Celebrating 23 Years

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17 Day Extensive African Tour - Egypt and Kenya ( Friday Departures)
 Ancient Cairo, a Nile Cruise and Game Drives in Kenya
Package # 208

Starting at $3799 Air and Land
Book By October 31st

Traveling alone?

Starting at $3799 This value added package contains:

  • RT Air from the USA
    Gateways
    : New York City or Washington, D.C.
    Add $170 for Atlanta, Chicago; $250 for Los Angeles, San Francisco; additional cities available, ask your reservations agent

  • All transfers in Egypt and Kenya

  • 29 meals

  • Egypt

    • 4 nights Cairo at the Sphinx Sofitel

    • 1 Day room in Cairo at Sphinx Sofitel to rest before 

    • Overnight flight to Nairobi

    • 3 Night All-Inclusive Cruise in Junior Suite outside Cabin, King of Thebes

    • All Shore Excursions

    • Full Day tour of Cairo

    • Service of an English-speaking Egyptologist during all Egypt sightseeing

  • 7 nights Kenya

    • 2 Nairobi Hilton

    • 2 Sarova Shaba

    • 1 Lion Hill Lodge

    • 2 Mara Sarova Lodge

  • 7 Game Drives

  • Flight Nairobi to Cairo

Not included are airport fees and taxes, approximately $290.

Entry Requirements for Egypt and Kenya  
   See also Optional Additional Excursions.   Weather conditions

FRI  - JFK or IAD /CAI

SAT - ARRIVE CAIRO
. Overnight, Sofitel Sphinx, CAIRO.

SUN - DAY AT LEISURE at the Sofitel Sphinx , WITH ROOM TO REST UP FOR LATE TRANSFER OVERNIGHT FLT TO NAIROBI.

MON       Nairobi
Arrival in Nairobi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Optional afternoon excursions available.**
Overnight BB basis at the Nairobi Hilton ( or similar)
 
TUE         Samburu / Shaba
Drive to Shaba National Park arriving in time for lunch at Sarova Shaba.  Afternoon game drive in Shaba.   
Experience game drives on safari in Shaba National Reserve took it's name from the the massive cone of volcanic rock that dominates this region. The landscape is similar to nearby Samburu with riverine forests, acacia and doum palms. This area is famous for the association with Kenya's most renowned conservationists, George and Joy Adamson.
Dinner and overnight Sarova Shaba FB. ( or similar)
 
WED   Samburu / Shaba
Morning and afternoon game drives in Shaba.  Dinner and overnight Sarova Shaba FB. ( or similar)
 
THU   Lake Nakuru
After breakfast the safari leaves Shaba and drives to Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley.  Lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.  Dinner and overnight Lion Hill Lodge FB ( or similar)

Lake Nakuru provides the visitor with one of Kenya’s best known images. Thousands of flamingo, joined into a massive flock, fringe the shores of this soda lake. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingo are a breathtaking sight.

The lake has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on algae that forms on the lake bed. They move back and forth, feeding and occasionally and spectacularly taking to flight, filling the sky over the lake with colour. The lake is extremely variable in size- changing from 5 up to 30 sq kms in area.

Nakuru has more than just flamingos. This is a major National Park and an important sanctuary for Rhino. Both Black and White Rhino are found here, and are often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore.

The park abounds with game. There are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and more.

This is one of your best chances of seeing Leopard in Kenya, and there are several large prides of Lion.

Exploring beyond the lake is always rewarding and there are forests, cliffs, waterfalls and more to be found here.

Nearby Nakuru town is a busy and thriving local centre with a bustling market. The town is a hub for local transport and travel and Masai Mara
 
FRI   Masai Mara
After breakfast continue to the Masai Mara.  Lunch and afternoon game drive.
South Western Kenya is the heartland of the Maasai.

The Maasai are a strongly independent people who still value tradition and ritual as an integral part of their everyday lives. They regard themselves not just as residents of this area but that they are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their lives.

Traditionally, the Maasai rarely hunt and living alongside wildlife in harmony is an important part of their beliefs. Lions and Wildebeest play as important a role in their cultural beliefs as their own herds of cattle. This unique co-existence of man and wildlife makes this Maasai land one of the world’s most unique wilderness regions.

