Ethiopian Explorer Northbound Itinerary

Travel to Africa and tour Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi to Gonder. Visit the Samburu Reserve, the remote Omo Valley, the Simien Mountains and historic Gonder.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,010
      CAD $3,030
      AUD $2,930
      EUR €2,345
      GBP £1,825
      NZD $3,755
      ZAR R23,405
      CHF FR2,715
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,040
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $4,090*
      CAD $4,179*
      AUD $4,123*
      EUR €3,175*
      GBP £2,540*
      NZD $5,170*
      ZAR R34,271*
      CHF FR3,738*
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Hippo and flamingos, Lake Nakuru

Cheetah family, Kenya

Pelicans, Lake Naivasha

Rhino, Kenya

Zebras, Kenya

Day 1 Nairobi

Travel to Kenya and start the adventure in the busy streets of Nairobi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Lake Naivasha

Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 3-4 Lake Nakuru

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 5 Mt Kenya

Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 6-7 Samburu National Reserve

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Marsabit/Moyale

Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.
ACCOM: Camp site - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 10-11 Konso

Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 12-14 Omo Valley

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 15-16 Arba Minch

In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 17-18 Wendo Genet/Awasa

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 19-21 Bale Mountain National Park

Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Day 22 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 23-25 Addis Ababa

Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 26 Dejen

Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 27-29 Bahir Dar

Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 30-32 Lalibela

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 33 Bush Camp

Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 34 Mekele

Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 35-36 Aksum

Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 37 Enda Selassie

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 38 Debark

Get ready and rested for a three-day trek through the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 39-41 Simien Mountains National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 42-44 Gonder

Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian Explorer adventure.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2