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Historical route 7days

1) HISTORIC ROUTE 7 days

01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Fly to Bahirdar. Morning drive to visit the Blue Nile falls (it takes about 1 hour drive and then 15 minutes’ walk). Admire these spectacular falls. Afternoon make a boat excursion on lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam.
Dinner & ON hotel in Bahirdar.

03. Morning drive to Gondar. It takes about 2 hrs driving, visit on the way very nice landscapes, lake Tana and Amhara people villages. Afternoon visit the castles, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Empress Mentewab palace. Dinner & ON hotel in Gondar.

04. Fly to Lalibela. Transfer hotel. Afternoon visit the rock-hewn churches, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Dinner & ON hotel

05. Morning drive to visit Naktuleab cave church. Or you can choose to walk (or with mules) to the Asheten Mariam church, with spectacular views too. Afternoon visit the remaining churches in town. And then take part of the coffee ceremony (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture). Dinner & ON (overnight) hotel

06. Fly to Axum. Visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath & palace of Queen of Sheba, and more. Dinner & ON hotel

07. FRI. Fly to Addis. Have day use room. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Transfer then to the airport for departure

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GLSu 100. The Kindgom of the Black Pharaohs

1: Khartoum
Arrival Khartoum. ON htl

2: Khartoum – Karima
Khartoum – Karima

3: Karima
Visit the Jebel Barkal and the necropolis of El Kurru

4: Karima
Excursion in the Nubian desert and to the 4th Cataract

5: Karima – Meroe
Karima – Meroe

6: Meroe
Visit to the necropolis and to the royal city of Meroe

7: Meroe
Day excursion to the Naga and Musawwarat temples

8: Meroe & Omdurman – Khartoum
Meroe – Omdurman – Khartoum

9: Departure
Departure

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ETHIOPIA AND SOUTHERN SUDAN

1: Addis Ababa
Arrival in Addis Ababa (we suggest Thursday to fit the market days; otherwise ok any other day). Morning free. Afternoon tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON hotel.

2: Addis Ababa – DebreMarkos
Drive to visit the Debre Libanos monastery, the old Portuguese bridge and Jemma river valley. Spot also the endemic Gelada Baboons here. Proceed then crossing the Blue Nile valley to DebreMarkos. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON htl DebreMarkos

3: DebreMarkos – Zenegena
Drive to Kossober to visit the Gojam and Agew people Saturday’s market. Then proceed to Chagni (60 km, 1 hrs) and Mandura (67 km, 1 hr driving) to admire another colorful market, this time of the Gumze and Agew people. Then drive back to Zengena lake for ON camping (lunch on the way; dinner at camp)

4: Zengena – Shinashia
Drive to Dahans Baguna to admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to very nice and traditional Agew people villages. Reach then the Blue Nile. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping at Shinashia, at a people village.

5: Shinashia – Guba
Proceed to Guba (or also called Mankush) village, where you find also a previous palace of Dej Asmach Jemal, built during Emperor Menelik reign.
Reach so Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay” (189 kms, 4 hrs). Proceed so to Sherkole where you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners, at work. (2 hrs drive). Then continue for the overnight at Asosa, at Mango campsite, among lot of Mango trees (lunch on way; dinner camp)

6: Guba – Asosa
Proceed to admire the Bambasi village very colorful market of the Oromo, Mao & Komo. The Mao & Komo are very traditional tribes, with many scarification all over their body. The Mao men have scarification in the
face & chest, while female on the belly. While the Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp Asosa

7: Asosa – Ye’amsera
Drive to Ye’amsera village (Tongo region) & camp next to the mosque, built in 1952 by an Algerian coming from Saudi Arabia. Here in July (Arabian calendar on Mirage 27) there is a famous pilgrimage. Organize the permits & police escort and drive to the Ganzo people village. The Ganzo are the 81st tribe, just discovered few years ago. Are totally 150 members. Have scarification over their body, mainly the men in the face & chest; while female in the belly, arms & back. They hunt (warthog, alligators, monkeys, etc) and in the evening you’ll participate to dinner and dancing. Is a very particular experience. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Ye’amsera

8: Ye’amsera – Asosa
Morning dedicated to the visit of the Ganzo people. Afternoon proceed to Asosa. On the way make a 1 hrs trek at Inzi, for very nice views over the region, and some villages. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Mango campsite Asosa

9: Asosa – Kumruk
Morning drive to the Sudan border town of Kumruk (3 hrs), get the permits, and drive to Fametsere, where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract salt. Proceed then to a traditional gold market, where you can admire the way they do their market. ON camp

10: Kumruk – Sudan
Enter into Sudan and visit os Southern Sudan tribes and villages. ON camp

