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See the highlights of Africa from Casablanca to Nairobi on this comprehensive tour

Travel overland through the heart of Africa from Morocco to Kenya on an adventure tour that visits all the major attractions but also delves deeper to get under the skin of the rich African culture. Experience the breathtaking natural wonder of Todra Gorge and Lake Naivasha. Discover a wealth of wildlife, witness flocks of flamingos paint Lake Abiyata pink and search for Africa's Big Five on game drives through national parks. Taste authentic African cuisine and meet traditional tribal villagers in the Omo Valley. Explore man-made marvels in the palaces and castles of Gonder and revel in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Casablanca and Nairobi. Get the most out of your holiday with this all encompassing African trip.

  • Meet majestic rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • See hippos lazing by the bank of Lake Naivasha
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Nairobi
  • Search for gorillas near the Rwandan border
  • Be amazed by the Pyramids of Giza
  • Admire the natural beauty of Todra Gorge
  • Visit tribal villages and learn the local customs in the Omo Valley Region
  • Gaze at ancient tomb paintings in the Valley of the Kings

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Casablanca, Morocco
  • Finish:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    66 breakfasts, 66 lunches, 66 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (18 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (44 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (5 nts), Hotel (35 nts), Lodge (4 nts), Overnight ferry (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Overland vehicle, Plane
  • Included activities:

    1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip, Awassa Children's Project, Blue Nile Gorge, Chimpanzee trekking, Dairy farm visit, Elsamere Conservation Centre, Entrance Blue Nile Falls, Entrance to Volubilis, Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park, Guided city tour with local lunch, Fes, Guided tour of Aksum, Guided tour of Gonder, Guided tour of Karnak Temple, Guided tour of rock churches, monastery & visit to local school at Lalibela, Guided tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Guided trip to Meroe Pyramids, Naqa Temple and Musawwarat Temples, Guided visit of Lake Abiyata, Guided visit to the Giza Pyramids, Guided visit to Valley of the Kings and other West Bank ruins, Guided walk, Guided walks, Kariandusi School Project Visit, Kazinga Channel boat cruise, Kigali - Genocide Memorial, Kushite temples and pyramids at Jebel Barkal, Mountain gorilla trek & permit, Murchison Falls Game Drive, Murchison Falls Launch trip, Overnight camel safari, Saffron Community Project, Saida orphanage visit & donation, Samburu - Game Drive, Simien Mountains trek (2 days), Tigray Rock-hewn Churches, Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project, Visit to Temple of Edfu, Visit to Temple of Sulb, Visit to the Kasbah, Visits to Crystal Mountain and Black Desert

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3279kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD900, EUR650, NZD1000, GBP500, CAD900, ZAR6500, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. 2. Please note that in order to confirm your booking on this trip we will require a scanned copy of your passport at time of booking. 3. 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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Days 53-55 Simien Mountains National Park

Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.

Day 56 Enda Selassie

Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.

Days 57-58 Aksum

Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.

Day 59 Mekele

Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.

Day 60 Woldiya

Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near Woldiya.

Days 61-63 Lalibela

Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.

Days 64-66 Bahir Dar

Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.

Day 67 Dejen

Spend the night in Dejen.

Days 68-69 Addis Ababa

Try some traditional cuisine and perhaps sample local music as you get acquainted with the fun-loving culture. Why not arrive a little early and check out the Ethnological Museum, a fascinating glimpse into Ethiopia's tribal heritage.

Day 70 Addis Ababa

Begin your African adventure with some traditional cuisine and perhaps some local music as you get acquainted with the fun-loving culture. Why not arrive a little early and check out the Ethnological Museum, a fascinating glimpse into Ethiopia's tribal heritage.

Day 71 Lake Abiyata

Head to the crystallised white shorelines of Lake Abiyata, home to vast flocks of flamingos that cover the water in a pink haze. Keep an eye out for fish eagles and a plethora of other birdlife who come to feed on the prolific algae the lake provides.

Days 72-74 Bale Mountains National Park

Drive high to the plateau of the Bale Mountains National Park in search of the Simien fox, perhaps explore the riding trails on horseback. Take time to traverse a varying landscape of exotic moorlands and thick forest, criss-crossed by fast-flowing streams.

Day 75 Wendo Genet

Descend from the mountain tops and relax in the luxurious hot springs of Wendo Genet. Let all your stresses wash away in the warm waters, situated in the centre of the panoramic beauty of Ethiopia's natural landscape.

Day 76 Awassa

Pay a visit to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes sensible, culturally responsible relief work aimed at assisting children primarily orphaned by AIDS, as well as educating the population about the disease and its prevention. See how the members of the organisation work tirelessly to bring about better healthcare and a higher standard of life for their community.

Days 77-78 Arba Minch

Journey to Arba Minch, a town that boasts glorious views of the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo. Perhaps search for a bargain in the vibrant market or take a boat out on to the lake and glide passed 'crocodile market', where vast numbers of crocs congregate.

Days 79-81 Omo Valley Region

Travel into the Omo Valley to experience local markets full of local produce and handicrafts. Visit multiple completely unique tribes, each with their own histories and traditions.

Days 82-83 Konso

Hugging the banks of the Sagan River, learn of the strong traditions of the Konso people. Tour the local dwellings and shop at the local market, sharing in a way of life passed down through generations.

Day 84 Moyale

Enter Northern Kenya and head straight for the market town of Moyale, where both Kenyan and Ethiopian products can be found in abundance amongst a friendly and pleasant atmosphere.

Day 85 Marsabit

Pass through a black lunar landscape on the way to Marsabit, which lies at the foot of an extinct volcano. Trek through the forests to reach Lake Paradise, a site with a well-deserved name, which is a popular hangout for elephants and buffaloes.

Days 86-87 Samburu National Reserve

Trek into the Samburu National Reserve, a pristine wilderness that is home to a fascinating mix of Kenya's nomadic tribes. Keep an eye out for giraffes, zebras and gerenuks in their natural habitat.

Days 88-89 Naro Moru

Travel to the foot of Mt Kenya and safari through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to endangered black and white rhinos as well as several members of Africa's Big Five. Keep an eye out for the chimpanzees, this is the only area of Kenya with wild chimps.

Days 90-91 Nakuru National Park

Take a game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, world-famous for its population of striking pink flamingos. Keep cameras at the ready to get some colourful shots of flocks of birdlife as well as a variety of Africa's better-known wildlife.

Day 92 Lake Naivasha

As one of the only freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is able to support floating islands of papyrus reeds and is bordered by flat-topped acacias. Explore these lush green surroundings and discover a substantial population of hippos who frolic in the shallows.

Day 93 Nairobi

Pass by the stunningly dressed Masai tribes, who can often be seen tending to their herds, on the way to cosmopolitan Nairobi. Immerse yourself in the culture and make the most of premium restaurants and a lively bar scene.

Day 94 Gilgil

Head for the small town of Gilgil and make a stop at the Saida Children’s Home Project to learn about their work to improve the lives of AIDS orphans. In the afternoon, drop in on a local school.

Day 95 Kericho

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

Days 96-97 Jinja

Set up camp at near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure. For adrenaline junkies, why not try some white water rafting.

Day 98 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.

Day 99 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.

Days 100-101 Murchison Falls National Park

Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
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