17 days

Highlights of Egypt & Kenya

Highlights of Egypt & Kenya

Game drives in the Masai Mara

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

Tented camp stays

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Cairo Museum

Edfu and Komombo temples

Nile cruise

Nubean Aswan

The Valley of the Kings

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo

Trip rating
  • 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

    • This epic adventure combines two iconic countries over 17 incredible days.
    • In Cairo your guide unravels the complexity of the dynastic periods on a visit to Memphis and its splendid necropolis, Saqqara. You will see the first Step Pyramid and visit several outstanding Old Kingdom tombs.
    • Explore the Egyptian Museum (including the Tutankhamun exhibition) and visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
    • Visit Karnak Temple, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the splendid royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
    • Enjoy a cruise on a comfortable riverboat
    • An Egyptian highlight is a visit to the celebrated Khan al-Khalili Bazaar.
    • 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.
    • Our specialist local guides not only share their incredible wildlife knowledge, but also their passion for their homeland.


    Day 1 - Cairo

    • On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time.
    • Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
    Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Cairo

    • After breakfast and a briefing from your tour leader you will drive out to Memphis on the edge of the Western Desert, where a small museum marks the site of the ancient city.
    • You will then continue to its necropolis, Saqqara, where your guide explains the significance of the various temples and colonnades. At the centre of the complex is the step pyramid of King Djoser, believed to be over 5000 years old and the predecessor to the great pyramids at Giza.
    • Nearby you will visit the tombs of the nobles, containing exquisite bas-reliefs of everyday life in ancient times.
    • At the conclusion of your visit you will return to Cairo, where the balance of the day will be free to explore this busy metropolis or just relax at the hotel.
    Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar

    Day 3 - Cairo - overnight sleeper train

    • The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
    • You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide takes you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost).
    • You will then drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
    • Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
    • Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
    Sleeper Train
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Luxor

    • After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor - a buzzing place with a great bazaar and situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
    • You will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town.
    • Later in the day you will a take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak - one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years.
    • Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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

    • You will rise early this morning (much earlier during summer!) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings.
    • It's a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity to visit it.
    • Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon - giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade.
    • You will return to the boat and enjoy lunch on board. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the 'Other Information' section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Nile Cruise (Edfu - Komombo)

    • This morning you will find yourself moored near Edfu, an excellently preserved temple dedicated to Horus - the falcon headed God.
    • You will disembark and explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre. Returning to your river boat you will continue upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights. From here you can view the desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land.
    • Arriving at Komombo, you will again disembark and go on a short walk around the Temple of Sobek - the crocodile headed God. The Temple of Sobek lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge and provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Aswan

    • You will arrive in Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city and a place with an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively you will visit it tomorrow).
    • It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings - definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. The rest of our day will be free to wander – and Aswan is a great place for it.
    • The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is recommended by many. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside the one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
    • Aswan is a great little town and there are plenty of relaxing and interesting options here. Dusk is when the waterfront comes alive with families out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.
    Pyramisa Isis Island Aswan Resort or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Aswan

    • You will disembark the cruise boat and check into your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to make your own discoveries. The visit to Abu Simbel will take place this morning for those who booked this option with your tour leader back in Cairo. This optional trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights.
    • A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island.
    • Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon - an abandoned 7th century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions.
    • Alternatively, you may just prefer to relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.
    • In the evening you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the hospitality of your hosts as you dine out on some delicious local cuisine. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing and may even have the chance to perform some of the moves yourself!
    Sleeper Train
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 9 - Cairo

    • After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. You will head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum.
    • The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience - a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes and retaining a distinctly medieval and sometimes carnivalesque feel. It's Cairo's finest area to practice your bartering skills!
    • You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market).
    • The beautiful 9th century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest, largest and arguably the most beautiful mosque in Egypt – the perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret both help to mark it out as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
    • Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas (dating to the 16th and 17th centuries AD). Once owned by an English army officer, the two houses contain a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia, offering you a great insight into Cairene life during the Ottoman period.
    • You will be transferred from your Cairo hotel to the airport for your overnight flight to Nairobi (flight not included).
    Overnight Flight

