Ethiopian Explorer Itinerary

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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Days 1-2 Gonder

Discover Gonder's castles, churches and palaces of this city often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 3 Debark

Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 4-6 Simien Mountains National Park

Trek through the dramatic scenery of the Simien National Park, one of Africa's major mountain ranges.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 7 Enda Selassie

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to the ancient city of Aksum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 10 Mekele

Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 11 Woldiya

Travel to the hillside market town of Woldiya.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 12-14 Lalibela

Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 15-17 Bahir Dar

Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 18 Dejen

Spend the night in Dejen.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 19-21 Addis Ababa

Stop by the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 22 Lake Abiyata

Admire Ethiopia's flocks of flamingos, relax in hot springs and camp overnight in stunning scenery.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 23-25 Bale Mountains National Park

Head out on wildlife-spotting expeditions in the Bale Mountains.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Lodge - 1

Day 26 Wendo Genet

Learn about the Rasta lifestyle and philosophy at a Rastafarian community school and museum.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 30-32 Omo Valley

Visit the remote villages and markets of the Omo Valley and learn about the customs of local tribes.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 33-34 Konso

Journey to Konso and perhaps take a tour of some traditional houses.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 35 Moyale

Travel through a surreal black lunar landscape into northern Kenya.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camp site - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Days 39-40 Naro Moru

Spend the night in a lodge on the slopes of Mt Kenya.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 41-42 Lake Nakuru

Spy iconic animals feeding around Nakuru lake.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 43 Lake Naivasha

See hippos wallowing on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 44 Nairobi

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