Egypt, and today it's still home to hot springs, palm groves and numerous ancient sites. The windswept dunes and bizarre rock formations of the White Desert make this one of the most amazing and beautiful landscapes on the planet.

Day 8 Dakhla Oasis

With verdant cultivated areas and a great wall of rose-hued rock across the northern horizon, a feast for the eyes awaits at Dakhla Oasis.

Day 10 El Kharga Oasis

El Kharga Oasis is home to many monumental sites, including the Temple of Hebes, as well as beautiful handicrafts and unspoilt springs.

Days 11-13 Luxor

From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the extraordinary hieroglyphs of the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs.

Days 14-16 Aswan

Situated on the banks of the Nile, the Nubian city of Aswan has been Egypt's southern gateway to Africa and an important trading centre since ancient times.

Days 17-18 Lake Nasser/Wadi Halfa

One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, a journey through Lake Nasser's spectacular desert scenery is a unique experience. The port of Wadi Halfa is situated on the southernmost tip of Lake Nasser in the Sudanese Sahara.

Days 19-20 Nubian Desert

The deserts of northern Sudan form a vast field of dunes, traversed by camel herds and dotted with a string of ancient temples along the River Nile.

Days 21-24 Atbara/Red Sea/Atbara

Sitting on the junction of the Nile and Atbara rivers, Atbara is an important town in Sudan's railway network.

Day 25 Meroe

The ancient heart of the Nubian Kingdom, Meroe's zenith came between 592 BC and AD 350 when it flourished under an unbroken line of kings.

Day 26 Khartoum

Sudan's fascinating capital, Khartoum is really two cities: the British colonial settlement on one side of the river and the sprawling settlements of Omdurman on the other.

Day 27 Gedaref

Camp out in the Sudanese bush somewhere near the trade centre of Gedaref.

Days 28-30 Gonder

Historic Gonder is known as the city of castles and palaces. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas, who built the first castle.

Day 31 Debark

Standing at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark has some of the most amazing scenery in Ethiopia.

Days 32-34 Simien Mountains National Park

Jagged mountain peaks flank deep valleys and high altitude plains in one of Africa's major mountain regions. The Simien Mountains are known for their dramatic and spectacular scenery.

Day 35 Enda Selassie

Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.

Days 36-37 Aksum

The site of Ethiopia's oldest city, Aksum has some impressive obelisks carved from single blocks of granite - the tallest still standing is 23 metres high.

Day 38 Mekele

A cultural town with a long and colourful history, Mekele is famous for its churches and desert landscape.

Day 39 Woldiya

Spend the night in a bush camp near the hillside market town of Woldiya.

Days 40-42 Lalibela

Hidden in the hills of northern Ethiopia is the small town of Lalibela. This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th century.

Days 43-45 Bahir Dar

Located on the shores of Lake Tana and only a few hundred metres from the source of the mighty Blue Nile, Bahir Dar is a fascinating place.

Day 46 Dejen

Dejen is a small town on the northern edge of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge, which plunges more than 1km down to the river below.

Days 47-49 Addis Ababa

More commonly referred to as 'Addis', Addis Ababa lies among wooded hills at an altitude of about 2300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.

Day 50 Lake Abiyata

An excellent location for bird watching, Lake Abiyata features vast flocks of flamingos, which from a distance create a pink carpet effect across the lake.

Days 51-53 Bale Mountains National Park

Situated on a high plateau surrounded by mountain peaks which soar to over 4000 metres, Bale Mountains National Park is home to unique wildlife and hundreds of bird species.

Day 54 Wendo Genet

Known for its hot springs and beautiful panoramas, the resort town of Wondo Genet is surrounded by primary forests, wildlife and abundant water.

Day 55 Awassa

A town on the shores of Lake Awassa in the Great Rift Valley, Awassa is home to a community project that provides housing and education to local AIDS orphans.

Days 56-57 Arba Minch

Taking its name from the streams found between the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo, Arba Minch has stunning views over the lakes and surrounding forests.

Days 58-60 Omo Valley Region

The Omo Valley region is home to many different tribes all living very close to one another, each with their own cultures, traditions and way of life.