Travel to Ethiopia, visit Addis Ababa and trek in the Simien Mountains

Travel to Africa and tour Ethiopia on a trip from Addis Ababa 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. Along the way, encounter, proud Samburu warriors and take in the spectacular Blue Nile Falls. Traversing through a rarely visited and very special part of the continent, this is an adventure like no other.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Gonder, Ethiopia
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 060kg pp per trip


  • Camp under a blanket of stars in the Ethiopian countryside
  • See the towering obelisks of Aksum
  • Get up to speed on modern Ethiopia in Addis Ababa
  • Cross the epic Blue Nile Gorge
  • See the monolithic churches of Lalibela
  • Hike through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park
  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces


Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Debre Markos.
Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
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.
Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
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.
Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian adventure.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Hotel (15 nights)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana boat trip
  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Guided tour of Gonder
  • Guided tour of rock churches & monastery
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches


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Important 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. No single supplement is available on this trip.
3. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.

Trip notes

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