A 17 day adventure in Kenya and Egypt with a Nile Cruise
African Safaris begins in Cairo, then sails between Luxor and Aswan and
continues through the Heart of Africa .
is truly an experience for those who have been dreaming to see and enjoy
the ultimate African Safari at an affordable price. This combination of
cosmopolitan Cairo , a Nile Cruise and the Safari Adventure is a diverse
itinerary offering an array of Egypt's & Kenya's finest travel experiences.
the luxurious New Stanley in Nairobi ( for deluxe category) , travel on
safari to the Aberdare Mountains and spend an evening of all night game
viewing at the world famous tree hotel - The Ark. Thereafter, experience
luxury tented accommodations at Sweetwaters Tented Camp on the privately
owned Ol Pejeta Ranch. These luxury tents with ensuite facilities have
showers with plenty of hot water and modern flush toilets. Explore the
flamingo-lined shores of Lake Nakuru from the unique Lion Hill Lodge.
Finally, safari to the grand spectacle of East Africa -- the Masai Mara
Game Reserve. The Sarova Mara Tented Camp is our base camp to venture
out onto the rolling Savannah plains teeming with large populations of
Africa's finest game. Join us on and experience Cairo & Kenya the way
it was meant to be seen -- in the most affordable manner. Remember because
there is limited space on the safari vehicle, ONE medium sized
bag (soft luggage preferred) is allowed on the safari vehicle per person,
plus your carry on.
1 - Saturday - Weekly - CAIRO - Year Round
Arrive at Cairo Airport. Our ground staff will meet you at the airport.
A welcome fruit basket with our compliments awaits you at your room at
the hotel. Egyptian & Arabic sweets & Hot Tea or coffee. Hotel:
Grand Hyatt . Sheraton . Semiramis Inter.Continental or Hilton . After
exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private
vehicle) to the hotel.
For a limited number of nationalities , you may pay for the visa fee :
$ 15 subject to change and get your Egyptian Visa issued upon arrival
for such nationalities as the following passports holders : American,
Australian, Canadians, EU , Korean , Singaporean , and Japanese. Your
passport must be valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of arrival
Our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel
2 - CAIRO- Sailing on the Nile - Sunday (BLD)
Today we see Cairo's major sights: the Egyptian Museum, including the
Mummies Room. We'll continue to Royal Manial Palace of former Crown
Prince Mohamed Ali , on to the Coptic Museum, and the Church of Abu Sergha,
and the Beni Ezra Synagogue.
We'll see where,according to the legend, Moses was found along the banks
of the Nile. We'll take our lunch at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a 30 minute felucca sailing on the Nile to see Cairo from a different
angle before we head back to Khan El Khalili Bazaar district for a walking
tour of 12-Century , old quarter. Dinner is included at La Bodgea restaurant
in Zamalek .
3 - Cairo Fayoum- Monday (BLD)
Desert Safari for the Day - Fayoum Oases - And you thought the Pyramids
wilds of the desert begin right on the outskirts of Cairo, and continue
for hundreds of miles to the east and west, through sands, rock, mountains,
oases, and a surprising variety of scenery and inhabitants.
us for a day ranging across the desert like modern nomads. In place of
camels, we’ll travel in comfortable, reliable four-by-four Toyota
Land Cruisers. Your guide and drivers will meet you at your hotel, and
soon you’ll leave bustling Cairo behind as you undertake the drive
toward the Oasis of El Fayoum, 150 kilometers to the southwest. Hard as
it is to believe, a great inland sea once covered these sands. It was
a holy reserve of sacred crocodiles, symbolized by the god Sobek.
visit the temple of Kom Oshim, drive over ancient lake beds, and alongside
the waters of today’s Fayoum Lake to reach the fishermen’s
village of Chak Chouk. There we’ll stop for a lunch of fish caught
fresh that morning. There will be time to wander the village lanes and
discreetly watch the everyday activities of baking flatbread, irrigating
crops from the lake’s waters, and bringing in the catch. We’ll
also include the craft and pottery museum where the best works of local
artisans are on display.
it’s into our four-by-fours again, for an off-road adventure! We’ll
head alongside and across desert washes, between dunes, and over ancient
lake beds for 35 kilometers to the Valley of the Whales ( In Arabic :
Wadi-El-Hitan) . Incredibly, these great mammals once thrived - almost
forty million years ago- in waters surrounded by sands. We’ll stop
and gaze in amazement at their fossilized remains alongside smaller sea
creatures that remain in stone.
