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Nile Route

Cairo - Cape Town with Gorillas

142 DAYS THROUGH Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia (+ 9 more)
PRICE FROM:
$13,355 (USD) + 6,760 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
142 days
ACCOM:
55% Camping
45% Hotels
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DEPOSIT:
$1150 (USD)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cape Town ( 3rd Dec 2018 )

Border Information: If joining in Cape Town, you will most likely enter South Africa at Cape Town International Airport (IATA code: CPT).

There will be a group meeting today at 18:00. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

The rest of the day will be free to explore the city. There is the option tonight of joining the group for dinner.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cape Town 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 Cape Town.

In Cape Town we will stay in a hotel in the popular, lively and vibrant Kloof Street with a large variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars all within walking distance.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Head out on a full-day wine tasting tour of the famous area of Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town

ZAR 650
Optional

Return cable-car trip to the top of Table Mountain

ZAR 250
Optional

Excursion to the former jail on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned

ZAR 250
Optional

Abseiling, canyoning and hiking on Table Mountain and Platteklip Gorge

ZAR 895
Optional

Visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

ZAR 45
Optional

Full-day Shark Cage Diving excursion

ZAR 1400
Optional

Tour to the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders Penguin Colony

ZAR 540
Optional

Tour of Cape Town Townships and the District Six Museum

ZAR 395
Optional

Visit to the colourful district of Bo Kaap

Free
Optional

Explore the Dutch-built Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa

ZAR 28
Optional

Freely explore the beautiful beaches of Cape Town, including those at False Bay, St. James, Clovelly or Fish Hoek

Free
Day 2 - Citrusdal ( 4th Dec 2018 )

Our journey begins up the Western Cape to the wine region of Citrusdal. In the evening we will have the option for some wine tasting!

Near Citrusdal we will stay in a well equipped camp site.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Enjoy a stargazing talk at our campsite in Citrusdal in the Western Cape

ZAR 75
Optional

Sample the delicious wines from the vineyards at the base of the Cederberg Mountains

ZAR 70
Day 3 - Noordoewer ( 5th Dec 2018 )

Border Information: Exit South Africa at Noordoewer, enter Namibia at Noordoewer.

Today we pass through Namaqualand to arrive at Noordoewer, next to the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River - the natural border between Namibia and South Africa.

In Noordoewer we will stay in a well equipped campsite on the Nambian side of the river.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. 

Day 4 - Noordoewer, Fish River Canyon ( 6th Dec 2018 )

This morning if there is enough water in the river there is a chance for an optional canoe adventure on the Orange River, before we head west into the desert lands of Namibia towards the dramatic secnery of the Fish River Canyon. Here we will have a some time for exploration and taking in the beautiful sunset over the canyon. 

At Fish River Canyon we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Ais Ais

USD 5
Optional

Head out on a short canoe trip on the Orange River, which marks the boundary of Namibia and South Africa

NAD 250
Optional

Raft the Orange River on the border of South Africa and Namibia

NAD 250
Included

Time to explore and take in the jaw-dropping vistas at the Fish River Canyon

Included in Kitty
Day 5 - Sesriem & Soussusvlei ( 7th Dec 2018 )

Today we have a full day drive to Sesriem, our base for exploring the the fabled sand dunes of Namibia. En route we will detour to the town of Keetmanshoop for food shopping. 

Tonight we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans

Free
Day 6 - Namib Desert, Sesriem & Soussusvlei ( 8th Dec 2018 )

Today we have an early morning start to climb to the top of the famous Dune 45 for a dramatic and incredible sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. We will also have chance to explore the otherworldy landscape of the Dead Vlei.

We will then drive a short distance to the deserts at Solitaire, where we will take an included short walking tour to learn all about the ecosystem of the desert.

In Solitaire we will camp at a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours (not including the Dune 45 excursion).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Take a balloon trip over the Namib desert and Dune 45

NAD 5950
Included

Explore the vast dunefields at Sossusvlei

Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans

Included in Kitty
Day 7-8 - Swakopmund ( 9th Dec 2018 to 10th Dec 2018 )

Today we will continue to the old German colonial town of Swakopmund, where we will have 2 nights to explore the town and enjoy some of the many optional adventure activities on offer.

In Swakopmund we will stay in Cabins near the town.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Learn about Namibia's marine life at the Swakopmund Aquarium NAD 30
Optional

Learn all about the German colonial history of the area at the Swakopmund Museum

ZAR 25
Optional

Take a scenic flight over the Forbidden Coast and the Skeleton Coast

NAD 4000
Optional

Explore the townships of Swakopmund, meeting the local Damara, Herero and Ovambo people

NAD 400
Optional

Head out for a fun morning of sandboarding on the dunes near Swakopmund

NAD 400
Optional

Explore the ocean by boat and search for dolphins, seals, and other marine life

NAD 600
Optional

Take a beautiful sunrise balloon flight over the Forbidden Coast

NAD 3000
Optional

Head out for a quad-biking trip into the Namib deserts near Swakopmund

NAD 550
Optional

Go in search of dolphins on a sea kayak trip off the coast of Swakopmund

NAD 800
Optional

Take a boat out for off-shore fishing in the seas near the Forbidden Coast

NAD 1200
Optional

Head out on horseback to explore the beautiful area around Swakopmund

NAD 690
Day 9 - Cape Cross, Spitzkoppe ( 11th Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive east to the stunning mountains of Spitzkoppe. This remote region has breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.

We will also have an included visit to Cape Cross en route to Spitzkoppe, to experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shore.

In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very limited facilities. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross

Included in Kitty
Included

Time to explore in the stunning landscape of Spitzkoppe

Included in Kitty
Day 10-11 - Etosha National Park ( 12th Dec 2018 to 13th Dec 2018 )

Today we head north to the stunning Etosha National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!

We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.

In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife

Included in Kitty
Day 12 - Grootfontein ( 14th Dec 2018 )

Today we will turn east and head to the area north of the town of Grootfontein. This region is home to many of the San people, and we will visit a village community project here - we will go on a fascinating 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and traditional life from our local San guides! After this, we will head to our campsite for the evening.

In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours from leaving the gate of Etosha National Park.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the San Village project near Grootfontein

Included in Kitty
Optional

Visit the Hoba meteorite, the largest known meteorite on Earth

NAD 10
Day 13 - Shakawe ( 15th Dec 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Muhembo, enter Botswana at Muhembo.

