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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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,315
      CAD $3,590
      AUD $3,520
      EUR €2,425
      GBP £1,955
      NZD $3,930
      ZAR R35,210
      CHF FR2,930
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,090
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $4,465*
      CAD $4,835*
      AUD $4,791*
      EUR €3,265*
      GBP £2,716*
      NZD $5,290*
      ZAR R47,438*
      CHF FR3,947*
    • Overland, Wildlife
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
Hippo and flamingos, Lake Nakuru

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Lake Naivasha

Pelicans, Lake Naivasha

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Days 1-2 Gonder

Discover Gondar's castles, churches and palaces. The city is often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-5 Simien Mountains National Park

Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 6 Debark

Rest and recoup from some time in the mountains.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 7 Enda Selassie

Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Aksum

Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 10 Mekele

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

Day 11 Woldiya

Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near 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 Debre Markos

Stay in Debre Markos, a city located in east-central Ethiopia that was named after its principal church, which was constructed in 1869.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 19-21 Addis Ababa

Stop by the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 22 Lake Abiyata

Head to the shores of Lake Ziway and learn about the traditions of the Zay people on a guided tour of Tulu Gudo Island.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 23-25 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.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Day 26 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 27 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.
ACCOM: Lodge - 1

Days 28-29 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 30-32 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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 33-34 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 35 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 36 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 37-38 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Days 39-40 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 41-42 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 43 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 44 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.