Visit Africa and take an adventure tour through the Eastern highlights of the continent

Travel to Africa and explore Ethiopia before heading on an overland tour through the continent in search of Africa's Big Five and the illusive mountain gorilla. Admire the castles and palaces of Gonder and visit the cosmopolitan city of Nairobi as well as game driving through national parks and discovering traditional African tribal villages in the Omo Valley. With the perfect combination of natural beauty and rich African culture and tradition, this is the perfect African vacation.

Nairobi, Kenya
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 857kg pp per trip


  • Visit traditional tribal villages in the Omo Valley Region
  • See majestic rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Head on a guided gorilla trek in Ruhengeri
  • Take in the beauty of the Blue Nile Falls
  • Explore the castles and palaces of Gonder
  • Trek through the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains National Park
  • Marvel at the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela


Welcome to Kenya. Explore the sights and sounds of Nairobi, the country's bustling and fast-paced capital.
Camp overnight on a dairy farm in Nakuru.
Embark on a morning game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park before joining an optional tea plantation tour in Kericho.
Cross the border into Uganda, pitch camp near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventuring in Jinja.
Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to protect this endangered species and integrate them back into the wild. Set out with the company of a local ranger for the chance to observe these impressive beasts up close.
Venture into the Budongo Forest for an afternoon trek in search of the country's sole chimpanzee population.
Set off for a game drive into the delta of Murchison Falls National Park – home to elephants, lions, buffaloes, giraffes and antelopes.
Drive on to Kampala.
Pitch camp on the shores of stunning Lake Mburo, the stomping ground of more than 68 species of mammal.
Make tracks to the idyllic natural landscape of Lake Bunyonyi.
Cross the border into Rwanda, stopping off to visit Kigali's moving Genocide Memorial. Head into the forest of Ruhengeri for an unforgettable hour spent in the presence of rare mountain gorillas.
Cross back into Rwanda via Cyanika.
Roll down through the Great Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Hop aboard a boat for a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, renowned for its hippo population.
Enjoy a sleep in or opt for some early morning game spotting.
Scout for wildlife on a guided walk through Lake Mburo National Park before travelling on to Jinja.
Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude town that has produced more than its fair share of endurance athletes over the years. For an African experience with a twist, tuck into some Indian cuisine for dinner.
Return to the colourful buzz and bustle of urban Nairobi.
Relax on the banks of Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing offshore.
Watch flocks of pink flamingos descend on the waters of Lake Nakuru and spot solitary rhinos stomping the shore line to the chatter of colobus monkeys in the canopy overhead.
Travel through stunning scenery en route to the craggy peaks of Mt Kenya.
Witness traditional Samburu dancing and learn about the tribal life and customs of Kenya's nomadic tribes. Try to spot Africa's Big Five in this vast tract of pristine wilderness.
Pass alternating landscapes of black lunar horizons and lush mountain greenery on the drive to Ethiopia. Perhaps peruse the local market for handcrafted souvenirs.
Cross into Ethiopia and continue on to Konso, the gateway to the Omo Valley and some of Africa's most isolated tribes.
Encounter the exotic customs, rituals and attires of tribes such as the Hamer, Arbore and Dascensch.
Take a boat trip around Lake Chamo, scanning the waters and islets for hippos, crocs and plentiful birdlife.
Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wondo Genet, a collection of thermal pools swathed in scenic natural surrounds. Continue on to the lakeside city of Awassa and perhaps stop into the Awassa Children's Project, a program aimed at Aids treatment and prevention.
Venture out on game-spotting expeditions on the planes and plateaus of the Bale Mountains.
Cruise out on the waters of Lake Ziway and enjoy a guided tour of Tulu Gudo Island.
Explore the sights and attractions of Ethiopia's charismatic capital, Addis Ababa. Visit the Ethnological Museum, hit Africa's biggest open air market or settle back with a cup of coffee in the country of its creation.
Set out for Dejen, stopping off en route to take in the Blue Nile Gorge.
Hop aboard a traditional reed boat for the ornately adorned monasteries on Lake Tana's islands. Wander through remote villages to the Blue Nile Falls, known locally as Tissisat – the 'water that smokes'.
Home to 13 imposing churches hewn from the surrounding rock, Lalibela is a town steeped in myth and legend. Join a guided tour through the maze of tunnels and passageways to unearth the intriguing history of these hallowed hills.
Drive through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and spend a night camping under the stars.
Arrive in Mekele, a town of great historic significance amid sparse desert expanses. Admire the famed churches of Tigray, carved into the cliffs and caves of the surrounding landscape.
Marvel at the once-mighty city of Aksum, its towering and ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs
Settle in for a long travel day - destination point: one the country's most impressive natural environments.
Spend a day getting prepped and pepped for a hike in the Simien Mountains.
With rugged mountain peaks, deep ravines, some seriously isolated villages and an impressive array of wildlife, a hike in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains is an experience well-recalled.
Spend a day discovering the castles, churches and legends of Camelot – or Africa's version of it anyway: Gonder.
Drive to Mersa for a night camped under wide, clear Ethiopian skies.
Continue on to Debra Birhan, one of the nation's first capitals.
After arriving back in Addis Adaba why not gather the group for a final feast of flavoursome Ethiopian fare, followed by a night sussing out the local night spots.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (33 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (17 nights), Lodge (3 nights)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie
  • Dairy farm visit
  • Driving and game excursions
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided excursions to tribal markets and villages
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Guided tour of Gonder
  • Guided tour of rock churches & monastery
  • Guided walk
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial Audio Guide
  • Konso Market
  • Lake Ziwa Boat trip
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Murchison Falls Game Drive
  • Murchison Falls Launch trip
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Samburu community activities
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Tulu Gudo Island Guided tour
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project


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