Travel to Ethiopia and Kenya on an African adventure tour.

Travel to Ethiopia and discover unique and beautiful places on this journey through 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 Gondar 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.

Start
Gonder, Ethiopia
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Ethiopia,
Kenya
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOGC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
1 277kg pp per trip


Highlights

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

Itinerary

Discover Gondar's castles, churches and palaces. This city often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
Arrive at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark, and prepare for the trek ahead.
Hike through rugged terrain and pass the eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.
Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.
Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.
Spend the night in Dejen.
Stop by the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
Admire Ethiopia's flocks of flamingos, relax in hot springs and camp overnight in stunning scenery.
Head out on wildlife-spotting expeditions in the Bale Mountains.
Head to the paradise of Wendo Genet, and perhaps take a relaxing dip in the hot springs.
Visit the Awassa Children’s Project and learn how the centre is improving the lives of children in the community.
Use free time to cycle around Ethiopia's scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
Visit the remote villages and markets of the Omo Valley and learn about the customs of local tribes.
Journey to Konso and perhaps take a tour of some traditional houses.
Travel through a surreal black lunar landscape into northern Kenya.
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.
Witness Samburu dancing and learn about tribal life from the locals. Try to spot the Big Five in Kenya's Samburu reserve.
Head to the lower slopes of Mt Kenya and glimpse the fantastic scenery that surrounds the region.
Spy iconic animals feeding around Nakuru lake.
See hippos wallowing on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
The journey ends in the busy streets of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (16 nights), Hotel (15 nights), Lodge (4 nights)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Blue Nile Gorge
  • Dairy farm visit
  • 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

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Important notes

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.

TRIP CHANGE 2014
In 2014 we will have an extra night in the Simien Mountains on Day 3 instead of staying in Debark. We will stay in Debark on Day 6 instead.

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