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
Countries
Ethiopia, Kenya
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOHC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22

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/campsite 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 pre-tour 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional  NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi  KES 500
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 100
Optional Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi USD 40
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi KES 120
Optional Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park USD 25

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning our journey begins with a short drive to Naivasha, on the shore 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 (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have free time 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 stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Visit to Lake Naivasha KES 7000
Optional Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate Free
Optional Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle USD 50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning our journey begins with a short drive to Naivasha, on the shore 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 (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have free time 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 stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Visit to Lake Naivasha KES 7000
Optional Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate Free
Optional Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle USD 50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will make our way to Nakuru, our base for tomorrow's excursion into Nakuru National Park. If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will head into Nakuru National Park for an included full-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos!

In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of the town.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park Included in Kitty
Optional Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective USD 5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Visit the spectacular Thomson Falls at Nyahururu Free
Optional 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
Optional Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru KES 1000
Optional Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys USD 15
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Visit the spectacular Thomson Falls at Nyahururu Free
Optional 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
Optional Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru KES 1000
Optional Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys USD 15
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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will get up early and enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will head out for the entire day for 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve Included in Kitty
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.

The rest of the day before this meeting will be free to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums - we recommend that you arrive early (or the night before) if you would like the chance to fully explore the sights of Addis Ababa. 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 pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Addis Ababa.

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum Included in Kitty
Included Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa Included in Kitty
Included Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism Included in Kitty
Included Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896 Included in Kitty
Included Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie Included in Kitty
Optional Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes Free
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.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave Addis Ababa and 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 (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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island Included in Kitty
Included Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city. Included in Kitty
Optional Witness Harar's tradition of feeding wild Hyenas by hand each evening just outside the city walls. Free
Accommodation
  • Basic Camping (2 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (4)
In the morning we will take a park scout out with us to explore the national park and to try to find game or just to enjoy the stunning scenery of this lovely national park.

Then we will head to lake Ziway for the night. Estimated drive to lake Ziway 6 hours

On 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island ETB 4000

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning we will take a park scout out with us to explore the national park and to try to find game or just to enjoy the stunning scenery of this lovely national park.

Then we will head to lake Ziway for the night. Estimated drive to lake Ziway 6 hours

On 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island ETB 4000

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave Ziway and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 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 fourth-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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Horse/mule treks or guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park Included in Kitty
Included 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
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will travel to the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours

On the following day we will have a free day to relax and explore the scenic area, or to take an optional boat trip on Lake Chamo to the view the crocodiles that reside there, known locally as the crocodile market.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today we will travel to the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours

On the following day we will have a free day to relax and explore the scenic area, or to take an optional boat trip on Lake Chamo to the view the crocodiles that reside there, known locally as the crocodile market.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Border Information: if joining in Gondar, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Gondar Atse Tewodros Airport (IATA code: GDQ).

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. If you are continuing to Kenya or beyond, your leader will need to check the validity dates of your Ethiopian visa.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Gondar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Gondar.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Learn all about medieval Ethiopia on a half-day guided tour of the castles, churches and baths of Gondar Included in Kitty
Optional Enjoy a tour of the local Dashen brewery in Gondar USD 8
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. We will first drive to Debark, where we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options we will have during our excursion, before heading into the National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 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!).

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!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Guided treks in the Simien Mountains National Park 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.

ACTIVITIES:
Included: Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries
(Included in Kitty)
Included: 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 is our final day in the Simien Mountains National Park, and we make our way back to Debark for the night.

In Debark we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of rock churches & monastery
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will continue through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains and visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church) near to Mekele.

In Mekele we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches at Mekele Free
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 you 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included 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 finish our time in the beautiful Danakil Depression. We will make our way back to Mekele to 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 have a full day drive to the town of Lalibela.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 - 10 hours.

On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of its world-famous 13th-century rock churches. 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 our 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery ETB 500
Included Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela Included in Kitty
Optional Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique 'church in a cave' near Lalibela ETB 600
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Aksum
  • Palace and church ruins
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Lalibela.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 - 10 hours.

On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of its world-famous 13th-century rock churches. 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 our 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery ETB 500
Included Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela Included in Kitty
Optional Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique 'church in a cave' near Lalibela ETB 600
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to Bahir Dar, a small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On our first 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 full 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 visit 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries Included in Kitty
Included Explore the stunning Blue Nile Falls just downstream of Bahir Dar Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Camping (3 nights)
Included Activities
  • Simien Mountains trek (2 days)
  • Entrance Simien Mountains National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
Today we will continue our journey south towards Addis Ababa. We will break the journey with a nightstop in a basic local hotel in the small town of Debre Markos en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Overland journey north of Addis Ababa, passing through the immense Blue Nile Gorge Free
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: If finishing in Addis Ababa, you will most likely exit Ethiopia at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Addis Ababa. 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.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

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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