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Since the first trip back in 1981, Dragoman has been at the forefront of overland vacations, taking people on unique, off the beaten track adventures in their iconic custom-made orange trucks. Dragoman make it a whole lot easier to get off the tarmac and to take the road less-travelled be it a short trip or an epic journey. It is this ability to go beyond the traditional tourist tails on a life changing overland journey that attracts people from all over the world ranging in age from 18 to 80!. Now as much as we love the highlights of the places we visit, it is often the journey where the real magic happens. Be it the the small village stop in Benin, trying to spot Jaguars in the dense Amazonian jungle of Guyana or staying with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Our balanced itineraries give you the chance to get under the skin of the country and get a true insight into the local culture. Start your overlanding adventure and become part of the family.
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Africa East & South between Addis Ababa and Zanzibar with Gorillas

Day 1 Zanzibar

Border Information: If joining at Zanzibar, you will most likely enter Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ). There will be an informal meet-and-greet and orientation of Stone Town with our local Zanzibar guide at 6:00pm - please meet at the reception of the joining hotel at this time if you wish to take part in this orientation. Please note that you will not usually meet your regular Dragoman crew tonight, as they will be arriving in Dar es Salaam this evening and will travel to Zanzibar with members of their previous group tomorrow.  Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar. In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel. Please note that the first 4 days of this trip overlap with our "YDF - Victoria Falls to Zanzibar" trip, so some of the group that come to Zanzibar will leave before we take the ferry to Dar es Salaam. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not follow our Zanzibar itinerary twice!
Activities(Optional)
Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town - Cost: USD

Day 2 Zanzibar

Today will be a free day to explore Stone Town, the atmospheric old town on the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! Your Dragoman crew will arrive on Zanzibar this afternoon, and there will be an important meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - there will then be the option going for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.
Activities(Included)
Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

Activities(Optional)
Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town - Cost: USD

Day 3 to 4 Zanzibar

On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere.  On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest. In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.
Activities(Optional)
Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar - Cost: USD 40
Dhow trip, Zanzibar - Cost: USD 20
Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar - Cost: USD 30
Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive) - Cost: USD 55
Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys - Cost: USD 40

Day 5 Dar Es Salaam

Today we will return to Stone Town and then take a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, before travelling on the local commuter barge from the city centre to the suburb of Kigamboni. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax at the campsite. In Dar es Salaam we stay at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.
Activities(Included)
Ferry back from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam

Activities(Optional)
Fishing Trips (per boat), Dar Es Salaam - Cost: USD 220
Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam - Cost: USD 15
Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people - Cost: USD
Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture - Cost: TZS 6500

Day 6 Lushoto

Today we join our overland truck and set off early to beat the morning trafiic in Dar es Salaam. We have a full day's drive to Lushoto, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.  In Lushoto we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 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!).
Activities(Optional)
Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages - Cost: USD 25

Day 7 Arusha

After breakfast we head west to the town of Arusha, where we will stop for food shopping in preparation for our excursion to the Serengeti National Park. On the drive to Arusha we will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views from the road. We will then head to our campsite on the outskirts of Arusha. On arrival we should have time to go on an optional walk to a nearby Maasai village, or visit a reptile house and snake-bite clinic that are run by the campsite. We will also prepare and re-pack for the Serengeti excursion starting the following day. In Arusha we will stay in a well equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Visit to an African snake park - Cost: USD
Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people - Cost: USD 7

Day 8 Tarangire National Park

T Today we will be met by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 4-day excursion to the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind. We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 4 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc. We will have safety talk with our safari guides and then on to a full day drive within Tarangire National Park. You should have many oportunities for photographs so remember your cameras! Once we make it into our camp site for the evening will will have our evening meal before the opportunity for a night game drive to Lake Manyara.

Day 9 to 10 Ngorongoro Crater

Today we have an optional bike ride or bush walk along the shore of Lake Manyara. Then we will experience the view from the birds perspective with a tree top walkway followed by a traditional Swahili buffet for lunch.  After lunch we will make our way down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an evening game drive around the savanna before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here! Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present. The next morning we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool. There is an option this morning for to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with Dragoman. We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then aim to exit the Serengeti early afternoon. We will head back through the conservation area to our next campsite, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we will arrive in the early evening. Again, the campsite tonight is very basic and unfenced. It can often be quite cold on the crater rim so it is recommended that you take some warm clothes for this night.
Activities(Included)
Head on an unforgettable safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - three of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting

Activities(Optional)
Hot Air Balloon ride in the Serengeti (this must be pre booked through your sales consultant - the cost for this is approximately USD650) - Cost: USD 650

Day 11 Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we will have another early start to descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game. We will spend as long as our entry tickets allow in the Ngorongoro Crater before departing, which will usually give us about 3-4 hours of game driving. We will then be dropped off at our campsite back in Arusha, where we are re-united with our truck. We will have a well-deserved free afternoon to relax at our excellent campsite or to do some of the optional activites on offer here.

