Nairobi to Cairo

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

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

Travel to Africa and embark on a grand adventure across Africa's north-east from Nairobi to Cairo. From the rolling savanna and lush highlands of Kenya, through the Horn of Africa's deserts and mountains, to the marvels of ancient Egypt and Nubia, this is an amazing journey you won't soon forget. Along the way, encounter lively Sudanese market vendors, Ethiopian Rastafarians, friendly Nubian oasis dwellers, Kenya's proud Samburu warriors and the rarely visited tribes of the Omo Valley. See ancient temples, churches and monasteries; spy rare members of the animal kingdom; and be immersed in the traditions, language, cuisine and culture of each new destination. This is a memorable Overland tour through Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

  • Camp beneath a starry desert sky
  • Cross Lake Nasser by ferry
  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
  • Get to know modern Egypt in chaotic Cairo
  • Stroll beneath giant, crumbling obelisks in Aksum
  • Taste spicy Ethiopian delicacies in Addis Ababa
  • Travel to Egypt and be amazed by the Pyramids of Giza
  • Visit Ethiopia and meet the tribespeople of the Omo Valley

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Day 1 Nairobi

Once a swamp but now called the 'green city in the sun', Nairobi is a relatively multicultural city with a range of cuisines, museums and cultural centres to enjoy.

Day 2 Lake Naivasha

Meaning 'rough water' in Maasai due to the occurrence of sudden storms, Lake Naivasha's surface is also broken by the yawns of hippos and countless birds flying across its surface.

Days 3-4 Lake Nakuru

Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.

Day 5 Mt Kenya

A small market town near the slopes of Mt Kenya, Naro Maru is the perfect base to take on the mountain or explore the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Days 6-7 Samburu National Reserve

The Ewaso Ngiro River winds through the sunburnt plains of the Samburu National Reserve, a wonderful place to see an abundance of wild animals and birdlife.

Days 8-9 Marsabit/Moyale

Surrounded by forests, Marsabit is a beautiful town on the extinct volcano of Mount Marsabit. Sitting on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, Moyale is a market town with a nice atmosphere.

Days 10-11 Konso

A gateway to the Omo Valley, Konso lies in a region on the banks of the Sagan River where local traditions are strongly upheld.

Days 12-14 Omo Valley

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.

Days 15-16 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 17-18 Wendo Genet/Awasa

Known for its hot springs and beautiful panoramas, the resort town of Wondo Genet is surrounded by primary forests, wildlife and abundant water. 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 19-21 Bale Mountain 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 22 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

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.

Day 23 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.

Days 24-25 Addis Ababa

Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.

Day 26 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 27-29 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.

Days 30-32 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.

Day 33 Bush Camp

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

Day 34 Mekele

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

Days 35-36 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 37 Enda Selassie

Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.

Days 38-41 Simien Mountains National Park

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

Days 42-44 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 45 Gedaref

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

Day 46 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 47 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.

Days 48-50 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 51-52 Wadi Halfa

The port of Wadi Halfa is situated on the southernmost tip of Lake Nasser in the Sudanese Sahara.

Day 53 Overnight Ferry

One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, a journey through Lake Nasser's spectacular desert scenery is a unique experience.

Days 54-56 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.