Travel through the untouched beauty and fascinating culture of Ethiopia
Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the rugged landscapes of the Simien Mountains. Discover the ancient history on display at Aksum and relax among the vibrant culture in Gonder. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and travelling in Ethiopia is an experience not to be missed.
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Indulge in a sweet Ethiopian coffee in Addis Ababa
Explore the spectacular Blue Nile Falls
Discover the ornate history of Gondar
Travel through Ethiopia’s rugged scenery
Trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains
Discover the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
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 01 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 September 2017 - 30 September 2018
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Ethiopian Highlands 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 of 6 people 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 trips score an average of 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Don't take much with you - you won't need a lot on this trip. Prepare yourself for some very basic accommodation but breath-taking landscape. People are sometimes very rude and enjoying / constant hassle and begging. I didn't expect that. When visiting the merkato in Addis make sure you don't go alone. It is a place full of pickpockets! The trip challenged me on various levels and I can recommend this for anyone who would like to stop dealing with first world problems and experience a country of amazing beauty.
Review submitted 24 May 2016