Today we will drive through the narrow Zambezi region of Namibia (also known as the Caprivi Strip), and cross the border into northern Botswana, arriving at our campsite near the small village of Shakawe.

Tonight we will prepare for our visit to the Okavango Delta.

In Shakawe we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours.

Day 14-15 - Okavango Delta ( 16th Dec 2018 to 17th Dec 2018 )

Today we have a short drive south to the village of Sepupa, where we leave our vehicle and board boats out over to Mokoba island.

Here we will meet our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango Delta. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways by a local guide. 

We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). Our second evening may be spent camping or on a househoat. All food will be provided by our local hosts.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Head on an unforgettable 2-day/1-night guided safari deep into the Okavango Delta, including Mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris

Included in Kitty
Day 16-17 - Makgadikgadi Pans ( 18th Dec 2018 to 19th Dec 2018 )

Today we travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans National park. 

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours

On day 17 we will have the time for optional excursions into the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, to see the incredible scenery and go in search of meerkats!

At the Makgadikgadi National Park we will camp at a well equipped campsite.

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Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Overnight or day trip out on quads to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans

USD 195
Optional

Take a day trip by 4x4 jeep to explore the Nxai Xini Salt Pan

USD 120
Optional Visit and explore a local cattlepost village USD 80
Optional Take a guided walk around the immense baobab trees found in the area USD 35
Day 18 - Bulawayo ( 20th Dec 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Botswana at Ramokgwebana, enter Zimbabwe at Plumtree.

Today we have a long drive day across the border into Zimbabwe and the city of Bulawayo.

In Bulawayo we will stay in a campground with shared facilities, where some upgrades are available.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Learn all about the eco-systems of Southern Africa at Bulawayo's excellent Natural History Museum USD 10
Optional Visit the fascinating Railway Museum in Bulawayo USD 1
Optional Visit Bulawayo's National Art Gallery USD 2
Optional Visit the animal rescue sanctuary at Chipangali USD 10
Optional Explore the ancient ruined capital of the Butua civilisation at Khami USD 10
Day 19 - Bulawayo, Matobo National Park ( 21st Dec 2018 )

Today we will have an included day trip to explore the Matobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros. We have an incredible safari to track them on foot, and also have the chance to visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes and learn all about Zimbabwe's past. 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided walking safari in search of White Rhino in Matobo National Park

Included in Kitty
Included

Learn all about the colonial history of Southern Africa at a visit to the grave of Cecil Rhodes

Included in Kitty
Day 20 - Hwange National Park ( 22nd Dec 2018 )

After breakfast we head towards Hwange National Park, stopping en route to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Group for an insight into the plight of the African Wild Dog. We will take an included afternoon game drive in local safari trucks through Hwange National Park.

In Hwange National Park we will camp inside the park at their campsite near the entrance gates.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Jeep safari in Hwange National Park

Included in Kitty
Included

Visit to the Painted Dog Conservation project near Hwange

Included in Kitty
Day 21 - Hwange National Park, Kasane ( 23rd Dec 2018 )

This morning we will head out on an early morning game drive within Hwange National Park.

Border Information: exit Zimbabwe at Kazangula, enter Botswana at Kazangula.

After our Game Drive in Hwange we head across the border into Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to the beautiful Chobe National Park.

In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

Day 22 - Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls ( 24th Dec 2018 )

In the morning we will visit the park by taking an included boat trip down the Chobe river - the boat trip provides a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning wildlife photographs, getting extremely close to the animals without disturbing them.

In the afternoon we will drive back into Zimbabwe and to our well equipped camp site in Victoria Falls.

Day 23 - Victoria Falls ( 25th Dec 2018 )

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

Our well equipped campground is centrally located on the Zambezi River only 4 kilometres from the waterfalls, the perfect place to use as a base for the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area. Please note that no meals are included in Victoria Falls.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls

Included in Kitty
Optional

White water rafting on the Zambezi

USD 150
Optional Bungee jump (111m) from the bridge over the Second Gorge of the Victoria Falls USD 135
Optional See the incredible Victoria Falls from the air with a helicopter flight over the waterfalls USD 152
Optional Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi USD 55
Optional Horse riding along the scenic banks of the Zambezi USD 95
Optional Enjoy a relaxing canoeing trip on the River Zambezi USD 110
Optional Take a guided walk to a local Matabele village USD 55
Day 24 - Victoria Falls ( 26th Dec 2018 )

Border Information: Welcome to Victoria Falls and the largest waterfalls in Africa! If joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).

There will be a group meeting at 10:00am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck as well (usually to the right-hand-side of the reception), where you'll be able to meet one of our crew.

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

If you would like to take advantage of the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area, we advise that you arrive a day earlier than the meeting to give yourself enough time to do so. Please note that no meals are included in Victoria Falls.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls 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 Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will stay at a well equipped campsite - accommodation from the very first day will be in the Dragoman tents, but there are often cabins, set-tents and other upgrades available here - please talk to your leader at the initial meeting to check availability.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls

Included in Kitty
Optional Bungee jump (111m) from the bridge over the Second Gorge of the Victoria Falls USD 135
Optional

White water rafting on the Zambezi

USD 150
Optional Horse riding along the scenic banks of the Zambezi USD 95
Optional Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi USD 55
Optional Enjoy a relaxing canoeing trip on the River Zambezi USD 110
Optional Take a guided walk to a local Matabele village USD 55
Day 25 - Livingstone ( 27th Dec 2018 )

Border information: Exit Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, enter Zambia at Victoria Falls.

Today we start out journey with a short drive over the border into Zambia! We will head to the town of Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.

In Livingstone we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 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!).

Day 26 - Lower Zambezi Area ( 28th Dec 2018 )

Today we have a full day drive across southern Zambia to our well equipped campsite on the banks of the Lower Zambezi. 

Tonight we will meet our guides who will take us on our two-day canoeing expedition on the Lower Zambezi on the following day - they will give us a full briefing about the canoeing trip when we arrive.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 27-28 - Lower Zambezi Area ( 29th Dec 2018 to 30th Dec 2018 )

Today we head out on our 2-day/2-night canoeing trip on the Lower Zambezi river.

This is a fully participatory expedition - everyone will pair up, go out in 2-person canoes and paddle themselves, following the lead boat! Everyone also gets involved in setting up the camps and cooking. All of our gear will be carried in a supply canoe, and wild camps are erected on islands in the river along the way.

