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Kenya & Ethiopia

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2 countries 7 game drives
4 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
African Lodges | Luxury tent, Maasai Mara | Simien Mountains National Park
Get a taste for the wild side of Kenya, searching for the 'Big 5' on thrilling game drives through incredible national parks, including the Maasai Mara. Meet the women of a Samburu village. Enjoy rich culinary delights in Addis Ababa. Discover the majestic Blue Nile Falls of Tiss Abay and be amazed by the Simien Mountains. Stand in awe of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and see the remains of the Fasilides Empire in Gondar.Wonderful WildlifeBegin in Nairobi seeing the conservation efforts of David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre. Cross the equator and look for wildlife from elephants and zebra to endangered rhinos on game drives in Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Maasai MaraAddis to Bahir DarDelve into the history of Ethiopia in the capital of Addis Ababa and indulge in local delicacies on a culinary walking tour through the city neighbourhoods. Fly north to Bahir Dar and admire majestic Blue Nile Falls before cruising Lake Tana and visiting the island churches decorated with colourful frescs.History and HighlandsTravel to Gondar, home to the remains of the Fasilides Empire in the form of palaces, residences and baths. Then discover the stunning Simien Mountains, some of Africa's most beautiful ranges, searching for the unique endemic wildlife such as the Ethiopian wolf, walia ibex and the famous red-chested gelada baboons. Stand in awe in front of the monolithic rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of the 'wonders of the world'. Carved in the 12th century from pink granite, these 11 churches all boast a unique architectural style and are decorated with well-preserved art.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Light plane flight in Kenya
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $365pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3 - 4 star)
  • 3 nights in African lodges (4-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury-style tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 2 nights in Simien Mountains National Park, the highest hotel in Africa (3,260 metres)
  • 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 16 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guides in Kenya
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Ethiopia
  • English-speaking locally based guides in Ethiopia

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

Welcome to Africa

  • Experience a traditional African dinner at Carnivore Restaurant.
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, one of the world's most extraordinary animal rehabilitation programs.
  • Visit The Giraffe Centre, an important conservation initiative created by the 'African Fund for Endangered Wildlife'. Feed and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from elevated platforms.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, presenting a glimpse of the life of Karen Blixen, an extraordinary farmer and the author of 'Out of Africa'.
  • Explore rugged and remote Samburu National Reserve on game drives. The reserve attracts some amazing wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and much more!
  • Visit a Samburu Village and school for protected Samburu women and their children.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds.
  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara.
  • Experience unforgettable game drives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya's finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and rolling savannahs, it makes for amazing game-viewing. Keep an eye out for millions of wildebeest and zebras which migrate here annually.
  • Enjoy an incredible bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.

Discover the diversity of Ethiopia

  • Enjoy a panoramic view of Addis Adaba from it's former capital Entoto.
  • City tour of Addis Ababa including the Ethnological (Haile Selassie House) Museum, National Museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
  • Explore some of Addis Ababa's best restaurants on a culinary walking tour.
  • Take a short hike to the lookout point of majestic Blue Nile Falls.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana visiting the beautifully decorated Monastaries of Ura Kidane Miheret and Azwa Mariam.
  • Visit the fascinating village of Awra Amba, where everyone is equal and works collectively to make them independent from aid and poverty.
  • Explore the remains of the Fasilidas empire in Gondar, including the castles, palaces, residents and baths.
  • Visit the church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity) and admire its colourful frescoes.
  • Explore Simien Mountains National Park on foot and by safari vehicle in search of the local endemic animals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Waliya ibex and gelada baboon.
  • Explore 'one of the wonders of the world', the first and second group of rock hewn churches which have been carved out of the pink granite rock in Lalibela.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
22
Price From
AUD $13,495
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Walking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $12,760
15 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $12,460
18 Feb 202010 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $12,760
17 Mar 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $12,760
ItineraryExpand
Kenya & Ethiopia

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Nairobi

'Karibu' to Kenya! This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Nairobi

We visit two of Kenya's great conservation projects - the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre. We'll also enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Museum, dedicated to the life of the Baroness and famed author of 'Out of Africa'. We then visit the Kazuri Bead factory. Started by two single women, it now produces ethical handicrafts and provides sustainable employment to more than 340 local women. [B,L]

Day 4. Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

Escaping the city, we travel north and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve. After lunch we'll head out on our first game drive! [B,L,D]

Day 5. Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu's diverse range of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives today. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about 'a day in the life' of a Samburu woman and her children.

Day 6. Samburu National Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park

A chance for us to spot the endangered rhino in beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park today on an afternoon game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara and enjoy a game drive, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebra, gazelles and lions! [B,L,D]

Day 8. Maasai Mara

Our day in the Maasai Mara is devoted to discovering the incredible wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll be treated to a special bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars.

Day 9. Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Addis Ababa

We fly to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa via Nairobi today. [B]

Day 10. Addis Ababa

Today we'll discover some of the city's history on a sightseeing tour, visiting the Ethnological Museum, the National Museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Explore Addis Ababa's best restaurants on a culinary walking tour. Learn the story and traditions behind each dish and get to know more of the local neighbourhoods.

Day 11. Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar

Today we fly to Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana. This afternoon we'll travel to the town of Tiss Abay and continue on foot to the majestic Blue Nile Falls (weather permitting). Estimated to be more than 40-metres-high and 400-metres-wide during the wet season, the falls are the most dramatic spectacle on the Nile. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Bahir Dar

We'll enjoy a half-day cruise on Lake Tana this morning, visiting some of the 37 islands that dot the lake. Certain islands are famous for their beautiful churches decorated with colourful frescs. We'll also discover the monastery of Ura Kidane Miheret, and Aswa Mariam. [B,L]

Day 13. Bahir Dar - Gondar

The morning is free for you to enjoy at leisure before we make our way to Gondar, visiting the fascinating village of Awra Amba along the way. In Awra Amba society, everyone is respected equally and works collectively to make the community self-sufficient rather than dependent on aid. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Gondar

Gondar was the first capital of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 and lasted 236 years. Many castles were built here during this time. Today we'll explore the remains of the empire, visiting the palaces, residences and baths of Fasilides. After lunch we'll visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie, famous for the mesmerising frescs that decorate its interior. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park

This morning we depart for the Simien Mountains, some of Africa's most beautiful ranges. [B,L,D]

In the afternoon we'll explore on foot as we discover all the local flora and fauna.

Day 16. Simien Mountains National Park Excursion

Today we travel further into the beautiful national park and discover more of the amazing landscape. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Hike through the stunning Simien Mountains in search of the area's endemic animals, such as the Ethiopian wolf, walia ibex and gelada baboons.

Day 17. Simien Mountains National Park - Gondar

Enjoy exploring more of the mountains this morning before we return to Gondar. [B,L,D]

Day 18. Gondar - Lalibela

Sit back and enjoy some of Ethiopia's most stunning and beautiful scenery as we spend the day travelling through the Amhara region to Lalibela. Lalibela is famous for its 11 monolithic churches, carved in the 12th century from pink granite. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Lalibela

Special Experience: Explore one of the 'wonders of the world', the first and second group of monolithic rock-hewn churches. Each church boasts a unique architectural style and is superbly carved and decorated with well-preserved art. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Lalibela - Addis Ababa

We'll visit the Monastery of Nakuto Leab this morning. This rural church was carved into a cave by King Nakuto, who renounced his throne in the 12th century to live a hermit life.Next we take a flight back to Addis Ababa. This evening we'll experience a traditional group farewell dinner with live cultural music and dance. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart Addis Ababa

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. Arrive Australia