• Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour
  • Ethiopia Kenya Tour

Ethiopia Kenya tour safari is a 13 day African safari to Ethiopia and Kenya. This is a historic, scenic, wildlife and cultural safari in Eastern Africa. The Ethiopia Kenya safari starts in Addis Ababa and ends in Nairobi. You will enjoy the best of Cushitic and nilotic colorful cultures on the Tour.

Look forward to the big five safari in Masai Mara National Reserve. You will also enjoy birding in Lake Nakuru National Park. Amboseli National Park is also home to the big five and great Kilimanjaro views

This Ethiopia Kenya tour safari enables you to interact with the different cultures.  You will traverse southern Ethiopia and Northen Kenya enjoying African wildlife and sceneries.

Ethiopia Kenya Tour Safari Destinations

Addis Ababa

The Ethiopia Kenya tour starts from the capital city. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub.

This Ethiopia Kenya tour allows you to visit the National Museum exhibits. Here you get to enjoy Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy.”

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There is also the burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie, copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a neo-baroque architectural landmark. Othe places include Merkato, Africa’s largest open air market.

You will on this Ethiopia Kenya tour tour Addis Ababa is also known as Finfinne (Oromo: Finfinne “natural spring”). According to the 2007 census, the city has a population of 2,739,551 inhabitants.

As a chartered city, Addis Ababa also serves as the capital city of the Oromia Regional State. It is where the African Union is headquartered and where its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was based.

It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). There are various other continental and international organizations.

 Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa” for its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent.

The city lies a few miles west of the East African Rift which splits Ethiopia into two, through the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate.

“Addis,” as it’s often simply known, is the world’s third-highest capital city at 2,400 meters. It has worn its heart on its sleeve since it was founded by Ethiopian Emperor Menelik about 1892.

Life is lived very much outdoors on its bustling streets thanks to comfortable temperate weather. This is boosted by months of nonstop sunshine in this East African destination.

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is the capital city of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. The Ethiopia Kenya tour will be going to a port on the south shore of the huge inland Lake Tana. Dek Island is one of many islands in the lake that are home to medieval monasteries.

Bahir Dar is one of the twelve cities that was conferred the UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2015. Bahir Dar shares its key ideas of building a learning city in this interview series entitled, ‘12 Cities – 12 Perspectives’.

The city of Bahir Dar sits on the southern shores of Lake Tana, in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region. It is an attractive, hospitable city that serves as a base for visiting a number of attractions in the surrounding region. Definitely your Ethiopia Kenya tour will visit the most notably Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana.

On the Zege Peninsula, the Ura Kidane Mihret monastery is known for its elaborate, colorful murals. The Blue Nile River snakes southeast of the city toward the towering cliffs at the Blue Nile Falls.

The main attraction of the region on your Ethiopia Kenya tour is Lake Tana. It is famous for its thirty-seven scattered islands, housing many beautiful churches and monasteries.

The churches, which are spread across twenty of the thirty-seven islands and peninsulas, are for the most part accessible only by boat. Most are 400 and 800 years old, though there are also structures on the islands which are thought to pre-date Christianity.

Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile, Bahir Dar’s other great attraction, which flows from Ethiopia to Sudan.

The Falls can be seen year-round, but are best visited shortly after the rainy season. This will enable those on Ethiopia Kenya tour see them at their best, when the surrounding landscape is beautiful and green and the falls in full flow.

Gondar

The Ethiopia Kenya tour head to Gondar, or Gonder, is a city in northern Ethiopia. It’s known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound, once the seat of Ethiopian emperors. Dominating it is the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, which combines Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles.

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Outside the complex your Ethiopia Kenya tour will find Debre Berhan Selassie church, with an interior of elaborate murals, including a ceiling of faces.

The so-called Camelot of Africa, Gondar is perhaps the most immediately impressive town along the historical circuit. It is studded as it is with fairy-tale castles, venerable churches and other substantial European-influenced buildings dating from its 17th- and 18th-century heyday.

Imposing as they might be, however, Gondar’s handsome antiquities are arguably less intriguing. It is enduringly memorable than their more genuinely ancient and mysterious counterparts at Axum and Lalibela.

Ethiopia Kenya tour will take you on a tour to the ancient capital of Ethiopia (1632-1855). Gondar retains an atmosphere of charm that’s mingled with an aura of mystery.

Hidden high in the verdant mountains, Gondar appears as a fairy-tale. Hiding behind tall stone fortifications are fantastic castles and flamboyant churches, so impressive that the historical city has earned the nickname ‘Camelot of Africa’.

