Ethiopian Highlands Northbound Itinerary

Travel to Africa and tour Ethiopia on a trip from Addis Ababa to Gonder. Visit the Blue Nile Falls, the Simien Mountains and the historic Gonder while meeting local people and experiencing the Ethiopian countryside.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,460
      CAD $1,495
      AUD $1,525
      EUR €1,115
      GBP £910
      NZD $1,805
      ZAR R13,840
      CHF FR1,305
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $417
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,877*
      CAD $1,938*
      AUD $1,985*
      EUR €1,435*
      GBP £1,186*
      NZD $2,351*
      ZAR R18,035*
      CHF FR1,700*
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ethiopia axum woolen baskets market

ethiopia addis ababa kids smiling locals

ethiopia afar sand storm locals livestock animals village

ethiopia axum woolen baskets market locally handmade

ethiopia dessie coffee ceremony

ethiopia dessie local woman home village

ethiopia omo women market colours local

ethiopia tigray priest church bearded

Days 1-2 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 3 Dejen

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

Days 4-6 Bahir Dar

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

Days 7-9 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 10 Bush Camp

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

Day 11 Mekele

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

Days 12-13 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 14 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 15 Debark

Spend a day preparing for the trekking days ahead.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 16-18 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 19-21 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