Cairo to Zanzibar

  • days: 25
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Countries Visited:

  • Egypt
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya

Description

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The Great Migration

One of the world's 10 natural wonders. Witness the real circle of life as more than 6 million hooves stampede, crossing crocodile-filled rivers. To witness this amazing spectacle find out the best times to visit.

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Venture through three very different destinations during this one-of-a kind tour. Experience the history of Egypt, relax on the beaches of Zanzibar and search for remarkable wildlife in Kenya. This is the ultimate opportunity to travel from the waters of the Nile to the rolling grasslands of the Maasai Mara.

Ancient Wonders

Our tour starts in Cairo, where the world of ancient Egypt awaits. Here we’ll experience all the must-see sights. It’s impossible to name them all but highlights include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, the beautiful Luxor and Karnak temples, the iconic Sphinx, the stunning temples of Abu Simbel and the riverside temples of Kom Ombo. During our time in Egypt, we’ll also enjoy a four night Nile Cruise - a great way to travel between sightseeing!

The Spice Island

After the wonders of Egypt, and before we experience the amazing game viewing in Kenya, we see the sights in Stone Town on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.  Enjoy plenty of free time to relax and unwind where you can further explore the island with its rich colonial past or simply soak up the relaxed beach life.

Animal Encounters

From Zanzibar, our tour continues to Kenya. Our sightseeing takes us back to nature, as we enjoy some fantastic game drives in Samburu and Lake Nakuru. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, we head on to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous wildlife reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and amazing rolling grasslands, it makes for unforgettable game viewing.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Cairo

‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’ to mesmerising Egypt and its ancient history! This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Giza

This morning we visit the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Giza! We’ll also see the nearby Sphinx, the Step Pyramid of Sakkara and the ancient capital of Memphis. [B]

Day 4. Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise

We fly to Luxor and visit the beautiful temples of Karnak and Luxor, linked by the impressive 3km-long Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]

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Embark Cruise: This afternoon we’ll board our luxury Nile cruise ship.

Day 5. Nile Cruise

This morning we discover the Nile’s West Bank, visiting the incomparable Valley of the Kings and the imposing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Nile Cruise

Cruising down the Nile, we stop at Edfu’s Temple of Horus. We’ll then visit Aswan’s impressive Kom Ombo temple complex. Tonight we’ll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Please note: Due to local laws and regulations, the only mode of transport available to visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu is by horse and carriage. Unfortunately, some neglectful owners cruelly mistreat their animals. While our guides always endeavour to arrange healthy, well-treated horses with responsible owners for our transport in Edfu, ultimately it is your decision if you wish to partake in the included sightseeing. If you do not wish to participate, you are welcome to explore Edfu independently, or stay on board the cruise to enjoy the ship’s facilities.

Day 7. Nile Cruise

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Special Experience: Today we explore amazing Abu Simbel. The twin temples here were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

This afternoon we’ll sail along the Nile on a traditional felucca. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Nile Cruise - Aswan

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Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise after breakfast.

We’ll then visit the peaceful Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the High Dam, and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan. [B]

Day 9. Aswan - Cairo

Today we fly back to Cairo. [B]

Day 10. Cairo - Addis Ababa - Zanzibar

Today we explore Cairo. Our first stop is the Egyptian Museum, home to the priceless treasures of Tutankhamun. We’ll also visit the Citadel, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and explore Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Next we fly to the exotic island of Zanzibar. [B,D]

Day 11. Zanzibar

‘Karibu’ to tropical Zanzibar! Enjoy the evening at leisure in Stone Town.

Day 12. Zanzibar

This morning we explore historic Stone Town on foot. Highlights include the Sultan’s Palace, the Old Museum and the market. We’ll then transfer to our resort at Kiwengwa Beach. [B,D]

Day 13. Zanzibar

Relax and soak up the resort atmosphere, or explore the picturesque fishing villages that are dotted along the coast. [B,D]

Day 14. Zanzibar

Spend the day enjoying the beautiful resort at Kiwengwa Beach. [B,D]

Day 15. Zanzibar - Nairobi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Nairobi later this afternoon. [B]

Day 16. Nairobi

Today we’ll visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, which rescues and rehabilitates elephants and rhinos orphaned by ivory and horn poachers. Then get up close and personal with the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre. Later we enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and visit the adjoining Museum. [B,L]

Day 17. Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

Escaping the city, we travel north and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve. After lunch we’ll head out on our first game drive! [B,L,D]

Day 18. Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu’s diverse range of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives today. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about ‘a day in the life’ of a Samburu woman and her children.