    Day 10 - Nairobi

    • On arrival in Nairobi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel by our Peregrine representative. You may wish to speak to our representative regarding any additional tours or activities that you might wish to do while you’re in Nairobi. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm this evening.
    • The rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
    • Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the 20th century by Europeans as a stores depot during the construction of the East African Railway.
    • Without plan or design, it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million.
    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 11 - Meru National Park

    • Our safari departs from the hotel at 7am, so please be ready in the lobby on time where you will find our safari guide waiting for you. From Nairobi we travel north, skirting the jagged peak of Mount Kenya, en route to the dry, ochre plains of Samburuland. Green hills and fertile countryside gradually give way to more arid surroundings, as we descend into the northern frontier region.
    • After passing Mount Kenya we veer right and continue on to Meru National Park in time for a late lunch at our lodge. A little later in the afternoon we set out on our first game drive. Located 350 kilometres from Nairobi and 80 kilometres east of the town of Meru, this interesting reserve attracts elephant, lion and a variety of antelope, whilst the trees conceal a sizeable leopard population. It was here that George and Joy Adamson raised the famous lioness, Elsa, who featured in their best-selling book 'Born Free', later made into a popular movie.
    • We return to the lodge for dinner. Peregrine's eco-lodge is set snug amongst the lush forest and small streams right at the edge of Meru National Park. Each of the fifteen discrete rooms is well-appointed with ensuite and modern décor, and has been designed with sustainability in mind; they are built on stilts to minimise environmental impact and are made entirely of recyclable materials. Central is a bar and restaurant, serving only fresh produce sourced from neighbouring farms. Guests can walk through these during their stay if they wish.
    Murera Springs Eco Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Meru National Park

    • Meru has one of the most varied landscapes of all the national parks in Kenya, encompassing forest, savannah and swamp. Its appearance also changes with the seasons; after the rains the grass can grow quite tall, whilst in the dryer months it can take on quite an arid appearance. The park supports an excellent variety of animals including the beautiful Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx (similar to the gemsbok) and graceful gerenuk. There is also a sizeable elephant population and it is not uncommon to see family groups down by the river, where crocodiles may also be observed lurking in the shallows.
    • Our afternoon game drive takes us into a specially designated rhino "sanctuary" in the swampy north-western corner of the park. Here beneath the distinctive doum palms, both white rhinos and black rhinos can be found in an area that affords them greater protection.
    • The rhino sanctuary is a secure area within the park, beside the western boundary near the main gate. This area is protected by fencing that allows free movement to smaller animals, and by numerous rangers, so rhino sightings should be fairly good within the sanctuary.
    • As evening approaches we may be lucky enough to spot cheetah or leopard, both of which are common in the reserve.
    Murera Springs Eco Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Nakuru