11: Souther Sudan
Days 11, 12 and 13) visiting souther sudan

14: Sudan – Gambela
Drive To Gambela, visiting Nuer and Anuak tribes. ON Gambela in hotel

15: Gambela – Nekemte
Drive to Nekemte (341 kms, 8 hrs). On the way visit very nice views and Wollo people resettlements. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping or local hotel

16: Nekemte – Addis Ababa
Drive back to Addis Ababa. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure

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UGANDA-ZANZIBAR, via KENYA & TANZANIA

1: Kampala _ Lake Mburo National Park –
Arrival in Kampala and proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. After a short stop on the equator we will have lunch. On the afternoon we enter on the National Park. This is a very beautiful national park, with a lake on the middle where we will camp. We’ll admire zebra, buffalo, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and if lucky, leopards.

2: Lake Mburo – Mbarara
Game walk with rangers trough the savanna. It is very interesting and beautiful to see the animals while we walk. We leave Lake Mburo behind and we pass trough Mbarara town. Depending on which area we have been given the Gorilla permits, we will sleep in Lake Bunyonyi (camping) or bordering village of Kisoro (local hotel).

3: Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes NP – Ruhengeri
Using smaller vehicles, we will approach to the area where the gorillas live.
Gorilla tracking on Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes NP. Night in Ruhengeri (Rwanda), Bwindi or Kisoro, depending on which area we have the Gorilla permits

4: Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes NP – Lake Bunyoni
Gorilla tracking on Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes NP (it may be possible to do
the tracking this day instead of the previous day, depending on availability). Nigh
in Lake Bunyonyi. Camping.

5: Queen Elisabeth National Park
Proceed to Queen Elisabeth National park. Here admire elephants, lions, and many other animals. Edward and George lakes connected by the Kazinga channel make the park so interesting. Late on the afternoon we will take a boat trough the channel. Its amazing to see such a big number of hippos and buffaloes near Nile crocodiles. Lunch box; ON camp

6: Kyambura
Early game drive. Those interested in primates, optionally can do a trekking on Kyambura gorge looking for chimps. In the afternoon we will cross the equator for the second time and we will travel parallel to the Mountains of the moon through green lush landscape. ON hotel.

7: Kampala – White Nile –
We drive from Fort Portal to Kampala and after to the White Nile. Our tented camp is in a beautiful location in front of an island. Free afternoon. Tented camp. (here some clients can end the tour; or other clients can arrive and start the tour for the next part. Or on day 08)

8: Free day Jinja
Free day Jinja. Possibility (not included) to do one of the best and most attractive rafting in the world or to chill out on the river shores. Tented camp.

9: Uganda – Kenya
We leave behind Uganda and we enter in Kenya. We will drive trough beautiful landscapes covered with green tea plantations. Tea hotel or other.

10: Masai Mara Reserve
We enter into the Masai Mara Reserve. In the next 2 days we will cruise through its endless savannah admiring the wildlife. We will spend the night in a basic campsite that overlooks the acacia spotted plains.

11: Masai Mara Reserve
We enter into the Masai Mara Reserve. In the next 2 days we will cruise through its endless savannah admiring the wildlife. We will spend the night in a basic campsite that overlooks the acacia spotted plains.

12: Lake Victoria
Crossing the border into Tanzania we reach Lake Victoria, the biggest in Africa
and the 2nd biggest in the world. We will camp on Lake Victoria shore.

13: Serengeti National park
After a morning boat excursion where we can visit a fishermen village, we enter
the emblematic Serengeti National park. Driving through the Western Corridor, we will start encountering wildlife, further in the national park we will let Nature seduce us with its most genuine manifestation of fauna. We will spend the night in a tented camp in the heart of the Serengeti surrounded by spectacular views.

14: Savannah
Morning and afternoon game drives through the beautiful savannah, observing
abundant wildlife in its most natural habitat. Depending on the time of the year, it is also possible we will encounter part of the great Migration here.

15: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area – Oldupai
Leaving behind the Infinite Savannah, we proceed to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, on our way to the top of the crater we stop in Oldupai Gorge where the oldest hominid footsteps so far discovered (dating back to 3.8 million years) were found, and visit a Masai people village, with very interesting culture. Lunch box; ON lodge.

16: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Eyasi
With the first sunset descend to Ngorongoro Crater, this time with our 4wd vehicles. Also known as Noah’s Arch, Ngorongoro is famous for the variety & density of animals that can be found. Lunch box. After six hours of game drive we will drive to Lake Eyasi. Camping on the shore of the lake.

17: Lake Eyasi
Lake Eyasi area is habitat of 2 of Tanzania’s most ancient tribes; the Datoga,
who’s part form the Masai and the Hadzabe hunters-gatherers. Accompanied by a local guide we will have the opportunity of sharing the every day life of these 2 tribes. Camping on the shore of the lake.