Day 12 Amboseli National Park

Border Information: Exit Tanzania at Namanga, enter Kenya at Namanga. Today we will head to Amboseli National Park. Here you can experience the iconic view of the African plain with Mount Kilimanjaro standing majestically in the background. We will drive through the park in our truck keeping a keen eye out for all of the animals we will pass. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 13 Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi, the final stop on our trip!  You will have time to explore Nairobi fully - possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Your tour leader will let you know some of our reccommendations however you are more than welcome to move through the city independently for the day!

Day 14 Nairobi

Border Information: If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO). Welcome to Kenya! There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note, as this will often be a travelling day for the crew who will be joining you. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi 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 Nairobi.
Activities(Optional)
NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi - Cost: KES 500
Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' - Cost: KES 1200
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1000
Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi - Cost: USD 40
Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1200

Day 15 Kericho

This morning we will drive on to Kericho, where there is an optional tour around a nearby tea plantation. In Kericho we will stay at a well equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Tour of a tea plantation in Kericho - Cost: KES 200

Day 16 to 17 Jinja

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Busia, enter Uganda at Busia. Today we have a full day's drive across the border into Uganda as we travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa! Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to get involved in the many optional adventure activities available here, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping and boat trips on the White Nile! In Jinja we will stay at a well equipped campsite.
Activities(Optional)
Full Day rafting, Jinja - Cost: USD 125
Go bungee jumping above the Nile at our campsite in Jinja - Cost: USD 115
Go on a boat trip to discover the source of the Nile where the river outflows from Lake Victoria - Cost: USD 15
Head out on an adventure activity day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping - Cost: USD 240
Adventure activity combo day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping - Cost: USD 250
2 nights in Jinja camping next to the swirling currents of the mighty White Nile - Cost: USD 75
Head out for a full day of quad biking at the Bujagali Falls near Jinja - Cost: USD 160
Head out horse riding along the banks of the White Nile - Cost: USD 75

Day 18 Nakitoma

Today we continue our journey and head north to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary close to the town of Nakitoma. Here we will have the chance to track rhinos on foot with a local ranger! In Nakitoma we will stay in a well equipped campsite within the Rhino Sanctuary. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Cost: USD 40

Day 19 Kaniyo Pabidi

Today we continue to Kaniyo Pabidi in the Budongo Forest, in the southern part of the Murchison Falls National Park. Here we will head out for our included chimpanzee tracking walk in the afternoon! Please note that for conservation reasons the maximum group size to track the chimpanzees is 12 people, so if we have a large group we will split in half, one half going on the walk this afternoon and the other half going tomorrow morning. In Kaniyo Pabidi we will stay in basic dorm rooms in a small lodge in the Budongo Forest. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
Activities(Included)
Trek on foot in the Budongo Forest in search of habituated chimpanzees

Day 20 to 21 Murchison Falls National Park

If we had to split the group for chimpanzee tracking, the other half of the group will head out for the walk this morning. When we are ready to continue, we will drive to the central region of Murchison Falls National Park to reach our campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours (to the campsite). On the next day, we will head out early in the truck for a included morning of game driving around the northern area of the National Park - we will take a local vehicle barge to get over the Nile and pick up a ranger to show us around in search of wildlife! We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then embark on an included launch cruise on the Nile to spot wildlife from the water and to see the spectacularly-powerful Murchison Falls. In Murchison Falls National Park we will stay in a well equipped campsite at Paraa on the southern banks of the River Nile in the heart of the park. Please note that the roads leading into and around Murchison Falls are very poor and can be hazardous in wet conditions. If there has been heavy rain recently, it may not be possible to go into the National Park beyond Kaniyo Pabidi - this is firstly for safety reasons on the drive in, and secondly due to the risk of extreme bogging that will cause us to miss the gorilla treks in Rwanda. We will always endaevour to reach the National Park as per the itinerary; but when this is occasionally not possible, please respect the tour leader's decision in this matter. On these occasions we will be able to utilise this time with spending longer in Lake Bunyonyi and Ruhengeri.
Activities(Included)
Launch cruise on the River Nile to the mighty Murchison Falls
Head out game driving in our overland truck in Murchison Falls National Park