This is a fantastic way to see the river, the scenery and some of the wildlife in the area!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

2 night canoe wildlife safari in the Lower Zambezi area

Included in Kitty
Day 29 - Luangwa River ( 31st Dec 2018 )

After breakfast, we have an early morning transfer from our second island wild camp on a fast barge back to the truck, and then continue our journey to the bridge over the River Luangwa.

At the Luangwa River we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 30-31 - South Luangwa National Park ( 1st Jan 2019 to 2nd Jan 2019 )

Today our journey continues to the stunning South Luangwa National Park, where we will stay for 2 nights.

If we make good enough time on the drive to the campsite, then there may be opportunity for an optional extra game drive upon arrival tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have an included early morning game drive and an included evening game drive, both in open-sided safari vehicles.

South Luangwa National Park is a hidden gem on the safari circuit; it is rarely visited due to its remote setting, but has some incredible populations of wildlife and is one of the only parks in Southern Africa that is open for night driving with spotlights when many of the big game is at its most active.

In South Luangwa National Park we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Kawaza village visit, South Luangwa National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 32 - Lilongwe ( 3rd Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Zambia at Mchinji, enter Malawi at Mchinji.

Today we will cross the border into Malawi and head to the capital Lilongwe. Hopefully we will arrive by mid-afternoon so that we have the chance to explore the city, its markets and its shops.

In Lilongwe we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 33-34 - Kande ( 4th Jan 2019 to 5th Jan 2019 )

Today we will travel from Lilongwe to Kande beach on the western shore of Lake Malawi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day on Kande beach to relax or to get involved in some of the optional activities available here - there are watersports on the lake, horse riding through the forests and on the beaches, and village walks to see a little bit of the life of the local Tonga people.

In Kande we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Guided walk and visit to a local Tonga village USD 10
Optional Horse Riding excursions in the forests and beaches near Lake Malawi USD 90
Optional Snorkelling excursion to Lake Malawi USD 15
Optional Canoe hire to explore Lake Malawi from the water USD 10
Day 35 - Chitimba ( 6th Jan 2019 )

Today we continue north along the coast of Lake Malawi to Chitimba, an equally beautiful campsite on the shore of the lake. If we arrive in good time, we may have to chance for a short village walk or a woodcarving lesson!

In Chitimba we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Woodcarving lessons with the locals in Chitimba

USD 10
Optional

Village walk around Chitimba

USD 10
Day 36 - Iringa ( 7th Jan 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Malawi at Songwe, enter Tanzania at Songwe.

Today is a long travel day as we enter Tanzania and drive through its southern highlands.

We will stay in a well-equipped campsite on a working ranch 52kms south of the town of Iringa.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

Day 37 - Mikumi, Iringa ( 8th Jan 2019 )

Today we will continue our journey north to our well equipped campsite in the small village of Mikumi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

Day 38 - Zanzibar ( 9th Jan 2019 )

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!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town Free
Day 39 - Zanzibar ( 10th Jan 2019 )

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town Free
Included

Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

Included in Kitty
Day 40-41 - Zanzibar ( 11th Jan 2019 to 12th Jan 2019 )

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar

USD 40
Optional

Dhow trip, Zanzibar

USD 20
Optional Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar

USD 30
Optional

Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive)

USD 55
Optional

Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys

USD 30
Day 42 - Dar Es Salaam ( 13th Jan 2019 )

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Fishing Trips (per boat), Dar Es Salaam

USD 220
Optional Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam USD 15
Optional Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people Free
Included

Ferry back from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam

Included in Kitty
Optional Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture TZS 6500
Day 43 - Lushoto ( 14th Jan 2019 )

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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Stargazing in the Usambara Mountains TZS 5000
Optional

Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages

USD 25
Day 44 - Arusha, Marangu ( 15th Jan 2019 )

After breakfast we head west to the town of Arusha, where we will stop for food shopping in preparation for our excursion to the Serengeti National Park. On the drive to Arusha we will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views from the road.

We will then head to our campsite on the outskirts of Arusha. On arrival we should have time to go on an optional walk to a nearby Maasai village, or visit a reptile house and snake-bite clinic that are run by the campsite. We will also prepare and re-pack for the Serengeti excursion starting the following day.

In Arusha we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit to an African snake park

Free
Optional

Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people

USD 7
Day 45 - Tarangire National Park ( 16th Jan 2019 )

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Today we will be met by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 4-day excursion to the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 4 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

We will have safety talk with our safari guides and then on to a full day drive within Tarangire National Park. You should have many oportunities for photographs so remember your cameras!

Once we make it into our camp site for the evening will will have our evening meal before the opportunity for a night game drive to Lake Manyara.

Day 46-47 - Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park ( 17th Jan 2019 to 18th Jan 2019 )

Today we have an optional bike ride or bush walk along the shore of Lake Manyara. Then we will experience the view from the birds perspective with a tree top walkway followed by a traditional Swahili buffet for lunch. 

After lunch we will make our way down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an evening game drive around the savanna before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here!

Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present.

The next morning we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.

There is an option this morning for to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with Dragoman.

We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then aim to exit the Serengeti early afternoon. We will head back through the conservation area to our next campsite, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we will arrive in the early evening.

Again, the campsite tonight is very basic and unfenced. It can often be quite cold on the crater rim so it is recommended that you take some warm clothes for this night.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hot Air Balloon ride in the Serengeti (this must be pre booked through your sales consultant - the cost for this is approximately USD650)

USD 650
Included

Head on an unforgettable safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - three of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting

Included in Kitty
Day 48 - Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha ( 19th Jan 2019 )

This morning we will have another early start to descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.

We will spend as long as our entry tickets allow in the Ngorongoro Crater before departing, which will usually give us about 3-4 hours of game driving. We will then be dropped off at our campsite back in Arusha, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free afternoon to relax at our excellent campsite or to do some of the optional activites on offer here.

Day 49 - Amboseli National Park ( 20th Jan 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Tanzania at Namanga, enter Kenya at Namanga.

Today we will head to Amboseli National Park. Here you can experience the iconic view of the African plain with Mount Kilimanjaro standing majestically in the background. We will drive through the park in our truck keeping a keen eye out for all of the animals we will pass.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 50 - Nairobi ( 21st Jan 2019 )

Welcome to Nairobi, the final stop on our trip! 

You will have time to explore Nairobi fully - possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Your tour leader will let you know some of our reccommendations however you are more than welcome to move through the city independently for the day!

