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Nile Route between Cairo and Zanzibar with Gorillas

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  • Bahir Dar
  • Axum
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Kaniyo Pabidi
  • Nile Felucca
  • Gondar
  • Addis Ababa
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Naqa
  • Abu Simbel
  • Eastern Deserts
  • Luxor
  • Eldoret
  • Nairobi
  • Wadi Halfa
  • Cairo
  • Marsa Alam
  • Awassa
  • Omo Valley
  • Khartoum
  • Jinja
  • Aswan
  • Naro Moru
  • Mekele
  • Karima
  • Debre Markos
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Arusha
  • Port Said
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Debark
  • Zanzibar
  • Gedaref
  • Alexandria
  • El Quseir
  • Meroe
  • Mbarara
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Kabale
  • Marangu
  • Bale Mountains National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Naivasha
  • Lalibela
  • Konso
  • Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park
  • Samburu Village
  • Lake Ziway
  • Moyale
  • Arba Minch
  • Kampala
  • Nakitoma
  • Naro Moru
  • Kigali
  • Kericho
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Musawwarat
  • Edfu
  • Dejen
  • Wendo Genet
  • Wawa
  • Woldiya
  • Marsabit
  • Nakuru National Park
  • Lushoto
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Hoima
  • Bwindi
  • Lake Mburo
  • Danakil Depression

This classic overland route between Cairo and Zanzibar 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. We will enter the wonderful country of Uganda, where we safari around Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, track chimps on foot, and head out on some optional adrenaline-fuelled activities at Jinja, the source of the White Nile. We then journey deep into Rwanda for one of the world's ultimate wildlife experiences - a face-to-face encounter with the incredible mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park. Arriving back in Nairobi, we then head out on safari through some of the world's best wildlife areas - the waving grasslands of the Maasai Mara, the stunning plains of the Serengeti, and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater. Finishing the trip off with a visit to the fabled tropical island of Zanzibar, where we can unwind on some of the Indian Ocean's spectacular white beaches, this fantastic and adventurous trip is second to none!

  • Day 1 Zanzibar

    Border Information: If joining at Zanzibar, you will most likely enter Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ). There will be an informal meet-and-greet and orientation of Stone Town with our local Zanzibar guide at 6:00pm - please meet at the reception of the joining hotel at this time if you wish to take part in this orientation. Please note that you will not usually meet your regular Dragoman crew tonight, as they will be arriving in Dar es Salaam this evening and will travel to Zanzibar with members of their previous group tomorrow.  Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar. In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel. Please note that the first 4 days of this trip overlap with our "YDF - Victoria Falls to Zanzibar" trip, so some of the group that come to Zanzibar will leave before we take the ferry to Dar es Salaam. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not follow our Zanzibar itinerary twice!

    Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town - Cost: USD

  • Day 2 Zanzibar

    Today will be a free day to explore Stone Town, the atmospheric old town on the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! Your Dragoman crew will arrive on Zanzibar this afternoon, and there will be an important meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - there will then be the option going for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

    Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

    Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town - Cost: USD

  • Day 3 to 4 Zanzibar

    On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere.  On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest. In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.

    Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar - Cost: USD 40
    Dhow trip, Zanzibar - Cost: USD 20
    Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar - Cost: USD 30
    Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive) - Cost: USD 55
    Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys - Cost: USD 30

  • Day 5 Dar Es Salaam

    Today we will return to Stone Town and then take a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, before travelling on the local commuter barge from the city centre to the suburb of Kigamboni. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax at the campsite. In Dar es Salaam we stay at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

    Ferry back from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam

    Fishing Trips (per boat), Dar Es Salaam - Cost: USD 220
    Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam - Cost: USD 15
    Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people - Cost: USD
    Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture - Cost: TZS 6500

  • Day 6 Lushoto

    Today we join our overland truck and set off early to beat the morning trafiic in Dar es Salaam. We have a full day's drive to Lushoto, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.  In Lushoto we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Stargazing in the Usambara Mountains - Cost: TZS 5000
    Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages - Cost: USD 25

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