Ethiopian Explorer

Highlights

Spot Ethiopia's exotic wildlife on a game drive, Be amazed by the pink brilliance of flocks of flamingos, Experience distinct local cultures and traditions in the Omo Valley, Learn about the Rastafarian way of life in Shashemene, Hike through lush national parks, Discover Gondar's ornate castles and palaces, Taste spicy Ethiopian delicacies in Addis Ababa, Feel the clouds of mist rising from the Blue Nile Falls

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Travel to Ethiopia and discover unique and beautiful places on this journey through the heart of the country. Experience a land like no other, from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the untouched wilderness in the Simien Mountains, to the sophistication of Gondar and the history of the ancient Aksum ruins. Feel the mist rise from the Blue Nile Falls before visiting 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. An adventure like no other, travelling to Ethiopia and Kenya will open your eyes to a special and rarely visited part of the continent.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Gonder
Historic Gonder is known as the city of castles and palaces. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas, who built the first castle.
Days 3-5 Simien Mountains National Park
Jagged mountain peaks flank deep valleys and high altitude plains in one of Africa's major mountain regions. The Simien Mountains are known for their dramatic and spectacular scenery.
Day 6 Debark
Standing at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark has some of the most amazing scenery in Ethiopia.
Day 7 Enda Selassie
Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.
Days 8-9 Aksum
The site of Ethiopia's oldest city, Aksum has some impressive obelisks carved from single blocks of granite - the tallest still standing is 23 metres high.
Day 10 Mekele
A cultural town with a long and colourful history, Mekele is famous for its churches and desert landscape.
Day 11 Woldiya
Spend the night in a bush camp near the hillside market town of Woldiya.
Days 12-14 Lalibela
Hidden in the hills of northern Ethiopia is the small town of Lalibela. This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th century.
Days 15-17 Bahir Dar
Located on the shores of Lake Tana and only a few hundred metres from the source of the mighty Blue Nile, Bahir Dar is a fascinating place.
Day 18 Dejen
Dejen is a small town on the northern edge of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge, which plunges more than 1km down to the river below.
Days 19-21 Addis Ababa
More commonly referred to as 'Addis', Addis Ababa lies among wooded hills at an altitude of about 2300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.
Day 22 Lake Abiyata
An excellent location for bird watching, Lake Abiyata features vast flocks of flamingos, which from a distance create a pink carpet effect across the lake.
Days 23-25 Bale Mountains National Park
Situated on a high plateau surrounded by mountain peaks which soar to over 4000 metres, Bale Mountains National Park is home to unique wildlife and hundreds of bird species.
Day 26 Wendo Genet
Known for its hot springs and beautiful panoramas, the resort town of Wondo Genet is surrounded by primary forests, wildlife and abundant water.
Day 27 Awassa
A town on the shores of Lake Awassa in the Great Rift Valley, Awassa is home to a community project that provides housing and education to local AIDS orphans.
Days 28-29 Arba Minch
Taking its name from the streams found between the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo, Arba Minch has stunning views over the lakes and surrounding forests.
Days 30-32 Omo Valley Region
The Omo Valley region is home to many different tribes all living very close to one another, each with their own cultures, traditions and way of life.
Days 33-34 Konso
A gateway to the Omo Valley, Konso lies in a region on the banks of the Sagan River where local traditions are strongly upheld.
Day 35 Moyale
Sitting on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, Moyale is a market town with a nice atmosphere.
Day 36 Marsabit
Surrounded by forests, Marsabit is a beautiful town on the extinct volcano of Mount Marsabit.
Days 37-38 Samburu National Reserve
The Ewaso Ngiro River winds through the sunburnt plains of the Samburu National Reserve, a wonderful place to see an abundance of wild animals and birdlife.
Days 39-40 Naro Moru
A small market town near the slopes of Mt Kenya, Naro Maru is the perfect base to take on the mountain or explore the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Days 41-42 Nakuru National Park
Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.
Day 43 Lake Naivasha
Meaning 'rough water' in Maasai due to the occurrence of sudden storms, Lake Naivasha's surface is also broken by the yawns of hippos and countless birds flying across its surface.
Day 44 Nairobi
Once a swamp but now called the 'green city in the sun', Nairobi is a relatively multicultural city with a range of cuisines, museums and cultural centres to enjoy.