Travel to Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi 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. Feel the mist rise from the Blue Nile Falls and spot Africa's iconic Big Five in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve. Along the way, encounter friendly Rastafarians, proud Samburu warriors and the rarely visited tribespeople of the Omo Valley. Travelling through a remote and very special part of the continent, this is an adventure like no other.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Gonder, Ethiopia
Destinations
Ethiopia, Kenya
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOHC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21

Why you'll love this trip

  • Admire the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru

  • Spot the Big Five in Samburu National Reserve

  • Visit Ethiopia's friendly tribespeople in the Omo Valley

  • Encounter the amazing birdlife of Lake Ziway

  • See the monolithic churches of Lalibela

  • Hike through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park

  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces

Is this trip right for you?

  • Travel from each destination to the next on one of Dragoman's purpose-built trucks, this is an overland adventure! There are some long travel days, venturing away from cities and into remote areas, but the rewards are immeasurable.

  • Dragoman overland journeys are designed to offer freedom, and many of our routes have a degree of flexibility depending on the destination.

  • Dragoman uses a broad range of accommodation on our trips from good hotels, basic hostels, family-run guesthouses, well-equipped campsites, local family homestays, or wild camping in more remote areas. Note: some routes are non-camping routes, depending on the nature of the destination. Please see the day to day itinerary for more detailed information about accommodation on the trip.

  • On a Dragoman overland trip you're more than just a passenger - you're part of the team! Everyone on the journey will get involved to help with setting up camp, pitching tents, shopping for food, and cooking. The more you put it the more you get out!

Itinerary

Border Information: If joining in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO). There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please
look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting - your leader will need to check your Ethiopia visa (please see below for details).
If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier, or arrive early in the morning to give yourself a full day before the meeting in the evening. Possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip
with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pretour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi. In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the
suburb of Karen.
Hotel for the night: Wildebeest Eco Camp
Wildebeest Eco Camp
151 Mokoyeti Road West
Karen
Nairobi
Kenya
+254 7347 70733

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000

About Nairobi:
Nairobi is a lively city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Kenyan capital takes its name from the Maasai meaning 'Place of Cool Waters'. Today it is a busy, bustling place that comes alive through it's many
markets, shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention its vibrant nightlife. If you have time to explore the city, the National Museum of Kenya and Karen Blixen Museum are both worth a visit, or you can get
up close to the giraffes and help to feed them at the Langata Giraffe Centre.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we make our way to Naivasha, on the edge of a beautiful calm lake in the Great Rift Valley. Here we will have the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake to spot hippos and African fish eagles, and also to visit the Elsamere Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. On the following day we will have free time in the morning to enjoy some excellent optional activities around Naivasha. Naivasha is the base for exploring the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and the Hell's Gate National Park, two scenic areas that are some of the only places in East Africa where you can safely explore and look for wildlife on foot. In Naivasha we will stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit to Lake Naivasha KES 7000 Overland through western Kenya and the Rift Valley USD 40
Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate Included in Kitty
Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle USD 50

About Naivasha:
Northwest of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi lies the serene Lake Naivasha. A beautiful lake with some excellent campsites along the shore, there is the fantastic opportunity to take a calm boat trip to spot a wide variety of birds (including the African fish eagle) and the hippos that call the lake home. Naivasha is also home to the Elsamere Conservation Centre, a sustainability and conservation trust based in the former home of Joy of George Adamson, the founders of the Born Free project. Naivasha is also the gateway to the fabulous Hell's Gate National Park - a rugged and primordial landscape, Hell's Gate is full of wildlife but contains no dangerous predators, meaning that it is one of the few National Parks that visitors are able to explore on foot and by bicycle. The nearby game reserve of Crater Lake is also perfect for walking safaris amongst the wildlife of the region.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have some free time for optional activities in Naivasha before we head through the hills of central Kenya through the area's beautiful scenery and tea plantations, to arrive at the small village of
Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve. In Naro Moru we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Activity Approximate Cost
Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule KES 1000
Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru KES 1000
Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys USD 15

About Naro Moru:
Naro Moru is a tiny village on the western flanks of Mount Kenya, most famous as being the starting point for the most popular trekking route up the mountain. There are many activities available for short-term visitors, such as day-treks on the cool forested slopes of the mountain to look for birds and local caves used by the Mau Mau in their fight against the British in the 1950s.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will travel to the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post, where we will visit a Samburu village. Here we will be shown around the village and their homes, play with the children and learn all about the way of life here for the Samburu people! We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project Included in Kitty

About Samburu Village:
We stay at a Samburu village just outside the Samburu National Reserve. Similar in appearance to the Maasai but less known, the Samburu are a proud warrior tribe. Here we watch traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about Samburu tribal life and customs. The project is run by Samburu tribesmen for the benefit of the community.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will enjoy game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day). Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the National Parks further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes'). Tonight we will wild camp in a camping area in the National Reserve - facilities are very basic, but the area is a 5-10 minute walk from Samburu Lodge. Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally-chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.