Day 19. Samburu National Reserve - Mt Kenya National Park

Today we travel to Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain. On our way we stop at
the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers, a place where women are trained in the craft of spinning and weaving, empowering them to earn a sustainable living.

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On arrival in Mt Kenya we’ll explore the forest on foot with a ranger. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Mt Kenya National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

A chance for us to spot the endangered rhino in beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park today on an afternoon game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 21. Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha

We’ll participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge this morning before we travel to Lake Naivasha, the home of the late Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free”.

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After lunch, we drive to Hell's Gate National Park where we go for a walk, admiring the spectacular scenery of towering cliffs, extinct volcanoes and deep gorges.

We then return to the rich heritage and idyllic scenery of Lake Naivasha, the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea and visit the Adamson house containing memorabilia from the “Born Free” film. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara and enjoy a game drive, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebra, gazelles and lions! [B,L,D]

Day 23. Maasai Mara

Our day in the Maasai Mara is devoted to discovering the incredible wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll be treated to a special bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars.

Day 24. Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Australia

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia

Itinerary 2020

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Cairo

‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’ to mesmerising Egypt and its ancient history! This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Giza

Our day begins with a visit to the Step Pyramid of Sakkara and the ancient capital of Memphis. We then travel to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the nearby Sphinx. [B]

Day 4. Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise

We fly to Luxor this morning. 

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Embark Cruise: This afternoon we’ll board our luxury Nile cruise ship. 

After enjoying lunch on board, we'll visit the beautiful temples of Karnak and Luxor, linked by the impressive 3 kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes. We'll return to the ship for dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Nile Cruise

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We'll discover the Nile’s West Bank, visiting the incomparable Valley of the Kings and the imposing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Nile Cruise

Cruising down the Nile, we stop at Edfu’s Temple of Horus. We’ll then visit Aswan’s impressive Kom Ombo temple complex.

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Special Experience: Tonight we'll experience a traditional galabeya party while cruising along the Nile. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Nile Cruise

Today we explore amazing Abu Simbel. The twin temples here were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC. This afternoon we’ll sail along the Nile on a traditional felucca. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Nile Cruise - Aswan

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Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise after breakfast.

We’ll then explore Aswan on a half-day tour. Our stops include the High Dam, the peaceful Temple of Isis on Philae Island and the Unfinished Obelisk. [B]

Day 9. Aswan - Cairo

Today we fly back to Cairo. 

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Special Experience: Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Middle Eastern cuisine as we take a local cooking class and enjoy our creations for dinner. [B,D]

Day 10. Cairo - Addis Ababa - Zanzibar

Today we explore Cairo. Our first stop is the Egyptian Museum, home to the priceless treasures of Tutankhamun. We’ll also visit the Citadel, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and explore Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Next we fly to the exotic island of Zanzibar. [B,D]

Day 11. Zanzibar

‘Karibu’ to tropical Zanzibar! Enjoy some time at leisure after our arrival. 

Day 12. Zanzibar

This morning we explore historic Stone Town on foot. Highlights include the Sultan’s Palace, the Old Fort and the market. We’ll then transfer to our resort at Kiwengwa Beach. [B,D]

Day 13. Zanzibar

Relax and soak up the resort atmosphere, or explore the picturesque fishing villages that are dotted along the coast. [B,D]

Day 14. Zanzibar

Spend the day enjoying the beautiful resort at Kiwengwa Beach. [B,D]

Day 15. Zanzibar - Nairobi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Nairobi later this afternoon. [B]

Day 16. Nairobi

Today we’ll visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, which rescues and rehabilitates elephants and rhinos orphaned by ivory and horn poachers. Then get up close and personal with the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre. Later we enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and visit the adjoining Museum. [B,L]

Day 17. Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

Escaping the city, we travel north and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve. After lunch we’ll head out on our first game drive! [B,L,D]

Day 18. Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu’s diverse range of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives today. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Samburu National Reserve - Mt Kenya National Park

Today we travel to Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain. 

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Special Experience: Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about ‘a day in the life’ of a Samburu woman and her children. 

We'll also visit the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers, a place where women are trained in the craft of spinning and weaving, empowering them to earn a sustainable living.

Walking Man

After we arrive in Mt Kenya, we’ll explore the forest on foot with a ranger. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Mt Kenya National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

Today we'll travel to Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for water birds and endangered rhino. Keep your camera handy during our afternoon game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 21. Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha

We’ll participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge this morning before we travel to Lake Naivasha, the home of the late Joy Adamson, author of 'Born Free'.

