Cairo to Zanzibar

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The Great Migration

One of the world’s 10 natural wonders. Witness the real circle of life as more than 6 million hooves stampede, crossing crocodile-filled rivers. To witness this amazing spectacle find out the best times to visit.

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Walk in the footsteps of pharaohs as we explore the wonders of ancient Egypt and end on the rolling grasslands of the Maasai Mara. During this amazing journey with a completely unique itinerary, we’ll cruise the Nile, relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and enjoy amazing game drives spotting the Big 5.

Ancient Wonders

Our tour starts in Cairo, where the world of ancient Egypt awaits. Here we’ll experience all the must-see sights. It’s impossible to name them all but highlights include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, the beautiful Luxor and Karnak temples, the iconic Sphinx, the stunning temples of Abu Simbel and the riverside temples of Kom Ombo. To get a feel for all the highlights of this tour click on the picture left to view Dennis Bunnik’s recent video footage. During our time in Egypt, we’ll also enjoy a four night Nile Cruise- a great way to travel between sightseeing!

The Spice Island

After the wonders of Egypt, and before we experience the amazing game viewing in Kenya, we enjoy three days to relax and unwind on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Here you can explore the island with its rich colonial past or simply soak up the relaxed beach life.

Animal Encounters

From Zanzibar, our tour continues to Kenya. Our sightseeing takes us back to nature, as we enjoy some fantastic game drives in the Samburu and Nakuru National Parks. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, we head on to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous wildlife reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and amazing rolling grasslands, it makes for unforgettable game viewing.

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Cairo

‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’ to mesmerising Egypt! This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Cairo

This morning we visit the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Giza! We’ll also see the nearby Sphinx, the Step Pyramid of Sakkara and the ancient capital of Memphis. [B]

Day 4. Cairo

Today we explore Cairo. Our first stop is the Egyptian Museum, home to the priceless treasures of Tutankhamun. We’ll also visit the Citadel, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and explore Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. [B]

Day 5. Cairo – Luxor – Nile Cruise

We fly to Luxor and visit the beautiful temples of Karnak and Luxor, linked by the impressive 3km-long Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]

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Embark Cruise: This afternoon we’ll board our luxury Nile cruise ship.

Day 6. Nile Cruise

This morning we discover the Nile’s West Bank, visiting the Valley of the Kings and the imposing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Nile Cruise

Cruising down the Nile, we stop at Edfu’s Temple of Horus. We’ll then visit Aswan’s impressive Kom Ombo temple complex. Tonight we’ll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Nile Cruise

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Special Experience: Today we explore amazing Abu Simbel. The twin temples here were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

This afternoon we’ll sail along the Nile on a traditional felucca. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Nile Cruise – Aswan – Cairo

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Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise after breakfast.

We’ll then visit the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan. This afternoon we fly back to Cairo. [B]

Day 10. Cairo – Zanzibar

The day is at leisure before our overnight flight to Zanzibar. [B,D]

Day 11. Zanzibar

‘Karibu’ to tropical Zanzibar! Enjoy the evening at leisure in Stone Town.

Day 12. Zanzibar

This morning we explore historic Stone Town on foot. Highlights include the Sultan’s Palace, the Old Museum and the market. We’ll then transfer to our resort at Kiwengwa Beach. [B,D]

Day 13. Zanzibar

Relax and soak up the resort atmosphere, or explore the picturesque fishing villages that are dotted along the coast. [B,D]

Day 14. Zanzibar

Spend the day enjoying the beautiful resort at Kiwengwa Beach. [B,D]

Day 15. Zanzibar – Nairobi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Nairobi later this afternoon. [B]

Day 16. Nairobi

Today we’ll visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos from ivory and horn poachers. Then visit the Giraffe Centre. Later we enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, followed by a visit to the adjoining Museum. [B,L]

Day 17. Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

Escaping the city, we travel north and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve. After lunch we’ll head out on our first game drive! [B,L,D]

Day 18. Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu’s diverse range of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives today. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about ‘a day in the life’ of a Samburu woman and her children.

Day 19. Samburu National Reserve – Mt Kenya National Park

Today we travel to Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain. Here we’ll explore the forest on foot with a ranger. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Mt Kenya National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

A chance for us to spot the endangered rhino in beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park today on an afternoon game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 21. Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha

We’ll participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge this morning before we travel to Lake Naivasha, the home of the late Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free”. Its rich heritage and idyllic scenery make it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea and visit the house containing memorabilia from the “Born Free” film. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara and enjoy a game drive, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebra, gazelles and lions! [B,L,D]

Day 23. Maasai Mara

Our day in the Maasai Mara is devoted to discovering the incredible wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll enjoy a special bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars.

