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Nile Route between Cairo and Nairobi

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  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Omo Valley
  • Gondar
  • Khartoum
  • Addis Ababa
  • Bahir Dar
  • Debark
  • Meroe
  • El Quseir
  • Marsa Alam
  • Awassa
  • Lake Ziway
  • Aswan
  • Konso
  • Nile Felucca
  • Cairo
  • Naro Moru
  • Port Said
  • Luxor
  • Bale Mountains National Park
  • Nairobi
  • Eastern Deserts
  • Arba Minch
  • Alexandria
  • Lalibela
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Moyale
  • Gedaref
  • Naqa
  • Mekele
  • Abu Simbel
  • Naivasha
  • Karima
  • Wadi Halfa
  • Debre Markos
  • Samburu Village
  • Axum
  • Dejen
  • Woldiya
  • Wendo Genet
  • Naro Moru
  • Wawa
  • Musawwarat
  • Edfu
  • Marsabit
  • Nakuru National Park
  • Danakil Depression

This classic overland route between Cairo and Nairobi will take you from the splendours of ancient Egypt to the great game parks of East Africa, via a whole host of other highlights and hidden gems in between. After exploring Cairo with its world famous Pyramids of Giza and phenomenal Museum of Antiquities, we'll visit the fascinating city of Alexandria, and follow the Red Sea down to Luxor - here we will visit the Valley of the Kings and the colossal Karnak Temple before taking a sailing trip on a traditional felucca. Most Egypt trips end here, but with Dragoman you'll be much more adventurous and continue via the iconic Temples of Abu Simbel into the vast desert wilderness of Sudan. Travel in this part of the world is tough and frequently challenging, but as a reward we get unparalleled access to places such as the Pyramids of Meroe and the ruined temples of the Kushite kingdom, as well as enjoying some of the most remote and atmospheric wild camps in the world. From there we head into the wonderful country of Ethiopia, an extraordinary land with a unique cultural heritage of opulent monasteries, stunning churches carved out of the mountains, and incredible scenery. In Ethiopia you'll visit all the historical sites, trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains, and meet the unique tribes of the remote Omo Valley region. We will then cross into Kenya and take the challenging roads to the lands of the Samburu tribe, where we have a fascinating village stay and an incredible safari in Samburu National Park, home to some of Kenya's rarer wildlife such as the curious gerenuk and Grevy's zebra. We will head through the incredible wildlife area of Lake Nakuru before finishing in the bustling Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

  • Day 1 Nairobi

    Border Information: If joining in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO). There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting - your leader will need to check your Ethiopia visa (please see below for details). If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier, or arrive early in the morning to give yourself a full day before the meeting in the evening. Possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi. In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.

    NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi - Cost: KES 500
    Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' - Cost: KES 1200
    Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1000
    Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi - Cost: USD 40
    Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1200
    Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park - Cost: USD 25

  • Day 2 to 3 Naivasha

    This morning our journey begins with a short drive to Naivasha, on the shore of a beautiful calm lake in the Great Rift Valley. Here we will have the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake to spot hippos and African fish eagles, and also to visit the Elsamere Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some excellent optional activities around Naivasha. Naivasha is the base for exploring the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and the Hell's Gate National Park, two scenic areas that are some of the only places in East Africa where you can safely explore and look for wildlife on foot. In Naivasha we stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

    Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate

    Visit to Lake Naivasha - Cost: KES 7000
    Overland through western Kenya and the Rift Valley - Cost: USD 40
    Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle - Cost: USD 50

  • Day 4 to 5 Nakuru National Park

    Today we will make our way to Nakuru, our base for tomorrow's excursion into Nakuru National Park. If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. On the following day we will head into Nakuru National Park for an included full-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos! In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of the town.

    Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park

    Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective - Cost: USD 5

  • Day 6 to 7 Naro Moru

    Today we will head through the hills of central Kenya through the area's beautiful scenery and tea plantations, to arrive at the small village of Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve. In Naro Moru we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

    Visit the spectacular Thomson Falls at Nyahururu - Cost: USD
    Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule - Cost: KES 1000
    Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru - Cost: KES 1000
    Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys - Cost: USD 15

  • Day 8 Samburu Village

    Today we will travel to the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post, where we will visit a Samburu village. Here we will be shown around the village and their homes, play with the children and learn all about the way of life here for the Samburu people! We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

    Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

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Overland expedition vehicle.