Walking Man

After lunch, we drive to Hell's Gate National Park where we go for a hike, admiring the spectacular scenery of towering cliffs, extinct volcanoes and deep gorges.

We then return to the rich heritage and idyllic scenery of Lake Naivasha, to enjoy afternoon tea and visit the Elsamere Conservation Centre. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara.

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Special Experience: Enjoy a Swahili cooking class at Sarova Mara Game Camp, first exploring the in-house herb and vegetable garden. 

Search for an array of wildlife, including lions, wildebeest and zebras in the Mara's rolling grasslands during an afternoon game safari. [B,L,D]

Day 23. Maasai Mara

An early start for a day of unforgettable game drives through the Maasai Mara. This evening we'll be treated to a special bush dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 24. Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Australia

Today we begin our journey home via Nairobi. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Africa
  • 1 light plane flight within Kenya
  • Nile River cruise
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $430pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals 

  • 7 nights in 3½-4½ star hotels
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a 5 star (Egyptian standard) luxury Nile River cruise
  • 3 nights at a Zanzibar beach resort
  • 5 nights in 4-4½ star African lodges
  • 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 17 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides 

  • English-speaking, university-qualified Egyptologist guides
  • English-speaking locally based guide in Zanzibar
  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide in Kenya

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Entrance Fees & Permits 

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves

Sightseeing 

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation.

  • Explore Cairo including the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.  
  • Visit Memphis and the unique Step Pyramid of Sakkara.
  • Discover the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor which were once linked by a 3 kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes.
  • Spend 4 nights on board a luxury cruise ship and travel down the majestic Nile River.
  • Explore the West Bank, including the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings (where we enter some of the tombs of the pharaohs) and the massive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
  • Travel to the magnificent Temple of Horus (the Falcon God) in Edfu, the Temple of Kom Ombo which currently displays some of the crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity.
  • Enjoy a Galabeya Party whilst cruising the Nile.
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses ll and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel.
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon on a traditional felucca sail boat.
  • Explore Aswan on a half-day tour, including the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island.
  • Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Middle Eastern cuisine as we take a local cooking class and enjoy our creations for dinner.
  • Visit Mohammed Ali Mosque, Saladin Citadel of Cairo, the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar and the Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures.

Relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

  • Stroll through the charming alleys of Stone Town and visit the Sultan Palace, the Old Museum and the Old Market.
  • Spend 2 days relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.

Witness Kenya’s amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery on game drives and excursions.

  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, one of the world’s most extraordinary animal rehabilitation programs.
  • Visit The Giraffe Centre, an important conservation initiative created by the ‘African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’.  Feed and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from elevated platforms.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, presenting a glimpse of the life of Karen Blixen, an extraordinary farmer and the author of ‘Out of Africa’.
  • Explore rugged and remote Samburu National Reserve on game drives. The reserve attracts some amazing wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and much more!
  • Visit a Samburu Village and school for protected Samburu women and their children.
  • Spinner and Weavers visit.
  • Discover Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa's second highest peak, affording some of the most impressive views in east Africa.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds and rhinos.
  • Participate in a tree planting ceremony in Lake Nakuru.
  • Visit Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake. Fringed by thick papyrus, it is one of Kenya's important horticultural areas with its yellow-barked Acacia Xanthophlea and is teeming with birdlife.
  • Enjoy a short hike through Hell's Gate National Park.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Elsemere in Lake Naivasha, home to the late Joy Adamson, author of 'Born Free'.
  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara.
  • Enjoy a Swahili cooking class at the Sarova Mara Game Camp.
  • Experience unforgettable game drives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and rolling savannahs, it makes for amazing game-viewing. Keep an eye out for millions of wildebeest and zebras which migrate here annually.
  • Enjoy an incredible bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo

Le Meridien Pyramids comprises elegantly decorated guestrooms. Enjoy incredible views of the majestic Pyramids of Giza from your sun lounge beside the pool. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from offering Mediterranean, International, Egyptian and Mexican food as well as 2 cafes, including a traditional Shisha cafe. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning, currency exchange, laundry, gift shops and spa services.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Movenpick MS Royal Lily, Nile Cruise

The Royal Lily flagship cruiser comprises 56 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 4 Royal Suites. The Deluxe cabins are tastefully decorated and include an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, climate control and telephones. The expansive restaurant is located under the main deck and offers mouth-watering buffets featuring authentic Egyptian, international and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a selection of local and imported wines, spirits and liqueurs. The Salon Deck has large panoramic windows and a relaxing lounge which serves afternoon tea and other refreshments. There is a pool on the sundeck and a fully equipped gym and massage room. Also don't forget to sample some ice-cream from the Movenpick ice-cream bar, delicious!

