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Travel to Ethiopia and visit the unique landscapes and cultures of this almost untouched region before visiting Kenya and experiencing the thrill of a Kenya safari in the Samburu Reserve.

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Travel to Ethiopia and Kenya on an African adventure tour.

Travel to Ethiopia and discover unique and beautiful places on this journey across the heart of the country. Experience a land like no other, from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the untouched wilderness in the Simien Mountains, to the sophistication of Gonder and the history of the ancient Aksum ruins. Feel the mist rise from the Blue Nile Falls before visiting Kenya to spot Africa's iconic Big Five. Along the way, encounter friendly Ethiopian Rastafarians, Kenya's proud Samburu warriors and the rarely visited tribes of the Omo Valley. An adventure like no other, travelling to Ethiopia and Kenya will open your eyes to a special and rarely visited part of the continent.

  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
  • Hike through lush national parks
  • Feel the clouds of mist rising from the Blue Nile Falls
  • Taste spicy Ethiopian delicacies in Addis Ababa
  • Be amazed by the pink brilliance of flocks of flamingos
  • Spot Ethiopia's exotic wildlife on a game drive
  • Learn about the Rastafarian way of life in Shashemene
  • Experience distinct local cultures and traditions in the Omo Valley

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Gonder, Ethiopia
  • Finish:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    24 breakfasts, 24 lunches, 24 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (18 nts), Hotel (18 nts), Lodge (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip, Awassa Children's Project, Blue Nile Gorge, Elsamere Conservation Centre, Entrance Blue Nile Falls, Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park, Guided tour of Aksum, Guided tour of Gonder, Guided tour of rock churches, monastery & visit to local school at Lalibela, Guided visit of Lake Abiyata, Samburu - Game Drive, Simien Mountains trek (2 days), Tigray Rock-hewn Churches, Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1197kg pp per trip
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Days 1-2 Gonder

Discover Gonder's castles, churches and palaces of this city often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.

Day 3 Debark

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

Days 4-6 Simien Mountains National Park

Trek through the dramatic scenery of the Simien National Park, one of Africa's major mountain ranges.

Day 7 Enda Selassie

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to the ancient city of Aksum.

Days 8-9 Aksum

Aksum is one of Ethiopia's oldest cities and home to ruins that are thought to be a palace of the Queen of Sheeba.

Day 10 Mekele

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

Day 11 Woldiya

Travel to the hillside market town of Woldiya.

Days 12-14 Lalibela

Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.

Days 15-17 Bahir Dar

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

Day 18 Dejen

Spend the night in Dejen.

Days 19-21 Addis Ababa

Stop by the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

Day 22 Lake Abiyata

Admire Ethiopia's flocks of flamingos, relax in hot springs and camp overnight in stunning scenery.

Days 23-25 Bale Mountains National Park

Head out on wildlife-spotting expeditions in the Bale Mountains.

Day 26 Wendo Genet

Learn about the Rasta lifestyle and philosophy at a Rastafarian community school and museum.

Day 27 Awassa

Visit the inspiring Awassa Childrens Project in the lakeside town of Awassa. Camp at Wendo Genet and test out their famed hot springs.

Days 28-29 Arba Minch

Use free time to cycle around Ethiopia's scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.

Days 30-32 Omo Valley

Visit the remote villages and markets of the Omo Valley and learn about the customs of local tribes.

Days 33-34 Konso

Journey to Konso and perhaps take a tour of some traditional houses.

Day 35 Moyale

Travel through a surreal black lunar landscape into northern Kenya.

Day 36 Marsabit

Travel through dramatic landscapes and pass impressive termite mounds on the way to Marsabit. Spend time at the lovely Lake Paradise, which is a perfect place to spot animals such as elephants and buffaloes.

Days 37-38 Samburu National Reserve

Witness Samburu dancing and learn about tribal life from the locals. Try to spot the Big Five in Kenya's Samburu reserve.

Days 39-40 Naro Moru

Spend the night in a lodge on the slopes of Mt Kenya.

Days 41-42 Lake Nakuru

Spy iconic animals feeding around Nakuru lake.

Day 43 Lake Naivasha

See hippos wallowing on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

Day 44 Nairobi

The journey ends in the busy streets of Kenya's capital Nairobi.
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