Activity Approximate Cost
Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve Included in Kitty

About Samburu National Reserve:
The Samburu region has hardly been touched by tourism and its pristine wilderness is home to a fascinating mix of Kenya's nomadic tribes who still retain traditional ways of life. These tribes include the Samburu, Rendille, Turkana, and Kalenjin. The Samburu National Reserve is famous for its reticulated giraffes, Grevy's zebras, graceful gerenuks, and Beisa oryx, whilst crocodiles are often seen in the river. If we are lucky, we may also see lions or leopards here. The Ewaso Nyiro River meanders through the reserve forming a ribbon of oases in the parched landscape. We will visit the Samburu Cultural Centre outside Samburu National Reserve. Similar in appearance to the Maasai but lesser known, the Samburu are a proud warrior tribe. Here we watch traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about Samburu tribal life and customs. The project is run by Samburu tribesmen for the benefit of the community.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an early start to travel through the very rarelyvisited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous MarsabitMoyale road to the very northern border town of Moyale. The scenery today is spectacular as we travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours. In Moyale we will stay in a basic local hotel or camp in a local campsite. Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Kenya at Moyale, enter Ethiopia at Moyale. For those on a longer combination trip starting in Cape Town or Victoria Falls, please play special attention to the visa notes in the information below.
Today we will cross the border into Ethiopia and have a full day of travel to Konso, home to the local Konso people and our gateway to southern Ethiopia. In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge.
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit this traditional village and see how locals have lived there for hundreds of years. Soak in the calm atmosphere of a village that has stood the test of time. Included in Kitty

About Konso:
In the far south of Ethiopia on the banks of the Sagan river is the town of Konso, the gateway to the Omo Valley. Home to the Konso people, a Cushtic-speaking people native to the region, there are many traditional Konso village in the area where little has changed about the way of life over the centuries and old traditions are strongly upheld.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will arrive in the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo. On route we will visit Konso Village and a Cultural Centre. In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch ETB 200
Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market' ETB 450

About Arba Minch:
Meaning 'forty springs', Arba Minch takes its name from the streams found between the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo. The town has stunning views over the lakes and surrounding forested areas, and also has an excellent and vibrant market. Lake Chamo National Park is home to what the locals refer to as the 'crocodile market'. This is a place on the shores of the lake where vast numbers of crocs congregate, some of which reach over 7 metres in length. The lake is home to the Guji and Ganjule people who traditionally hunt hippos and are famed for their 'ambatch boats', which resemble the boats carved in the tombs of the ancient
Egyptians
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: If you are joining in Arba Minch, you will most
likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).
Welcome to Ethiopia! Today is the arrival day for those joining in Arba
Minch, and will be a free day to explore the town.
There will be an important meeting with your crew at 6:00pm today.
Look out for a note from them at the hotel reception letting you know
where to meet.
In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.
 
Hotel for the night: Zebib Pension
Zebib Pension
Secha
Arba Minch
Ethiopia
Tel - +251 4688 14788