Day 51 - Nairobi ( 22nd Jan 2019 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

Welcome to Kenya! There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note, as this will often be a travelling day for the crew who will be joining you.

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Optional

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Day 52 - Kericho ( 23rd Jan 2019 )

This morning we will drive on to Kericho, where there is an optional tour around a nearby tea plantation.

In Kericho we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Tour of a tea plantation in Kericho

KES 200
Day 53-54 - Jinja ( 24th Jan 2019 to 25th Jan 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Busia, enter Uganda at Busia.

Today we have a full day's drive across the border into Uganda as we travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa!

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to get involved in the many optional adventure activities available here, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping and boat trips on the White Nile!

In Jinja we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Full Day rafting, Jinja

USD 125
Optional Go bungee jumping above the Nile at our campsite in Jinja USD 115
Optional Go on a boat trip to discover the source of the Nile where the river outflows from Lake Victoria USD 15
Optional Head out on an adventure activity day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping USD 240
Optional

Adventure activity combo day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping

USD 250
Optional

2 nights in Jinja camping next to the swirling currents of the mighty White Nile

USD 75
Optional Head out for a full day of quad biking at the Bujagali Falls near Jinja USD 160
Optional Head out horse riding along the banks of the White Nile USD 75
Day 55 - Nakitoma ( 26th Jan 2019 )

Today we continue our journey and head north to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary close to the town of Nakitoma. Here we will have the chance to track rhinos on foot with a local ranger!

In Nakitoma we will stay in a well equipped campsite within the Rhino Sanctuary.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

USD 40
Day 56 - Kaniyo Pabidi ( 27th Jan 2019 )

Today we continue to Kaniyo Pabidi in the Budongo Forest, in the southern part of the Murchison Falls National Park. Here we will head out for our included chimpanzee tracking walk in the afternoon!

Please note that for conservation reasons the maximum group size to track the chimpanzees is 12 people, so if we have a large group we will split in half, one half going on the walk this afternoon and the other half going tomorrow morning.

In Kaniyo Pabidi we will stay in basic dorm rooms in a small lodge in the Budongo Forest.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Trek on foot in the Budongo Forest in search of habituated chimpanzees

Included in Kitty
Day 57-58 - Murchison Falls National Park ( 28th Jan 2019 to 29th Jan 2019 )

If we had to split the group for chimpanzee tracking, the other half of the group will head out for the walk this morning. When we are ready to continue, we will drive to the central region of Murchison Falls National Park to reach our campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours (to the campsite).

On the next day, we will head out early in the truck for a included morning of game driving around the northern area of the National Park - we will take a local vehicle barge to get over the Nile and pick up a ranger to show us around in search of wildlife!

We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then embark on an included launch cruise on the Nile to spot wildlife from the water and to see the spectacularly-powerful Murchison Falls.

In Murchison Falls National Park we will stay in a well equipped campsite at Paraa on the southern banks of the River Nile in the heart of the park.

Please note that the roads leading into and around Murchison Falls are very poor and can be hazardous in wet conditions. If there has been heavy rain recently, it may not be possible to go into the National Park beyond Kaniyo Pabidi - this is firstly for safety reasons on the drive in, and secondly due to the risk of extreme bogging that will cause us to miss the gorilla treks in Rwanda. We will always endaevour to reach the National Park as per the itinerary; but when this is occasionally not possible, please respect the tour leader's decision in this matter. On these occasions we will be able to utilise this time with spending longer in Lake Bunyonyi and Ruhengeri.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Launch cruise on the River Nile to the mighty Murchison Falls

Included in Kitty
Included

Head out game driving in our overland truck in Murchison Falls National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 59 - Hoima ( 30th Jan 2019 )

This morning we wil make our way out of the national park and head to the bustling town of Hoima. This is a day to absorb the ancient culture on offer. Believe it or not Hoima has its very own palace!

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 60-61 - Queen Elizabeth National Park ( 31st Jan 2019 to 1st Feb 2019 )

This morning we travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, beautifully set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Lake Edward and Lake George, undertaking a game drive on our way to the campsite. 

After lunch we will take an included boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife as well as its healthy population of hippos. During our time in the park we also hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks. 

The next morning we are up early to go on a full day game drive making our way into the depths of the park. We will experience areas of the National Park that are impossible to reach without a full days excursion!

In Queen Elizabeth National Park we will camp at a basic campsite with drop toilets inside the park. Your leader will explain the basic safety aspects of camping in an unfenced area amongst the wildlife upon arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a boat trip through the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 62-63 - Bwindi ( 2nd Feb 2019 to 3rd Feb 2019 )

Here we will go on what is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip - trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest habitat. 

This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than 8 people per day can visit any one habituated family, and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals. 

Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid; however, the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk at least 4 hours - uphill and downhill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself! Once you find them, you will stay with the gorillas for one unforgettable hour!

When visiting the gorillas you will be assigned a trekking group and time on your permit. The group may be split up into different trekking groups during the day.

In Bwindi we will stay in a campsite that occasinally has some very special visitors, the incredible mountain gorillas!

Please note that the gorilla permits are paid for in full by the trip kitty - however, Dragoman has to purchase the permits in advance on the customers' behalf, so a higher deposit is charged on the trip price to protect us from losing this money in the event of cancellation - please see the notes at the end for further detail.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Trek out for this once in a lifetime experience - Gorilla Tracking with the endagered Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest

Included in Kitty
Day 64 - Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo ( 4th Feb 2019 )

This morning we will make our way into the stunning Lake Mburo National Park. This drive will take us across the equator - a prime moment for some photos!

In the afternoon we may have time for a walking safari or even a boat trip on Lake Mburo.

We will stay in an increbile campsite close to the lake where you may be lucky enough to see hippos leaving the water in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park

USD 100
Day 65-66 - Jinja, Nakuru National Park ( 5th Feb 2019 to 6th Feb 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Uganda at Malaba, enter Kenya at Malaba.

Over the next 2 days we will travel back to the east through Jinja to Nakuru.

We will most likely split the drive with a nightstop in Jinja, but if the road conditions improve on a different road then we may go via the western town of Fort Portal instead. Both Jinja and Fort Portal have decent campsites to stay in.

Either way, we will reach Nakuru by the second evening and enjoy a night relaxing at a campsite that we are staying in for 2 nights. 

This is 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 Times - 7-9 hours each day.

Day 67 - Nakuru National Park ( 7th Feb 2019 )

This morning we head into Nakuru National Park for an included half-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 the afternoon we will 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.