Take Fasil Ghebbi, home to the country’s emperors during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site that proves the prowess of the old royal family with 20 palaces and many magnificent monasteries.

Then there’s Debre Berhan Selassie, from the outside a small, simple church but as you enter each of its walls has been painted with wide-eyed angels that have been exceptionally preserved, making it one of the finest, most colorful churches in Ethiopia.

A short stroll away on your Ethiopia Kenya tour is one of the city’s most peaceful spots, Fasiladas Bath. Shaded by trees, the rectangular building is moated by a pool.

Once a year, during the festival of Timkat, its waters comes alive with leaps and splashes of hundreds of people during the religious celebration. If you happen to be on Ethiopia Kenya tour during the time, you can join in the festivities.

Lalibela

This will be the final destination of the Ethiopia Kenya tour. Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

It’s known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians.

Carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Many are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.

Built high above much of the rest of the country, Lalibela has grown up in isolation. As a result, the stark grandeur of the surrounds and unusual architecture of the circular, two-storey houses clinging to the mountains would be worth a visit even without the churches.

However, the stone-hewn churches are the main reason to visit this area on this Ethiopia Kenya tour. These enormous structures reach great heights and are connected by mazes of passages and tunnels.

Your Ethiopia Kenya tour guide will take you on a tour from the northwestern Bet Medhane Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world at 11.5m high, to the southern Bet Mercurios, a 1400 year old cave church occupied by white-robed priests who live as hermits.

The site is an active Christian place of worship. The churches are the spiritual centre of the town and are not hidden away for preservation, or dressed up for tourists.

Many of these churches are below ground level and the town beats to the rhythm of the drums and chants sung by the hermit priests.

Nairobi

Ethiopia Kenya tour then heads to Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park. This is a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions.

Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used as a jumping-off point for Kenya safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos.

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An Ethiopia Kenya tour to Masai Mara takes you to the land where Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of Maasai people.

The Ethiopia Kenya tour will go southwest of Kenya. The reserve covers an area of 1 510 square km (583 square miles). The Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains.

The quintessential Masai Mara safari delivers many attractions. The reserve is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game, including the more than two million wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes.

The reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopards are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino hide in the dense thickets.

Large rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The park is also home to over 450 bird species.

Masai Mara is the land of the Maasai, an ancient pastoralist culture known for their warriors. They were once expected to kill a lion to prove its strength and manhood.

The Maasai are recognizable for their red robes and beaded jewelry, the Maasai follow their cattle herds. They move their settlements as they search for water sources and new pastureland.

Some Maasai are moving away from pastoralism as they adapt to modern life, most still uphold their society’s traditions. This includes elaborate initiation rituals for boys and defined roles for men and women of every age within the community.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The Ethiopia Kenya tour will then head to the birders paradise, the lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1,754 m above sea level.

It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya and is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore.

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Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a bird lover’s paradise. It is located in the Central Rift Conservation Area in the Southern Rift Valley region of Kenya.

Originally protected as a bird sanctuary, this park hosts over 400 bird species, including 5 globally threatened species. It and is an important stop on the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway.

Lake Nakuru National Park started as a bird viewing and sport shooting area of migratory birds in 1950s, but has since been expanded and fenced to protect populations of endangered giraffes and rhinoceros.

Moving through the park’s dense acacia forest on this Ethiopia Kenya tour, you’ll likely come upon herds of impala and waterbuck. Also, in the woodlands you may see large pythons hanging from the trees. This is the infamous African rock python that’s capable of swallowing animals whole.

Those who have been to Lake Nakuru will attest to the park’s beauty with its rich topography of hills, grasslands and forests.

There are several easily attained vantage points from which to enjoy wonderful views of the landscape and especially the lake with its undulating pink population of birdlife

Amboseli National Park

Finally, your Ethiopia Kenya tour will visit the famous Amboseli National Park. Amboseli National Park is in southern Kenya. It’s known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania.

Observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Varied wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species. The western section is dominated by vast Lake Amboseli, which is dry outside the rainy season.

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”.

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It is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here. They range from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.

On this Ethiopia Kenya tour, you can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

It is a scenic park in its own right, Amboseli is synonymous with two particular things – majestic herds of elephant and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania.

Kenya’s second most popular national park after the Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli was declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve in 1991.

During heavy rains, the basin at the centre of the park floods, attracting hordes of wildlife. The reserve is an excellent place to view the Big Five, as well as lesser known and rarer wildlife species.