Nairobi to Addis and Gorillas Itinerary

Travel to Africa and visit the cosmopolitan city of Nairobi and the castles and palaces of Gonder as well as game driving through national parks in search of wildlife, and discovering traditional African villages.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $4,895
      CAD $4,995
      AUD $5,100
      EUR €3,725
      GBP £3,050
      NZD $6,045
      ZAR R46,395
      CHF FR4,370
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $2,700
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $7,595*
      CAD $7,920*
      AUD $8,084*
      EUR €5,698*
      GBP £4,838*
      NZD $9,239*
      ZAR R75,106*
      CHF FR6,759*
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Day 1 Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Explore the sights and sounds of Nairobi, the country's bustling and fast-paced capital.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 2 Nakuru National Park

Camp overnight on a dairy farm in Nakuru.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 3 Kericho

Embark on a morning game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park before joining an optional tea plantation tour in Kericho.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 4-5 Jinja

Cross the border into Uganda, pitch camp near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventuring in Jinja.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 6 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to protect this endangered species and integrate them back into the wild. Set out with the company of a local ranger for the chance to observe these impressive beasts up close.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 7 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Venture into the Budongo Forest for an afternoon trek in search of the country's sole chimpanzee population.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Murchison Falls National Park

Set off for a game drive into the delta of Murchison Falls National Park – home to elephants, lions, buffaloes, giraffes and antelopes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 10 Kampala

Drive on to Kampala.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 11 Lake Mburo National Park

Pitch camp on the shores of stunning Lake Mburo, the stomping ground of more than 68 species of mammal.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 12 Lake Bunyonyi

Make tracks to the idyllic natural landscape of Lake Bunyonyi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 13-14 Ruhengeri/Gorilla trek

Cross the border into Rwanda, stopping off to visit Kigali's moving Genocide Memorial. Head into the forest of Ruhengeri for an unforgettable hour spent in the presence of rare mountain gorillas.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 15 Kabale

Cross back into Rwanda via Cyanika.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 16 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Roll down through the Great Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Hop aboard a boat for a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, renowned for its hippo population.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 17 Mbarara

Enjoy a sleep in or opt for some early morning game spotting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 18 Jinja

Scout for wildlife on a guided walk through Lake Mburo National Park before travelling on to Jinja.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 19-21 Eldoret

Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude town that has produced more than its fair share of endurance athletes over the years. For an African experience with a twist, tuck into some Indian cuisine for dinner.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 20 Nairobi

Return to the colourful buzz and bustle of urban Nairobi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 22 Lake Naivasha

Relax on the banks of Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing offshore.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-24 Lake Nakuru

Watch flocks of pink flamingos descend on the waters of Lake Nakuru and spot solitary rhinos stomping the shore line to the chatter of colobus monkeys in the canopy overhead.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 25 Mt Kenya/Naro Moru

Travel through stunning scenery en route to the craggy peaks of Mt Kenya.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 26-27 Samburu National Reserve

Witness traditional Samburu dancing and learn about the tribal life and customs of Kenya's nomadic tribes. Try to spot Africa's Big Five in this vast tract of pristine wilderness.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 28-29 Marsabit/Moyale

Pass alternating landscapes of black lunar horizons and lush mountain greenery on the drive to Ethiopia. Perhaps peruse the local market for handcrafted souvenirs.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 30 Konso

Cross into Ethiopia and continue on to Konso, the gateway to the Omo Valley and some of Africa's most isolated tribes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 31-33 Omo Valley

Encounter the exotic customs, rituals and attires of tribes such as the Hamer, Arbore and Dascensch.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 34-35 Arba Minch

Take a boat trip around Lake Chamo, scanning the waters and islets for hippos, crocs and plentiful birdlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 36-37 Wendo Genet/Awasa

Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wondo Genet, a collection of thermal pools swathed in scenic natural surrounds. Continue on to the lakeside city of Awassa and perhaps stop into the Awassa Children's Project, a program aimed at Aids treatment and prevention.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 38-40 Bale Mountain National Park

Venture out on game-spotting expeditions on the planes and plateaus of the Bale Mountains.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Days 41-42 Lake Ziway

Cruise out on the waters of Lake Ziway and enjoy a guided tour of Tulu Gudo Island.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 43-44 Addis Ababa

Explore the sights and attractions of Ethiopia's charismatic capital, Addis Ababa. Visit the Ethnological Museum, hit Africa's biggest open air market or settle back with a cup of coffee in the country of its creation.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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Day 46 Dejen

Set out for Dejen, stopping off en route to take in the Blue Nile Gorge.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 47-49 Bahir Dar

Hop aboard a traditional reed boat for the ornately adorned monasteries on Lake Tana's islands. Wander through remote villages to the Blue Nile Falls, known locally as Tissisat – the 'water that smokes'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 50-52 Lalibela

Home to 13 imposing churches hewn from the surrounding rock, Lalibela is a town steeped in myth and legend. Join a guided tour through the maze of tunnels and passageways to unearth the intriguing history of these hallowed hills.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 53 Bush Camp

Drive through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and spend a night camping under the stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 54 Mekele

Arrive in Mekele, a town of great historic significance amid sparse desert expanses. Admire the famed churches of Tigray, carved into the cliffs and caves of the surrounding landscape.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 55-56 Aksum

Marvel at the once-mighty city of Aksum, its towering and ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 57 Enda Selassie

Settle in for a long travel day - destination point: one the country's most impressive natural environments.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 58 Debark

Spend a day getting prepped and pepped for a hike in the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 59-61 Simien Mountains National Park

With rugged mountain peaks, deep ravines, some seriously isolated villages and an impressive array of wildlife, a hike in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains is an experience well-recalled.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 62-63 Gonder

Spend a day discovering the castles, churches and legends of Camelot – or Africa's version of it anyway: Gonder.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 64 Mersa

Drive to Mersa for a night camped under wide, clear Ethiopian skies.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 65 Debra Birhan

Continue on to Debra Birhan, one of the nation's first capitals.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 66 Addis

After arriving back in Addis Adaba why not gather the group for a final feast of flavoursome Ethiopian fare, followed by a night sussing out the local night spots.