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Ancient and Wild Kingdoms
       
Holiday Length: 15 days
Departs: Daily depending on cruise schedules
Start City: Johannesburg (South Africa)
End City: Cairo (Egypt)
Type of Holiday: Africa Safari & Egypt tour/cruise


  This tour from Johannesburg to Cairo is an all encompassing itinerary that combines some of the most fascinating aspects of the African subcontinent:  The ancient civilisations of Pharaonic Egypt together with the captivating wildlife and majestic scenery of Southern Africa.  Highlights include Table Mountain in South Africa, and the Cairo Pyramids along with a cruise on the mighty Nile River in Egypt.

ITINERARY   
  SOUTH AFRICA
Day 1

Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg.  Meet & greet and transfer to your hotel.
   
Day 2



Johannesburg - Hoedspruit - Kapama Game Reserve
Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Kapama Game Reserve, your home for the next three days and home to the 'Big Five'.  Afternoon game drive.  Accommodation is in luxurious secluded camps or lodges.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 3 & 4





Kapama Game Reserve
Explore the 1200 hectares of undisturbed bushveld in search of the multitude of animals and plants that reveal the essence of the African continent.  Each day participate in the early morning and late afternoon game drives, either on foot or by vehicle, capturing the raw essence of the region.  The park is also home to Hoedspruit Research and Breeding Centre for endangered species including rehabilitating cheetah, lion and rhino.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 5



Kapama Game Reserve - Nelspruit - Cape Town
Final early morning game drive before flying to Cape Town.  Afternoon at leisure to explore the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.  Take in the breathtaking views of the Table Mountain and its surrounds. (B)
   
Day 6


Cape Town
After breakfast embark on a tour of Table Mountain, the definitive symbol of Cape Town.  Continue to explore the sites of Cape Town. (B)
   
Day 7



Cape Town
This morning depart on a tour of the Winelands.  Visit historic Stellenbosch, take a scenic drive over Helshoogte pass on to Franschoek and through out the day savour the opportunity to sample local wine and cheese. (B,L)
   
Day 8

Cape Town - Johannesburg - Cairo
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Cairo (B)  Note: flight to Cairo is not included
   
  EGYPT
Day 9

Cairo
Arrival transfer to your Pyramids area hotel.
   
Day 10


Cairo
Visit the truly wondrous Pyramids of Giza plus the enigmatic Sphinx.  Later marvel at the glittering treasures of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum. (B)
   
Day 11



Cairo - Aswan
Fly to Aswan and board your Nile cruise boat.  This afternoon visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. (B,L,D)
Optional: Early morning visit to Abu Simbel
   
Day 12

Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu
A morning visit to the Temple Kom Ombo before sailing to Edfu.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 13


Edfu - Esna - Luxor
After visiting the Temple of Horus in Edfu, sail across Esna Lock before arriving in Luxor for your overnight stay.  Later that day visit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 14


Luxor - Cairo
Explore the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon before your flight to Cairo.  Overnight central Cairo. (B)
   
Day 15

Cairo
Departure transfer to the airport. (B)
   
HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS








  • First class accommodation with private facilities
  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles
  • Daily breakfast
  • South Africa accommodation: 1 night Johannesburg, 3 nights Cape Town, 3 nights Kapama River Lodge
  • Egypt accommodation: 3 nights Cairo, 3 nights Nile Cruise (full board)
  • Private sightseeing in Cairo
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Internal flights in South Africa and Egypt
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    NOTES
  • the International Air Fare from Johannesburg to Cairo is not included
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