Tour Ethiopia,Kenya 18 Days

Tour Ethiopia,Kenya 18 Days

Itineraries on this page enable you to explore Ethiopia and Kenya in combination. These two eastern Africa countries are rich in tourism destinations. Ethiopia is mainly known worldwide in Historical attractions, majestic maintains and scenic landscapes and untouched culture, especially in the southern regions of the country. Kenya is largely famous in wildlife and culture (Maasai Tribes and others.)

Visit Kenya and Ethiopia

Itinerary 

Provides Program: Ethiopia – Kenya  

Tour Code: Kenya 01

Duration: 17nights (18days)

Transportation: Land (4WD)

Tour Starts: Addis Ababa

Tour Ends: Kenya   

Day1: Arrive to Addis Ababa: Arrive in the night time.  Overnight – at chosen hotel – Addis Ababa    

Day2: City Tour of Addis Ababa: After breakfast; we drive to the Entoto Mountain for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum and the old palace of MenelikII (at Entoto Mountain), the National Museum where you can discover different archaeological findings (including 3.18million years old skeleton of Lucy), Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII and finally Merkatothe largest open market in Africa. Overnight – at Ghion Hotel (4*) – Addis 

Day3: Addis Ababa-Arba Minch (505km): After an early breakfast; we drive from Addis to Arba Minch. On the way; visit the hill top of Chencha for Dorze ethnics (roughly40km from the main road to Arba Minch). Dorze have their own skill of weaving cotton clothes & of their traditional bee-hive shaped houses. Overnight at chosen hotel/lodge -Arba Minch 

Day4: Nechsar National Park & Lake Chamo: After breakfast; we drive to Nechsar national Park for bird watching and game viewing. In the park, you will see different bird species, including the rare Greater Kestrel, Orange River Francolin, Yellow throated sand grouse, Desert Cistcolas and etc. Some nightjar species such as Slender tailed and star Spotted Nightjars, Donaldson Smith’s and Dusky Nightjars have been recorded. In addition to birds, Nechsar is the home of some mammals like the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest (the park was primarily established to protect the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest), Thomson’s gazelle, Berchule’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Dik-Dik, and Baboons. Afternoon; boat trip on Lake Chamo. This Lake is known for its enormous population of Crocodiles and Hippopotamus. In the town of Arba Minch; visit the crocodile breeding site. . Overnight at chosen hotel/lodge -Arba Minch 

Day5: Konso – Key Afer (ethnic market) – Jinka/Mago National Park: Today, we drive to Jinka- roughly 240km mainly for Mursi tribes. En route at key Afer; we will explore the colourful every Thursday market where we can see the Tsemay, Ari and Bena people. And then we drive further to Jinka. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Jinka 

Day6: Mursi tribes and Mago National Park: After breakfast; we drive to Mago National Park. Visit the Mursi village, the insertion of wooden and terracotta discs into the ear lobes is a widespread custom and Mursi women also progressively split and stretch their lower lips to make room for similar discs(Muris tribes have the same culture with Surma tribes settled at upper Omo). In Mago Park; there are no many animals visible during the day, but during night time, thousands of sounds, among which is the trumpeting of elephants may be heard.  Afternoon; we will visit the ethnological museum of Jinka. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Jinka 

Day7: Jinka – Dimeka market and Turmi (139 Km): After breakfast; we drive to Turmi (roughly 139km from Jinka). On the way; we stopover to visit the colourful Dimeka Market (Every Saturday). It should be noticed that information will be gathered in advance if there is bull jumping ritual, or a Hamer wedding party in the neighbourhood during our stay in Turmi. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi 

Day8: Turmi – Karo Ethics: After breakfast:  we drive from Turmi to Karo ethnics (60 km rough road). We will have packed lunch with us for we will be there for full day. We visit some of Karo villages of Dus and Korocho. The Karo tribes are mainly known for their special hairstyle and body paintings. Take your time here, discover & experience their lifestyle. Late afternoon; drive back to Turmi. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi 

Day9: Omorate – Dassenech/Galeb –Turmi market: The area around Turmi is where the Hamer & Bena people live, famous for their bull-jumping ceremonies and great body decoration. There is a popular Hamer and Bena market held in Turmi on every Monay, this is what you have to  timed your  visit for, but the market  will not be full until mid-afternoon, so this morning, after early breakfast, first we should drive to Omorate (75km),nearby the Omo River and cross the river by local boat. This area is inhabited by the Dassenech (Galeb) people, known for their very interesting house design and body painting. We will stay with them for a couple of hours, then cross the river again and drive back to Turmi, for lunch and a short break from the heat &  visit the Turmi Market. The Hamers dominate this market. The Hamers are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and colouring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around arms and legs. Late afternoon; we will approach to some Hamer villages to discover their lifestyle at home and attend the Evangadi Dance. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi 

Day10: Turmi – Konso: After breakfast; we drive from Turmi to Yabello via Arbore. We will contact the Arbore people at their town named Arbore and proceed to Konso. We will visit town of Konso (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – The people of Konso are well known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials, carved totems made of wood, decorated graves (mainly the king & his wife), impressive village and etc. Explore The Konso King, totems, Konso villages, and Gesergiyo (New York)-magnificent rock formation.  Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Konso 

Day11: Konso – Yabello: After breakfast; we drive to Yabello (105km). On the way; overlook landscapes and villages of Borana people. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Yabello 

Day12: Singing Wells & Chew Beth (El Sod): After breakfast; drive to El Sod (Salt House), to Mega road. On the way, visit Dublock (Borena Village), and Singing Wells. The Borena ethnics move every time in groups across a large area in search of food and water for their herds of zebu cattle.  The zebu cattle are poorly adapted to the torrid desert heat so they must be watered regularly at the desert wells – about 20-30 meters deep.  While watering their cattle the Borena have special songs. For this reason, morning, you will visit them, singing at their wells. Proceed to Chew Beth (El Sod) and discover people extracting salt there.  Overnight – at chosen hotel – Moyale 

Day13: Marsabit National reserve: After breakfast; we will leave Ethiopia through Moyale for Mersabit National reserve. Lion, leopard, big tusk elephants, cheetah, rhino, buffalo and other game species. Overnight – tented camp – Marsabit 

Day14: Mersabit to Sanburu National Reserve: We drive From Marsabit to Losai – Shaba National reserves then proceed to Sanburu National reserve. Overnight – tented camp/ lodgeSanburu National Reserve 

Day15: Samburu National Reserve: Full day in Samburu, a beautiful and game abundant park, home to rarely found species such as the Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. An optional visit to a local Samburu village will be worth your time. . Overnight – tented camp/ lodgeSanburu National Reserve 

 Day16: Samburu National ReserveMount Kenya National Park: Today; we drive from Samburu to Mount Kenya.  Mount Kenya National Park and its surrounding have developed into a popular travel destination. Wild animals being seen are rhinoceroses, elephants, and buffalo, Black and White Colobus and Sykes Monkeys, bushbuck, Olive Baboon, waterbuck, black fronted duikers, leopard, giant forest hog, genet cat, bush pig and hyena. Overnight – lodge /hotel – Mt. Kenya

Day17: Thika – Nairobi:  Excursion trip to Thika then Nairobi. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Nairobi

Day18: City Tour of Nairobi: Visit Nairobi and departure in the afternoon (end of the trip.)

Notice: This itinerary can be amended upon request

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