Movenpick Hotel, Aswan

Mövenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the River Nile, within walking distance of the historical Island, touristic sites, central station and cultural hotspots. Mövenpick Resort Aswan offers luxurious accommodation with countless services including a swimming pool, tennis court, and gymnasium. The well-appointed rooms are spacious and stylish. All of them offer private balconies or terraces, and many enjoy panoramic views across the river.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

The Cairo Marriott Hotel is located in Cairo’s Zamalek district and is a 20 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum. It features an outdoor swimming pool, beautifully manicured gardens, a casino and 14 food and beverage outlets offering a range of cuisine including Japanese, Italian, French and Middle Eastern. Guests can relax at the sauna or enjoy a range of massages at the spa.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, Stone Town

Situated in the heart of Stone Town by the picturesque seafront, Tembo House has a history like no other. It has played numerous roles in the history of Zanzibar including that of the American Consulate, while also playing host to numerous celebrities including Mahatma Ghandi and Freddie Mercury and his family who used to vacation here from time to time. In a prime location, Tembo House is the perfect place to stay while in Stone Town with major attractions and historical sites nearby.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Kiwengwa Beach

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on a beautiful white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. The Resort is set on a picturesque 30-acre site with its guestroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, over 1,000 beautiful palm trees and the sparkling white beach.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

Tamarind Tree Hotel Carnivore Nairobi is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant.  The hotel is exquisitely designed using modern fittings to reflect authentic African Culture. The property also features free Wi-Fi throughout, an outdoor pool, barbecue, and restaurant. All rooms are air-conditioned and benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity, a 43-inch flat-screen television with international satellite channels, complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities and sound-proofed windows to ensure you have a peaceful night's sleep.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; minibar; flat screen tv; outdoor swimming pool; fitness centre;

Samburu Game Lodge, Samburu

Samburu Game Lodge is set amongst 10 acres of pristine forest on the western bank of the Uaso Nyiro River within the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya. This is true wilderness and home to varieties of animals and birds rarely seen in other parts of the country. Here the Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, the Reticulated giraffe and Blue Shanked Somali ostrich can all be found. All rooms are decorated using the finest materials and fabrics, with en suite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the river.

Facilities: wifi available; safe deposit box (at reception); outdoor swimming pool

Serena Mountain Lodge, Mt. Kenya

The only ‘tree hotel’ ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya’s legendary Mount Kenya, this lodge offers unrivalled game viewing whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with an ancient rainforest. The traditionally timbered dining room is surrounded by windows and has been built on stilts so as to seemingly float above the liana-strung forest. Additionally the lodge offers a private water hole and salt lick, a rooftop viewing deck, guided forest walks, massage and beauty services and a gift shop.

Facilities: wifi available; safe deposit box (at reception)

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Lake Nakuru

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas offer stunning views of the lake and the park.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set on 200 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shortline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, this resort blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings and even has resident giraffe. Being one of Kenya’s most upmarket destinations, it is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Facilities: wifi available; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sarova Mara Game Camp, Maasai Mara

The rolling plains around this luxury camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months. The camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture. The camp offers spacious luxurious tents constructed in canvas with large windows, wooden flooring and a permanent roof. All have en-suite bathrooms with large mirrors, hot and cold running water and showers. All tents offer spectacular views and have a large wooden deck with a comfortable day bed, chairs and table to enjoy the tranquil and relaxing surrounds while you listen to the natural sounds of nature.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Dry Season: June to March

Wet Season: April to May

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Currency

Currency

Egyptian Pound

The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP; £).

  • 1 Egyptian Pound = 100 Piastre (Pt)
  • Notes are in denominations of £200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 and Pt50, 25,10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of £1 and Pt50, 25, 20, 10, 5 and 1

Tanzanian Shilling

The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS; TSh).

  • Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500
  • Coins are in denominations of TSh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 but these are worth very little and are rarely used
  • USD are widley accepted throughout Tanzania

Please Note: In Kiswahili, it is shilingi and written prices are often denoted with the symbol /=; i.e. 100/= is the same as TSh100.

Kenyan Shilling

The official currency of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KSh).

  • 1 Kenyan Shilling = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of KSh1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50
  • Coins are in denominations of KSh20, 10, 5 and 1 and 50 and 40 cents

Please Note: It is illegal to export Kenyan currency, and is difficult to exchange upon departure. We recommend only changing small amounts of money at a time.