This valley was discovered in 1936 , by the German geologist George Schweinfurth
in the northwestern corner of Wadi El-Rayan.
The valley provides evidence of one of the major changes in this mammal
evolution has been declared by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.
It is believed that these land based whales once had feet that may have
helped them somewhat while ashore . A team from the University of Michigan
discovered in the late 80's that these Zeuglodon whales did have rudimentary
feet , this was a startling discovery , suggesting that whales of Wadi
-El-Hitan had recently started living in water as well , these whales
were not related to any of the whales we have today , rather a more slender
body and may grow up to 75 feet long. Several skeletons of whales are
exposed in the sand. George Schweinfurth named this extinct specie the
Zeuglodon Isis Whales .
the evening, you’ll return to your hotel in Cairo. Land
transportation in air-conditioned four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser
with the services of driver and English-speaking driver. Lunch is included
enroute. Dinner is included at the hotel.
4 - Cairo- Aswan-Abu Simbel - Tuesday (BLD)
Guided Tour - ABU SIMBEL - Ramses the Great - Master Builder of all Times
Today we take a short flight to Abu Simbel , where your private chauffeur
and private air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting for you .
Of course you will have as well a private guide for your tour in Abu Simbel
In the larger temple, colossal figures of Ramses are seated with
the gods and attended by his queen and daughters.
The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who appears
as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and fertility, symbolized by the benevolent
cow. We explore these fine temple by ourselves in the quiet of the morning,
admiring their ancient aura and artistry, after which retire to a comfortable
hotel for refreshments and lunch . (Depending on flight confirmation lunch
will be served either in Abu Simbel or in Aswan.
Kennedy and Abu Simbel:
All Americans alive during the 1960s remember President John F Kennedy
and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Most Americans from that time
also remember Abu Simbel, the dramatic, ancient Pharaonic temple threatened
by the rising waters blocked by the new Aswan High Dam. Read
worth remembering that it was Jacquie Kennedy who provided crucial support
for the mammoth rescue project. Without her help, Abu Simbel might have
been lost. Times change, leaders come and go, but some acts of support
and generosity are remembered through the decades. Read
More. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy loved Egypt, and Egypt
still loves her.
Fly back to Aswan and your hotel : The Movenpick Aswan or the
Old Cataract ( when it reopens).
Dinner is included at a charming local restaurant. Followed by the Sound
and Light show at Philae Temple.
5 -Wednesday - Board Your Nile Cruise - ASWAN, Camel Caravan!
Breakfast is included at your hotel, boarding the cruise is from Aswan
or Luxor , transfer to your Nile cruiser to drop luggage , and off we
go to tour the
mighty Aswan dams , followed by a trip by motor
launch to the Island temple of Philae , dedicated to the Ancient Goddess
Mystery of Isis . Two millennia ago the Mediterranean world was enthralled
by the mystery of Isis:
Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever
seen me unveiled."
Aset by the ancient Egyptians, the goddess was a Madonna in the Mediterranean
tradition that stretches far, far back to the primitive Mother Goddess
from Anatolia, home to some of the oldest human communities on earth.
Isis was the powerful and quick-witted protector of her son Horus, the
Sun God. Ancient peoples throughout the Mediterranean regarded Isis and
Horus as the perfect Madonna and Child. Another legend says she was
also the mother of the fertility god Min who, judging from the depiction
of him on temple walls, needed no help from Viagra!
of her wisdom and skill at protection, she was admired as a good magician
capable of healing the sick and protecting the dead in their journey to
is portrayed regally, as a queen seated on a throne (which may be the
meaning of her name), often holding her son Horus as a baby. Other images
show her with broad, magnificent gilded wings able to protect the world.
the great Mother Goddess. Come explore her mystery in timeless Egypt when
you Travel in Style!
to the cruise in time for a delicious lunch. Complimentary welcome fruit
basket awaits you in your cabin. In
the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail by graceful felucca on the Nile.