Day 24. Maasai Mara – Nairobi – Australia

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 5 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Light plane flight within Kenya
  • 4-night luxury Nile cruise
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $195pp prepaid (Egypt only). Tipping payable locally for Kenya & Tanzania, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals 

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 4 nights on board luxury Nile cruise ship (5 star Egyptian standard) in an outside cabin, including all meals
  • 3 nights at a Zanzibar beach resort
  • 5 nights in African lodges (4-4½ star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 15 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides 

  • English-speaking locally based Egyptologist guides in Egypt
  • English-speaking locally based guide in Zanzibar
  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide in Kenya (max 6 people per vehicle)

Entrance Fees & Permits (Africa only) 

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing 

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt’s ancient civilisation.

  • Spend 2 full days exploring Cairo, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Saladin Citadel of Cairo, the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar and the Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures.
  • Visit Memphis and the unique Step Pyramid of Sakkara.
  • Discover the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor which were once linked by a 3km long Avenue of Sphinxes.
  • Spend 4 nights on board a luxury cruise ship and travel down the majestic Nile River.
  • Explore the West Bank, including the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings (where we enter some of the tombs of the pharaohs) and the massive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Tour the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, Kom Ombo’s beautiful riverside temples, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings.
  • Enjoy a Galabeya Party whist crusing the Nile
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses ll and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel.
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon on a traditional felucca sail boat.
  • Explore Aswan on a half-day tour, including the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island.

Relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

  • Stroll through the charming alleys of Stone Town and visit the Sultan Palace, the Old Museum and the Old Market.
  • Spend 2 days relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.

Witness Kenya’s amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery.

  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, one of the world’s most extraordinary animal rehabilitation programs.
  • Visit The Giraffe Centre, an important conservation initiative created by the ‘African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’.  Feed and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from elevated platforms.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, presenting a glimpse of the life of Karen Blixen, an extraordinary farmer and the author of ‘Out of Africa’.
  • Explore rugged and remote Samburu National Reserve on game drives. The reserve attracts some amazing wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and much more!
  • Visit a Samburu Village and school for protected Samburu women and their children.
  • Discover Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa’s second highest peak, affording some of the most impressive views in east Africa.
  • Participate in a tree planting ceremony in Lake Nakuru.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds.
  • Visit Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake. Fringed by thick papyrus, it is one of Kenya’s important horticultural areas with its yellow-barked Acacia Xanthophlea and is teeming with birdlife.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Elsemere in Lake Naivasha, home to the late Joy Adamson, author of ‘Born Free’.
  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara.
  • Experience unforgettable game drives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and rolling savannahs, it makes for amazing game-viewing. Keep an eye out for millions of wildebeest and zebras which migrate here annually.
  • Enjoy an incredible bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.

Starts

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Price

Status

2018-08-28

2018-09-21

13900

Limited Seats

2018-09-11

2018-10-05

13900

Available

2018-09-25

2018-10-19

13900

Available

2018-10-09

2018-11-02

14100

Available

2018-10-23

2018-11-16

13500

Available

2018-11-06

2018-11-30

13500

Available

2018-11-27

2018-12-21

13500

Guaranteed Departure

2019-01-01

2019-01-25

14200

Available

2019-01-22

2019-02-15

13800

Available

2019-02-05

2019-03-01

13800

Available

2019-02-19

2019-03-15

13900

Available

2019-03-05

2019-03-29

13900

Available

2019-03-19

2019-04-12

13500

Guaranteed Departure

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo

Le Meridien Pyramids comprises elegantly decorated guestrooms. Enjoy incredible views of the majestic Pyramids of Giza from your sun lounge beside the pool. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from offering Mediterranean, International, Egyptian and Mexican food as well as 2 cafes, including a traditional Shisha cafe. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning, currency exchange, laundry, gift shops and spa services.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Movenpick MS Royal Lotus, Nile Cruise

Movenpick MS Royal Lily, Nile Cruise

Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah Hotel, Cairo

Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, Stone Town

Situated in the heart of Stone Town by the picturesque seafront, Tembo House has a history like no other. It has played numerous roles in the history of Zanzibar including that of the American Consulate, while also playing host to numerous celebrities including Mahatma Ghandi and Freddie Mercury and his family who used to vacation here from time to time. In a prime location, Tembo House is the perfect place to stay while in Stone Town with major attractions and historical sites nearby.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Kiwengwa Beach

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on a beautiful white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. The Resort is set on a picturesque 30-acre site with its guestroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, over 1,000 beautiful palm trees and the sparkling white beach.

