Addis to Zanzibar Overview

Journey to Africa and travel from the fun-loving, lively atmosphere of Addis Ababa, through wildlife filled national parks, to the pristine beaches and fragrant spice plantations of Zanzibar.

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Travel from Addis to Zanzibar on an overland tour through Africa

Journey to Africa and travel through some of the continents greatest highlights on an overland adventure. From the fun-loving atmosphere of Addis Ababa, through the traditional tribal villages of the Omo Valley and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Nairobi, to the beach paradise and spice plantations of Zanzibar, this trip is sure to expose you to all the wonders Africa has to offer. Taste authentic cuisine, search for the Big Five on game drives, interact with the local culture and kick back on pristine beaches. And that's just the beginning!

  • Head on a guided gorilla trek at Ruhengeri
  • Search for Africa's Big Five in the Masai Mara
  • Taste Africa's delights on the spice island of Zanzibar
  • Meet majestic rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Visit tribal villages and learn traditional customs in the Omo Valley Region
  • Spot giraffes and zebras in the Samburu National Reserve
  • See hippos wallowing in the waters of Lake Naivasha

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Finish:

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (33 nts), Hostel (3 nts), Hotel (6 nts), Lodge (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Awassa Children's Project, Chimpanzee trekking, Dairy farm visit, Elsamere Conservation Centre, Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park, Guided visit of Lake Abiyata, Guided walk, Kariandusi School Project Visit, Kazinga Channel boat cruise, Kigali - Genocide Memorial, Masai Mara - Game drive, Mountain gorilla trek & permit, Murchison Falls Game Drive, Murchison Falls Launch trip, Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive, Samburu - Game Drive, Serengeti - Game drive, Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch, Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project, Zanzibar Spice tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1654kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. We also require a scanned copy of your passport at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. 2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Addis to Zanzibar Summary

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Day 1 Addis Ababa

More commonly referred to as 'Addis', Addis Ababa lies among wooded hills at an altitude of about 2300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.

Day 2 Lake Abiyata

An excellent location for bird watching, Lake Abiyata features vast flocks of flamingos, which from a distance create a pink carpet effect across the lake.

Days 3-5 Bale Mountains National Park

Situated on a high plateau surrounded by mountain peaks which soar to over 4000 metres, Bale Mountains National Park is home to unique wildlife and hundreds of bird species.

Day 6 Wendo Genet

Known for its hot springs and beautiful panoramas, the resort town of Wondo Genet is surrounded by primary forests, wildlife and abundant water.

Day 7 Awassa

A town on the shores of Lake Awassa in the Great Rift Valley, Awassa is home to a community project that provides housing and education to local AIDS orphans.

Days 8-9 Arba Minch

Taking its name from the streams found between the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo, Arba Minch has stunning views over the lakes and surrounding forests.

Days 10-12 Omo Valley Region

The Omo Valley region is home to many different tribes all living very close to one another, each with their own cultures, traditions and way of life.

Days 13-14 Konso

A gateway to the Omo Valley, Konso lies in a region on the banks of the Sagan River where local traditions are strongly upheld.

Day 15 Moyale

Sitting on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, Moyale is a market town with a nice atmosphere.

Day 16 Marsabit

Surrounded by forests, Marsabit is a beautiful town on the extinct volcano of Mount Marsabit.

Days 17-18 Samburu National Reserve

The Ewaso Ngiro River winds through the sunburnt plains of the Samburu National Reserve, a wonderful place to see an abundance of wild animals and birdlife.

Days 19-20 Naro Moru

A small market town near the slopes of Mt Kenya, Naro Maru is the perfect base to take on the mountain or explore the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Days 21-22 Nakuru National Park

Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.

Day 23 Lake Naivasha

Meaning 'rough water' in Maasai due to the occurrence of sudden storms, Lake Naivasha's surface is also broken by the yawns of hippos and countless birds flying across its surface.

Day 24 Nairobi

Once a swamp but now called the 'green city in the sun', Nairobi is a relatively multicultural city with a range of cuisines, museums and cultural centres to enjoy.

Day 25 Nakuru

Head for Nakuru and perhaps pay a visit to a working dairy farm.

Day 26 Kericho

Spend some more time mingling with the students before taking an optional tea plantation visit.

Days 27-28 Jinja

Located at the source of the Nile, Jinja offers some of the world's best whitewater rafting and plenty of other exhilarating activities for adventurers and adrenaline junkies.

Day 29 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda - its goal is to build a sustainable population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat.

Day 30 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Part of the Budongo Forest Reserve, Kaniyo Pabidi is an ecotourism site located close to the home range of a fascinating group of chimpanzees.

Days 31-32 Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda's largest national park, Murchison Falls is named for the dramatic waterfalls where the Nile plunges 43 metres from a narrow gap in the escarpment.

Day 33 Bush Camp

Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.

Day 34 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Beautifully set between two lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park plays host to a wide array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks.

Day 35 Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi - meaning 'place of many little birds' - has an amazing variety of waterbirds and some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.

Days 36-38 Kigali/Ruhengeri/Gorilla trek

The small Rwandan town of Ruhengeri is the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla.

Day 39 Lake Mburo National Park

Home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, Lake Mburo National Park is also one of the best places to see the gigantic eland antelope.

Day 40 Jinja

Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.

Day 41 Eldoret

One of Kenya's fastest growing towns, Eldoret is famous for its cheeses - the local factory produces more than 30 different types.

Day 42 Nakuru National Park

Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.

Day 43 Nairobi

Wake early for one last morning game drive before heading back to cosmopolitan Nairobi.
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