Only for guests who are interested: a short camel caravan to visit a local
Nubian Village. Back in Aswan in time for your afternoon tea on board
the cruise. In the evening your guide will call on you for a horse-drawn
carriage ride throughout Aswan and the water front.
deluxe Nile cruises or similar : M/S
, M/S Royal Lotus , M/S Mojito , Mövenpick
M/S Radamis II according to availability.
6 - Thursday -ASWAN - KOM OMBO- On Board Your Nile Cruise
Sail downstream to Kom Ombo to visit its twin temples
of Haroeris, the sun god, and Sobek, the crocodile god
7 - Friday - EDFU - ESNA Locks (BLD)
We moor in Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop
through the town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved
temple. Re-embarking, we cruise to Esna Locks ( expect delays going
through the locks ) . Evening finds us in Luxor. Our rate includes
the Sound and Light show at Karnak Temple, please bring a jacket with
you , it may get chilly.
8 - Saturday - LUXOR - Cairo (BLD)
breakfast - we check-out . We proceed to explore the Pharaohs capital
for 20 centuries
tour include as well:
Visit to the Valley of the Kings including Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb
, temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and Colossi of Memnon,
we will stop at Al-moudira ( or similar) for lunch, in the afternoon we
visit the great Temple of Luxor, and the gigantic Great Temple
of Amon at Karnak,
the village of Gourna as well as Deir
El Medinah to get a totally different perspective on ancient Egyptian
life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir el-Medinah. While most
of the imposing stone monuments and sites of Egypt honor the lives and
after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives us unique and surprising
insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed and decorated the
tombs.Here we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their
domestic animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and builders
were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be the only operator
to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement in its tour
and cruise programs.
to Luxor Airport, fly back to Cairo ( air fare is of course included )
, at Cairo Airport, our local rep, will be waiting with a sign in your
name and escort you to your hotel, dinner is included at the hotel in
Cairo . If you prefer to combine
with Hurgada /El-Gouna on the Red Sea , please click here.
9 - SUNDAY - GIZA Memphis , Sakkara, Dahshour
Evening departure to Nairobi (BLD)
American breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we visit the majestic
pyramids of Giza and the timeless Sphinx. You need to be in your best
of health if you wish to wonder into the heart of the Great Pyramid ,
a complimentary ticket on the house to enter the King's Chamber in the
heart of the Great Pyramid (sometimes it 's closed for repairs, lighting
or ventilation systems, in which case you will enter the Kephren Pyramid),
after lunch, we tour the Dahshour Pyramids field. Before heading back
to the hotel for dinner. Evening transfer to the airport to board
Egyptair flight for Nairobi.
10 , MONDAY - ARRIVE NAIROBI
Morning arrival in Nairobi. Our tour manager will meet and transfer us
to the elegant
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, or similar . The remainder of the
day is at leisure for shopping, relaxation or optional city tours. This
evening, our safari briefing.
11 , TUESDAY - ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
Safari life begins as we head towards the highlands. After lunch at the
Aberdare Country Club, we'll head deep into the Aberdare Mountains to
The Ark which is situated in a fairyland forest. Stay up all night if
you wish game viewing from the observation decks or underground bunker.
Situated beside a floodlit water hole and natural salt lick, a constant
parade of wildlife will visit throughout the night. There is absolutely
no limit to the number of animals we'll see. Birds and bushbuck are joined
by elephant, buffalo, rhino, hyena, forest hog or leopard. The
Serena Mountain Lodge . (BLD)
12 , WEDNESDAY / OL PEJETA RANCH
After breakfast we're off to the Ol Pejeta Ranch - an 110,000 acre private
ranch which encompasses a rich terrain of plains, low hills and forest.
