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Cairo to Zanzibar 2018/19

The Great MigrationOne 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.
Walk in the footsteps of pharaohs as we explore the wonders of ancient Egypt and end on the rolling grasslands of the Maasai Mara. During this amazing journey with a completely unique itinerary, we'll cruise the Nile, relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and enjoy amazing game drives spotting the Big 5.Ancient WondersOur 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. To get a feel for all the highlights of this tour click on the picture left to view Dennis Bunnik's recent video footage. During our time in Egypt, we'll also enjoy a four night Nile Cruise- a great way to travel between sightseeing!The Spice IslandAfter the wonders of Egypt, and before we experience the amazing game viewing in Kenya, we enjoy three days to relax and unwind on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Here you can explore the island with its rich colonial past or simply soak up the relaxed beach life.Animal EncountersFrom Zanzibar, our tour continues to Kenya. Our sightseeing takes us back to nature, as we enjoy some fantastic game drives in the Samburu and Nakuru National Parks. 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.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 5 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Light plane flight within Kenya
  • 4-night luxury Nile 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, $195pp pre-paid (Egypt only). Tipping payable locally for Kenya & Tanzania, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels (3 -4 star)
  • 4 nights on board luxury Nile cruise ship (5 star Egyptian standard) in an outside cabin, including all meals
  • 3 nights at a Zanzibar beach resort (4-star)
  • 5 nights in African lodges (4-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 15 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based Egyptologist guides in Egypt
  • English-speaking locally based guide in Zanzibar
  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide in Kenya (max. 6 passengers per vehicle)

Entrance Fees & Permits (Africa only)

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation.

  • Spend 2 full days exploring Cairo, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Saladin Citadel of Cairo, the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar and the Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures.
  • Visit Memphis and the unique Step Pyramid of Sakkara.
  • Discover the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor which were once linked by a 3km 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.
  • Tour the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, Kom Ombo's beautiful riverside temples, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings.
  • Enjoy a Galabeya Party whist crusing 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • Discover Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa's second highest peak, affording some of the most impressive views in east Africa.
  • Participate in a tree planting ceremony in Lake Nakuru.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $14,645
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Jan 201925 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $14,200 
22 Jan 201915 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $13,800
05 Feb 201901 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $13,800
19 Feb 201915 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $13,900
05 Mar 201929 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $13,900
19 Mar 201912 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,500
ItineraryExpand
Cairo to Zanzibar 2018/19

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Cairo

'Ahlan Wa Sahlan' to mesmerising Egypt! This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Cairo

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

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. [B]

Day 5. 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]

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

Day 6. Nile Cruise

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

Day 7. 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]

Day 8. Nile Cruise

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 9. Nile Cruise - Aswan - Cairo

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise after breakfast.

We'll then visit the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan. This afternoon we fly back to Cairo. [B]

Day 10. Cairo - Zanzibar

The day is at leisure before our overnight flight to 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, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos from ivory and horn poachers. Then visit the Giraffe Centre. Later we enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, followed by a visit to 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]

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. Here 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". Its rich heritage and idyllic scenery make it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea and visit the 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]

Special Experience: This evening we'll enjoy 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