18: Arusha
Drive back to Arusha, one of Tanzania’s most important cities. After the beautiful view of Mt. Meru, we will reach our lodge from where you can perfectly contemplate the awesome Mt. Kilimanjaro – The Roof of Africa. Shopping. ON lodge.
(here some clients can end the tour; or other clients can arrive and start the tour for the next part)

19: Swahili Coast – Usambara Mountains
On our way towards the Swahili Coast we divert our course and drive up the
Usambara Mountains. Dotted with villages, this gracious though unknown rural area
provides us with the possibility of learning about agriculture and traditional
medicines. After an afternoon walk with a local Sambara guide we reach our campsite, in midst of the mountains.

20: Tanga – Zanzibar
Back on the road that leads to the coast, we reach Tanga. We embark on board of light aircraft and after a short 45-minute flight we land in Zanzibar. A minibus takes us up north to the white beaches of Kendwa with its turquoise clear waters. Bungalows on the beach.

21: North of Zanzibar
These 2 days in the north of Zanzibar are perfect for doing snorkeling,
practice diving, go on a dolphin excursion or else just sunbathe on the beach
enjoying the paradisiacal scenery. Bungalows on the beach.

22: North of Zanzibar
These 2 days in the north of Zanzibar are perfect for doing snorkeling,
practice diving, go on a dolphin excursion or else just sunbathe on the beach
enjoying the paradisiacal scenery. Bungalows on the beach.

23: Stonetown
This last day we drive back to Stonetown, the capital of the isle, marked by its
Swahili past. We can take the Spice tour or simply walk through its narrow allies
and history laden streets, enjoying its peoples, markets and architecture. Night in Mtoni Marine hotel, off the center of Stonetown, or similar.

24: Stonetown Zanzibar Airport
Drive to stone town Zanzibar airport for your flight back home.

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SOUTHERN ROUTE: Parks & beach

1: DarEsSelam
Arrival to DarEsSelam. Check-in hotel. Visit the town, the pugu hills, the beaches, the Kunduchi ruins, and if time permits make shopping at the Msasani splipway weekend craft market. ON 4* hotel (Chosen Breezes hotel or other) (supplement given for 5* as Kempisky hotel or other)

2: Selous
Fly to Selous game reserve, a 48,000 kmq reserve, which occupies 5% of Tanzania. Admire large numbers of elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, zebras, lot of antelopes and birds and with luck spot the black rhino. Is a not much frequented by tourists; so the paradise for those customers which like more privacy and time just to see these spectacular views, flora and fauna. ON Rufiji River Camp or Sable Mountain Lodge or lake Manza Tented camp (for luxury services we propose Selous Safari or The Retreat or Sand Rivers Selous)

3: Game drive
Game drive. ON lodge

4: Ruaha
Early morning game drive. Lunch. Then fly to Ruaha, second biggest National park in Tanzania (40,000 kmq). Is home of numerous elephants, buffaloes, greater & lesser kudu, ostrich, Grant gazelles, chitas, many antelopes, and more than 400 species of birds (especially visible next to the Great Ruaha River). Fantastic views also from different hills, which reach till 1,600 mts of altitude too. ON Ruaha River lodge or Mdonya Old River camp (for cheaper options: Ruaha Hilltop lodge or Tandala tented camp)

5: Game drive.
Game drive. ON lodge.

6: Game drive.
Game drive. ON lodge.

7: Zanzibar
Morning game drive. Lunch. Fly then to Zanzibar. Meet your vehicles, which with a short cross of the town, will bring you to your hotel, at the shores of these fantastic beaches. ON Breezes hotel or similar (for upgrading, we propose The Palm as exclusive hotel or the Baraza, luxury accommodations. Or others are/can be proposed)

8: Jozani forest
Relax at your hotels, with activities, diving, swimming, cycling, walking, exploration of the villages, and more. The exploration of Jozani forest for the red colubus monkeys is also organized, if requested. ON Breezes hotel or similar

9: Stone Town
A guided tour of stone town include the slaves market, St Joseph’s cathedral, the Beit El-Ajaib & Beit El-Sahel, mosques, Hamamni Persian baths, Livingston house, the spice markets, and much more. Walking into these narrow streets, by visiting how the local people leave-meet-and enjoy, the shops, colors, history and more, are so exciting. Lunch is organized in a relaxed restaurant with view over the sea at stone town. And finally back for a wonderful sunset, relax, dinner, some music and a good night at your hotel. (Breezes hotel or similar).

10: Zanzibar
Free day for relax. Optional trip to visit the dolphins, or an excursion to Prison Island, can be organized, at supplement cost. As also diving (we have the best diving school of Zanzibar), windsurfing, cycling, snorkeling, swimming, and more: enjoy this fantastic African paradise, with white open beaches, nature, a fantastic culture and people and yourself. Explore with walking around the beach and the nearby villages; meet people, entertain yourself with excellent food, drinks and climate. ON Breezes hotel or other.

