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Highlights of Egypt & Kenya

Trip Length

Trip Code

17 days PFEK

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Kenya, Egypt

Start City

End City

Cairo, Egypt Nairobi, Kenya
Highlights of Egypt & Kenya

This epic adventure combines two iconic countries over 17 incredible days. In Cairo our guide unravels the complexity of the dynastic periods on a visit to Memphis and its splendid necropolis, Saqqara. We see the first Step Pyramid and visit several outstanding Old Kingdom tombs. We also explore the Egyptian Museum (including the Tutankhamun exhibition) and visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. A comfortable overnight sleeper train takes us south to Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes. Here we visit Karnak Temple, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the splendid royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We then board our comfortable riverboat for a relaxing cruise, visiting Edfu Temple and the lovely ruined temple at Komombo along the way. Reaching Aswan we enjoy a visit to the charming Temple of Isis at Philae and have time for an optional visit to Abu Simbel. Back in Cairo we head into the medieval city, exploring the fascinating Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine 17th century villas, and the nearby Mosque of Ibn Tulun. Our final Egyptian highlight is a visit to the celebrated Khan al-Khalili Bazaar.

Travelling south, Kenya’s game reserves are among the best in the world with large numbers of animal life inhabiting vast tracts of lands that are easily accessible from Nairobi. This classic safari features three very different habitats, with the opportunity to observe a variety of unusual species common only to this part of Africa. The ecosystems, landscapes and wildlife highlight the diversity of this region and our guide will be happy to explain to us all the intricacies of this fascinating area. Utilising lodges and an atmospheric permanent tented camp are also key features of this safari. Throughout this safari we travel in vehicles where the pop-top roof system ensures excellent game viewing, and the use of 4WD vehicles rather than minivans ensures excellent comfort and access to off the beaten track places. Our specialist local guides not only share with us their incredible wildlife knowledge, but also their passion for their homeland.

Why we love it:

Highlights of Egypt & Kenya


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo

Travel time: From Cairo Airport to Hotel - Approximately 1 hour

Accommodation: Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar, Cairo

Activities:

Day 2: Cairo

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar, Cairo

Activities:

Day 3: Cairo - overnight sleeper train

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours driving; Overnight train approximately 9 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeper Train

Activities:

Day 4: Luxor

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverboat

Activities:

Day 5: Valley of the Kings - Luxor - Nile Cruise

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverboat

Activities:

Day 6: Nile Cruise (Edfu - Komombo)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverboat

Activities:

Day 7: Aswan

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Pyramisa Isis Island Aswan Resort or similar, Aswan

Activities:

Day 8: Aswan

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeper Train

Activities:

Day 9: Cairo

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight Flight, Cairo/ Nairobi

Activities:

Day 10: Nairobi

Travel time: From Nairobi Airport to Hotel - Approximately 45 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, Nairobi

Activities:

Day 11: Meru National Park

Travel time: Approximately 7 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Murera Springs Eco Lodge or similar, Meru National Park

Activities:

Day 12: Meru National Park

Travel time: Game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Murera Springs Eco Lodge or similar, Meru National Park

Activities:

Day 13: Nakuru

Travel time: Approximately 6-7 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar, Nakuru

Activities:

Day 14: Lake Nakuru National Park

Travel time: Game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar, Nakuru

Activities:

Day 15-16: Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel time: Approximately 6-7 hours driving; game drive times may vary

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar, Masai Mara

Activities:

Day 17: Nairobi

Travel time: Approximately 6 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

The flight from Cairo to Nairobi on Day 9 is not included.

You may choose to fly rather than drive from Masai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi on Day 17. This is at additional expense and subject to availability.

Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PFZESP - Essence of Zanzibar Extension - Superior
PFRG - Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

Please be aware there will be some long travelling days over rough terrain in dry and dusty conditions. The sealed roads are generally very badly maintained and at times we also use dirt roads – which are worse. Occasionally they may even become impassable due to poor weather conditions, causing us to re-route the itinerary. You must be prepared for a fair bit of bouncing around.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Kenya
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Kenya. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Kenya visas are easily obtained at the airport or border crossing at a cost of US$50 for most nationalities based on single entry. For some nationalities a single entry Kenya visa allows the person to enter Kenya more than once provided travel is only between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda within a 30-day period.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Egypt
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Egypt. All other nationalities should check with the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information. If you require a double entry visa for Egypt you will need to obtain this from an overseas embassy prior to arrival. Single entry visas for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival at Cairo Airport. The current cost for most nationalities is US$25. You must pay in cash in US dollars, UK pounds, euros, Japanese yen or any other convertible currency to a bank located next to immigration. If you are arriving in Egypt by land from Israel you must obtain your visa beforehand.

If you are arriving in Egypt by ferry from Aqaba, Jordan, a single entry visa can be obtained upon arrival and costs approximately US$25.

All travellers departing Egypt at the Port of Nuweiba must pay a 50 Egyptian pound departure tax (subject to change). Your tour leader will collect this amount from you to pay at immigration control.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Kenya

East Africa-Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road-Meja Mwangi

Out Of Africa-Karen Blixen

Night Of The Lions - Kuki Gullimann

African Nights - Kuki Gullimann

Egypt

In an Antique Land-Amitav Ghosh Islands of the Blest-Cassandra Vivian Death on the Nile-Agatha Christie The English Patient-Michael Ondaatje


Important Information

The maximum number of clients is 15 for the Egyptian portion of the tour (Days 1 to 9) and 6 for the Kenyan portion of the tour (Days 10 to 17).

Nile Cruise Schedules (Egyptian Sector)
There are numerous boats cruising the Nile, all of which must negotiate the lock at Edfu. As a result, boats arrive and depart Luxor continuously throughout the day. The printed itinerary is therefore only a guide and you may find you have more (or less) time in either Luxor or Aswan. The actual cruising time from Luxor to Aswan is about a day and a half and this journey is accomplished both during the day and at night.

Summertime Schedules (Egyptian Sector)
As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar, particularly in Upper Egypt (Luxor and Aswan). From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, some days start very early (for example - 5am). Please be prepared for this - our schedules are designed to make touring as comfortable for you as possible.

Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE:
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES. On arrival in Kenya, extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi.

FLIGHTS:
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Cairo International Airport on arrival. Please ensure you do not book your departure flight out of Nairobi International Airport (NBO) prior to 8.30pm on the final day of the tour. On arrival back at Nairobi, you will be dropped off at the Peregrine hotel or airport. Alternatively, should you wish to avoid the long drive back from the Masai Mara National Reserve you can book a flight from the Masai Mara to Nairobi at an additional expense. Transfers will also need to be booked from the Masai Mara Camp to the airstrip, and on arrival at Nairobi Domestic Airport to the Peregrine Hotel or International Airport. Please contact your Travel Agent. This is subject to availability.

DRIVE TIMES:

The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall!

The travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER:
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.peregrineadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

18 June 2014


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