 
Activity Approximate Cost
Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch ETB 200
Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market' ETB 450
Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people ETB 100
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have time for optional activities such as taking an optional
boat trip on Lake Chamo to the view the crocodiles that reside
there (known locally as the crocodile market) or to take bike rides
around the city.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head north to the small town of Awassa, where we can
visit the local fish market.
After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills
above Awassa, where we will stay for the night.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet  Free
Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet  ETB 100
Experience the true local culture at this fish market. If you would like to try the soup make sure you bring your own bowl!  Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Basic Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave Wendo Genet and drive to the stunning Bale
Mountains National Park.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.
We will enjoy 2 full days to explore the National Park. We will keep one
day completely free to head out for optional guided walks - there are
several possibilities for routes, including highland routes up the hills
and moorlands searching for mountain nyalas, or lowland walks
through the forest areas to look for Bale monkeys! On the other day we
will drive in the truck up to the Sanetti Plateau, all the way to the
second-highest point in Ethiopia (the 4359m summit of Tulu Dimtu) to
explore the primeval landscape and search for Ethiopian wolves.
In the Bale Mountains we will stay in dorms in a basic lodge near the
entrance to the National Park.
Activity Approximate Cost
Horse/mule treks or guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park  Included in Kitty
Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck, stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves  Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave the Bale Mountains and head to the small town of
Ziway.
The following day we will take an included boat trip across Lake Ziway
to Tulu Gudo Island, where we will have a short guided tour of the
ancient monastery there and view some of the old religious
manuscripts.
In Ziway we will stay in a small local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island ETB 4000
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning we will leave early and head for Awash National Park.
In the afternoon we will take a park scout out with us to explore the
surrounding area and to try to find game or just to enjoy the stunning
scenery of this lovely national park. We overnight in the lovely Awash
Falls Lodge; who said Luxury was not part of overlanding! This is a
stunning place to experience this great little national park .
Estimated drive time - 7 - 8 hours

Activity Approximate Cost
Follow the scout to explore the trails of this National Park. Who knows what wildlife you will encounter?! Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a long drive east through the mountains to the
ancient trading city of Harar. We will stay in a charming small hotel in
the old city inself.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours
The following day we have a free day in ancient Harar and will have an
included guided city tour of the walled city of Harar (Harar Jugol). Enjoy
its colourful markets, mosques and shrines. In the evening you can visit
the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls
of the city.
Our final day in this incredible city is a free day to explore this amazing
city on your own. It is one of the most important historic sites on this
trip and one not to be missed.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city. Included in Kitty
Witness Harar's tradition of feeding wild Hyenas by hand each evening just outside the city walls. Free
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a long drive West through the mountains to the
capital city, Addis Ababa
Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum Included in Kitty
Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa Included in Kitty
Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism Included in Kitty
Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate
Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896 Included in Kitty
Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes Included in Kitty
Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a free day in Addis Ababa and will organise an included
guided tour of the city including visiting St. George's Cathrdral, The
Menelik mausoleum, The national Museum and the colourful city market.
In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: If joining in Addis Ababa, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).
There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting.
On the next day, we will have a free day to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums and sights. If you are travelling to the Sudan and have arranged to pick the visa up in Addis Ababa, this day will be spend arranging this visa.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Addis Ababa before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pretour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Addis Ababa.
In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Hotel for the night: Sarem International Hotel
Sarem International Hotel
Belay Zeleke Street (around Semien Mazegaja)
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Tel - +251 11 126 2088
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will start our journey today with a drive to the small town of Debre Markos. En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side!
In Debre Markos we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors -
flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Activity Approximate Cost
Overland journey north of Addis Ababa, passing through the immense Blue Nile Gorge Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Basic Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will complete our drive to Bahir Dar, a small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
On our first full day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile.
On our second day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. We will have some free time in the afternoon to take optional
visits to some other spots around Bahir Dar such as the 'Hippo bridge' and the Tigray war memorial.
In Bahir Dar we will stay in decent local hotel.

Activity Approximate Cost
Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries  Included in Kitty
Explore the stunning Blue Nile Falls just downstream of Bahir Dar  Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day's drive through the beautiful scenery of central Ethiopia to reach the small medieval town of Lalibela.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.
On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of the world-famous 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela. Our guide will be able to explain the fascinating history of Lalibela and its churches, and there will be plenty of time to explore, absorb the haunting atmosphere inside the churches, and take plenty of
photographs of the incredible architecture and the religious rituals within.
On the second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. We will have opportunity to hike up the nearby mountains to the Asheten Monastery, visit the Yemrehana Kristos cave church outside the town, or freely explore the Lalibela churches again at your own pace.
In Lalibela we will stay in a local hotel.