In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of town.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective

USD 5
Day 68-69 - Maasai Mara National Reserve ( 8th Feb 2019 to 9th Feb 2019 )

Today we will be met by our 6-person 4x4 jeeps that will take us on our 2-night excursion to the Maasai Mara. We will load the jeeps with our personal gear (but we will not need our camping equipment) and then head off to Maasai Mara, leaving our truck behind.

 

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location in Nairobi), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 3 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

 

On arrival, we will have the chance for a short evening game drive in the Maasai Mara National Park before heading to our campsite. The Maasai Mara is an incredibly scenic area and is one of the world's greatest places for wildlife spotting which is absolutely teeming with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephants, lions, cheetah, leopards, and other big game! On both nights at the Maasai Mara, we will stay in a basic campground on the outskirts of the National Park. The campsite has set-tents and bedding, but is self-catered (we will use our kitchen equipment brought from the truck).

 

The following day we will go out for the full day game driving in the National Park before returning to our campsite for a second night. There is also the opportunity for a sunset balloon flight over the savannah - demand for this activity is very high so you must reserve this at the time of booking your Dragoman trip to avoid disappointment. Tonight we will stay at the same campsite on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Head out on a phenomenal safari in 4x4s into the Maasai Mara - one of the best areas in Africa for wildlife and scenery

Included in Kitty
Optional Take a hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over the incredible scenery of the Maasai Mara (alternative to the scheduled game drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant. USD 550
Day 70 - Nairobi ( 10th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have a final game drive in the Maasai Mara in the early morning, before heading back to Nairobi and our campsite in Karen, arriving at about 4:00pm or 5:00pm. This is where we will meet our overland truck and start using the truck's camping equipment. In Nairobi we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Optional

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Day 71 - Nairobi ( 11th Feb 2019 )

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Day 72 - Naivasha ( 12th Feb 2019 )

Today we make our way to Naivasha, on the edge 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.

On the following day we will have free time in the morning 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 will stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit to Lake Naivasha

KES 7000
Optional

Overland through western Kenya and the Rift Valley

USD 40
Included

Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate

Included in Kitty
Optional

Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle

USD 50
Day 73-74 - Naivasha, Naro Moru ( 13th Feb 2019 to 14th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have some free time for optional activities in Naivasha before we 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule

KES 1000
Optional

Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru

KES 1000
Optional

Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys

USD 15
Day 75 - Samburu Village ( 15th Feb 2019 )

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

Included in Kitty
Day 76 - Samburu National Reserve ( 16th Feb 2019 )

This morning we will enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will enjoy game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day).

Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the National Parks further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes').

Tonight we will wild camp in a camping area in the National Reserve - facilities are very basic, but the area is a 5-10 minute walk from Samburu Lodge.

Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally-chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve

Included in Kitty
Day 77 - Moyale ( 17th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have an early start to travel through the very rarely-visited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous Marsabit-Moyale road to the very northern border town of Moyale. The scenery today is spectacular as we travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

In Moyale we will stay in a basic local hotel or camp in a local campsite.

Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts.

Day 78 - Konso ( 18th Feb 2019 )

Border information: Exit Kenya at Moyale, enter Ethiopia at Moyale.

For those on a longer combination trip starting in Cape Town or Victoria Falls, please play special attention to the visa notes in the information below.

Today we will cross the border into Ethiopia and have a full day of travel to Konso, home to the local Konso people and our gateway to southern Ethiopia.

In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit this traditional village and see how locals have lived there for hundreds of years. Soak in the calm atmosphere of a village that has stood the test of time.

Included in Kitty
Day 79 - Arba Minch, Konso ( 19th Feb 2019 )

Today we will arrive in the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo. On route we will visit Konso Village and a Cultural Centre.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

ETB 200
Optional

Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market'

ETB 450
Optional

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

ETB 100
Day 80-81 - Arba Minch ( 20th Feb 2019 to 21st Feb 2019 )

Border Information: If you are joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).

Welcome to Ethiopia! Today is the arrival day for those joining in Arba Minch, and will be a free day to explore the town.

There will be an important meeting with your crew at 6:00pm today. Look out for a note from them at the hotel reception letting you know where to meet.

The following day we have time for optional activities such as the crocodile market or bike rides around the city.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.

 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

ETB 200
Optional

Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market'

ETB 450
Optional

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

ETB 100
Day 82 - Awassa, Wendo Genet ( 22nd Feb 2019 )

Today we will head north to the small town of Awassa, where we can visit the local fish market.

After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills above Awassa, where we will stay for the night.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet

Free
Optional Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet ETB 100
Included

Experience the true local culture at this fish market. If you would like to try the soup make sure you bring your own bowl!

 

Included in Kitty
Day 83-85 - Bale Mountains National Park ( 23rd Feb 2019 to 25th Feb 2019 )

Today we will leave Wendo Genet and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

We will enjoy 2 full days to explore the National Park. We will keep one day completely free to head out for optional guided walks - there are several possibilities for routes, including highland routes up the hills and moorlands searching for mountain nyalas, or lowland walks through the forest areas to look for Bale monkeys! On the other day we will drive in the truck up to the Sanetti Plateau, all the way to the second-highest point in Ethiopia (the 4359m summit of Tulu Dimtu) to explore the primeval landscape and search for Ethiopian wolves.

In the Bale Mountains we will stay in dorms in a basic lodge near the entrance to the National Park.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Horse/mule treks or guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park

Included in Kitty
Included

Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck, stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves

Included in Kitty
Day 86-87 - Lake Ziway ( 26th Feb 2019 to 27th Feb 2019 )

Today we will leave the Bale Mountains and head to the small town of Ziway.

The following day we will take an included boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, where we will have a short guided tour of the ancient monastery there and view some of the old religious manuscripts.

In Ziway we will stay in a small local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island

Included in Kitty
Day 88 - Awash National Park ( 28th Feb 2019 )

Toady we will drive to Awash National Park and overnight in the lovely Awash Falls Lodge. Who said luxury was not part of overlanding! This is a stunning place to experience this great little National Park.

Estimated drive time - 7 - 8 hours

 

 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Follow the scout to explore the trails of this National Park. Who knows what wildlife you will encounter?!