Facilities: air conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

Samburu Game Lodge, Samburu

Serena Mountain Lodge, Mt. Kenya

The only ‘tree hotel’ ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya’s legendary Mount Kenya, this lodge offers unrivalled game viewing whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with an ancient rainforest. The traditionally timbered dining room is surrounded by windows and has been built on stilts so as to seemingly float above the liana-strung forest. Additionally the lodge offers a private water hole and salt lick, a rooftop viewing deck, guided forest walks, massage and beauty services and a gift shop.

Facilities: wifi available; safe deposit box (at reception)

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Lake Nakuru

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set on 200 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shortline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, this resort blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings and even has resident giraffe. Being one of Kenya’s most upmarket destinations, it is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Facilities: wifi available; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sarova Mara Game Camp, Maasai Mara

Cairo

Cairo has an arid, desert climate which means that the day time temperatures are always warm and the nights are cool. Unlike other climates there are two distinct seasons, a long hot summer from May until October and a mild winter from November to April. This being said the most popular times for travel to Egypt are between the months of October and May as the temperature and humidity are the most comfortable.

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Weather patterns in Zanzibar follow that of mainland Tanzania very closely with the wet season from March to May and January and February experiencing heavy afternoon showers. The dry season is from June till October with temperature varying depending on altitude and location but it is usually fine, clear and sunny.

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Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.

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Zanzibar, Tanzanian Shilling

The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh) which is divisible into 100 cents, however we recommend you carry USD, as almost all hotels and local businesses will request payments in this currency.

  • Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500
  • Coins are in denominations of TSh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 but these are worth very little and are rarely used

Please Note: There are plenty of places to exchange money in the towns and airport, but keep hold of your changing receipts so that you can change your shillings back to hard currency when you leave. Be aware there may be very limited access to credit card facilities, and places which do accept them often charge very high commission levies.

Kenya, Kenyan Shilling

Egypt

Islamic Cairo – 3hrs – $50pp US
Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum, which consists of two houses from the 16th and 17th century built with a unique architectural style and filled with antique furniture from all over the Middle East. Nearby is the Ibn Toulon Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Cairo built in the 8th century with strong Persian influences to the design. The final stop is the El Sultan Hassan Mosque, built in the 13th century and considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture from that era.

Sound & Light Show at Giza – 1hr – $55pp US
The Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids takes place on the Giza plateau. You will hear the story of Egypt as seen through the eyes of the Sphinx over the ages, and see the breathtaking sight of the floodlit pyramids lit up under the stars.
Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

Dahshur Pyramid – 2hrs – $55pp US
Dahshur forms the southernmost area of the Memphis Necropolis and contains a number of pyramid complexes and monuments. This site was used as funerary grounds beginning in the time of the Fourth Dynasty, where King Senefru built two of his three pyramids: the ‘Bent’ pyramid, named for the angle of the sides, and the ‘Red Pyramid’ named for the red limestone used in its construction. The latter was the first complete pyramid in Egypt.

Coptic Cairo – 3hrs – $45pp US
Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians throughout Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, which derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of an old Babylon fortress, possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt. Your next stop is the Abu Serga, a place where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. Ben Ezra Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of a 4th-century Christian church.

Luxor Museum – 1.5 hrs – $60pp US
Experience one of the best displays of antiquities in Egypt at the Luxor Museum including artefacts from King Tutankhamen’s Tomb.
Includes: Egyptologist tour guide, private car and driver, museum representative & entrance fees.

Sound & Light Show Karnak – 1.5hrs – $55pp US
Experience the beauty of the Temple of Karnak illuminated against the darkness of night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you on a narrated journey into Ancient Egypt.
Please note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance.

 

Kenya

Maasai Mara Balloon Safari – 3Hrs (2.5 Hrs approx based on transfer to/from) – $450pp US
This morning enjoy an amazing experience as you take a balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. This is probably one of the most scenic views you will ever experience as you depart at dawn and float, suspended in a basket beneath a canopy while viewing the sights of the mighty Maasai Mara and its wildlife. On landing, you’ll be provided with a delicious bubbly-style bush breakfast. 

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change. Payment must be made to your guide by cash only.

Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik Tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Travelling through Africa is mainly done by road. A high percentage of roads are not sealed and most tracks within national parks are dirt roads. Some travel days are also very long. Per tour, you will find a list of the different vehicle types used. Most excursions are by 4WD so if you suffer from a back condition we highly recommend that you consult your doctor before booking. If you wear contact lenses we recommend bringing glasses as well, in case of irritation caused by dust.

You should be able to: walk at least 3.5km or 2-3 hours on uneven ground, without a walking aid; climb short, steep hills; be prepared to board small boats; and also carry your own bags as porter services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

Luggage Information

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Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required
  • There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a Visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • Cairo to Zanzibar (Zanzibar): A single entry visa is required for Australian passport holders.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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