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Nairobi to Cairo
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A gateway to the Omo Valley, Konso lies in a region on the banks of the Sagan River where local traditions are strongly upheld.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More commonly referred to as 'Addis', Addis Ababa lies among wooded hills at an altitude of about 2300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.
Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
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.
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.
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.
Spend the night in a bush camp near the hillside market town of Woldiya.
A cultural town with a long and colourful history, Mekele is famous for its churches and desert landscape.
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.
Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.
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.
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.
Camp out in the Sudanese bush somewhere near the trade centre of Gedaref.
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.
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.
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.
The port of Wadi Halfa is situated on the southernmost tip of Lake Nasser in the Sudanese Sahara.
One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, a journey through Lake Nasser's spectacular desert scenery is a unique experience.
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.
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