11: Zanzibar
Free day for relax. Optional trip to visit the dolphins, or an excursion to Prison Island, can be organized, at supplement cost. As also diving (we have the best diving school of Zanzibar), windsurfing, cycling, snorkeling, swimming, and more: enjoy this fantastic African paradise, with white open beaches, nature, a fantastic culture and people and yourself. Explore with walking around the beach and the nearby villages; meet people, entertain yourself with excellent food, drinks and climate. ON Breezes hotel or other.

12: Ston Town Airport
Drive to stone town airport for your flight. Extend for the parks in Tanzania or Kenya or Uganda, or for the unique history & cultures in Ethiopia (see our Ethiopian programs) or fly back home

EXTENSIONS FOR THIS TOUR
Ethiopia
The unique history & cultures in Ethiopia (see our Ethiopian programs)

Kenya
Extend for the parks in Kenya

Tanzania
Extend for the parks in Tanzania

Uganda
Extend for the parks in Uganda.

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TANZANIA Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti

1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Lake Manyara (01/02 day)
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and assisted onto your Regional Air scheduled flight to Lake Manyara Airstrip. On arrival your guide from Lake Manyara Tree Lodge or other will meet and transfer you to the camp for your two night stay.

3: Ngorongoro Crater (03/04 day)
After an early morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred by vehicle, through the park and up the Great Rift Valley escarpment to the Ngorongoro Conservation. Here you will spend two nights at The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

5: Serengeti National Park (05/06 day)
After an early morning visit to the crater and breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara Airstrip in time for your Regional Air’s scheduled departure for either Klein’s Camp or Grumeti River Camp or similar for your two night stay in the Serengeti.

7: Flight
After an early morning game drive and breakfast you will return to the airstrip in time for Regional Air’s scheduled flight to other destination

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GLTZ 103. Shorter Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar

1: Arriving – Tarangire
Arriving – Lunch; drive Tarangire for dinner & ON Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar

2: Tarangire N.P.
Game drive Tarangire National park; dinner& ON Karatu Plantation Lodge or similar

3: Ngorongoro Crater
Descend onto the crater floor for full day game with picnic lunch; Dinner & ON at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ndutu Safari Lodge or similar

4: Serengeti National Park
Full day game drive at Serengeti National park; Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa or similar.

5: Serengeti – Seronera Airport – Zanzibar
Game drive at Serengeti on the way to Seronera Airport where you will connect with flight to Zanzibar – Dinner and overnight at Blue Bay or similar.

6: Zanzibar – Stone Town (06/07 day)
Zanzibar for Stone town, spice tour, Jozani forest, Prison Island, beaches and relax

7: Flight
Flying to Dar to connect with 16.40 ET scheduled flight to Ethiopia or other flights to other destinations.

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Wilderness Circuit

1: Nairobi
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi; you will be met as you disembark off the flight and assisted through immigration and custom procedures. After passing through customs, you will transferred for overnight on bed and breakfast at Intercontinental Hotel BB

2: Samburu Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart for Samburu Reserve, to arrive for lunch at Samburu Lodge.
Situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the arid heart of Samburu National Reserve, your lodge overlooks riverbanks where herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra come daily to drink. The Reserve has its own indigenous wildlife unique to the region including the gerenuk, Somali ostrich and the endangered grevy’s zebra. Enjoy an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge at sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Samburu Lodge FB

3: Samburu Game Reserve
Full day at your lodge, with both morning and afternoon games drives. The reserve is part of the Samburu ecosystem, comprising of three wildlife rich reserves. It is home to the colorful Samburu people, who are close relatives of the Maasai, plus the Somali and Rendile tribes. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Lodge FB

4: Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast drive to Nyahururu Falls. After a brief stopover, continue to your next destination, Lake Nakuru- home to a million flamingoes beautifully lining at its shores. Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds the lake and was gazetted to protect the colony of flamingoes as well as provide sanctuary for the endangered species as such the rhino. Other Savannah games abound, plus numerous other bird species.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge FB

5: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast depart and driver to the world famous to Maasai Mara game reserve. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch at Keekorok Lodge.
Afternoon game drive in search of its famous wildlife such as lions, buffalo, and cheetahs among others. Return for dinner and overnight at Keekorok Lodge FB

6: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The day is spent in the Mara enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. 
Maasai Mara is most famous for the annual wildebeest migration that takes place every July to October. All meals and overnight at Keekorok lodge FB

7: Depart
After breakfast, you will depart and drive back to Nairobi, arriving in the early afternoon. Later transfer to the Airport for your international departure flight.

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