Ethiopian Explorer

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Discover awe-inspiring, fascinating and beautiful places on this journey across the heart of Ethiopia. Experience a land like no other, from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the untouched wilderness in the Simien Mountains, from the sophistication of Gonder to the history of ruin-peppered Aksum. Feel the mist rise from the Blue Nile Falls and cross into Kenya to spot Africa's iconic Big Five. Along the way, encounter friendly Ethiopian Rastafarians, Kenya's proud Samburu warriors and the rarely visited tribes of the Omo Valley. This is an Adventure like no other, that will take you into the heart of extraordinary Ethiopia, discovering a rarely visited and very special part of the continent.


Days 1-2 Gonder

Discover the castles, churches and palaces of this city often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.

Day 22 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

Admire flocks of flamingos, relax in hot springs and camp overnight in stunning scenery.

Days 23-25 Bale Mountains National Park

Head out on wildlife-spotting expeditions.

Days 38-39 Samburu National Reserve

Witness Samburu dancing and learn about tribal life from the locals. Try to spot the Big Five in the reserve.

Day 43 Lake Naivasha

See hippos wallowing on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

Day 44 Nairobi

The journey ends in the busy streets of Kenya's capital.

Days 3-6 Simien Mountains National Park

Hike through rugged terrain, passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks.

Days 7-9 Aksum

Explore an ancient city peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.

Days 10-11 Mekele

Wander through the cliff-face churches of Tigray.

Days 12-14 Lalibela

Peer into astounding rock-hewn churches.

Days 15-17 Bahir Dar

Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.

Day 18 Dejen

Spend the night in Dejen.

Days 19-21 Addis Ababa

Stop by the bustling capital.

Days 26-27 Shashemene

Learn about the Rasta lifestyle and philosophy at a Rastafarian community school and museum.

Days 28-29 Arba Minch

Use free time to cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.

Days 30-33 Omo Valley

Visit remote villages and markets and learn about the customs of local tribes.

Days 34-35 Konso

Journey to Konso and perhaps take a tour of some traditional houses.

Days 36-37 Moyale/Marsabit

Travel through a surreal black lunar landscape into northern Kenya.

Day 40 Mt Kenya

Spend the night in a lodge on the slopes of Mt Kenya.

Days 41-42 Lake Nakuru

Spy iconic animals feeding around the lake.

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