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Nairobi to Cairo - Itinerary

What's it like?

As we will be camping and travelling for an extended period of time, you must be prepared for an adventurous challenge. It can be hot and dusty, and will sometimes be out of contact from the rest of the world. This means no telephones, shops or any other mod cons. We need you to participate and work with all members of the expedition. For the Trans we use sturdy purpose-built vehicles for these rugged off-road conditions.

Due to the nature of the trip, Trans Africa tours do not have a specific day-to-day itinerary.

Week 1 - 2: Kenya, Uganda Leaving Nairobi we pass the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley to the highlands of Kenya.

Uganda Crossing the border at Malaba we drive through rain forests and tea and sugar plantations to Uganda's capital, Kampala. Crossing the equator we camp on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest crater lake in Uganda. We climb through lush terraced hills to Kisoro, from here we trek the famed Mountain Gorillas or you could visit Mgahinga National Park for a day hike up a volcano or a guided nature trail. We meander back to Lake Bunyonyi to relax, canoe, mountain bike and swim.

In the modern bustling city of Kampala you may wish to visit the National Museum, the Kasubi Tombs of the Buganda people. Crossing the Owen Falls Dam we arrive at Jinja on the shores of Lake Victoria. Spend an action-filled day white water rafting down the Nile, bungee jump, fish on Lake Victoria, take a guided village walk; or give up a day of your holiday to volunteer for the local community education project.

Kenya Returning to Kenya and Nakuru Town, the capital of the Rift Valley Province. You can visit Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingoes. We move on to camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha where hippos come to graze in the evenings.

Close by is Hell's Gate National Park and Elsamere, once the home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. From here we return to Nairobi with the chance to feast at the renowned Carnivores Game Restaurant.

Week 3-4: Kenya We visit the base of Mount Kenya and continue north through the Northern Frontier District of Kenya, a restricted area; semi-arid with a spectacular diversity of people, wild game on the road side and a warm dry climate

Week 5-7: Ethiopia

We enter Ethiopia at Moyale cross border town to the Oromia Region, and the home of the Oromo tribe or nation. The Oromo people number at around 35 million; more than many modern states.

In the south of the country we pass Mega town, then at Yebelo we leave the highway to take a little used road, deep into the ‘Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region’ of Ethiopia. Where some ten million people live in over 40 very different ethnic groups; most in a traditional lifestyle. We spend a few days in the area; passing the towns of Konso, to Turmi and Omarate, to head north to Jinka. You can take a local guide to visit, on a mutually understandable footing, the traditional cultural villages and homes of the local people. The local people you will find here include the Hamer, Mursi, Dassenech, Benna, Aari and Karo.

We follow the Rift Valley Lakes to the capital; Addis Ababa. Take boats to visit Bahir Dar Monasteries on islands on Lake Tana the source of the Blue Nile, with hippos and crocs at the outflow of the river. Tissisat Falls is the source of the Blue Nile. We visit Gondar; a city of castles and churches. You can take a Landrover to visit the Simien Mountains where you can horse trek and see grazing Gelada Baboons.

Week 8: Sudan We enter Sudan following the Blue Nile to Gedaref then Khartoum where the Blue & White Nile join; watch dervish dancing or even join in the Nubian wrestling - safer just to watch. We visit the Pharonic Pyramids of Meroe in an un-spoilt seldom visited desert. We drive across the Bauda Desert sands through friendly villages on the Nile. From Wadi Halfa we take a ferry across Lake Nasser to Aswan in Egypt.

Week 9-10: Egypt - Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx In Aswan we visit the High Dam & Philae Island Temple.  Luxor, we visit Karnack Temple the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings with Tutankhamen's Tomb. We do a big day trip to the monuments on friendly happy donkeys. They tend to walk off home alone after we arrive at the Valley of the Kings leaving us free to do the rest of the day in a bus.  From Luxor we take the road east to the Red Sea coast

The Red Sea Riviera has a warm sea, with thousands of miles of beaches and coral reefs  and historical sites. We stop at one of the resort towns on the way; Safaga or Hurgada; from where you can take a boat to one of the sandy off shore islands to snorkel above the coral reefs. Deep in the Red Sea Mountains Eastern Desert is the Monastery of Saint Anthony, a Coptic Orthodox oasis monastery it’s one of the oldest monasteries in the world.

We pass the town of Suez, the beginning of the canal of the same name, watching top of the ships cross the desert sand while hull of the ship is deep in the canal is quite a sight.

To Cairo where we spent a few days to look at the; markets, the best mosques in the Middle East, a fortress citadel,  great pyramids in Giza and the immense collections of the Cairo Museum.

We cross the desert to Alexandria on the Delta of the Nile and the Mediterranean Sea, originally a Greek city founded by Alexander of Macedon. Not over visited by tourists, it has some great sites to visit; including its city beaches. Other must sees are; the rebuilt library of Alexandria, Fort Qaitbey, a Mamluk fortress on the harbour,  Montaza Palace gardens and many museums

Just one hundred kilometers west of the Alex is the railway halt of El Alamein. In the WW2 this was the site of two decisive battles between Commonwealth and Axis forces. It is considered to be the turning point of WW2.

Of all the trips we run this is the most likely to have a change of route due to local conditions and visa requirements.

Africa is an unpredictable continent. We do not have a fixed itinerary so please treat the information given as a guideline only. Although our information is written in good faith at the time of printing, our route may vary at any time due to weather, politics or road conditions.

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