Travel to Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi to Addis Ababa

Encounter fascinating cultures, iconic wildlife and beautiful scenery on this enthralling journey across northern Kenya and into Ethiopia. From heading out in search of Africa's Big Five in Lake Nakuru National Park to travelling across the black lunar landscape of Marsabit and soaking in the natural hot springs of Wondo Genet, this little-visited region is a wellspring of diversity. Meet friendly Rastafarians in the spiritual movement's original home, proud warriors in the Samburu National Reserve and the truly remote tribespeople of the Omo Valley. Raw, rugged and well off the beaten track, this small group adventure stands as an atypical yet elementary part of the African travel experience.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Countries
Ethiopia,
Kenya
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 211kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru
  • Explore the pristine wilderness of Samburu National Reserve
  • Meet friendly tribespeople in the Omo Valley
  • Visit the Awassa Children's Project
  • Look for the elusive Simien red fox in Bale Mountains National Park

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.
Drive through stunning natural scenery to the slopes of Mt Kenya; our base for two days.
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 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.
Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
Cruise out on Lake Ziway and learn about the customs of the Zay people of Tulu Gudo Island.
Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (7 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Lodge (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Dairy farm visit
  • Driving and game excursions
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided excursions to tribal markets and villages
  • Konso Market
  • Samburu community activities
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

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Notes

1. 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.
2. There is no single supplement available on this trip.
3. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.

Important notes

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