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery ETB 500
Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela Included in Kitty
Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique church in a cave' near Lalibela ETB 600
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of rock churches & monastery
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving Lalibela behind us, we have a full days drive through increasingly mountainous scenery to reach the town of Mekele.
We will stay in a decent local hotel in Mekele.
Estimated Drive Times - 9-10 hours
About Mekele:
Mekele is the cultural, economic and political hub of the northern region of Tigray. Historians date the town of Mekele back to the 13th Century CE, and it is famous for its rock-hewn churches in the surrounding desert landscapes - these churches are stunning and remote, some of them dating all the way back to the 4th and 5th Centuries. We will aim to visit at least one of these atmospheric old Coptic churches on our journey through the province of Tigray.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast meet your 4 x 4 vehicles and drive to Hamed Ella. On the way you will pass through the beautiful Tigre Villages and the escarpment of the Afar depression, this is commonly known as the cradle of mankind is part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Along the way you will see camel caravans going to the traditional salt minin or to the North Eastern highlands of the country, loaded with salt bars in the old traditional way. We will also stop at Brehalle where we will get our permits and scouts for the trip into the Danakil Depression.
On the second day we drive to Dallol. Here in Dallol you will visit the beautiful land covered by salt, sulfur and different minerals that gives the area a spectactular colour. We will then continue on to Lake Asale to watch the Afar and Tigre men cut the salt into bars and load up their camels before they head to the highlands of Ethiopia.
We will wildcamp at Hammed Ella both nights for this excursion. The final day we will then make our way back to Mekele visiting villages along the way.

Activity Approximate Cost

Journey out on an incredible 3 day/2 night excursion to the Danakil Depression. Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will make our way back to Mekele where we will stay in a
basic hotel overnight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church), then continue through the increasingly breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains to reach the ancient town of Axum in the far north of Ethiopia.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
The next day we will have an included half-day guided tour of the incredible historical sites of Axum, the capital of the once-mighty Axumite Empire - included in this tour will be seeing the Stelae Field, the Tomb of King Kaleb, and the Palace of the Queen of Sheba. We will have a free afternoon to make optional visits to other places such as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
In Axum we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Activity Approximate Cost
Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum Included in Kitty
Visit the Church of St Mary of Zion at Axum ETB 200
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Palace and church ruins
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving Axum behind us, we continue our journey with a full day of driving through the foothills of the Simien Mountains to reach the small village of Debark. The roads here are very tough, but we are rewarded with more truly breathtaking scenery!
Debark is the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, and on arrival we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options that we will have during our excursion starting the following day.
Here we will stay in a basic hotel.
Estimated Drive Times 9 - 10 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today marks the start of our 3-day excursion into the Simien Mountains National Park. The area is home to some of Africa's most jaw-dropping mountain scenery and is a great opportunity to enjoy some incredibly
beautiful treks and breathtaking views!
The area is also home many indigenous animals, and during our time here we hope to spot Lammargeyer vultures, geladas, Walia ibex, and (if we are very lucky) klipspringers and Ethiopian wolves.
We will spend 3 nights in the incredible Simien Mountains National Park. On each day we aim to provide an option for a long trek (of 5-8 hours), a short trek (2-5 hours) or no trekking.
On our first day we aim to wild camp at the area of Sankaber. On our second and third days we aim to wild camp at the area of Chenek (underneath Ras Bwahit, the second-highest mountain in the Simiens, which we hope to get the opportunity to summit).
Please note that we must keep a flexible itinerary in the Simien Mountains, as our options will largely be determined by the weather.
Please also note that the camping areas in the national park are very basic, and are essentially wild camps with long drop toilets. Please also note that the food and provisions available in Debark and the National
Park are very limited, and it is also likely to be very cold at night (often dropping below freezing), so please be prepared!

Activity Approximate Cost
Guided treks in the Simien Mountains National Park Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Camping (3 nights)
Included Activities
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we head back out to the mountains to Debark, and then finally join the tarmac road again to reach the ancient royal city of Gondar!
Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.
On the next day, we will have an included half-day guided tour of the historical sites of Gondar, including Gondar Castle, the King Fasilades' Baths and the Debre Birhan Selassie church.
In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activity Approximate Cost
Learn all about medieval Ethiopia on a halfday guided tour of the castles, churches and baths of Gondar Included in Kitty
Enjoy a tour of the local Dashen brewery in Gondar USD 8
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: If you are finishing in Gondar, you will most likely exit Ethiopia at Gondar Atse Tewodros Airport (IATA code: GDQ).
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Gondar. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
For passengers continuing their journey north on to Khartoum, the trip will continue on to Gedaref in the Sudan today. For passengers continuing south back to Addis Ababa on the Ethiopia Loop, we will leave today to reach Bahir Dar.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Boat

Accommodation

Camping ( 19 nights ) / hotel / hostel / lodge / cabin ( 23 nights )

Included activities

  • Guided tour of rock churches & monastery
  • Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Palace and church ruins
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park

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Important notes

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.

We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Ethiopia before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

Essential trip information

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Reviews

Our Ethiopian Explorer Northbound trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

Ethiopian Explorer Northbound, January 2017

Hermann Mueller