Day 22 Hoima

This morning we wil make our way out of the national park and head to the bustling town of Hoima. This is a day to absorb the ancient culture on offer. Believe it or not Hoima has its very own palace! Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 23 to 24 Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, beautifully set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Lake Edward and Lake George, undertaking a game drive on our way to the campsite.  After lunch we will take an included boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife as well as its healthy population of hippos. During our time in the park we also hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks.  The next morning we are up early to go on a full day game drive making our way into the depths of the park. We will experience areas of the National Park that are impossible to reach without a full days excursion! In Queen Elizabeth National Park we will camp at a basic campsite with drop toilets inside the park. Your leader will explain the basic safety aspects of camping in an unfenced area amongst the wildlife upon arrival. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Included)
Take a boat trip through the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 25 to 26 Bwindi

Here we will go on what is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip - trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest habitat.  This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than 8 people per day can visit any one habituated family, and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals.  Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid; however, the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk at least 4 hours - uphill and downhill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself! Once you find them, you will stay with the gorillas for one unforgettable hour! When visiting the gorillas you will be assigned a trekking group and time on your permit. The group may be split up into different trekking groups during the day. In Bwindi we will stay in a campsite that occasinally has some very special visitors, the incredible mountain gorillas! Please note that the gorilla permits are paid for in full by the trip kitty - however, Dragoman has to purchase the permits in advance on the customers' behalf, so a higher deposit is charged on the trip price to protect us from losing this money in the event of cancellation - please see the notes at the end for further detail.
Activities(Included)
Trek out for this once in a lifetime experience - Gorilla Tracking with the endagered Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest

Day 27 Lake Mburo National Park

This morning we will make our way into the stunning Lake Mburo National Park. This drive will take us across the equator - a prime moment for some photos! In the afternoon we may have time for a walking safari or even a boat trip on Lake Mburo. We will stay in an increbile campsite close to the lake where you may be lucky enough to see hippos leaving the water in the evening. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.  
Activities(Optional)
Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park - Cost: USD 30

Day 28 to 29 Jinja

Border Information: Exit Uganda at Malaba, enter Kenya at Malaba. Over the next 2 days we will travel back to the east through Jinja to Nakuru. We will most likely split the drive with a nightstop in Jinja, but if the road conditions improve on a different road then we may go via the western town of Fort Portal instead. Both Jinja and Fort Portal have decent campsites to stay in. Either way, we will reach Nakuru by the second evening and enjoy a night relaxing at a campsite that we are staying in for 2 nights.  This is our base for tomorrow's excursion into Nakuru National Park. If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective. Estimated Drive Times - 7-9 hours each day.

Day 30 Nakuru National Park

This morning we head into Nakuru National Park for an included half-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective. In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of town.
Activities(Optional)
Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective - Cost: USD 5

Day 31 to 32 Maasai Mara National Reserve

Today we will be met by our 6-person 4x4 jeeps that will take us on our 2-night excursion to the Maasai Mara. We will load the jeeps with our personal gear (but we will not need our camping equipment) and then head off to Maasai Mara, leaving our truck behind.   We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location in Nairobi), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 3 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.   On arrival, we will have the chance for a short evening game drive in the Maasai Mara National Park before heading to our campsite. The Maasai Mara is an incredibly scenic area and is one of the world's greatest places for wildlife spotting which is absolutely teeming with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephants, lions, cheetah, leopards, and other big game! On both nights at the Maasai Mara, we will stay in a basic campground on the outskirts of the National Park. The campsite has set-tents and bedding, but is self-catered (we will use our kitchen equipment brought from the truck).   The following day we will go out for the full day game driving in the National Park before returning to our campsite for a second night. There is also the opportunity for a sunset balloon flight over the savannah - demand for this activity is very high so you must reserve this at the time of booking your Dragoman trip to avoid disappointment. Tonight we will stay at the same campsite on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.
Activities(Included)
Head out on a phenomenal safari in 4x4s into the Maasai Mara - one of the best areas in Africa for wildlife and scenery

Activities(Optional)
Take a hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over the incredible scenery of the Maasai Mara (alternative to the scheduled game drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant. - Cost: USD 550

Day 33 Nairobi

Today we will have a final game drive in the Maasai Mara in the early morning, before heading back to Nairobi and our campsite in Karen, arriving at about 4:00pm or 5:00pm. This is where we will meet our overland truck and start using the truck's camping equipment. In Nairobi we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Optional)
NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi - Cost: KES 500
Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' - Cost: KES 1200
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1000
Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi - Cost: USD 40
Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1200

Day 34 Nairobi

Border Information: If joining in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO). 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 - your leader will need to check your Ethiopia visa (please see below for details). If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier, or arrive early in the morning to give yourself a full day before the meeting in the evening. Possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi 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 Nairobi. In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi - Cost: KES 1000

