Ethiopian Explorer Northbound Overview

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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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Ethiopian Explorer Northbound.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Finish:

    Gonder, Ethiopia
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (16 nts), Hotel (16 nts), Lodge (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    1/2 Day Lake Tana 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, Guided visit of Lake Abiyata, Konso Market, Palace and church ruins, Samburu community activities, Simien Mountains trek (2 days), Tigray Rock-hewn Churches, Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1277kg pp per trip
  • 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.

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Ethiopian Explorer Northbound Summary

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Day 1 Nairobi

Once a swamp but now called the 'green city in the sun', Nairobi is a relatively multicultural city with a range of cuisines, museums and cultural centres to enjoy.

Day 2 Lake Naivasha

Meaning 'rough water' in Maasai due to the occurrence of sudden storms, Lake Naivasha's surface is also broken by the yawns of hippos and countless birds flying across its surface.

Days 3-4 Lake Nakuru

Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.

Day 5 Mt Kenya

A small market town near the slopes of Mt Kenya, Naro Maru is the perfect base to take on the mountain or explore the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Days 6-7 Samburu National Reserve

The Ewaso Ngiro River winds through the sunburnt plains of the Samburu National Reserve, a wonderful place to see an abundance of wild animals and birdlife.

Days 8-9 Marsabit/Moyale

Surrounded by forests, Marsabit is a beautiful town on the extinct volcano of Mount Marsabit. Sitting on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, Moyale is a market town with a nice atmosphere.

Day 10 Konso

A gateway to the Omo Valley, Konso lies in a region on the banks of the Sagan River where local traditions are strongly upheld.

Days 11-13 Omo Valley

The Omo Valley region is home to many different tribes all living very close to one another, each with their own cultures, traditions and way of life.

Days 14-15 Arba Minch

Taking its name from the streams found between the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo, Arba Minch has stunning views over the lakes and surrounding forests.

Days 16-17 Wondo Genet/Awassa

Known for its hot springs and beautiful panoramas, the resort town of Wondo Genet is surrounded by primary forests, wildlife and abundant water. A town on the shores of Lake Awassa in the Great Rift Valley, Awassa is home to a community project that provides housing and education to local AIDS orphans.

Days 18-20 Bale Mountain National Park

Situated on a high plateau surrounded by mountain peaks which soar to over 4000 metres, Bale Mountains National Park is home to unique wildlife and hundreds of bird species.

Days 21-22 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.

Days 23-25 Addis Ababa

More commonly referred to as 'Addis', Addis Ababa lies among wooded hills at an altitude of about 2300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.

Day 26 Dejen

Dejen is a small town on the northern edge of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge, which plunges more than 1km down to the river below.

Days 27-29 Bahir Dar

Located on the shores of Lake Tana and only a few hundred metres from the source of the mighty Blue Nile, Bahir Dar is a fascinating place.

Days 30-32 Lalibela

Hidden in the hills of northern Ethiopia is the small town of Lalibela. This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th century.

Day 33 Bush Camp

Spend the night in a bush camp near the hillside market town of Woldiya.

Day 34 Mekele

Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.

Days 35-36 Aksum

The site of Ethiopia's oldest city, Aksum has some impressive obelisks carved from single blocks of granite - the tallest still standing is 23 metres high.

Day 37 Enda Selassie

Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.

Day 38 Debark

Standing at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark has some of the most amazing scenery in Ethiopia.

Days 39-41 Simien Mountains National Park

Jagged mountain peaks flank deep valleys and high altitude plains in one of Africa's major mountain regions. The Simien Mountains are known for their dramatic and spectacular scenery.

Days 42-44 Gonder

Historic Gonder is known as the city of castles and palaces. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas, who built the first castle.
    • 44
    • YDOHC
    • Trip Price tool tip
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,150
    • Total price tool tip
    • Overland, Wildlife
    • Basix
‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.