Travel to Africa and tour Ethiopia on a trip from Addis Ababa to Gondar. 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 Gondar and the history of ruin-peppered Aksum. Traversing through a rarely visited and very special part of the continent, this is an adventure like no other.
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
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!
This itinerary is valid for departures from 23 October 2017 to 30 September 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 October 2018 - 30 September 2019
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Ethiopian Highlands Northbound trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
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.
Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.
On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund and overseen by travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals and some included activities.
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
Our Ethiopian Highlands Northbound trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
Awesome trip that took in a vast variety of sites - not just the churches but also mountains, salt lakes and a live volcano. Dragoman crew were very friendly and driving through the countryside means you see a bit more of the real Ethiopia and meet locals. You do need to be physically fit to get the most out of this trip, and able to walk a few hours in the heat, as many places were tricky to get to. Amazing country and well worth a visit.
Review submitted 20 Mar 2018