Travel to Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi to Gonder.

Travel to Africa and tour Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi to Gonder. Discover fascinating places and beautiful scenery on this journey across the heart of Ethiopia's countryside. Experience a land like no other, from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the untouched wilderness of the Simien Mountains, to the sophistication of Gonder and the history of ruin-peppered Aksum. Feel the mist rise from the Blue Nile Falls and spot Africa's iconic Big Five in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve. Along the way, encounter friendly Rastafarians, proud Samburu warriors and the rarely visited tribespeople of the Omo Valley. Travelling through a rarely visited and very special part of the continent, this is an adventure like no other.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Gonder, Ethiopia
Countries
Ethiopia,
Kenya
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOHC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 277kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Admire the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru
  • Spot the Big Five in Samburu National Reserve
  • Visit Ethiopia's friendly tribespeople in the Omo Valley
  • Learn about the Rasta lifestyle in Shashemene
  • See the monolithic churches of Lalibela
  • Hike through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park
  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces

Itinerary

Travel to Kenya and start the adventure in the busy streets of Nairobi.
Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
A favourite spot with birdlife, Lake Nakuru is a shimmering sea of pink flamingos. Listen for the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops above.
Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
Witness traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about tribal life and customs from the locals. Venture into this vast reserve to try and spot Africa's iconic Big Five.
Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.
Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.
The colourful markets and villages are a delight to explore in Ethiopia's picturesque Omo Valley. Meet friendly tribespeople and learn about their fascinating culture.
In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wendo Gennet, encased in a beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forest, wildlife and abundant water. Head to Awassa the following day, a city nestled on the shores of a great lake, and home to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes AIDS prevention.
Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.
Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
Hidden among the hills of northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is home to monolithic churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Take a walk through the structures with a local guide to unlock the fascinating history of this area.
Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.
Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
Get ready and rested for a three-day trek through the Simien Mountains.
Ethiopia's stunning Simien Mountains are home to a wealth of animals. Hike through the rugged terrain and pass eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks.
Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian Explorer adventure.
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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) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (16 nights), Hotel (17 nights), Lodge (3 nights)
Included activites
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana reed boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie
  • Dairy farm visit
  • Driving and game excursions
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided excursions to tribal markets and villages
  • 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
  • Konso Market
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Samburu - Game Drive
  • Samburu community activities
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Ura Kidane Mereth Monastery and Kebran Gabriel M KChurch
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

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TRIP CHANGE 2014
In 2014 the evening of Day 38 will be spent in Debark before we head into the Simien Mountains.

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