Visit Africa and take an adventure tour through the Eastern highlights of the continent

Travel to Africa and explore Ethiopia before heading on an overland tour through the continent in search of Africa's Big Five and the illusive mountain gorilla. Admire the castles and palaces of Gonder and visit the cosmopolitan city of Nairobi as well as game driving through national parks and discovering traditional African tribal villages in the Omo Valley. With the perfect combination of natural beauty and rich African culture and tradition, this is the perfect African vacation.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nairobi, Kenya
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 857kg pp per trip


  • Visit traditional tribal villages in the Omo Valley Region
  • See majestic rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Head on a guided gorilla trek in Ruhengeri
  • Take in the beauty of the Blue Nile Falls
  • Explore the castles and palaces of Gonder
  • Trek through the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains National Park
  • Marvel at the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela


Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in flavoursome local cuisine at an atmospheric neighbourhood eatery.
Stop off for a gawk at the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
Cruise out to the Ethiopian Orthodox churches on Lake Tana's islands and peninsulas. Visit the legendary Blue Nile Falls, known locally as the 'water that smokes', passing through small villages along the way.
Nestled among the country's northern hill country, Lalibela is home to 13 myth-laden churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Join a guided tour around the hallowed structures and learn about the histories and legends that allegedly played a role in the construction of the churches.
Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and spend an evening camping beneath starry night skies.
Marvel at the dramatic desert landscapes and imposing cliff-face churches of Tigray.
Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum. Its towering obelisks, crumbling palaces and network of underground tombs are the stuff legends are lifted from.
Travel through the Ethiopian countryside to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
Spend the day preparing for a two-day trek in the famed Simien Mountains.
Home to some staggering natural scenery and a number of animals found nowhere else on the continent, a hike through the Simien Mountains is a guaranteed highlight of any visit to Ethiopia. Spend two days hiking across sheer mountain passes and deep ravines, through tiny hamlets and past eroded volcanic craters and raging rivers.
Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
Travel across the sparse Ethiopian landscape to Mersa.
Continue on to Debra Birhan, one of the nation's first capitals.
Arrive back in vibrant and cosmopolitan Addis. Perhaps brave the hustle of Addis Mercato, Africa's biggest open air market, or suss out the local bar scene.
Travel to Lake Ziway and learn about the culture of Tulu Gudo Island's Zay people.
Search for the Simien fox on the high plateaux of the Bale Mountains National Park. Perhaps saddle up and explore the varying landscape of exotic moorlands and thick forest on horseback.
Pay a visit to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes sensible, culturally responsible relief work aimed at assisting children primarily orphaned by Aids, as well as educating the population about the disease. See how the members of the organisation work tirelessly to bring about better healthcare and a higher standard of living for their community.
Travel to Arba Minch, a town offering spectacular views of the two Rift Valley lakes – Abaya and Chamo. Perhaps scour the stalls for souvenirs in the local market or board a boat and journey into Lake Chamo National Park to see huge crocodiles.
Travel into the Omo Valley and encounter remote tribes with histories and customs that have been largely untouched by Western culture.
Learn of the traditional customs of the Konso people. Tour the local dwellings and wander through the local market, witnessing a way of life that's passed down through generations.
Cross into northern Kenya and set up camp in the small market town of Moyale. Maybe head out for a stroll through the local market, where Kenyans and Ethiopians mingle in a friendly atmosphere.
Pass through eerie lunar landscape en route to Marsabit, a town at the foot of an extinct volcano. Trek through the forests to Lake Paradise, a popular elephant and buffalo hangout.
Trek into the Samburu National Reserve, a pristine wilderness, home to some of Kenya's most fascinating tribes. Keep an eye out for giraffes, zebras and gerenuks in their natural habitat.
Head out on safari through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to endangered black and white rhinos and Kenya's only resident population of wild chimpanzees.
Take a game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its abundant population of pink flamingos. Keep cameras at the ready to snap some shots of these glamorous birds, as well as several members of Africa's Big Five.
Relax on the scenic shores of Lake Naivasha, and perhaps head out by boat in search of hippos wallowing in the shallows.
Pass by colourfully dressed Masai tending to their herds of cattle on the way back to cosmopolitan Nairobi, the country's frenetic hub. Take to the city streets and make the most of the premium restaurants and lively bar scene on offer.
Head to Nakuru for a night camped out on a dairy farm.
Take a morning game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park before an optional tea plantation tour in Kericho.
Cross the border into Uganda and pitch a tent by the shores of Lake Victoria. Jinja is the country's adventure capital, so perhaps get the adrenaline pumping on a bungee jump or whitewater rafting outing.
Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important wildlife initiative that helps to protect these endangered species. Join a local ranger on a guided walk for the chance to observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
Venture into the Budongo Forest for unrivalled chimpanzee spotting opportunities in Kaniyo Pabidi.
Marvel at the might of Murchison Falls in the country's largest National Park. Set out an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and antelopes.
Drive on to Kampala, one of Africa's more pleasant capital cities.
Set up camp on the scenic shores of Lake Mburo. Try to spy hippos, buffaloes, zebras and any number of other animals on an afternoon walking safari.
Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi – home to some of the country's most picturesque scenery. Perhaps jump in a dugout canoe for a paddle on its still, blue waters.
Journey on into Rwanda. Visit Kigali's moving Genocide Memorial for a glimpse into the country's tragic past, then continue on to Ruhengeri – the base for exploring one of the last remaining domains of the rare mountain gorilla.
Travel back into Uganda via Cyanika.
Descend through the Great Rift Valley towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos and birdlife.
Set out on a morning game drive for the chance to witness the forest and plains come to life.
Embark on a guided walk through Lake Mburo National Park, keeping a lookout for zebras, topis and leopards, before making tracks for Jinja.
Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude town that has produced scores of the country's best marathon runners.
Take one final game drive through Nakuru National Park before returning to Nairobi where this incredible African adventure comes to an end.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (31 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (19 nights), Lodge (4 nights)
Included activities
  • 1/2 Day Lake Tana boat trip
  • Awassa Children's Project
  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie
  • Dairy farm visit
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Entrance Blue Nile Falls
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Guided tour of Gonder
  • Guided tour of rock churches & monastery
  • Guided walk
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial Audio Guide
  • Lake Ziwa Boat trip
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Murchison Falls Game Drive
  • Murchison Falls Launch trip
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Tulu Gudo Island Guided tour
  • Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project


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