Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer

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  • duration 44 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Gondar, Ethiopia
  • +22
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Optional trip to 'Crocodile Market' in Arba Minch
  • Visit Konso and the Konzo Cultural Centre
  • Overland the desolate stretch between Ethiopia and Kenya
  • Overnight around the camp fire with Samburu villagers
The Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer trip starts from Nairobi and ends in Gondar. The Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer trip is an adventure tour that takes 44 days taking you through Nairobi, Harar, Addis Ababa, Wendo Genet and 20 other destinations in Kenya and Ethiopia. This is a guided group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Ethiopia is not most people's first choice in Africa but in many ways it should be; especially when you combine it with northern and central Kenya. For this trip has it all, trekking in the Simien Mountains, hidden gems such as the Blue Nile Falls, great history and culture as seen throughout Ethiopia and, of course, the wonderful wildlife of Kenya, as seen in Samburu and Nakuru National Parks.

The trip is split into two parts; the first being the northern Highlands and deserts of Ethiopia and the second, the Rift Valley of Southern Ethiopia and the deserts and savannah lands of Northern Kenya.

On the first we get a chance to take an amazing expedition by jeep out to the surreal landscapes of the Danakil Depression as well as exploring the great Christian churches and monasteries, such as Lalibela. Further south of Addis, we discover the hidden jewel of the UNESCO world heritage site of Harar, before descending down across the plains of East Africa to Nairobi.

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  • On Dec 15 2018
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  • Michael
  • On Jun 04 2015
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  • Catherine
  • On Mar 01 2018
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“We travelled at a great pace on the way to Ushuaia but the last few days before reaching Buenos Aires were very long drive days and maybe there could be more stops along the way.”
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  • Day 1: Nairobi
  • Day 2: Naivasha
  • Day 3: Naro Moru
  • Day 4: Naro Moru
  • Day 5: Samburu Village
  • Day 6: Samburu National Reserve
  • Day 7: Moyale
  • Day 8: Konso
  • Day 9: Arba Minch
  • Day 10: Arba Minch
  • Day 11: Arba Minch
  • Day 12: Wendo Genet
  • Day 13: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 14: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 15: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 16: Lake Ziway
  • Day 17: Lake Ziway
  • Day 18: Awash NP
  • Day 19: Harar
  • Day 20: Harar
  • Day 21: Harar
  • Day 22: Addis Ababa
  • Day 23: Addis Ababa
  • Day 24: Addis Ababa
  • Day 25: Debre Markos
  • Day 26: Bahir Dar
  • Day 27: Bahir Dar
  • Day 28: Bahir Dar
  • Day 29: Awra Amba
  • Day 30: Lalibela
  • Day 31: Lalibela
  • Day 32: Lalibela
  • Day 33: Mekele
  • Day 34: Danakil Depression
  • Day 35: Mekele
  • Day 36: Axum
  • Day 37: Axum
  • Day 38: Debark
  • Day 39: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 40: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 41: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 42: Gondar
  • Day 43: Gondar
  • Day 44: Gondar
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Camping 8 nights
  • Comfortable Hotel 21 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 3 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • Basic Hotel 3 nights
  • Camping without facilities 5 nights
  • 86 Breakfasts
  • 30 Lunches
  • 30 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Nairobi and from Gondar 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 Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer 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 Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer 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 13 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer 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 Ethiopia & Kenya Explorer 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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