Each of our luxury tents has a private verandah and overlooks a floodlit
water hole. Many different species can be seen here, including the reticulated
giraffe, buffalo, elephant, zebra, leopard, and oryx. Schedule optional
visits to the chimpanzee sanctuary, camel rides or nature walks. This
evening holds a special treat -- a night game drive to search for the
elusive leopard and other night animals. Sweet waters Tented Camp (BLD)
13 , THURSDAY / LAKE NAKURU PARK
Today, we travel through serene farmlands to Thompson's Falls and then
on to Lake Nakuru. This is one of the world's most important bird sanctuaries.
Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake and boasts enormous flocks of pastel
flamingos, as well as other bird species. Lake Nakuru National Park is
a lush green park and home to many species including reedbuck, bushbuck,
wart hog, leopard, and the rare Rothschild giraffe. It has also been designated
a rhino sanctuary. Lion Hill Lodge (BLD)
14 , FRIDAY / MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE After breakfast, we drive to
the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya's most spectacular wildlife sanctuary.
This is big game country and our home for the next two nights. The Masai
Mara has been long-famed as one of Africa's greatest concentrations of
game. Staggering numbers of plains game are found here, which in turn
support a tremendous predator population. During our afternoon game run,
we have opportunities to see herds of impala, giraffe, elephant, topi,
buffalo, wart hog, as well as lion, cheetah, and leopard. Mara Sarova
Tented Camp (B,L,D)
15 , SATURDAY / MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Our schedule today includes pre-breakfast and late afternoon game drives.
We shall travel across the rolling Savannah's to rendezvous with the Mara
residents: herds of buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, and gazelle.
Near the riverain woodland, large numbers of giraffe and elephants are
to be seen. Hippo and crocodile can be found in the rivers. Boasting Kenya's
largest predator population, this reserve is renown for lion prides up
to 20 strong. Mara Sarova Tented Camp (BLD)
16 , SUNDAY/NAIROBI, After breakfast, we shall return via the Great
Rift Valley to Nairobi (
or extend into Tanzania) and transfer to our welcoming hotel.
The balance of the afternoon is free to pursue our own interests , to
the elegant Fairmont Norfolk
17 , MONDAY Departure from Nairobi :
It's Kwaheri from Africa (a Swahili good-bye) as we transfer to the airport
Bon Voyage .
in USD $
First Class Hotels and Nile Cruise
in double occupancy
economy class Flight on Egyptair:
in USD $
Deluxe Hotels and Nile Cruise
in double occupancy
business class Flight on Egyptair:
rate includes the air fare on Egyptair Cairo Nairobi Cairo
departures , year round ( Dec 20-Jan 3, supplement : 15 % )
or First Class : accommodations as shown in itinerary.
days deluxe or first class Nile Cruise, with all meals and shore excursions.
While on board the Nile cruise :
All your meals include bottled water with each and every meal.
Tea/ Coffee with each and every meal.
One large bottled water per passenger delivered to your cabin daily
while you are on board.
One Egyptian Galabya ( 100% Egyptian Cotton) for each of our guests.
Welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin upon arrival.
hotel taxes and service charges
as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
services of a professional safari guide
transportation with guaranteed window seating
game viewing, park and entry fees
assortment of pre-trip planning materials and amenities. Including
a complimentary "Lonely Planet Guide book.
fare from / to your home country .
airport taxes ( In Kenya /Nairobi payable upon leaving Kenya/ Nairobi
Airport, please have exact change in US $ or Kenyan Shillings.
fees For KENYA .
fee for Egypt For a limited number of nationalities , you
may pay for the visa fee : $ 15 subject to change and get your Egyptian
Visa issued upon arrival for such nationalities as the following passports
holders : American, Australian, Canadians, EU , Korean , Singaporean
, and Japanese. Your passport must be valid at least for 6 month beyond
the date of arrival .
Our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the
baggage charges, shipping charges, items of a personal nature such
as gratuities to drivers/guides, beverages, telephone, telex or fax
charges, laundry and services or meals not indicated in the itineraries.