Included in Kitty
Day 89-91 - Harar ( 1st Mar 2019 to 3rd Mar 2019 )

Today we will have a long drive east through the mountains to the ancient trading city of Harar.  We will stay in a charming small hotel in the old city inself.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours

The following day we have a free day in ancient Harar and will have an included guided city tour of the walled city of Harar (Harar Jugol). Enjoy its colourful markets, mosques and shrines. In the evening you can visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city. 

Our final day in this incredible city is a free day to explore this amazing city on your own.  It is one of the most important historic sites on this trip and one not to be missed. 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city.

Included in Kitty
Included

Witness Harar's tradition of feeding wild Hyenas by hand each evening just outside the city walls.

Included in Kitty
Day 92-93 - Addis Ababa ( 4th Mar 2019 to 5th Mar 2019 )

Today we will travel to the bustling Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the city.

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Border Information: if you are leaving in Addis Ababa, you will most likely exit Ethiopia from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).

The following day is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Addis Ababa. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum

ETB 10
Optional

Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa

Free
Optional

Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism

Free
Optional

Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896

Free
Optional

Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes

Free
Optional Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie ETB 100
Day 94 - Addis Ababa ( 6th Mar 2019 )

Border Information: If joining in Addis Ababa, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).

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.

On the next day, we will have a free day to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums and sights. If you are travelling to the Sudan and have arranged to pick the visa up in Addis Ababa, this day will be spend arranging this visa.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Addis Ababa 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 Addis Ababa.

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 95 - Debre Markos ( 7th Mar 2019 )

We will start our journey today with a drive to the small town of Debre Markos. En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side!

In Debre Markos we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Overland journey north of Addis Ababa, passing through the immense Blue Nile Gorge Included in Kitty
Day 96-98 - Bahir Dar ( 8th Mar 2019 to 10th Mar 2019 )

Today we will complete our drive to Bahir Dar, a small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On our first full day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile. 

On our second day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. We will have some free time in the afternoon to take optional visits to some other spots around Bahir Dar such as the 'Hippo bridge' and the Tigray war memorial.

In Bahir Dar we will stay in decent local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries

Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the stunning Blue Nile Falls just downstream of Bahir Dar

Included in Kitty
Day 99-101 - Lalibela ( 11th Mar 2019 to 13th Mar 2019 )

Today we have a full day's drive through the beautiful scenery of central Ethiopia to reach the small medieval town of Lalibela.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of the world-famous 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela. Our guide will be able to explain the fascinating history of Lalibela and its churches, and there will be plenty of time to explore, absorb the haunting atmosphere inside the churches, and take plenty of photographs of the incredible architecture and the religious rituals within.

On the second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. We will have opportunity to hike up the nearby mountains to the Asheten Monastery, visit the Yemrehana Kristos cave church outside the town, or freely explore the Lalibela churches again at your own pace.

In Lalibela we will stay in a local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery ETB 500
Included

Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela

Included in Kitty
Optional Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique 'church in a cave' near Lalibela ETB 600
Day 102 - Mekele ( 14th Mar 2019 )

Leaving Lalibela behind us, we have a full days drive through increasingly mountainous scenery to reach the town of Mekele.

We will stay in a decent local hotel in Mekele.

Estimated Drive Times - 9-10 hours

Day 103-104 - Danakil Depression ( 15th Mar 2019 to 16th Mar 2019 )

After breakfast meet your 4 x 4 vehicles and drive to Hamed Ella. On the way you will pass through the beautiful Tigre Villages and the escarpment of the Afar depression, this is commonly known as the cradle of mankind is part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Along the way you will see camel caravans going to the traditional salt minin or to the North Eastern highlands of the country, loaded with salt bars in the old traditional way. We will also stop at Brehalle where we will get our permits and scouts for the trip into the Danakil Depression. 

On the second day we drive to Dallol. Here in Dallol you will visit the beautiful land covered by salt, sulfur and different minerals that gives the area a spectactular colour. We will then continue on to Lake Asale to watch the Afar and Tigre men cut the salt into bars and load up their camels before they head to the highlands of Ethiopia. 

We will wildcamp at Hammed Ella both nights for this excursion. The final day we will then make our way back to Mekele visiting villages along the way. 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Journey out on an incredible 3 day/2 night excursion to the Danakil Depression. 

Included in Kitty
Day 105 - Mekele ( 17th Mar 2019 )

Today we will make our way back to Mekele where we will stay in a basic hotel overnight. 

Day 106-107 - Axum ( 18th Mar 2019 to 19th Mar 2019 )

Today we will visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church), then continue through the increasingly breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains to reach the ancient town of Axum in the far north of Ethiopia.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

The next day we will have an included half-day guided tour of the incredible historical sites of Axum, the capital of the once-mighty Axumite Empire - included in this tour will be seeing the Stelae Field, the Tomb of King Kaleb, and the Palace of the Queen of Sheba. We will have a free afternoon to make optional visits to other places such as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

In Axum we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum

Included in Kitty
Optional

Visit the Church of St Mary of Zion at Axum

ETB 200
Day 108 - Debark ( 20th Mar 2019 )

Leaving Axum behind us, we continue our journey with a full day of driving through the foothills of the Simien Mountains to reach the small village of Debark. The roads here are very tough, but we are rewarded with more truly breathtaking scenery!

Debark is the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, and on arrival we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options that we will have during our excursion starting the following day.

Here we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Times 9 - 10 hours.

Day 109-111 - Simien Mountains National Park ( 21st Mar 2019 to 23rd Mar 2019 )

Today marks the start of our 3-day excursion into the Simien Mountains National Park. The area is home to some of Africa's most jaw-dropping mountain scenery and is a great opportunity to enjoy some incredibly beautiful treks and breathtaking views!

The area is also home many indigenous animals, and during our time here we hope to spot Lammargeyer vultures, geladas, Walia ibex, and (if we are very lucky) klipspringers and Ethiopian wolves.

We will spend 3 nights in the incredible Simien Mountains National Park. On each day we aim to provide an option for a long trek (of 5-8 hours), a short trek (2-5 hours) or no trekking.

On our first day we aim to wild camp at the area of Sankaber. On our second and third days we aim to wild camp at the area of Chenek (underneath Ras Bwahit, the second-highest mountain in the Simiens, which we hope to get the opportunity to summit).

Please note that we must keep a flexible itinerary in the Simien Mountains, as our options will largely be determined by the weather. 

