Take a journey into the wild with this 2-week trip through Northern Kenya and Ethiopia.

Embark on a 2-week adventure through Northern Kenya and Ethiopia, taking in views of exotic wildlife backlit by breathtaking sunsets and encountering locals that live in harmony with harsh environments. Spot crocodiles as they bask off the shores of Lake Chamo, take a game drive through a rhino sanctuary in Nanyuki, see nomadic pastoralists like the Rendille people on a journey through semi-arid Marsabit County, shop among locals at the border town markets of Moyale and stay in a village of conical-rooved huts set onto rock terraces in Konso.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Destinations
Ethiopia, Kenya
Style
Original
Code
YGSOC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Hike to Old Moses Point for views over the twisting valleys and rugged peaks of Mount Kenya National Park

  • Spend time in the World Heritage-listed town of Konso, a traditional village set onto rocky terraces

  • Embark on a game drive in the Ol Pajeta Conservancy, where you'll see giraffe, zebra, elephant, jackal, hippo, rhino, baboon and gazelle roam among the acacia trees and 'whistling thorn' shrubs

  • Visit the crater lakes that sit atop Mt Marsabit. The aptly named Lake Paradise is partly covered by Nile cabbage and rimed by verdant forest

  • Cruise in search of hippos, Nile crocodiles and flourishing birdlife on Lake Chamo

Is this trip right for you?

  • Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres (9200 feet) where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.

  • Our purpose-built overland vehicles allow for excellent game viewing, equipped with large sliding windows. They have no air-conditioning, however, so they can get dusty and hot at times. We will change to 4WD vehicles from Konso.

  • The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land!

  • There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

  • We are welcomed into different villages, tribes and ways of life on this itinerary. While very fascinating it is important to show our respects and only take photos once a bond has been created and approval given.

  • The order of the Omo Valley section of the itinerary may change to maximise the chances of seeing ceremonies and markets or because wet weather may limit access to roads.

Itinerary

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, but if you arrive early then why not head out on an Urban Adventure. Not only is Nairobi an energetic capital city, it's also the only major city in the world to contain a game reserve – Nairobi National Park. After you've met your fellow travellers, join them for an optional group dinner at a local restaurant with your leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
There are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting this evening. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to give to your leader.

Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt. Your hotel room or reception may also have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn't safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or the floor when you're in a bar or restaurant. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be
Rise and shine: it's your first morning in Kenya! Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before the group travels to the Mount Kenya region, arriving at the hotel in time for lunch. Mount Kenya is Africa's second-highest mountain, rising to an elevation of 5199 metres, and the national park in which it sits is circled by a number of communities including Nanyuki, where you'll be based. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive in the Ol Pajeta Conservancy, a 24,000-acre rhino sanctuary. Here, among the acacia trees and 'whistling thorn' shrubs, you'll see giraffe, zebra, elephant, jackal, hippo, rhino, baboon and gazelle roam the savannah grasslands and the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, after breakfast, you'll set off for hike in Mount Kenya National Park. Begin walking from the park's entrance gate and continue through the forest to Old Moses Camp at an altitude of 3000 metres. If the weather's right you'll have fantastic views of Mount Kenya and the surrounding high country. It's a favourite spot for ornithologists thanks to the opportunities for bird watching, and there'll hopefully be an opportunity to see Grevy's zebras as you walk through the forest. Also known as imperial zebra, they were given the name 'Grevy' after Jules Grevy, the French president in 1882, who was given one as gift. These are the largest and most threatened of the three zebra species, and are found almost exclusively in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. 

Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mount Kenya National Park - Day Trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Drive north after breakfast to the Samburu National Reserve, where you'll be spending the next two nights, via an optional visit to the Ngare Ndare forest canopy walk and waterfalls. Samburu is a rugged, remote reserve that provides some of the best game-viewing in the entire country. Covering an area of 104 square kilometres, it's home to a number of northern Kenya specialities including Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx – known as the Special Five. Have lunch at the lodge on arrival, then take an afternoon game drive through the reserve keeping an eye out for not only the Special Five, but also leopards, elephants, hyenas and an abundance of birdlife.  




