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Africa East & South between Arba Minch and Nairobi
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16 days between Arba Minch and Nairobi or vice versa...
Overlanding is the only way to see East 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. Africa's Rift Valley is home to some remarkable tribal groups and visiting them is one of the biggest highlights of this adventurous trip. It's a challenging region to travel in, and overlanding provides the only real access to these isolated communities. 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 - it is not for the faint hearted, but the rewards of visiting these rarely-visited areas are very worthwhile! 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 en route to Kenya's bustling capital of Nairobi. Join us for an unforgettable and adventurous trip into some of the most fascinating and remote regions of East Africa!

Itinerary

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The iconic huts of the Dorze tribe, near Arba Minch
Arba Minch

Border Information: If joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).

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 Arba Minch. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Arba Minch 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 Arba Minch.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

ETB 200
Optional

Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo, a stunning lake with a dense population of crocodiles

ETB 450
Optional

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

ETB 100
Women of the Hamer tribe walking to market
Omo Valley

Over the next 4 days/3 nights we will be exploring the remote and rarely-visited tribal areas of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

We will keep these days on a flexible itinerary so that we can react to news of special events being hosted by particular villages or tribes; as such, we cannot provide an exact itinerary for these days. However, we will aim to visit various tribal villages in the area, such as villages of the Hamer, the Mursi and the Konso tribes. 

In the Omo Valley we will camp in basic campsites on each night without the possibility of upgrades, and we will try to spend at least one of the nights camping in one of the tribal villages (this is not guaranteed to be possible on every trip). 

Estimated Drive Times - between 4-9 hours each day (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!).

Please note that we will be travelling through very remote areas with rough roads and basic conditions on these days. Please also note that it is absolutely vital that you follow your tour leader's directions regarding responsible tourism in these regions, especially with regards to giving things away for free and taking photographs of the locals.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Journey through the remote Omo Valley, visiting several tribal communities along the way (possibly including the Hamer, Banna, Mursi, Ari, Konso or Danesesch tribes)

Included in Kitty
Getting to know the locals in Konso, southern Ethiopia
Konso

Today we will arrive in the town of Konso, marking the end of our time in the Omo Valley region.

In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge.

On the road to Moyale at the far north of Kenya
Moyale

Today our group will split between those finishing in Arba Minch and those continuing towards Nairobi.

Those ending their trip in Arba Minch will have a local transfer back to Arba Minch today, where you stay in a local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Those continuing south will have a full drive day across the Kenyan border to Moyale, where we will stay in a basic local hotel or camp in a local campsite.

Border Information: Exit Ethiopia at Moyale, enter Kenya at Moyale.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Around the campfire at our village stay with the Samburu, central Kenya
Samburu Village

This is the final day for those leaving in Arba Minch.

For the group continuing towards Nairobi, today we will have an early start and travel through the very rarely-visited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous Moyale-Marsabit road to the central Samburu region. The scenery along this route is spectacular, as you travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds.

We will reach the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post this evening, where we will visit a Samburu village - this evening there will be fantastic display of traditional singing and dancing from the Samburu villagers, and a chat around the camp fire with the locals to ask them all about their way of life.

We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts between Moyale and Archer's Post.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit and stay at the Samburu tribal community and cultural project, learning all about the culture of the Samburu people

Included in Kitty
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21 Jan
2017
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5 Feb
2017
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$1,060 + $480 = $1,540
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22 Apr
2017
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7 May
2017
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15 Oct
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13 Jan
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28 Jan
2018
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17 Feb
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4 Mar
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13 May
2018
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Arba Minch to Nairobi
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$1,070 + $460 = $1,530
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6 Oct
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21 Oct
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$1,070 + $480 = $1,550
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12 Jan
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27 Jan
2019
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Arba Minch to Nairobi
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$1,080 + $460 = $1,540
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16 Feb
2019
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3 Mar
2019
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$1,080 + $480 = $1,560
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4 May
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19 May
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$1,050 + $460 = $1,510
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