Please also note that the camping areas in the national park are very basic, and are essentially wild camps with long drop toilets. Please also note that the food and provisions available in Debark and the National Park are very limited, and it is also likely to be very cold at night (often dropping below freezing), so please be prepared!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided treks in the Simien Mountains National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 112-113 - Gondar ( 24th Mar 2019 to 25th Mar 2019 )

Today we head back out to the mountains to Debark, and then finally join the tarmac road again to reach the ancient royal city of Gondar! 

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the next day, we will have an included half-day guided tour of the historical sites of Gondar, including Gondar Castle, the King Fasilades' Baths and the Debre Birhan Selassie church. 

In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Learn all about medieval Ethiopia on a half-day guided tour of the castles, churches and baths of Gondar

Included in Kitty
Optional Enjoy a tour of the local Dashen brewery in Gondar USD 8
Day 114 - Gedaref ( 26th Mar 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Ethiopia at Metema, enter Sudan at Metema.

Today we will leave Ethiopia behind us and drive to the small town of Gedaref, en route to the Sudanese captial of Khartoum.

In Gedaref we will either stay in a basic local hotel in the town or bush camp in the deserts outside.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 115 - Khartoum ( 27th Mar 2019 )

Today we have a full day's drive to Sudan's capital of Khartoum.

In Khartoum we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 116-117 - Khartoum ( 28th Mar 2019 to 29th Mar 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Khartoum, you will most likely enter Sudan at Khartoum International Airport (IATA code: KRT).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your leader at the hotel reception when you arrive with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to collect your passport in order to get everyone's visas registered the following morning.

The next day will be free to independently explore Khartoum, including possible optional visits to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Khartoum 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 Khartoum.

In Khartoum we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum

Free
Optional

Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum

Free
Optional

Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman

USD 1
Optional Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum SDD 1
Day 118 - Naqa, Musawwarat ( 30th Mar 2019 )

Today we will head north out of Khartoum to explore the Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat.

Tonight we aim to wild camp in the deserts near Musawwarat.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat

Included in Kitty
Day 119 - Meroe, Karima ( 31st Mar 2019 )

Today we will head north to visit the incredible and haunting Meroe pyramids of the Kushite era. We will then continue on to Karima. 

We aim to wild camp in the deserts near Karima.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided visit of Meroe Pyramids

Included in Kitty
Day 120-122 - Karima, Dongola, Wawa ( 1st Apr 2019 to 3rd Apr 2019 )

Over the next 3 days we will journey north through the remote areas of Northern Sudan and the vast Sahara Desert. En route we will visit many ruined temples of the Kushite era, including the Nuri pyramids and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima, the Deffufa of Kerma near Dongola, and the Temple of Soleb near Wawa.

On all of these nights we will wild camp out in the remote deserts, which is the true highlight of travelling overland through Sudan!

Estimated Drive Times - 4-8 hours each day.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain

Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri, near Karima

Included in Kitty
Included

Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation

Included in Kitty
Included

Cross the Nile and explore the remote Kushite Temple of Soleb

Included in Kitty
Day 123 - Wadi Halfa ( 4th Apr 2019 )

Today we will come to the end of our long journey through the wilds of Northern Sudan and reach the dusty frontier town of Wadi Halfa on the southern shores of Lake Nasser.

The rest of the day will be free for us to explore the hills above Wadi Halfa, or to relax in the shade!

In Wadi Halfa we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 124 - Abu Simbel ( 5th Apr 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Sudan at Qustol, enter Egypt at Qustol.

Today we will cross the border into Egypt, and take the first available transport ferry across to the west side of Lake Nasser and the small village of Abu Simbel. Here we will have an included visit to the phenomenal Temples of Ramses and Nefertari, with a possibility to visit the sound and light show after sunset (if it is running).

In Abu Simbel we will stay in a basic local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Watch the fantastic Sound and Light show at the Abu Simbel Temples EGP 60
Included

Visit the awe-inspiring world-famous Temple of Ramses II and Temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel

Included in Kitty
Day 125-127 - Aswan ( 6th Apr 2019 to 8th Apr 2019 )

Today we continue our drive by joining the 11:00am convoy to Aswan, where we will have 3 full days to enjoy to wealth of history and culture that Aswan has to offer, and to make optional visits to Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, the Nubian Museum, and the Aswan Dam.

In Aswan we stay in a comfortable hotel in the centre of the town, next to the Nile River.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the Philae Temple, a beautiful Ptolomaic-era temple to Osiris on an island near Aswan

EGP 110
Optional

Visit the controversial Aswan High Dam

EGP 30
Optional

Take a boat trip out to Elephantine Island to explore its ruins and Nileometers, and to the beautiful botanical gardens on Elnabatat's Island

EGP 90
Optional

Explore the Tombs of the Nobles near Aswan, the rock-hewn tombs of nobility all the way from the Old Kingdom to the Roman era

EGP 40
Optional Visit the Nubian Museum, a fantastic showcase of Nubian culture and civilisation EGP 20
Optional Explore the nearby Fatimid cemetery, a rare window into the 10th and 11th-century Fatimid Caliphate era Free
Optional Visit the incredible Roman-era Temple of Kalabsha, constructed in tribute to Mandulis, the Nubian sun god EGP 50
Day 128 - Nile Felucca, Aswan ( 9th Apr 2019 )

Today we will board a traditional felucca sailboat for an overnight adventure exploring the Nile by boat.

Our accommodation tonight will be on board the felucca.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Discover the River Nile by boat on an afternoon and overnight felucca trip

Included in Kitty
Day 129-131 - Luxor, Edfu ( 10th Apr 2019 to 12th Apr 2019 )

This morning we start our journey north through Egypt and visit the incredible Temple of Edfu, an awe-inspiring temple dedicated to Horus built during the Ptolomaic era, which is considered to be the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt.

After this we will head to Luxor, a beautiful modern town built on the site of the Ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, where we will spend 3 nights exploring the incredible historical sites here.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided tour around the world-famous Karnak Temple, which is walking distance from our hotel. This temple contains some remarkably preserved painted walls and many awe-inspiring pillars and obelisks, and was the centre of religious life in Thebes. Our tour will last about 2 hours, and then we will have free time for the rest of the day to explore the temple independently, and to visit the other sites in Luxor such as the smaller Luxor Temple in the town centre, and the small but beautiful Luxor Museum, which is filled with priceless treasures from the area.

