Ethiopian Explorer Northbound Itinerary

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 $3,245
      CAD $3,515
      AUD $3,450
      EUR €2,375
      GBP £1,915
      NZD $3,850
      ZAR R34,490
      CHF FR2,870
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,100
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $4,325*
      CAD $4,685*
      AUD $4,643*
      EUR €3,164*
      GBP £2,630*
      NZD $5,127*
      ZAR R45,974*
      CHF FR3,825*
    • 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.
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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

Days 5-6 Mt Kenya

Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 7-8 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 9-10 Marsabit/Moyale

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

Day 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) - 1

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: Camping (with basic 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 Wondo Genet/Awassa

Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wondo Genet, encased in a beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forest, wildlife and abundant water. Pay a visit to the nearby 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 Ziway

Cruise out on Lake Ziway and learn about the customs of the Zay people of Tulu Gudo Island.
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 - 2

Day 26 Debre Markos

Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Debre Markos.
ACCOM: Hotel - 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: Hotel - 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 Adi Arkay

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 38 Debark

Spend a day preparing for the trekking days ahead.
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 basic 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 adventure.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2