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Nile Route between Cairo and Nairobi with Gorillas

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  • Gondar
  • Meroe
  • Cairo
  • Alexandria
  • Wadi Halfa
  • Konso
  • Kabale
  • Kampala
  • Nairobi
  • Naivasha
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Khartoum
  • Gedaref
  • Debark
  • Marsa Alam
  • Bahir Dar
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Nile Felucca
  • Jinja
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Mbarara
  • Axum
  • Debre Markos
  • Eastern Deserts
  • Mekele
  • Addis Ababa
  • Omo Valley
  • Awassa
  • Lalibela
  • Kaniyo Pabidi
  • Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park
  • Bale Mountains National Park
  • Arba Minch
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Lake Ziway
  • Naro Moru
  • Port Said
  • Karima
  • Abu Simbel
  • Moyale
  • Samburu Village
  • Naqa
  • Eldoret
  • Luxor
  • El Quseir
  • Aswan
  • Nakitoma
  • Woldiya
  • Dejen
  • Naro Moru
  • Wendo Genet
  • Kigali
  • Kericho
  • Wawa
  • Musawwarat
  • Edfu
  • Marsabit
  • Nakuru National Park

This classic overland route between Cairo and Nairobi will take you from the splendours of ancient Egypt to the great game parks of East Africa, via a whole host of other highlights and hidden gems in between. After exploring Cairo with its world famous Pyramids of Giza and phenomenal Museum of Antiquities, we'll visit the fascinating city of Alexandria, and follow the Red Sea down to Luxor - here we will visit the Valley of the Kings and the colossal Karnak Temple before taking a sailing trip on a traditional felucca. Most Egypt trips end here, but with Dragoman you'll be much more adventurous and continue via the iconic Temples of Abu Simbel into the vast desert wilderness of Sudan. Travel in this part of the world is tough and frequently challenging, but as a reward we get unparalleled access to places such as the Pyramids of Meroe and the ruined temples of the Kushite kingdom, as well as enjoying some of the most remote and atmospheric wild camps in the world. From there we head into the wonderful country of Ethiopia, an extraordinary land with a unique cultural heritage of opulent monasteries, stunning churches carved out of the mountains, and incredible scenery. In Ethiopia you'll visit all the historical sites, trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains, and meet the unique tribes of the remote Omo Valley region. We will then cross into Kenya and take the challenging roads to the lands of the Samburu tribe, where we have a fascinating village stay and an incredible safari in Samburu National Park, home to some of Kenya's rarer wildlife such as the curious gerenuk and Grevy's zebra. We will head through the incredible wildlife area of Lake Nakuru before finishing in the bustling Kenyan capital of Nairobi. We will head through the incredible wildlife area of Lake Nakuru before entering the wonderful country of Uganda, where we safari around Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, track chimps on foot, and head out on some optional adrenaline-fuelled activities at Jinja, the source of the White Nile. We then journey deep into Rwanda for one of the world's ultimate wildlife experiences - a face-to-face encounter with the incredible mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park. Arriving back in Nairobi, this fantastic and adventurous trip is second to none!

  • Day 1 Nairobi

    Border Information: If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO). Welcome to Kenya! There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note, as this will often be a travelling day for the crew who will be joining you. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi.

  • Day 2 Nakuru National Park

    After an early breakfast we will make our way to Gilgil, where we will visit the Saidia Children's Home - a Dragoman-supported home for orphaned children from the area. From there, we will make our way to Nakuru, our base for tomorrow's excursion into Nakuru National Park. If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective. In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of town. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective - Cost: USD 5

  • Day 3 Kericho

    This morning we head into Nakuru National Park for an included half-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos. We will most likely have lunch in the area before driving on to Kericho this afternoon, where there is an optional tour around a nearby tea plantation. In Kericho we will stay at a well equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

    Take a safari in 4x4 vans in the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park

    Head out on a guided walk of a tea plantation in Kericho in Western Kenya - Cost: KES 200

  • Day 4 to 5 Jinja

    Border Information: Exit Kenya at Busia, enter Uganda at Busia. Today we have a full day's drive across the border into Uganda as we travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa! Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to get involved in the many optional adventure activities available here, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping and boat trips on the White Nile! In Jinja we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

    Head out for a full day of white water rafting on the White Nile near Jinja - Cost: USD 125
    Go bungee jumping above the Nile at our campsite in Jinja - Cost: USD 115
    Go on a boat trip to discover the source of the Nile where the river outflows from Lake Victoria - Cost: USD 15
    Head out on an adventure activity day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping - Cost: USD 240
    Adventure activity combo day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping - Cost: USD 250
    Explode up the rapids of the Nile in a 12-seater jet boat - Cost: USD 75
    Head out for a full day of quad biking at the Bujagali Falls near Jinja - Cost: USD 160
    Head out horse riding along the banks of the White Nile - Cost: USD 75

  • Day 6 to 8 Mbarara

    Over the next 2 days we will continue travelling south through Uganda to reach Lake Bunyonyi, home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole of the country, where we will hopefully get the opportunity to explore the lake by boat and admire the surrounding landscape. En route we will split the drive with a nightstop in either Mbarara or Kabale, which both have decent campsites that we can use. We will also cross the Equator and stop for the mandatory photos en route! In Lake Bunyonyi we stay in a well equipped campsite on the lakeside and have a full day to enjoy the surroundings. Estimated Drive Times - 7-8 hours each day.

    Take a trip in a motorboat to explore the scenery of Lake Bunyoni - Cost: UGX 12000
    Head out on a guided walk around the scenic Lake Bunyoni, or to local villages in the area - Cost: USD 10
    Hire a dugout canoe to explore Lake Bunyoni - Cost: USD 12

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