On the following day we will have an included tour to the West Bank, which will encompass the Hatshepsut Temple and the phenomenal Valley of the Kings, the location of the tombs of the Pharoahs of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

In Luxor we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a guided tour of the Ptolomaic-era Temple of Horus at Edfu, considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt

Included in Kitty
Included

Guided tour of Karnak Temple, Luxor

Included in Kitty
Optional

Explore the colossal 18th-Dynasty Temple of Luxor

EGP 65
Optional

Visit the fascinating Luxor Museum of Antiquities

EGP 80
Included Explore the phenomenal royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile Included in Kitty
Optional Visit the world-famous tomb of the Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the only Egyptian royal tomb ever discovered undisturbed EGP 100
Included Visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut, built to honour one of Egypt's most influential Pharoahs Included in Kitty
Included

See the remarkably well-preserved painted murals in the Temple of Hathor in Dendara

Included in Kitty
Day 132-133 - Marsa Alam ( 13th Apr 2019 to 14th Apr 2019 )

Today we will drive to the beautiful southern Red Sea village of Marsa Alam. We will also have an included visit the remarkably preserved Temple of Hathor at Dendara en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

We will have 2 days in Marsa Alam to relax on the beaches, enjoy many optional activities on the Red Sea, or to take an optional overnight camel safari out into the nearby deserts of Wadi-el-Gamal!

In Marsa Alam we will stay in a basic local beach guesthouse.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Head out scuba-diving through the coral reefs of the Red Sea

EUR 60
Optional

Explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea from a 'semi-submarine', a boat designed with huge underwater viewing windows

EUR 40
Optional

Take an overnight camel safari out into the Wadi-El-Gamal desert, sleeping out under the stars

EGP 300
Optional

Head out on a small yacht for a fishing trip on the idyllic waters of the Red Sea

EUR 70
Optional Snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, searching for dolphins and other marine life EUR 60
Optional Head out for a sunset quad biking trip into the deserts near Marsa Alam EUR 35
Day 135 - El Quseir ( 16th Apr 2019 )

Today we will spend some more time at Marsa Alam, before heading up the coast to explore the nearby Ottoman fort at El Quseir.

In El Quseir we will stay in a pleasant campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir

Included in Kitty
Day 136 - Eastern Deserts, Zafarana ( 17th Apr 2019 )

Today we will travel up the stunning coast of the Red Sea and into the Eastern Deserts, visiting the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony en route.

We will aim to stay in a simple local guesthouse in Zafarana en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Deserts

Included in Kitty
Day 137 - Port Said ( 18th Apr 2019 )

Today we will head further north, and follow the Suez Canal to its northern outflow into the Mediterranean Sea at Port Said.

In Port Said we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said Included in Kitty
Day 138-139 - Alexandria ( 19th Apr 2019 to 20th Apr 2019 )

Today we will follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach the bustling city of Alexandria, where will spend 2 nights exploring the sights. We will have the chance to visit the beautiful modern Alexandria Library, explore several historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean.

In Alexandria we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the incredible modern Library of Alexandria

EGP 70
Optional

Scuba diving around the incredible submerged port of Heracleion in the Mediterranean Sea

EGP 800
Optional See the interesting collections and exhibits at the Alexandria Museum, located in a restored Italian-style palace EGP 65
Optional Explore the incredible 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka EGP 15
Optional Visit the incredible Citadel of Qaitbey, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the mouth of the Eastern Harbour EGP 25
Optional Explore the ancient underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa EGP 35
Optional

Take a trip out to the incredibly moving war cemeteries of El Alamein, the site of one of the most influential battles of World War II

EGP 50
Day 140 - Cairo ( 21st Apr 2019 )

Today is our final drive day to the colossal, busting Egyptian capital of Cairo. We will aim to arrive in the later afternoon. Please note that if the traffic is particularly heavy, we may not be able to safely drive right up to the hotel due to parked cars blocking the streets; in this instance we may have to take the truck directly to a parking area and take taxis to the hotel.

In Cairo we will stay in a comfortable hotel located in the pleasant district of Dokki, a short taxi or metro journey from downtown Cairo.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours

Day 141 - Cairo ( 22nd Apr 2019 )

Today we will set off in a local chartered minibus for an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqqara, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

We will aim to be back in Cairo for around 4:00pm today and stay overnight in the same hotel.

Tonight is the last night of the trip so we will go out for our final night group meal together!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the site of Dashur, with the fascinating Red and Bent Pyramids built by the 4th Dynasty Pharoah Sneferu - includes entrance to the interior of the Red Pyramid

Included in Kitty
Optional

Guided visit to the Giza and Saqqara Pyramids, Cairo

EGP 120
Optional See the reconstruction of an Ancient Egyptian reed boat at the Pyramids of Giza EGP 40
Optional

See the stunning Sound and Light show at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

EGP 120
Optional

Entrance to the interior of the Menkaure Pyramid at Giza

EGP 40
Included

Explore the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza.

Included in Kitty
Included Explore the world-famous site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of three Pharoahs of the 4th Dynasty, and the oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Included in Kitty
Included Visit the ancient 3rd Dynasty necropolis of Saqqara, including Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest complete stone building ever built in the world Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the remains of Memphis, the old capital of Lower Egypt

Included in Kitty
Day 142 - Cairo ( 23rd Apr 2019 )

Border Information: if finishing in Cairo, you will most likely exit Egypt at Cairo International Airport (IATA code: CAI).

This morning we will head out on our final activity, an included half-day guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. We will go to the museum by metro or by taxi, and be shown around the vast and breathtaking collection of historical relics and treasures, including the sarcophagus of Akhenaten, the mummy of Ramses II and of course the incredible golden mask of Tutankhamun!

Please do not book flights out of Cairo before about 6:00pm if you would like to make sure you have enough time to fully explore the museum before the trip ends.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cairo. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum

Included in Kitty
Optional Entrance to the Mummy Room in the Egyptian Museum, which displays the mummies of some very important Pharoahs such as Akenaten, Ramses II and Hatshepsut EGP 100
Optional Visit The Pharonic Village, a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt EGP 150
Optional Explore the medieval Islamic fortress of the Cario Citadel, built by the warrior Saladin, and the beautiful Ottoman Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha EGP 50
Optional Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church EGP 50
Optional See the 9th-century Nileometer on Rhoda Island, which was once used for carefully measuring the height of the Nile during the annual flood EGP 15
Optional Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower, the tallest building in North Africa (when open) EGP 70
Optional Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park, an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo, built in tradition Islamic style EGP 7
Optional Discover the exceptional collection of art from all over the Islamic world at Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art EGP 50

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