Optional Excursions

Egypt

Islamic Cairo - 3hrs - $52pp US
Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum - two houses from the 16th & 17th century built with a unique architectural style & filled with antiques from all over the Middle East. Nearby is the Ibn Toulon Mosque, one of Cairo's biggest mosques, built in the 8th century with strong Persian design influences. The final stop is the El Sultan Hassan Mosque, built in the 13th century & considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture from that era.

Sound & Light Show at Giza - 1hr - $55pp US
The Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids takes place on the Giza plateau. You will hear the story of Egypt as seen through the eyes of the Sphinx over the ages, & see the breathtaking sight of the floodlit pyramids lit up under the stars.
Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

Dahshur Pyramid - 2hrs - $63pp US 
Dahshur forms the southernmost area of the Memphis Necropolis & contains a number of pyramid complexes & monuments. This site was used as funerary grounds beginning in the time of the Fourth Dynasty, where King Senefru built two of his three pyramids: the 'Bent' pyramid, named for the angle of the sides, & the 'Red Pyramid' named for the red limestone used in its construction. The Red Pyramid is also one of the few pyramids where it is possible to go inside.

Coptic Cairo - 3hrs - $52pp US
Discover the ancient sites & culture of Coptic Christians throughout Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt & Abu Serga, a place where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. See Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of a 4th-century Christian church.

Luxor Museum – 1.5 hrs – $53pp US
Experience one of the best displays of antiquities in Egypt at the Luxor Museum, including artefacts from King Tutankhamen's Tomb.
Includes: Egyptologist tour guide, private car & driver, museum representative & entrance fees.

Sound & Light Show Karnak – 1.5hrs – $55pp US
Experience the beauty of Karnak Temple illuminated against the night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you on a journey into Ancient Egypt.
Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

City Tour in Aswan - 1.5hrs - $40pp US
Witness local life in Aswan, highlights include a visit to the Grand mosque in Aswan, 'Tabbia Mosque' and the Grand Coptic Church.

Nubian Village - 3hrs - $52pp US, including camel ride; $42pp US, without camel ride
Travel by motorboat to a local village, visit a Nubian family and enjoy tea in their home, discovering their simple and natural way of life. The Nubian language is solely a spoken language, and is the common feature that characterises Nubian of today and is the centre of their identity.

Sound & Light Show Philae - 1.5hrs - $55pp US (minimum 10 participants)
A magical experience visiting Philae Temple at night for the Sound & Light Show. Walk through the dramatically lit temple as its history is narrated. Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

Kenya

Maasai Mara Balloon Safari - 3hrs (2.5hrs approx based on transfer to/from) - $450pp US
This morning enjoy an amazing experience as you take a balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. This is probably one of the most scenic views you will ever experience as you depart at dawn and float, suspended in a basket beneath a canopy while viewing the sights of the mighty Maasai Mara and its wildlife. On landing, you’ll be provided with a delicious bubbly-style bush breakfast. 

Please Note: All optional tours are minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is approximate only. Arrange tours directly with your guide and at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change. Payment by cash to your guide; however, credit cards may be accepted. Fees and exchange rates may apply.

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • A Tanzania E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel.  This can be applied for here:  https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
  • A Kenyan E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel. This can be applied for here: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
  • A visa for Egypt needs to be purchased upon arrival for $25pp US.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Luggage Info

Luggage Information

Africa-Luggage

Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required
  • There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

Reviews for Cairo to Zanzibar

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 reviews.

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Cairo to Zanzibar We went everywhere I wanted in comfort and with security 5
I chose this Bunnik's trip because it revisited many places I saw 40 years ago - and it was well and truly time to return! The trip lived up to all my expectations - Egypt was very hot, but we managed to explore all I wanted. (Walked in Philae Temple instead of boating through!) The game parks were the highlight though - they covered a wide variety of terrain, and we saw all the big 5 and lots more besides! Eve Kolar - July 2017

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Special Experiences!

  • Experience a traditional galabeya party while cruising along the Nile.
  • Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Middle Eastern cuisine as we take a local cooking class and enjoy our creations for dinner.
  • Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about ‘a day in the life’ of a Samburu woman and her children.
  • Enjoy a Swahili cooking class at Sarova Mara Game Camp, first exploring the in-house herb and vegetable garden.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

Coach, plane, Nile River cruise, felucca sailboat, 4WD safari vehicle & light aircraft

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $430pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Cruise the Nile River • The stunning twin temples at Abu Simbel • The untouched beaches of Zanzibar • Meet and feed giraffes at the Giraffe Centre • The ‘Big 5’ in the majestic Maasai Mara

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 reviews.