Depart from Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad (AMD) — Nairobi (NBO)
Duration: 9 h 15 min via AUH
Arrive in Nairobi
Meet some of Nairobi’s most beloved residents at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a rescue and rehabilitation center for orphaned rhinos and elephants. Established in 1977 in honor of naturalist David Sheldrick, the nonproht organization lies within the city’s national park. Get up close to adolescent and baby elephants during bath time, and watch majestic rhinos playfully romping through their natural habitat. With the animals’ welfare at its heart, the center only allows public viewing for a limited morning period, so check the website for visitor times.
Come face to face with some of the region’s most endangered giraffes at Giraffe Centre. Established in 1983 as part of a long-serving conservation project to protect the East African Rothschild giraffe, this nonproht organization provides educational programmes for the young people of Kenya. Entrance fees help support the cause, and you’ll get to meet, feed, and even touch these towering creatures from a raised observation platform. A forest trail also provides a pleasant walk through the undergrowth (watch out for the warthogs). If you’re feeling thirsty, head to the teahouse for some refreshment amid ambient scenery.
Famed as the real-life setting of the classic memoir “Out of Africa,” Karen Blixen Museum stands frozen in time, a monument to the life and times of the late author. Danish author Karen Blixen lived here from 1913 to 1931, running the property as a vast coffee plantation, from which she took inspiration for her writing upon returning to Denmark. Delve into Blixen’s life and times with a guided tour of the house, where many of the rooms feature original decor and props from the book’s 1985 movie adaptation.
See wild giraffes and black rhinos walking across a backdrop of skyscrapers at Nairobi National Park. Situated just 7 km (4 mi) south of the city center, the park is easily one of the country’s most accessible nature reserves, yet despite its proximity to humans, it attracts a large and diverse range of wildlife. Tour the plains and see the park’s extremely successful rhinoceros sanctuary, as well as hippopotami, Masai giraffes, and several species of big cats. Bring along a picnic and learn about the park’s conservation projects on a guided visit.
Set within lush botanical gardens, Nairobi National Museum presents a rich and varied collection of natural history. Immerse yourself in ethnological and archaeological displays charting the history of Kenya, alongside in- depth ornithological taxidermy collections. Established in 1910, the museum underwent considerable renovation in 2005 to include shopping facilities and a welcoming cafe. Check out the Kenyan art collection and outdoor sculptures scattered across the verdant grounds. Personal guided tours in English are available.
Depart from Nairobi
Nairobi (NBO) — Zanzibar (ZNZ)
Duration: 1 h 20 min non-stop
Arrive in Zanzibar City
A coral stone Canterbury-style Church of Christ, Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral has been built on the site of the old slave market from when Zanzibar was a huge slaving center under the British- supported Muscat and Oman Sultanate. Next to the church, you can enter slave chambers in the cellars of the old Anglican Mission House, that’s now a hostel. Built in 1873-1883, the cathedral’s altar is believed to stand at the place of the old whipping post. Boasting a cross made out of the tree under which the heart of David Livingston was buried in 1873, this active cathedral features a huge rectangular bell tower with a clock. In the churchyard, view a concrete sculpture of slaves exiting a holding cell from underground made by a Swedish sculptor.
A small, once private island drifting in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Prison Island – Changuu Private Island has a long and intriguing history. Used in the late 19th century as a slave prison and then a quarantine zone for yellow fever, today the island caters to tourism with several recently developed guesthouses looking out over its pristine northwest beaches. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises–some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. A restaurant on the island provides welcome refreshment.
Admire colonial and hn-de-siècle architecture at House of Wonders (Beit- el-Ajaib), a landmark building in Stone Town. Built in 1883 as a modern lavish palace for a pro-British sultan and slave trader, this extravagant building was the hrst in Zanzibar to have electricity and running water.
Today, it houses a museum of local heritage. Learn about the culture of coastal and inland Swahili tribes, browsing through a collection of artifacts and photographs, and explore restored period rooms. Don’t miss the highlight, a large mtepe, or traditional Swahili boat. Check out the cannons in the yard, and get a great view of the port and a historic fort.
Interact with a cheetah, watch the feeding of a white lion, and shakehands with ring-tailed lemurs at Cheetah’s Rock, an animal sanctuary onthe east coast designed for close interaction with visitors. Run by alicensed animal trainer, this establishment keeps rescued or donatedanimals, making them available for a close-up view and personalinteraction in many cases. Highlights include rare striped hyenas, afootball-playing zebra, and young cheetah brothers received from aCITES accredited conservation center. The place does not accept visitorsunder 15, and you are advised not to wear any overpowering perfume oraftershave that could irritate the animals. Reserve your place in advancedue to the attraction’s popularity.
