Kenya’s Big Five & The Pyramids of Egypt

A 16-day journey to experience Africa’s two most popular destinations—Kenya & Egypt

Specials on all departures: 3 adults sharing one room will be accorded a discount of US$ 195/CA$ 270 per person.

We begin our journey in Kenya to experience one of the best game safaris available. Track the Big Five, as well as wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, oryx, antelopes, gazelles, monkeys, baboons, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and a diverse variety of birds, including the pink flamingoes at Lake Nakuru. Our safari takes us through rural Kenya to world-famous Masai Mara National Park, concluding at incredible Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Enjoy your stay at the Kilima Safari Camp, with a breathtaking view of majestic Kilimanjaro.

As we conclude our Kenyan safari, we transition into a different era of world history in Egypt. Here, we explore over 7,000 years of civilization and history. This fully guided tour leads us to the Great Pyramids of Giza, Memphis, and Sakkara. Embark on a 5-day cruise along the Nile River, rediscovering Luxor, the Necropolis of Ancient Thebes, Karnak Temple Complex, Temple of Luxor, and the Valley of Kings. In Aswan, marvel at the Temples of Queen Hatshepsut and Philae. Explore the historical depth of Old Cairo, the city's birthplace 1,000 years ago, and learn about the Fatimid era—a time when Egypt reached its intellectual height.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley 2. Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
3. Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur 4. Historic Cairo
5. Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (Abu Simbel is optional)  
Tour Information
Duration : 16 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 07 persons
Price (From) : US$ 5095
International air not included
Day 01: Arrive Nairobi (Flight) (KENYA)
Day 02: Lake Nakuru National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara Game Reserve
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Masai Mara Game Reserve
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Masai Mara/Nairobi
(B, L)
Day 06: Nairobi/Amboseli National Park (Drive 3 hours)
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Amboseli/Nairobi (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 08: Nairobi/Cairo (Flight) (EGYPT)
(B)
Day 09: Cairo
(B, L)
Day 10: Cairo/Luxor (Flight)/Board the Nile Cruise
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Nile Cruise: Luxor
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna/Edfu
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Nile Cruise Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan
(B, L, D)
Day 14: Aswan/Cairo (Flight)
(B)
Day 15: Cairo
(B, L)
Day 16: Depart Cairo
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Nairobi (KENYA)

Upon arrival at JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) (IATA code:NBO), we are warmly received with greetings of Karibu “welcome” in Swahili and transferred to our hotel. Nairobi’s city skyline is dominated by modern high-rise buildings and is a tourism and trading hub for the whole of Eastern Africa. It is today Africa’s most influential city.

Overnight: Pan Afric Hotel, Nairobi (1 night)

Day 02: Lake Nakuru National Park

Hundreds of thousands of flamingos on the Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

A morning drive to Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge in time for a hot lunch. Afternoon, we take our first game drive at Lake Nakuru – a man-made lake which was created in 1961. It is best known for its thousands, sometimes even millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of the pink flamingos. Boat safari at Lake Nakuru very popular especially with tourists. A place where one can take unique photos both of the lake with reflections of the flamingos and the park itself where we view the various animal species along the lake shores as they are drinking water.

Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Lake Nakuru (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 03: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara Game Reserve

A rural countryside drive to the iconic Masai Mara which has 1,510 km² of wildlife wonders! This world-famous game park promises unforgettable adventures with incredible wildlife and stunning savannah landscapes. After a hot lunch we get on our first Mara wild game safari. Picture lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas freely roaming, offering some close encounters. Mara is also home to herds of elephants, graceful zebras, and fascinating hippos. The real showstopper? The annual Great Migration! If we’re lucky, we’ll witness this spectacle when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest cross the plains, revealing the remarkable cycle of life. Masai Mara, as also the other game parks in Kenya, are home to resident wildlife. So as such, one can experience game on any day of the year. Tonight, we have a 2night deluxe camp experience.  Mara Leisure, a Luxury Tented Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and this makes all areas of the park accessible for game viewing. The accommodation includes 1 exclusive honeymoon tent, 8 spacious jumbo tents, 17 standard “nyati” tents and 3 family “jamii” cottages. You also have the chance to meet the local Maasai community.

Overnight: Mara Leisure Camp, Masai Mara (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Hot Air Balloon Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, Africa

Get ready for another awesome day in the stunning Mara, where we're in for some more will exciting wildlife encounters! With a constant water supply, this place is teeming with diverse and abundant game all year round. Safari through scenic grasslands to spot the Big Five - elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos—adding that extra thrill to our safari. But wait, there's more! The Big Nine, add cheetahs, hippos, zebras, and giraffes who all call this incredible landscape, home. For an extraordinary experience, pre-book an optional hot air balloon safari. This safari offers a breathtaking bird's eye view, followed by a luxurious open-air champagne breakfast - see details in our “Notes” section. The hot air balloon safari would take place today in the morning i.e. Day 04. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Masai Mara/Nairobi

Giraffe Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast we drive through the Mara for Nairobi. Upon arrival, we will get to kknow what Nairobi is all about. We visit the grand Parliament House, then dive into Kenya’s rich heritage at Nairobi National Museum. Next, get up close with endangered Rothschild’s giraffes at the Giraffe Centre, and experience the Karen Blixen Museum, celebrating the famous author of Out of Africa. We are transferred to our hotel. Evening an optional dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant if you are into tasting game meat.

