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.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Countries
Egypt,
Ethiopia,
Kenya
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOAC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
1 931kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Travel to Kenya and visit the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru
  • Spot the Big Five in the Samburu National Reserve
  • Visit Ethiopia and meet the tribespeople of the Omo Valley
  • Taste spicy Ethiopian delicacies in Addis Ababa
  • Marvel at Lalibela's dramatic rock-hewn churches
  • Stroll beneath giant, crumbling obelisks in Aksum
  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
  • Camp beneath a starry desert sky
  • Cross Lake Nasser by ferry
  • Travel to Egypt and be amazed by the Pyramids of Giza
  • See golden treasures in the Egyptian Museum
  • Get to know modern Egypt in chaotic Cairo

Itinerary

Travel to Kenya and start the adventure in the busy streets of Nairobi.
Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
A favourite spot with birdlife, Lake Nakuru is a shimmering sea of pink flamingos. Listen for the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops above.
Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
Witness traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about tribal life and customs from the locals. Venture into this vast reserve to try and spot Africa's iconic Big Five.
Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.
Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.
The colourful markets and villages are a delight to explore in Ethiopia's picturesque Omo Valley. Meet friendly tribespeople and learn about their fascinating culture.
In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wendo Gennet, encased in a beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forest, wildlife and abundant water. Head to Awassa the following day, a city nestled on the shores of a great lake, and home to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes AIDS prevention.
Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.
Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
Hidden among the hills of northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is home to monolithic churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Take a walk through the structures with a local guide to unlock the fascinating history of this area.
Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.
Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
Ethiopia's stunning Simien Mountains are home to a wealth of animals. Hike through the rugged terrain and pass eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks.
Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian Explorer adventure.
Cross the border into Sudan and ride through the countryside on the way to its lively capital.
Brush up on some Arabic language skills with the friendly residents of Khartoum city, Sudan's busy capital. Relax in a chai house and get ready to start this epic trip through North Africa.
Admire the spectacular pyramids of Meroe, explore Naqa's Lion Temple and wander through the palace of Musawwarat.
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.
Take in the the last of Sudan's desert scenery on the journey to Wadi Halfa. There's a free day here so perhaps explore the town, wander by the shores of Lake Nasser or sit in the main square sipping tea, people watching and eating fuul (beans) or fried Nile perch.
Embark on an epic ferry adventure across Lake Nasser, an enormous man-made lake. Glimpse spectacular scenery en route to the port of Wadi Halfa at Sudan's northern tip and make the crossing into Egypt.
Travel north to 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.
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.
Drive through endless dessert scenery to reach El Kharga Oasis. There are many sites of antiquity to explore, more notably the Temple of Hebes and the Bagawaat Necropolis. Perhaps take a camel ride around the oasis or explore the springs close by. Camp under a sea of stars.
Perhaps head out on an overnight camel safari to camp by hot springs or explore the palm groves and Coptic antiquities at the Dakhla Oasis.
Relax in the morning or further explore the area before heading to the White Desert bush camp for another glorious night sleeping under the star-filled skies.
Spend the day exploring the White and Black deserts, visiting Crystal Mountain and discovering the gold mummies that are housed in the fascinating museum here.
Explore the iconic Sphinx and 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. Celebrate the end of a remarkable trip by exploring the markets in Cairo and picking up souvenirs.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nights), Camping (with facilities) (20 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (21 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip
  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie
  • Driving and game excursions
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Entrance Golden Mummies Museum
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided excursions to tribal markets and villages
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple
  • Guided tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Guided trip to Meroe Pyramids, Naqa Temple and Musawwarat Temples
  • Guided visit of Lake Abiyata
  • Guided visit to the Giza Pyramids
  • Guided visit to Valley of the Kings and other West Bank ruins
  • Kushite temples and pyramids at Jebel Barkal
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Samburu community activities
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Ura Kidane Mereth Monastery and Kebran Gabriel M KChurch
  • Visit to Temple of Sulb
  • Visits to Crystal Mountain and Black Desert

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