Antiquities & Wildlife

Explore the antiquities of Africa on this 16 day tour to Tanzania and Egypt. Combine the scenic beauty and unrivalled game viewing of East Africa with the ancient land of the pharaohs. Marvel at Egypt’s best sites including the tombs of the ancient pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and Karnak Temples, and witness the mighty Pyramids of Giza. Travel across the endless plains of the Serengeti in search of cheetah and wildebeest, and gaze upon the age-old caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater. This itinerary will capture the romance of old Africa for the imaginative traveller.

Please note that this is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary that we can tailor to suit your requirements. Extra nights can easily be added throughout. Please contact us for further details.

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16 days/15 nights
Departs ex Cairo

Highlights:

  • Explore the ancient Pyramids of Giza and marvel at the mighty Sphinx
  • Visit the magnificent Egyptian Museum and the Royal Mummy Room
  • Cruise down the Nile and visit the ancient temples and tombs
  • Experience the best of Tanzania crossing the Serengeti in search of cheetah and wilderbeest
  • Visit the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and descend for a full day Safari

Inclusions:

  • Transfers
  • Accommodation & meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Nile Cruise
  • Economy airfairs Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo
  • Private return road transfers Kilimanjaro/Arusha
  • Transportation by 4WD
  • Private game drives
  • Park Fees and flying doctors

Antiquities & Wildlife Itinerary

16 days/15 nights

Day 1: Cairo
On arrival transfer to the Cairo Marriott Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights.

Days 2/3: Cairo
Enjoy a full day tour of the Pyramids at Giza, with entry into the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Marvel at the mighty Sphinx and explore the ancient royal city of Memphis and the necropolis of Sakkara. On day 3, Visit the magnificent Egyptian Museum, with entry to the Royal Mummy Room, and the main sites of Islamic Cairo including the Citadel, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan and the Khan Khalili Bazaar. BL

Days 4-7: Nile Cruise
Itinerary as per days 4 to 7 of the Legends of the Nile tour (see page 8) aboard the Sonesta St. George or similar. BLD

Day 8: Cairo
Disembark after breakfast. Optional visit to Abu Simbel (page 19). Afternoon flight to Cairo. Transfer to hotel. B

Day 9: Inflight to Nairobi/Arusha
Day at leisure before an evening transfer to Cairo airport for your overnight flight to Nairobi (not included). B

Day 10: Arusha
Arrive Nairobi and connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro airport (not included). Transfer to Lake Duluti Serena Lodge. D

Day 11: Tarangire
Today drive to Nimali Africa in Tarangire National Park, famous for the large herds of elephants and plains game attracted to the park in the dry season (Jul-Sep). From March to May we normally stay at Lake Manyara Serena. BLD

Days 12/13: Serengeti
Drive to the vast Serengeti plains, famous for the millions of wildebeest which migrate across it each year. Stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge. From January to March we stay at Serengeti Sopa to take advantage of seasonal game movements. BLD

Days 14/15: Ngorongoro Crater
Transfer to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge with breathtaking views of the crater 2,000 metres below. Home to over 25,000 animals, Ngorongoro Crater is an extinct volcanic caldera, often referred to as a ‘Garden of Eden’. On day 15 descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day safari down in the crater. BLD

Day 16: Tour ends Arusha
This morning transfer to Kilimanjaro airport stopping for lunch enroute in Arusha. Tour ends. BL

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Tanzania Overview

Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Egypt Overview

Why Egypt: This spellbinding destination offers some of the world’s most magnificent ancient monuments, as well as a insight into age-old Islamic culture. The scenery is also unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert.

Climate: Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although quite hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C).

Combine With: Neighbouring Jordan or Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Israel or Morocco.

Getting There: Daily flights are available from Australia to Egypt. Flight time is approximately 18-19 hours with stopovers depending on which airline you fly with.

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