Dinner and overnight Mara Sarova Lodge FB. ( or similar)
 
SAT   Masai Mara
Full day in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives.
Dinner and overnight Mara Sarova Lodge FB.
 
SUN - Day at leisure in  NAIROBI, Overnight Nairobi Hilton.

MON - FLY NBO/CAI.  Day at Leisure Overnight, Sphinx Soffitel, CAIRO.

TUE - FULL DAY TOUR OF CAIRO.
Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the era of the pharaohs including some belonging to King Tut. Tour Old Cairo, where early Judaism and Christianity flourished in Egypt. Visit sites like the Ben Ezra Synagogue, and the Moallaka Church where the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus took refuge. Spend the afternoon at the Great Pyramids of Giza built for Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, and the defending Sphinx. End the day at the bazaar of Khan El Khalili. Overnight Sphinx Soffitel, Cairo. (B/L)

WED Deluxe Nile Cruise You will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan Airport, visit the High Dam, Old Dam, Philae Temple, and the Granite Quarries. You will be transferred to your Deluxe Nile Cruise Boat for a 4-day/3-night Nile cruise. Accommodations aboard will consist of an Outside Junior Suite Cabin with private facilities. Afternoon sail by felucca for an outside visit to the Agha Khan Mausoleum and Elephantine Island. Sail to Edfu. Overnight on board. (B/L/D)

THU  Travel by horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, the best preserved of all the large Egyptian Temples. Sail to Luxor. Overnight on board. (B/L/D)

FRI - Cross the Nile to the West Bank. Visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Colossi of Memnon, Queen Hatshepsut Funerary Temple, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Overnight on board. (B/L/D)

SAT  Visit Luxor Temple dedicated to the god Amon-Ra. It was expanded by Ramses II, who added statues of himself. Visit the magnificent Karnak Temple. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight Sphinx Soffitel, Cairo. (B)

SUN - Flight Home

** The following are the most popular excursions: 

  • Nairobi City Tour – US$68.00 pp (3 hour tour) – AM and PM departures

  • Nairobi City Tour and Karen Blixen Museum US$90.00 pp (4 hour tour) – AM and PM departures

  • Nairobi National Park and animal orphanage US$148.00 pp (4 hour tour) – AM and PM departures

  • Dinner with return transfers to the famous Carnivore restaurant US$63.00

  • Balloon Safari from Mara US$ 595

Dates of Travel AIR & LAND LAND ONLY SINGLE SUP
2008      
2008-09/05  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-09/12  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-09/19  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-09/26  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-10/03  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-10/10  $       4,099  $       3,199  $          999
2008-10/17  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-10/24  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-10/31  $       4,299  $       3,199  $          999
2008-11/07  $       3,799  $       2,999  $          899
2008-11/14  $       4,099  $       2,999  $          899
2008-11/21  $       4,199  $       2,999  $          899
2008-11/28  $       4,299  $       2,999  $          899
2008-12/05  $       3,999  $       2,999  $          899
2008-12/12  $       4,399  $       2,999  $          899
2008-12/19  $       5,599  $       3,799  $       1,199
2008-12/26  $       4,999  $       3,899  $       1,199

2009

     
2009-01/02  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-01/09  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-01/16  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-01/23  $       4,699  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-01/30  $       4,699  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-02/06  $       4,699  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-02/13  $       4,699  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-02/20  $       4,699  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-02/27  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-03/06  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-03/13  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-03/20  $       4,499  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-03/27  $       4,099  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-04/03  $       4,699  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-04/10  $       4,699  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-04/17  $       4,399  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-04/24  $       4,399  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-05/01  $       4,399  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-05/08  $       4,399  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-05/15  $       4,399  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-05/22  $       4,399  $       2,999  $       1,199
2009-05/29  $       4,999  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-06/05  $       4,999  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-06/12  $       4,999  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-06/19  $       4,999  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-06/26  $       5,299  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-07/03  $       5,299  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-07/10  $       5,299  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-07/17  $       5,299  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-07/24  $       5,299  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-07/31  $       5,299  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-08/07  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-08/14  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-08/21  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-08/28  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-09/04  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-09/11  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-09/18  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-09/25  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-10/02  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-10/09  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-10/16  $       4,899  $       3,499  $       1,199
2009-10/23  $       4,699  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-10/30  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-11/06  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-11/13  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-11/20  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-11/27  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-12/04  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199
2009-12/11  $       4,599  $       3,299  $       1,199

Traveling alone? Like to find a roommate and avoid the single supplement. We may be able to help. We have a list of people who are hoping for such a match. Call 800-248-3487and ask if anyone is looking for a roommate for your requested date of travel.