Overnight: Pan Afric Hotel, Nairobi (1 night) (B, L)

Day 06: Nairobi/Amboseli National Park (Drive 3 hours)

A scenic rural drive of Southern Kenya takes us to Amboseli National Park and we check in at the Kilima Safari Camp. The camp is set out on a 420acre site with spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free-standing mountain which is located in Northern Tanzania but can best be seen from Amboseli in Kenya. Although Kilimanjaro lies only 330kms south of the equator, it is topped with a lovely layer of snow and glaciers. However, according to UNESCO, the mountain has lost 82% of its ice cap since 1912 and 55% of its glaciers since 1962. After some rest time we take on our game safari in Amboseli. This area is famous for its large elephant population, 56 known animal species including Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine.

The local Masai folks make this an added excitement. Challenge yourself to get a photoshoot of a Masai warrior, an elephant and the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro all in one image. This will be your cherished memento taking back home.

Overnight: Kilima Safari Camp, Amboseli (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 07: Amboseli/Nairobi (Drive)

A herd of elephants walking along a body of water

Morning wake up and the first thing we see is Mt Kilimanjaro. An ideal opportunity for early risers to experience the sunrise with the clearing of the sky at Kili. For an extraordinary experience, pre-book an optional hot air balloon safari. Amboseli offers a breathtaking bird's eye view, followed by a luxurious open-air champagne breakfast - see details in our “Notes” section. The hot air balloon safari would take place in the morning of Day 07 before we depart for Nairobi. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel near the airport. Balance of the day is free.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi Airport (B, L)

Day 08: Nairobi/Cairo (Flight) (EGYPT)

Mohammed Ali Mosque In The Citadel Of Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt

We are transferred to the airport for our flight to Cairo. You will be advised which flight to book for the Nairobi/Cairo sector. Ahlan wa sahlan (welcome in Arabic)! We are warmly received at Cairo Airport and transferred to our hotel. Hotel check in starts from 2:00 PM. Balance of the day is free.

Overnight: Kempinski Nile Cairo Hotel, Cairo (2 nights) (B)

Day 09: Cairo

This is a day that goes back in time. We start with a visit to the famous Great Sphinx of Giza and also discover the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid is 146 meters (478 feet) in height and consisted of more than 2 million limestone blocks weighing over 2 tons each. We also visit the Chephren and Mycerinus pyramids. Next, we visit Memphis and the Saqqara Step Pyramid, the world's first great stone structure. Evening, free to see an optional viewing of the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids. It brings the Pharaonic era right infront of us. (B, L)

Day 10: Cairo/Luxor (Flight)/Board the Nile Cruise

Traditional sailing boat felucca, Nile river near Aswan, Egypt.

A short flight gets us to Luxor, where we are warmly received and transferred to our boat, our home for the next four nights. One cannot complete a tour of Egypt without a cruise on the River Nile. Luxor is the place where it all begins. Enjoy a 4-night/5-day deluxe cruise sailing from Luxor to Aswan. We’ll see rural life along the river banks and visit some of the world’s most impressive ancient sites. All the off-shore excursions to the various historical sites are included in your tour cost as also 3 meals a day (except for drinks).

Overnight: Movenpick Royal Lily Nile Cruise/Acamar Nile Cruise (4 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Nile Cruise: Luxor

Today, we visit Karnak and Luxor temples. A place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years, Karnak continues to overshadow many of the modern wonders of the world. This city of temples was built over the course of 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu. Luxor temple complex was the largest and most significant religious centre in ancient Egypt and is said to be where pharaohs were crowned. Its vast Great Colonnade Hall, with its 28 towering columns, will take our breath away. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna/Edfu

Karnak temple, Luxor, Egypt.

Our day begins exploring the West Bank of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of pharaohs. These well-preserved paintings look like these are freshly painted and not thousands of years back. We also explore the impressive Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon.  Back on our cruise boat and we continue sailing. At Esna, enjoy a unique activity. Esna has a lock which was constructed to control the flow of Nile water to preserve and store water for both agriculture and simultaneously improve navigation on the Nile. The lock is a vital waterway on the Nile River that connects the upper and lower parts of the river. A very interesting activity and best viewed from the bank of the river. Continue sailing on the Nile to Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Nile Cruise Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan

Morning, discover the meticulously-preserved Greek built Temple of Horus. This temple, built during the reigns of six generations of Ptolemaic, is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after Karnak. Afternoon, we sail and then visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god, Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Even today we find mummified crocodiles on display. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Aswan/Cairo (Flight)

Abu Simbel temple, Egypt

After breakfast we bid adieu to the cruise and disembark from our boat. Optional air excursion to Abu Simbel to see the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Aswan, we visit the imposing Aswan High Dam followed by the Philae Temple located on the island of Agilka. This afternoon, we take a ride on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sail-boat, and sail around the Elephantine Island. Evening, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Cairo. Arrival in Cairo, where we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Overnight: Kempinski Nile Cairo Hotel, Cairo (2 nights) (B)

Day 15: Cairo

Giza Plateau, Cairo, Egypt

We dive into Islamic Cairo, home to one of the largest and densest concentrations of historic architectures in the Muslim world. We see the graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Built by the great warrior Salah El-Din Ayoub in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel is now a complex of three mosques and four museums.  Our last stop is the maze-like Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions.