Situated between sea and city, Forodhani Gardens hosts a bubbling social and culinary hub frequented by locals and visitors alike. Established as a silver jubilee park in 1936 in honor of Sultan Khalifa, the gardens underwent renovation in 2010 to host three cafes overlooking the bay, numerous walkways, and scenic landscaping. Visit the gardens in the evening to experience its bustling food market, mingling the tastes and smells of Zanzibar, including delicacies of seafood, cassava, and sweet potato soups. Expect crowds at night; visit by day for a more relaxed atmosphere and views of the water and islands beyond.
Depart from Zanzibar City
Zanzibar (ZNZ) — Arusha (ARK)
Duration: 1 h 5 min non-stop
Arrive in Arusha
Depart from Arusha
Arusha — Moshi
Duration: 1 h 45 min
Arrive in Moshi
Depart from Moshi
Kilimanjaro (JRO) — Entebbe (EBB)
Duration: 1 h 15 min non-stop
Arrive in Kampala
Depart from Kampala
Entebbe (EBB) — Lalibela (LLI)
Duration: 4 h 45 min viaADD
Arrive in Lalibela
A pilgrim destination and World Heritage Site, Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela lie deep in the mountains at the heart of Ethiopia. Located in one of the country’s holiest cities, the 11 monolithic Ethiopian Orthodox churches are believed to have been hand-carved out of rock between the 12th and 14th centuries, resembling Jerusalem in their layout. Two groups of churches cluster between the River Jordan, interlinked by drainage systems and ceremonial passages for visitors to explore.
Depart from Lalibela
Lalibela (LLI) — Addis Ababa (ADD)
Duration: 1 h non-stop
Arrive in Addis Ababa
We combine locally-produced eri silk with other silk from Uganda and India and Ethiopian cotton to produce a range of products. All of our products are individually made by skilled hands- hand spinning on drop spindles and spinning wheels, hand woven on traditional looms and naturally dyed with howers, trees, insects and plants.We export to more than 15 countries and sell in Ethiopia.We create positive work opportunities within Ethiopia. Sabahar encourages high-quality traditional skills as a means to increase reliable income for households.
A center of history and culture in the capital, National Museum of Ethiopia charts not just Ethiopia’s, but humankind’s ancient legacy. Established in 1958 from the country’s archaeology institution, the museum now sprawls across three hoors, presenting many of the nation’s artistic collection, alongside ancient relics of some of the hrst known-hominids and ethnological artifacts from across the centuries. Don’t miss the main exhibit, “Lucy”, showcasing casts of the skeleton of a 3.2 million-year-old female hominid discovered in the 1970s to worldwide acclaim. English- speaking guides are available.
Admire stained glass windows and see the massive imperial red granite tombs at Holy Trinity Cathedral, the most important Orthodox cathedral in the capital. Built from 1931 to 1944 to commemorate Ethiopia’s liberation from Italian colonization, the cathedral features biblical images with African motifs and a dazzling play of light in the interior. Arched colonnades and colorful murals with homegrown saints add to the ornate design. Other parts of the complex include a wooden church, a school, a seminary, and a museum dedicated to civilians killed during Italian reprisals in 1937. A number of important national hgures also lie buried within the cathedral, plus one foreigner–British suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst.
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum provides a powerful reminder of the scale of atrocity during the Red Terror massacres under the Derg Regime. Established in 2010 to memorialize the 500,000 victims of the late 1970s violent Marxist political campaign, the museum educates visitors about the events leading up to and including the massacre. Learn the history of the government’s assault on its own people through artifacts from mass graves, torture instruments, and a harrowing collection of photographs of those who perished. Some areas include little signage, but a tour guide will add an in-depth history to accompany the displays.
Depart from Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa (ADD) — Ahmedabad (AMD)
Duration: 7 h 45 min via DXB
Arrive in Ahmedabad
Azure Hotel Nairobi
Lantana Road, Westlands, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Al Minar Hotel
Plot 96 Shangani
L’Oasis Lodge & Restaurant
Panama Hotel ltd
Market Street, Kiusa Street
Hotel La Grande
Bombo Road Opp.Total Petrol Station
Top Twelve Hotel – Lalibela
Bole Medhanialem Behind Edna Mall
708, Shree Balaji Heights, Kokilaben Vyas Marg Nr. Tanishq Showroom, Chimanlal Girdharlal Rd, Beside IDBI Bank, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380006