Entry Requirements for Egypt and Kenya
Besides your passport, you will need a double VISA for entry to Egypt since you will be entering from both the USA and Kenya.  

For Kenya, you also need a VISA and a Yellow Fever Shot. With the vaccination comes a little yellow booklet – carry this yellow booklet with you –  this is your proof of yellow fever vaccination which you need for return to the USA .

We always recommend that people see their own physician, or a travel doctor, for a final decision on shots that are merely recommended.

KENYA - *Passport, visa, and onward/return ticket required.  Visas should be obtained in advance.  Airport visas are available for those traveling from a country where there is no Kenyan Embassy/High Commission.  Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival.  Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested.*   Tourist visas require 1 application form, 2 photos, onward/return ticket, and $50 fee (money order or cashier’s check only).  Multiple-entry visas require payment of a $100 fee (money order or cashier’s check only).  Expedited visa service is available for an additional $10.  Airport departure tax is $40.  For additional information, consult the Embassy of Kenya, 2249 R St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/387-6101).  Internet: www.kenyaembassy.com

Immunization

The best choice of vaccines for your trip depends on many individual
factors, including your precise travel plans
. Vaccines commonly
recommended for travelers to Africa include those against. Your own personal physician is 
your best guide for any of the vaccines listed below. Only Yellow Fever is mandatory for Kenya:

  • Tetanus

  • Diphtheria

  • Polio

  • Typhoid

  • Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis B

  • Yellow fever* 

  • Rabies

  • Meningitis

http://www.magicalkenya.com/default.nsf/info1/healthinfo?opendocument&l=1 *
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1151.html *
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1229.html#k ( for all countries)
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1185.html Health information for all Americans traveling abroad

Weather
There is a double rainy season between March and May and between November and December, with two intervening dry seasons. There is a small difference in temperature from month to month through the year. Both these features can be seen in the three tables for Kenya included here. 

The Kenya Highlands
Most of this region lies between 1,220 m/4,000 ft and 2,150 m/7,000 ft and occupies the centre and west of the country on either side of the eastern Rift valley, extending to the Ugandan border. It is the most densely populated part of the country and contains the most productive agricultural land.

There is a double rainy season but rainfall is moderate and only exceeds 1,250 mm/50 in a year on the higher parts. Over most of the region the sunniest time of the year is from December to March. The cloudiest period is from June to September when there is much drizzle but little heavy rain. This period is often called 'winter' in the Kenya Highlands and the evenings may feel chilly compared with the sunnier months.

The table for Nairobi is representative of much of the region. The table for Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, which is virtually an inland sea, shows that there is rather more rainfall in each month here. This is a consequence of the greater humidity picked up by winds crossing the lake and a liability for thunderstorms to break out during the night.

The higher mountain regions
These are the small regions above 2,500 m/8,000 ft and isolated higher mountains such as Mount Elgon and Mount Kenya. Here temperatures fall low enough for frost to occur and at higher levels some precipitation may be snow. Mount Kenya has permanent snowfields.

Although Kenya lies athwart the equator, annual rainfall over most of the country is surprisingly low and rather variable from year to year. This is because the inter-tropical belt of cloud and rain passes rather quickly across Kenya in April and October and because the predominant seasonal winds, the north and south monsoons as they are called in East Africa, have a track parallel to the coast and have already passed over large areas of land before reaching Kenya.

Temperatures over much of Kenya are subtropical or temperate, because of the reduction of temperature with altitude, and are similar to those in California, summer in France or southern Britain rather than those elsewhere in equatorial Africa.

Only the coastal lowlands experience the constant high temperatures and humidity associated with equatorial latitudes. Even here they are less oppressive than one might expect, because of the regular daytime sea breezes and longer hours of sunshine.

It is not surprising that with such a favourable climate - sunny, only moderately wet, and not too hot - and a great variety of scenery, wild life, game parks, and good communications, Kenya has many attractions for the tourist.