Day 35 Naivasha

Today we make our way to Naivasha, on the edge of a beautiful calm lake in the Great Rift Valley. Here we will have the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake to spot hippos and African fish eagles, and also to visit the Elsamere Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. On the following day we will have free time in the morning to enjoy some excellent optional activities around Naivasha. Naivasha is the base for exploring the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and the Hell's Gate National Park, two scenic areas that are some of the only places in East Africa where you can safely explore and look for wildlife on foot. In Naivasha we will stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.
Activities(Included)
Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate

Activities(Optional)
Visit to Lake Naivasha - Cost: KES 7000
Overland through western Kenya and the Rift Valley - Cost: USD 40
Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle - Cost: USD 50

Day 36 to 37 Naivasha

Today we will have some free time for optional activities in Naivasha before we head through the hills of central Kenya through the area's beautiful scenery and tea plantations, to arrive at the small village of Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve. In Naro Moru we will stay at a well equipped campsite.
Activities(Optional)
Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule - Cost: KES 1000
Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru - Cost: USD 25
Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys - Cost: USD 20

Day 38 Samburu Village

Today we will travel to the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post, where we will visit a Samburu village. Here we will be shown around the village and their homes, play with the children and learn all about the way of life here for the Samburu people! We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

Day 39 Samburu National Reserve

This morning we will enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will enjoy game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day). Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the National Parks further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes'). Tonight we will wild camp in a camping area in the National Reserve - facilities are very basic, but the area is a 5-10 minute walk from Samburu Lodge. Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally-chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.
Activities(Included)
Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve

Day 40 Moyale

Today we will have an early start to travel through the very rarely-visited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous Marsabit-Moyale road to the very northern border town of Moyale. The scenery today is spectacular as we travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours. In Moyale we will stay in a basic local hotel or camp in a local campsite. Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts.

Day 41 Konso

Border information: Exit Kenya at Moyale, enter Ethiopia at Moyale. For those on a longer combination trip starting in Cape Town or Victoria Falls, please play special attention to the visa notes in the information below. Today we will cross the border into Ethiopia and have a full day of travel to Konso, home to the local Konso people and our gateway to southern Ethiopia. In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit this traditional village and see how locals have lived there for hundreds of years. Soak in the calm atmosphere of a village that has stood the test of time.

Day 42 Arba Minch

Today we will arrive in the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo. On route we will visit Konso Village and a Cultural Centre. In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Optional)
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 300

Day 43 to 44 Arba Minch

Border Information: If you are joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH). Welcome to Ethiopia! Today is the arrival day for those joining in Arba Minch, and will be a free day to explore the town. There will be an important meeting with your crew at 6:00pm today. Look out for a note from them at the hotel reception letting you know where to meet. The following day we have time for optional activities such as the crocodile market or bike rides around the city. In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.    
Activities(Optional)
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 300

Day 45 Awassa

Today we will head north to the small town of Awassa, where we can visit the local fish market. After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills above Awassa, where we will stay for the night. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.  
Activities(Included)
Experience the true local culture at this fish market. If you would like to try the soup make sure you bring your own bowl!  

Activities(Optional)
Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet - Cost: USD
Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet - Cost: ETB 100

Day 46 to 48 Bale Mountains National Park

Today we will leave Wendo Genet and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 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 second-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.
Activities(Included)
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 49 to 50 Lake Ziway

Today we will leave the Bale Mountains and head to the small town of Ziway. The following day 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 - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Included)
Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island

Day 51 Awash National Park

Toady we will drive to Awash National Park and overnight in the lovely Awash Falls Lodge. Who said luxury was not part of overlanding! This is a stunning place to experience this great little National Park. Estimated drive time - 7 - 8 hours      
Activities(Included)
Head out with a scout to explore the trails of this National Park. 

Day 52 to 54 Harar

Today we will have a long drive east through the mountains to the ancient trading city of Harar.  We will stay in a charming small hotel in the old city inself. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours The following day we have a free day in ancient Harar and will have an included guided city tour of the walled city of Harar (Harar Jugol). Enjoy its colourful markets, mosques and shrines. In the evening you can visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city.  Our final day in this incredible city is a free day to explore this amazing city on your own.  It is one of the most important historic sites on this trip and one not to be missed.   
Activities(Included)
Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city.
Witness Harar's tradition of feeding wild Hyenas by hand each evening just outside the city walls.

Day 55 to 57 Addis Ababa

Today we will travel to the bustling Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the city. In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. Border Information: if you are leaving in Addis Ababa, you will most likely exit Ethiopia from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD). The following day is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Addis Ababa. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
Activities(Optional)
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
Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes - 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
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