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Africa East & South between Addis Ababa and Zanzibar with Gorillas

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  • Serengeti National Park
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Addis Ababa
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Eldoret
  • Samburu Village
  • Marangu
  • Mbarara
  • Nairobi
  • Naro Moru
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Moyale
  • Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Lake Ziway
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Konso
  • Omo Valley
  • Kabale
  • Kampala
  • Arba Minch
  • Naivasha
  • Zanzibar
  • Awassa
  • Kaniyo Pabidi
  • Arusha
  • Bale Mountains National Park
  • Jinja
  • Nakitoma
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Marsabit
  • Wendo Genet
  • Naro Moru
  • Kigali
  • Kericho
  • Nakuru National Park
  • Lushoto
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Mburo
  • Bwindi
  • Hoima

Overlanding is the only way to see East and Southern Africa! Dragoman have been leading the way in African overland expeditions since 1981, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. The journey between Addis Ababa and Zanzibar, via a loop of Uganda and Rwanda, heads through some of Africa's most incredible wildlife areas and remotest tribal lands - it is not for the faint hearted, but the rewards of visiting these rarely-visited areas are very worthwhile! We will explore the remote tribal area of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, visit several villages and learn all about the traditional ways of life here. We will then cross into Kenya and take the challenging roads to the lands of the Samburu tribe, where we have a fascinating village stay and an incredible safari in Samburu National Park, home to some of Kenya's rarer wildlife such as the curious gerenuk and Grevy's zebra. We will head through the incredible wildlife area of Lake Nakuru before entering the wonderful country of Uganda, where we safari around Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, track chimps on foot, and head out on some optional adrenaline-fuelled activities at Jinja, the source of the White Nile. We then journey deep into Rwanda for one of the world's ultimate wildlife experiences - a face-to-face encounter with the incredible mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park. Arriving back in Nairobi, we then head out on safari through some of the world's best wildlife areas - the waving grasslands of the Maasai Mara, the stunning plains of the Serengeti, and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater. Finishing the trip off with a visit to the fabled tropical island of Zanzibar, where we can unwind on some of the Indian Ocean's spectacular white beaches, this fantastic and adventurous trip is second to none!

  • Day 1 Addis Ababa

    Border Information: If joining in Addis Ababa, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD). There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting. The rest of the day before this meeting will be free to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums - we recommend that you arrive early (or the night before) if you would like the chance to fully explore the sights of Addis Ababa. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Addis Ababa before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Addis Ababa. In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum - Cost: ETB 10
    Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa - Cost: USD
    Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism - Cost: USD
    Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896 - Cost: USD
    Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie - Cost: ETB 100
    Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes - Cost: USD

  • Day 2 Lake Ziway

    Today we will leave Addis Ababa and head to the small town of Ziway. After lunch we will take an included boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, where we will have a short guided tour of the ancient monastery there and view some of the old religious manuscripts. In Ziway we will stay in a small local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island

  • Day 3 to 5 Bale Mountains National Park

    Today we will leave Ziway and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park. Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours. We will enjoy 2 full days to explore the National Park. We will keep one day completely free to head out for optional guided walks - there are several possibilities for routes, including highland routes up the hills and moorlands searching for mountain nyalas, or lowland walks through the forest areas to look for Bale monkeys! On the other day we will drive in the truck up to the Sanetti Plateau, all the way to the fourth-highest point in Ethiopia (the 4359m summit of Tulu Dimtu) to explore the primeval landscape and search for Ethiopian wolves. In the Bale Mountains we will stay in dorms in a basic lodge near the entrance to the National Park.

    Horse/mule treks or guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park
    Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck, stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves

  • Day 6 to 7 Wendo Genet

    Today we will head north to the small town of Awassa, where we will have an included visit to the Awassa Children's Project in the afternoon. This is a home for local children orphaned by the HIV epidemic, and we will be shown around and see how public donations and the support of Dragoman goes towards feeding, sheltering and educating the children. After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills above Awassa, where we will stay for the 2 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to explore the region, go on an optional walk to some nearby waterfalls, or take a dip in the nearby hot springs. In Wendo Genet we will camp in the grounds of a small local hotel.

    Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet
    Visit the Dragoman-supported Awassa Children's Project, a home for orphaned children from the area

    Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet - Cost: ETB 100

  • Day 8 Arba Minch

    Today we will travel to the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo.  In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

    Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch - Cost: ETB 200
    Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market' - Cost: ETB 450
    Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people - Cost: ETB 100

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