Cairo, which was founded by the Fatimids some 1000 years back, is a city of museums and we visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (home of royal mummies such as Ramses II, Queen Hapshepsut and Thutmose III). An optional visit of the new GEM (Grand Egyptian Museum) can also be arranged on advance request. (B, L)

Day 16: Depart Cairo

After an adventurous and cultural journey, we are transferred to Cairo Airport for our flight back home or take an optional extension to the renowned beach destination of Sharm-el-Shaikh in Egypt and/or continue to Jordan to see Petra and Wadi Rum. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures - Start day TUESDAY / End day WEDNESDAY East Coast West Coast
Jan 23; Feb 20; Mar 12; Apr 23; May 21; Jun 25; Jul 23, Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 29; Nov 26; Dec 24        
Low Season
Apr 23; May 21
US$ 5095 US$ 1150 - -
Shoulder Season
Jan 23; Feb 20; Mar 12; Nov 26
US$ 5280 US$ 1190 - -
Mid-Shoulder Season
Jun 25; Jul 23; Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 29
US$ 5680 US$ 1360 - -
Christmas
Dec 24
US$ 6250 US$ 1580 - -
Stay tuned for future dates! If you want to be the first ones to know click here
2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures - Start day TUESDAY / End day WEDNESDAY East Coast West Coast
Jan 23; Feb 20; Mar 12; Apr 23; May 21; Jun 25; Jul 23, Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 29; Nov 26; Dec 24        
Low Season
Apr 23; May 21
CA$ 7032 CA$ 1587 - -
Shoulder Season
Jan 23; Feb 20; Mar 12; Nov 26
CA$ 7287 CA$ 1643 - -
Mid-Shoulder Season
Jun 25; Jul 23; Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 29
CA$ 7839 CA$ 1877 - -
Christmas
Dec 24
CA$ 8625 CA$ 2181 - -
Specials on all departures: 3 adults sharing one room will be accorded a discount of US$ 195/CA$ 270 per person.

Notes

  • Luggage allowance is 15 kg per person in a soft bag.

Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • 15 Nights' accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 35 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Game safaris/transfers in Kenya using 4 x 4 loose top/pop up roof jeeps
  • Game park fees (totals US$ 1200 / CA$ 1656 per person is INCLUDED in the tour cost). Park fees for safaris in 2024 have been included in your tour cost. However, if a new levy or an increase in the existing fee structures is introduced and is made effective for 2024, then the increase in cost will be charged separately to all travellers
  • Services of an accompanying local English-speaking guide/driver for each country
  • Window seating for each passenger during safari
  • Safari vehicles equipped with shared electrical outlets. Use at own discretion
  • 1 litre water per person per day during safari
  • 4 nights cruise on full board includes offshore excursions
Not Included
  • Any airfares (Required: Cairo/Luxor, Aswan/Cairo & Nairobi/Cairo)
  • Visas
  • Insurance – highly recommended
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Optional Services – see details below

Optional Services (Necessary to pre-book before final payment)

Day Services Per Person
4 Hot Air Balloon Safari including transfer & champagne breakfast at Masai Mara US$ 620
6 Masai Village Cultural Experience in Amboseli, Masai Mara US$ 50
★Hot Air Balloon Safari cost includes an early morning transfer from your camp to the balloon site, balloon flight itself of about an hour and a champagne breakfast.

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 07 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

Traveller's Testimonials


Richard and Melvina McCaw of Barrie, Ontario

This African safari experience will make you want to pack your bags

Richard and Melvina McCaw of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, recently returned from their first African experience, Bestway’s Wild Game Safari in Tanzania and Kenya, which combines world famous game viewing with exciting cultural heritage. Read on for their first-timer’s perspective on this popular African safari package.


Bestway: What inspired you to choose Bestway Tours & Safari’s Wild Game Safari in Kenya and Tanzania?

Bestway: How was your safari experience?

Bestway: The 12-day safari visits many different game parks, including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Manyara National Park and Amboseli National Park. Which one was your favourite?

Bestway: Were any wildlife sightings a highlight for you?

Bestway: At Bestway, we find African safari trips to be a great inter-generational vacation option because they’re well-suited for any age range. Would you agree?

Bestway: Your tour included an optional one night stay at the Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village in Tanzania. What made you decide on this optional excursion and how was your experience?

Bestway: Would you recommend African safari trips to others?

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