    • Returning along the shoulder of Mount Kenya where there are often good views of the twin snow-capped peaks, we drive across the Great Rift Valley toward Nakuru.
    • We will stop for lunch at Thomson Falls Lodge situated at the world famous Thomson’s Falls discovered in 1883 by Joseph Thomson, a Scottish Geologist and Naturalist. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to visit the Menengai Crater, one of the largest in the world, which affords us breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley.
    • We stay in a very welcoming bush lodge for the next two nights. The Lodge is perfectly situated in the naturally beautiful surroundings of Nakuru, Kenya. Assembled in amongst the African trees It offers a luxurious place to stay. It is a traditionally built lodge situated on the edge of a pond where trees are in abundance as well as the bird life.
    • Before or after dinner you may take a short stroll up to see EAMO’s remarkable children and even tuck them in to their beds if you please. Or you may wish to simply sit back and relax in the lounge area of the dining or the privacy of your own room and enjoy everything Ziwa Bush Lodge has to offer.
    • The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years. The complete needs of the children, including full school education, are provided for by the orphanage. The orphanage is registered with the Kenyan Government and was set up by an Australian couple with the purpose of caring for some of the thousands of homeless orphans, walking the streets in search of food or turning to prostitution as a means of survival. We are proud to help support the efforts of this family and their incredible orphanage, and is excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself! The children love to practise their English skills and are eager to learn more about the world - so be prepared for some questions!
    Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    • A short drive takes us to Lake Nakuru National Park, the centrepiece of which is the lake itself.
    • Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which is home to massive numbers of flamingos - up to two million on occasion - and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink. In addition, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to encounter one of Africa's most endangered animals - the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive. After spending the day in the park, we return to our private lodge.
    • After our day in the park, we return to our lodge for the night.
    Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15-16 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    • We head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara - arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah. These predators find an abundant food supply in the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle that roam the grasslands.
    • We will have an afternoon game drive on the way to our tented camp.
    • The usual routine involves waking up a little before dawn to start our morning game drive when the sun comes up, as this is often one of the most productive times of the day when most animals tend to be more active. After what is hopefully an exciting morning's drive we return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day.
    • We set off again in the afternoon and expect to return to camp around sunset. However, depending on wildlife movements, we may on occasion do a full day's game drive and in this instance we'll stop en-route for a picnic lunch.
    • Accommodation whilst in 'the Mara' is in an intimate tented camp set up. The camp is staffed entirely by Masai people from within the local community and our stay provides us with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Masai customs and traditions. Reminiscent of the old safari camps of yesteryear it is very comfortable with each tent complete with ensuite facilities. Each tent has an enclosed bucket shower with hot and cold water, which is prepared on request by the camp staff. The tents are equipped with solar lighting and a supply of water for washing. The camp has a delightful dining tent with lounge area - a great spot for relaxing in the evening.
    • There is also an opportunity to visit a nearby Masai village.
    Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 17 - Nairobi

    • After breakfast, we return to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon, where our safari ends.
    • If you are departing from Nairobi this evening, please do not book a flight to depart prior to 8.30 pm. To reduce your travelling time back to Nairobi, you may wish to consider a flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi (additional cost). This gives you the chance to catch a late afternoon international flight out of Nairobi. Please note that the flight from Masai Mara arrives at Wilson Airport (Nairobi). International flights leave from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). If staying on in Nairobi, you may require a transfer from Wilson Airport back to our Nairobi hotel. We are able to book the flight and also the transfer to our Nairobi hotel (additional costs involved).
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local leaders throughout the tour, and professional local guides at some sites.
    • Arrival transfer.
    • Air-conditioned sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor. Accommodation in two-person sleeping berths with beds and linen, and with an ‘airline-style’ dinner provided.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Cairo’s Memphis and its necropolis, Sakkara, Egyptian Museum, pyramids, Sphinx, Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Gayer-Anderson Museum, and Ibn Tulun Mosque.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Valley of the Kings; Temple of Hatshepsut; Colossi of Memnon; Edfu and Komombo Temples.
    • 4 nights on Peregrine's comfortable Nile river cruise boat sailing from Luxor to Aswan, with sightseeing stops along the way.
    • Visit to a Nubian village near Aswan to dine on local cuisine and watch Nubian dancing.
    • Flight between Aswan and Cairo with all transfers on Day 9.
    • 2 days in Meru National Park; 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park; and 2 days in Masai Mara National Reserve (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • Transport in safari vehicles with a pop-top roof system to ensure excellent game viewing, and 4WD vehicles rather than minivans, allowing access to off the beaten track places.
    • Guided game drives in Meru, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara.
    • Visit to East Africa Mission Orphanage including afternoon tea with the children.
    • Authentic accommodation including an eco-lodge on the edge of Meru National Park; in a permanent tented camp with ensuite facilities in Nakuru, where all profits go towards the Ujima Foundation
    • Authentic accommodation including a permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara, staffed entirely by Masai people and reminiscent of old safari camps.
    • Nature walk in Menengai Crater.

    Not Included

    • International flights, including the overnight flight from Egypt to Kenya on Day 9
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Highlights of Egypt & Kenya

    Robyne - Australia, 3 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    The trip was amazing, would do it all again.on

    Highlights of Egypt & Kenya

    Lesley - Australia, 15 Mar, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Well organised covered all important areas.

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Trip Code PFEK
Group size 4 - 15
Start City: Cairo, Egypt
End City: Nairobi, Kenya

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.

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