Last modified (date)27 Nov 2018
Trip titleEthiopian Highlands Northbound
ValidityValidity: 01 Oct 2018 to 30 Sep 2019
IntroductionTravel to Africa and tour Ethiopia on a trip from Addis Ababa to Gondar. Discover fascinating places and beautiful scenery on this journey across the heart of Ethiopia's countryside. Experience a land like no other, from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the untouched wilderness of the Simien Mountains, to the sophistication of Gondar and the history of ruin-peppered Aksum. Traversing through... Read more
Joining pointSarem International Hotel
Finish pointLammergeyer Hotel
Finish point instructionsA taxi from the hotel to the airport should cost approximately 100 Birr (US$5).
Group leaderOUR DRAGOMAN CREW & GUIDES
Our crew are passionate about travel and are always up for adventure. It takes someone special to become a Dragoman leader. Our crew undergo the most intensive training program of all the overland companies, spending 8 weeks learning the ropes at our base in Suffolk, UK, and then up to 6 months on the road as a trainee. Our crew are trained to manage and operate the trip... Read more
SafetySAFETY & SECURITY
At Dragoman your safety is of paramount importance and we will do our best to ensure that your travel with us is safe and trouble-free, but we do ask that you take that little bit of extra care whilst you are away and to understand about the nature of this style of travel. Of course we want you to have an enjoyable time, but you must also remember that part of the enjoyment of tr... Read more
VisasVisas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more
Why we love itCamp under a blanket of stars in the Ethiopian countryside
Is this trip right for youTravel from each destination to the next on one of Dragoman's purpose-built trucks, this is an overland adventure! There are some long travel days, venturing away from cities and into remote areas, but the rewards are immeasurable.
Dragoman overland journeys are designed to offer freedom, and many of our routes have a degree of flexibility depending on the destination.
Dragoman uses a broad rang... Read more
HealthYou need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully in our trips. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assessed your ability to cope with our style of travel. To help you assess if this trip is suitable, please refer to the physical rating. The ratings for each trip are a good indication of how challenging they are and in some... Read more
Food and dietary requirementsMEALS & GROUP PARTICIPATION
On an overland journey you are more than just an individual passenger - you're part of the team. You are expected to pitch in to set up camp, shop for food, cook and generally help out. As part of your trip you will be assigned a truck job which could be collecting water and firewood, sweeping out the truck, loading the back locker, etc. While camping on overland journe... Read more
Money mattersIn addition to the trip price on our overlanding trips, you will also be required to pay a kitty specified for your trip (please note that there is no kitty on our Family Trips). The kitty is payable in installments at the start of each section of the trip for combination trips, and in full at the start of the trip for individual trips. Each customer joining a trip pays their kitty into a central ... Read more
What to takeLUGGAGE & KIT LIST
Although you will not have to carry your main bag for long distances, you will need to help load and unload them onto the truck. For this reason we recommend that you use a backpack or soft bag rather than a heavy suitcase. During your trip your main luggage will be kept in the truck's back locker which will be inaccessible during a drive day, so you will also need a small daypa... Read more
A couple of rulesA FEW RULES
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs is not only against the law, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Dragoman groups.
It is one of our core values to treat all people we encounter with respect which of course includes all the loca... Read more
FeedbackAfter your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
Emergency contactOUT OF OFFICE HOURS CONTACT
We have an out of office hours number you can call which should only be used once you have left your home country to start the trip and in the event of a real emergency. Should you need to call the number, we will do what we can to
help but please bear in mind that real progress or action may not be possible until normal office hours. If you can not get through please l... Read more
Responsible travelWe believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.
http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more
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The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more
Accommodation notesACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
Dragoman's overland trips are designed for shared accommodation, whether camping or staying in hotels or hostels, and therefore do not involve a single supplement. Whilst our crew will do their best to accommodate couples travelling together in twin rooms, all our travellers should expect to stay in multi-share accommodation when staying in hostels, gers or yurts.
The type, ... Read more
Transport notesOn this trip, our partner Dragoman uses a specially designed soft sided safari overland truck. This is far more sociable than the traditional “bus” type Dragoman overland vehicle and is ideal for families. Both the working directors have taken their families and friends on these vehicles and know from experience that they add another dimension to the trip.
The vehicles have security cages for your... Read more
Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more
Your fellow travellersYour group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from our partner company Dragoman.
WHO TRAVELS WITH DRAGOMAN?
Our groups are made up of people from around the world, and are always an interesting mix of nationalities and ages. On average there is a pretty even split between males to females, and between solo travellers, couples and small g... Read more
Itinerary disclaimerOur itineraries are developed and published with the best of intentions, however travel in more remote areas of the world is unpredictable – borders can close, there can be extreme adverse weather, strikes or maybe mechanical issues that affect the running of your trip, but equally due to the nature of our trips we can often spontaneously include a local festival or event into the itinerary. This ... Read more
AccommodationBush camp (no facilities) (4 nts),Hotel (12 nts)