The Roof, Rift & Great Apes

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  • duration 57 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Zanzibar, Ethiopia
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore chaotic and bustling Addis Ababa
  • Guided tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Harar
  • Witness the traditional feeding of the hyenas
  • Follow the scout along the trails of Awash NP
The tour The Roof, Rift & Great Apes starts in Addis Ababa and ends in Zanzibar. This is an adventure trip that takes 57 days. You will travel through Moyale, Lake Mburo National Park, Jinja and 28 other destinations visiting Tanzania, Uganda and 2 more countries. This is a guided group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This two month adventure will take you from the impenetrable forests of Bwindi to the open expanses of the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.

Relax on the white sand beaches of the Spice Islands of Zanzibar and snorkel in its crystal clear waters. Grab your hiking boots as you go in search of the mountain gorillas of Uganda and safari through some of the best known nature reserves in the world including the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You’ll mingle with the tribal people of Samburu, as you learn their culture and way of life during a homestay visit.

Discover the lesser-known wonders of southern Ethiopia including the UNESCO city of Harar and the huge variety of wildlife in Bale National Park.

5 - Excellent
Based on 1,020 reviews
  • Danielle
  • On Mar 01 2018
4 - Very Good
Danielle's review for another Dragoman tour
“Nepal. India was really nice, but really fast going if you just come from Nepal :)

One month before departure I mailed Dragoman with the question if we really need to bring matrasses and sleeping bagd. Since matrasses are expensive to buy and a lot to carry. At the beginning of the trip we found out there was no camping at all, it has changed. And they told me it was known about 6 weeks at that time. So we got wrong info what cost money. I now initianaries can change, but it would be nice to mail the people about it that already booked it. Or make sure you know about the changes in the trips you sell.”
  • Peter
  • On Dec 15 2018
5 - Excellent
Peter's review for another Dragoman tour
“Great way to travel, lovely to travel with like minded people.”
  • Bronwyn
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
Bronwyn's review for another Dragoman tour
“These were the best leaders we've had on Dragoman and Intrepid trips.”
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  • Day 1: Addis Ababa
  • Day 2: Addis Ababa
  • Day 3: Harar
  • Day 4: Harar
  • Day 5: Harar
  • Day 6: Awash NP
  • Day 7: Lake Ziway
  • Day 8: Lake Ziway
  • Day 9: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 10: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 11: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 12: Awasa
  • Day 13: Arba Minch
  • Day 14: Arba Minch
  • Day 15: Arba Minch
  • Day 16: Konso
  • Day 17: Moyale
  • Day 18: Samburu Village
  • Day 19: Samburu National Reserve
  • Day 20: Naro Moru
  • Day 21: Naro Moru
  • Day 22: Naivasha
  • Day 23: Nairobi
  • Day 24: Nairobi
  • Day 25: Kericho
  • Day 26: Jinja
  • Day 27: Jinja
  • Day 28: Nakitoma
  • Day 29: Kaniyo Pabidi
  • Day 30: Murchison Falls NP
  • Day 31: Murchison Falls NP
  • Day 32: Mpanga Forest
  • Day 33: Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Day 34: Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Day 35: Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Day 36: Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Day 37: Lake Mburo
  • Day 38: Jinja
  • Day 39: Nakuru NP
  • Day 40: Nakuru NP
  • Day 41: Masai Mara
  • Day 42: Masai Mara
  • Day 43: Nairobi
  • Day 44: Nairobi
  • Day 45: Amboseli NP
  • Day 46: Arusha
  • Day 47: Tarangire NP
  • Day 48: Serengeti NP
  • Day 49: Serengeti NP
  • Day 50: Arusha
  • Day 51: Lushoto
  • Day 52: Lushoto
  • Day 53: Dar es Salaam
  • Day 54: Zanzibar
  • Day 55: Zanzibar
  • Day 56: Zanzibar
  • Day 57: Zanzibar
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat, Jeep, Private Bus, Ferry
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, African Camp Master
  • Comfortable Hotel 12 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 4 nights
  • Camping 35 nights
  • Basic Hotel 1 night
  • Camping without facilities 1 night
  • 112 Breakfasts
  • 74 Lunches
  • 74 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Addis Ababa and from Zanzibar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Roof, Rift & Great Apes tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Roof, Rift & Great Apes tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Roof, Rift & Great Apes tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Roof, Rift & Great Apes tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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