Travel from Gonder in Ethiopia to Nairobi in Kenya on this epic east African adventure

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.

Gonder, Ethiopia
Nairobi, Kenya
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
2 220kg pp per trip


  • 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


Discover Gondar's castles, churches and palaces. The city is often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
Rest and recoup from some time in the 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.
Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near Woldiya.
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.
Stay in Debre Markos, a city located in east-central Ethiopia that was named after its principal church, which was constructed in 1869.
Stop by the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
Head to the shores of Lake Ziway and learn about the traditions of the Zay people on a guided tour of Tulu Gudo Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (15 nights), Hotel (16 nights), Lodge (4 nights)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • 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
  • Lake Ziwa Boat trip
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Tulu Gudo Island Guided tour
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project


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