Casablanca to Gorillas Itinerary

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egypt luxor colossi memnon hot air balloon holiday

kenya lion jungle safari yawning desert wildlife

morocco ait benhaddou hotel

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morocco highlight ait benhaddou desert village

rwanda gorillas mountains wildlife jungle safari

rwanda hungry silverback gorilla eating jungle forest

uganda village locals tourist dancing celebrating natives dance

uganda queen elizabeth National Park leopard

Day 1 Casablanca

Get acquainted with the distinct architecture and European flavour of Casablanca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Rabat

Visit the Kasbah des Oudaias.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 3 Moulay Idriss

Head to a Moroccan homestay in the sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 4-5 Fes

Discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis en route to historic Fes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 6 Bush Camp

Spend the night camping in the rugged Moroccan wilds.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 7 Merzouga/Overnight Camel Safari

Ride into the desert overnight on a camel safari.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Todra Gorge

Hike through the magnificent Todra Gorge.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 10 Ait Benhaddou

Watch a golden sunset paint the graceful Ait Benhaddou kasbah in red hues.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 11 Talioune

Head to the Moroccan village of Talioune.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 12 Ouirgane

Visit the Saffron Community Project.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 13-14 Imlil/Toubkal

Why not conquer the slopes of Mt Toubkal?
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 15-16 Essaouira

Make the most of the coastal beauty and mellow vibe of Essaouria. Wander the narrow streets to explore markets and shop for trinkets or simply relax by the beach.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 17-19 Marrakech

Visit Marrakech and get lost amongst the souqs and bazaars that line the winding streets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 20 Casablanca

Sit back with the locals and sip on a sweet mint tea in Casablanca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 21 Fly Casablanca to Cairo

Farewell Casablanca and fly to Cairo to begin the next leg of the adventure in the ancient Egyptian capital.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 22-23 Cairo

Explore the iconic Great Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza and the sprawling Saqqara cemetery with a local guide. There's also time to see precious, ancient treasures housed in the Egyptian Museum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 24-25 Alexandria

Head to Egypt's second largest city, the ancient port of Alexandria. As the ancient capital of Egypt's last royal dynasty, there is no shortage of history here to be explored. Perhaps check out the Roman Amphitheatre and Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, and be sure to feast on some of Alexandria's renowned seafood.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 26-28 Bahariya Oasis/White Desert

Travel into Sudan and the Western Desert. Explore Ptolemaic tombs, hot springs, palm groves and the remote Crystal Mountain. Camp under the stars at the Bahariya Oasis and in the White Desert.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 29 Dakhla Oasis

Journey to the rose-hued rocks, antiquities and greenery of the Dakhla Oasis.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 31 El Kharga Oasis

Explore palm lined streets, unspoilt springs and the Temple of Hebes. Sleep under a million stars in this special part of Egypt.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 32-34 Luxor

The ancient Egyptian capital of Luxor houses spectacular temples and tombs. Ride a donkey to the remarkable Valley of the Kings and visit the Temples of Karnak with an Egyptologist.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 35-37 Aswan

Arrive in Aswan and unwind with a stroll along the Nile River or take a relaxing felucca cruise, followed by a sunset cocktail. See a giant, unfinished obelisk, haggle for souvenirs and treasures in the souq or take a trip to see the two magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 38-39 Lake Nasser/Wadi Halfa

Travel into Sudan and follow a camel route through the rugged terrain of the Nubian Desert, passing oases, small Nile hamlets and ancient relics of past civilisations. In the evening, share a simple meal around the campfire and sleep under the stars as nomadic locals pass by.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight ferry - 1

Days 40-41 Nubian Desert

Travel into Sudan and follow a camel route through the rugged terrain of the Nubian Desert, passing oases, small Nile hamlets and ancient relics of past civilisations. In the evening, share a simple meal around the campfire and sleep under the stars as nomadic locals pass by.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 42-45 Atbara/Red Sea/Atbara

Explore a succession of temples - including the hilltop Temple of Amun - that dot the desert terrain. Continue to roam the remote dunes of Sudan, stopping at night to camp under the stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2, Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 46 Meroe

Brush up on some Arabic language skills with the friendly residents of Khartoum city, Sudan's busy capital. Relax in a chai house and recount memories of this remarkable North African tour.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 47 Khartoum

Brush up on some Arabic language skills with the friendly residents of Khartoum city, Sudan's busy capital. Relax in a chai house and recount memories of this remarkable North African tour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 48 Gedaref

Cross rolling African savannas, on route to the Gedaref area, to camp beneath the starry African sky.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 49-51 Gonder

Travel to the historic city of Gonder, famous for its incredible collection of detailed castles and palaces. Take a guided tour and learn of the city's enthralling history.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 52 Debark

Arrive at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark, and prepare for the trek ahead.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 53-55 Simien Mountains National Park

Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 56 Enda Selassie

Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 57-58 Aksum

Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 59 Mekele

Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 60 Woldiya

Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near Woldiya.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 61-63 Lalibela

Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 64-66 Bahir Dar

Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 67 Dejen

Spend the night in Dejen.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 68-69 Addis Ababa

Try some traditional cuisine and perhaps sample local music as you get acquainted with the fun-loving culture. Why not arrive a little early and check out the Ethnological Museum, a fascinating glimpse into Ethiopia's tribal heritage.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 70 Addis Ababa

Begin your African adventure with some traditional cuisine and perhaps some local music as you get acquainted with the fun-loving culture. Why not arrive a little early and check out the Ethnological Museum, a fascinating glimpse into Ethiopia's tribal heritage.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 71 Lake Abiyata

Head to the crystallised white shorelines of Lake Abiyata, home to vast flocks of flamingos that cover the water in a pink haze. Keep an eye out for fish eagles and a plethora of other birdlife who come to feed on the prolific algae the lake provides.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 72-74 Bale Mountains National Park

Drive high to the plateau of the Bale Mountains National Park in search of the Simien fox, perhaps explore the riding trails on horseback. Take time to traverse a varying landscape of exotic moorlands and thick forest, criss-crossed by fast-flowing streams.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Day 75 Wendo Genet

Descend from the mountain tops and relax in the luxurious hot springs of Wendo Genet. Let all your stresses wash away in the warm waters, situated in the centre of the panoramic beauty of Ethiopia's natural landscape.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 76 Awassa

Pay a visit to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes sensible, culturally responsible relief work aimed at assisting children primarily orphaned by AIDS, as well as educating the population about the disease and its prevention. See how the members of the organisation work tirelessly to bring about better healthcare and a higher standard of life for their community.
ACCOM: Lodge - 1

Days 77-78 Arba Minch

Journey to Arba Minch, a town that boasts glorious views of the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo. Perhaps search for a bargain in the vibrant market or take a boat out on to the lake and glide passed 'crocodile market', where vast numbers of crocs congregate.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 79-81 Omo Valley Region

Travel into the Omo Valley to experience local markets full of local produce and handicrafts. Visit multiple completely unique tribes, each with their own histories and traditions.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 82-83 Konso

Hugging the banks of the Sagan River, learn of the strong traditions of the Konso people. Tour the local dwellings and shop at the local market, sharing in a way of life passed down through generations.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 84 Moyale

Enter Northern Kenya and head straight for the market town of Moyale, where both Kenyan and Ethiopian products can be found in abundance amongst a friendly and pleasant atmosphere.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 85 Marsabit

Pass through a black lunar landscape on the way to Marsabit, which lies at the foot of an extinct volcano. Trek through the forests to reach Lake Paradise, a site with a well-deserved name, which is a popular hangout for elephants and buffaloes.
ACCOM: Camp site - 1

Days 86-87 Samburu National Reserve

Trek into the Samburu National Reserve, a pristine wilderness that is home to a fascinating mix of Kenya's nomadic tribes. Keep an eye out for giraffes, zebras and gerenuks in their natural habitat.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Days 88-89 Naro Moru

Travel to the foot of Mt Kenya and safari through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to endangered black and white rhinos as well as several members of Africa's Big Five. Keep an eye out for the chimpanzees, this is the only area of Kenya with wild chimps.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 90-91 Nakuru National Park

Take a game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, world-famous for its population of striking pink flamingos. Keep cameras at the ready to get some colourful shots of flocks of birdlife as well as a variety of Africa's better-known wildlife.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 92 Lake Naivasha

As one of the only freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is able to support floating islands of papyrus reeds and is bordered by flat-topped acacias. Explore these lush green surroundings and discover a substantial population of hippos who frolic in the shallows.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 93 Nairobi

Pass by the stunningly dressed Masai tribes, who can often be seen tending to their herds, on the way to cosmopolitan Nairobi. Immerse yourself in the culture and make the most of premium restaurants and a lively bar scene.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 94 Gilgil

Head for the small town of Gilgil and make a stop at the Saida Children’s Home Project to learn about their work to improve the lives of AIDS orphans. In the afternoon, drop in on a local school.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 95 Kericho

Spend some more time mingling with the students before taking an optional tea plantation visit.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 96-97 Jinja

Set up camp at near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure. For adrenaline junkies, why not try some white water rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 98 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 99 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 100-101 Murchison Falls National Park

Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 102 Bush Camp

Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 103 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Descend into the Great Rift Valley and embark on a game drive through this stunning national park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 104 Lake Bunyonyi

Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 105-107 Kigali/Ruhengeri/Gorilla trek

Cross into Rwanda, stopping at Kigali for a visit to the moving Genocide Memorial. Continue on to Ruhengeri and make a memorable trek into one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Day 108 Lake Mburo National Park

Camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 109 Jinja

Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 110 Eldoret

Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 111 Nakuru National Park

Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 112-113 Nairobi

Return to Nairobi, where this incredible tour of Africa comes to a close.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1