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Cairo to Zanzibar 2018

Solo Travellers 45 Years & Over
Thursday 22 March to Sunday 15 April 2018 ex Australia

Other Notes

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour has been selected as a popular option for solo travellers, however the tour group is not exclusively for solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
To get the most from your 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.

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

This is a private group tour with a local guide and driver and Egyptologist guides in Egypt. Your tour guide/s are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

Coach, plane, Nile River Cruise, felucca sailboat, 4WD safari vehicle and light aircraft

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


Some of the hotels throughout your stay will offer wifi, however when in more remote parts, the service may be limited or not available.  



The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP; symbol £)

  • 1 Egyptian Pound = 100 Piastre (Pt)
  • Notes are in denominations of £200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 and Pt50, 25,10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of £1 and Pt50, 25, 20, 10, 5 and 1 


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.


The local currency in Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (displayed as KSh)

  • 1 Kenyan Shilling = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of KSh1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50
  • Coins are in denominations of KSh20, 10, 5 and 1 and 50 and 40 cents

Please Note: It is illegal to export Kenyan currency, and is difficult to exchange upon departure. We recommend only changing small amounts of money at a time.

In addition to your tour inclusions you will have some personal expenses including meals, snacks and drinks not included with the tour package plus consider souvenirs and miscellaneous expenses such as laundry.  

When setting a budget for personal expenses consider what meals are included and not included. This itinerary has a breakfast each day and lunch and dinner on some of the days. Therefore either lunch or dinner each day would be an additional expense. We recommend around AUD60 per day for personal expenses not included with the tour package.  You should increase this budget if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

For anyone that enjoys some shopping there will be opportunities to purchase local items and these costs could be a small amount to a lot, all depending on personal preferences for travel shopping.

This information is provided as a guide and travellers should familiarize themselves with the laws and restrictions at the time of travel with relevant authorities for each country.


Free import
• 200 cigarettes
• 25 cigars
• 200 grams tobacco
• 2 Litres of alcohol
• Perfume for personal use

• Drugs, firearms and cotton

• Cash, cheques, credit cards and gold over the value of EGP500.00 must be declared on arrival.

This information is provided as a guide and travellers should familiarize themselves with the laws and restrictions at the time of travel with relevant authorities for each country.


Free import

For over 16 year olds:
• 200 cigarettes
• 50 cigars
• 250g of tobacco
• 1 Imperial pint of spirits
• Non-commercial amount of gifts and other items for personal use.
• Foreign currency

• Narcotics
• Pornography
• Counterfeit items
• Local currency (Tanzanian shilling)

• Live animals – health certificate required along with complete and valid inoculations. Contact nearest embassy.
• Plants, foodstuff and seeds– health certificate required.
• Weaponry and ammunition – with permission only. Contact nearest embassy.
• Medication
• For video/ filming equipment, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments a bond may be placed to assure that the goods will be re-exported.


Free import
• 200 cigarettes or
• 50 cigars or
• 227 grammes of tobacco
• 1 bottle of alcohol
• 1 pint of perfume
• There is currently no limit on the amount of local and foreign currency that travellers can import into the country. Residents of Kenya are free to import up to 500,000 Kenyan Shillings and an unlimited amount of foreign currency.
• The same rules apply for both locals and visitors if exporting currency out of the country although sums equal to USD 500 will need to be declared at the customs department.

• Illegal drugs
• Guns, explosives and ammunition – unless permission has been obtained
• Knives and dangerous hunting weapons
• Hazardous materials
• Meat and meat products
• Plant and plant products – unless permission has been obtained
• Soil
• Counterfeit money and goods
• Pornographic material

• All arms, explosives and ammunition are currently banned from entering the country unless a prior police permit has been obtained.
• A special Plant Import Permit will be required in order to import any plant or plant products into the country.
• Meat and meat products must be declared at customs and will not be permitted entry.
• Any animals being imported into the country can only travel as cargo. Cats and dogs will need a general good health certificate from the country of origin and an additional certificate less than a month old clearing the pets of Rabies. Wild birds being imported from countries currently suffering from bird flu will need a sanitary import permit to be issued by the Director of Veterinary Services.
• Other restricted items include various forms of unprepared ivory, precious metal and stones, historical artefacts, imitation firearms, children’s toys and fruit.

Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

These pages contain helpful details including the currency and weather information. 

Email and SMS are the most convenient ways to stay in touch with family and friends while you are away. In most destinations and certainly in major cities you can expect access to internet services and also local telecommunication companies for SMS.

Be sure to have an email account that you can access from any internet service while travelling such as a gmail, hotmail or an icloud email address.

To be able to send SMS messages while away you need to check with your mobile phone provider that international roaming services are turned on.  You need to check with your provider the cost for sending and/or receiving SMS while you are outside of your home destination as usually this service is not included in mobile plan packages. 

Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to re-record your voicemail when you return home. 

The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:
Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to record your voicemail when you return home.

  1. We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  2. Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  3. We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  4. Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  5. Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  6. Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  7. Participants are to be courteous to other participants and respect differences of one another.
  8. Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday.


  • Travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join any of our holidays, unless the trip value is below $1000 per person.
  • We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday.
  • Please send your travel insurance policy details to us before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must send us your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number.
  • We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability.


About Credit Card Travel Insurance
You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. 

Before you travel:

  • Contact your bank to request the details of their insurer
  • Find out the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy
  • Obtain the contact information for the insurer that you would need in an event of an emergency
  • Be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses
  • If travelling within Australia, check your policy covers you for domestic travel


We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly. 

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard.

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries. 

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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