The variety of relief and the range of altitude in Kenya produce a considerable number of distinctive local climates and local weather too numerous to be detailed here. The country can be divided broadly into four climatic regions, each with certain features of equatorial climates.

The Coastal Region
The average annual rainfall is over 1,000 mm/40 in, except in the north where it is rather less. The wettest months are April and May as the inter-tropical rain-belt moves north. The second rainy season in October and November, sometimes called the 'little rains' in Kenya, is less conspicuous. Some rain, often in the form of night or early morning showers, occurs in all months.

Temperatures remain quite high around the year as does humidity; but the weather is less oppressive than might be thought because of the regular and strong onshore winds in the daytime and the greater number of sunshine hours which average seven to eight a day in all months. The weather, however, can feel sultry, particularly at night.

The table for Mombasa is representative of this region.

The Northern Frontier Districts and the Lower Inland Plateau
Much of this region has a very low annual rainfall for an equatorial region. Rainfall is generally below 500 mm/20 in and in the far north is often below 250 mm/10 in.

In the lower districts temperatures are high round the year, there is much sunshine, and the region is a typical hot desert like the adjoining southern parts of Somalia and Ethiopia. Humidity is low and, apart from occasional excessive heat, it is a healthy climate.

Average conditions for Nairobi, Kenya

Month Average Sunlight (hours) Temperature Discomfort from heat and humidity Relative humidity Average Precipitation (mm) Wet Days (+0.25 mm)
Average Record
Min Max Min Max am pm
Jan 9 12 25 8 29 Moderate 74 44 38 5
Feb 9 13 26 9 31 Moderate 74 40 64 6
March 9 14 25 9 30 Moderate 81 45 125 11
April 7 14 24 11 28 Moderate 88 56 211 16
May 6 13 22 9 28 Moderate 88 62 158 17
June 6 12 21 7 27 - 89 60 46 9
July 4 11 21 6 26 - 86 58 15 6
Aug 4 11 21 7 27 - 86 56 23 7
Sept 6 11 24 5 28 - 82 45 31 6
Oct 7 13 24 7 30 - 82 43 53 8
Nov 7 13 23 6 28 - 86 53 109 15
Dec 8 13 23 8 28 - 81 53 86 11

Average Conditions Kisumu, Kenya

Month

Average Sunlight (hours)

Temperature

Discomfort from heat and humidity

Relative humidity

Average Precipitation (mm)

Wet Days (+0.25 mm)

Average

Record

Min

Max

Min

Max

am

pm

Jan

9

18

29

14

36

Medium

60

41

48

6

Feb

9

19

29

14

37

Medium

62

41

81

8

March

8

19

28

16

37

Medium

68

46

140

12

April

8

18

28

16

37

Medium

74

52

191

14

May

8

18

27

16

34

Medium

77

57

155

14

June

8

17

27

13

32

Medium

76

53

84

9

July

7

17

27

13

33

Medium

76

52

58

8

Aug

7

17

27

12

36

Medium

73

50

76

10

Sept

8

17

28

12

34

Medium

66

47

64

8

Oct

8

18

29

13

34

Medium

61

41

56

7

Nov

7

18

29

13

35

Medium

62

43

86

9

Dec

8

18

29

13

37

Medium

61

41

102

8

Average conditions of Mombasa, Kenya

Month Average Sunlight (hours) Temperature Discomfort from heat and humidity Relative humidity Average Precipitation (mm) Wet Days (+0.25 mm)
Average Record
Min Max Min Max am pm
Jan 8 24 31 21 35 High 76 66 25 6
Feb 9 24 31 21 35 High 75 63 18 3
March 9 25 31 22 36 High 77 63 64 7
April 8 24 30 21 36 High 81 71 196 15
May 6 23 28 19 33 Medium 85 76 320 20
June 8 23 28 16 32 Medium 82 72 119 15
July 7 22 27 18 33 Medium 82 72 89 14
Aug 8 22 27 17 31 Medium 76 72 64 16
Sept 9 22 28 18 32 Medium 81 70 64 14
Oct 9 23 29 18 32 Medium 79 69 86 10
Nov 9 24 29 20 34 Medium 78 69 97 10
Dec 9 24 30 21 36 High 78 69 61 9
 

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