Accommodation
  • Permanent Tented Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Samburu National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Head off in search of the Special Five, this time on a full-day game drive through the reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for lions too, and crocodiles stalking the waters of the Ewaso Nyiro River that flows through the park. This region is home to the Samburu people, semi-nomadic pastoralists who live to the south and the east of Lake Turkana. They're a sub-tribe of the Maasai people and speak the same language, and can often be seen in their colourful dress leading cattle around. Return to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening.
Accommodation
  • Permanent Tented Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Samburu National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Pack your bags for a four-hour drive to Marsabit, a small town bordering Marsabit National Park and Marsabit National Reserve. The views of the plains during the drive are phenomenal, and you'll stop by the appropriately named Lake Paradise on the way. Arrive in the late afternoon and, after settling in at the hotel, the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy. Perhaps take a stroll through the small town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today the group will take a long drive through the highlands, allowing plenty of time to appreciate the beautiful scenery. Your destination is Moyale, a market town on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya that's split between the two countries. The larger section is in Ethiopia, where the hotel is located, so after crossing the border and checking in at the hotel, the evening is free to check out the town, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group and toast this adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in Moyale before driving to Konso, a journey of approximately six hours. Stop en route at the beautiful El Sod Crater, which locals have been extracting salt from for centuries. After arriving in Konso, you may wish to join your group for a farewell dinner before saying your final goodbyes tomorrow morning.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day until the rest of your group arrive on a flight from Addis Ababa. Take the time to walk around this World Heritage-listed town. Keep an eye out for the carved wooden grave markers in the area, a Konso tradition where the deceased warriors features are enhanced by using teeth made from animal bones. As the evening sets in, spend time relaxing in the Kanta Lodge and getting to know your new group members and leader.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit a 'mora', a central communal building used by men and boys as a social area. Please note that unfortunately women are unable to enter this area, as is the local culture. Head onwards to Jinka to visit an ethnographic museum dedicated to the tribes speaking South Omotic languages. Jinka is a lively trading hub and known as a capital of sorts for the range of ethnic groups that call this region home.
Accommodation
  • Basic Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head into Jinka's lush surroundings, home to the traditional Ari people. Spend some time in their villages, some of the most beautiful in the country, surrounded by banana, mango, avocado and enset (false banana) trees. Travel on to Turmi and visit one of the Hamar villages for an insight into their different way of life. There may be a chance to witness the highlight of the Hamar calendar – a bull-jumping ceremony. The culmination of a three-day rite of passage, this ceremony involves a young man having to jump on the backs of, and run down a line of, 15 bulls before returning the same way. Overnight in Turmi.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel south towards Omorate this morning, driving down a 75-kilometre stretch of paved road passing through acacia forests. Omorate lies on the bank of the Omo River, close to the border of Kenya, and is a popular base for exploring the rugged area. Wildlife roam freely in the nearby landscape and there's a good chance of seeing antelope grazing or raptor birds stalking their prey overhead. The local Hamar and Daasanach people hold on to their customs tightly, and you may witness evidence of their traditional scarification practices. There may be a chance to visit a local market, savouring the smells and tastes alongside the Karo, Homer and Benna people while checking out plenty of interesting handicrafts on offer.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel north to Arba Minch after breakfast. This is a region noted for its variety of peoples and cultures, many of which are nomadic or semi-nomadic and live very differently to what most would consider a modern existence. Arba Minch is bordered by Nechisar National Park and lies between two of Ethiopia's largest lakes, Lake Chamo and Abaya Lake. Climb aboard a boat in the afternoon and travel across Chamo on an excursion to hopefully see the resident hippos, Nile crocodiles, flourishing birdlife and the local fishermen working their trade on the water. 

Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive back to Addis Ababa after breakfast, stopping on the way to visit some of the Dorze people, an ethnic group known particularly for their expert weaving and beehive-shaped houses. After a lengthy but scenic drive, this trip comes to an end at the hotel in Addis Ababa.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Lodge (6 nights), Basic Resort (1 night), Permanent Tented Camp (2 night)

Included activities

  • Mount Kenya National Park - Day Trek
  • Samburu National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip on all nights, subject to availability.
2. This is a combination trip made up of 2 shorter trips. This means the composition of your group will change in Konso as some group members leave and new ones join you.

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