Program

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI

Arrival and reception in the morning at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi. (Passport formalities in Nairobi for crossing into Ethiopian at Lake Turkana border). Lunch at Carnivore restaurant. Then Transfer to Osoita Lodge in the outskirts of Nairobi, from which place the safari will start. Briefing and presentation of the dirt bikes for the dual sport adventure starting the next day, dinner and overnight at Osoita.

Day 2

NAIROBI – LAKE ELEMANTAITA

 

25 km of tarmac and 190 km of dusty and stony-gravel tracks (8 hours including breaks)

Breakfast then depart towards the Ngong hills. Roll down through a steep track into the land of Maasai of Kedong, right into the heart of the Great Rift Valley. You won’t wait too long before meeting the first wild animals. Picnic lunch en route. Drive up the Mau Escarpment, passing through villages and scenic landscapes of the Great Rift Valley then descend towards Lake Naivasha to take a dirt track leading to Lake Elementaita. Arrive at Sleeping Warrior Camp, a small charming camp located in the private Soysambu Reserve, ensconced amidst a landscape of volcanic hills. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3

ELEMENTAITA – MARALAL

 

145 Km of tarmac + 135 of dirt tracks (9 hours including breaks)

Depart after breakfast to Nakuru then through a tarmac road winding up the escarpment with a splendid view over the rift valley. Cross the equator line at Subukia village then up again on Laikipia plateau where man shares a vast territory with elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras… Mount Kenya appears at the horizon, capped with its shiny glacier. Arrive end of afternoon at Maralal, gate to Northern deserts. Diner and night at Ngari Hill Cottage.

Day 4

MARALAL – LOYENGALANI

 

225 Km of stone and sandy tracks (8 and half hours ride)

Depart after breakfast taking a track with an amazing view over the rift valley then plunges into the bottom of a deep northward stretching valley: The Suguta valley. Cross through South Horr village, shaded by an oasis of acacia trees, where at Samburu and Turkana herdsmen meet to trade their livestock (goats and camels). In the afternoon take a track of black lava stones which ushers you to the shores of the biggest soda lake of the rift valley; Lake Turkana or Jada sea. Its extraordinary colour is due to the concentration of microscopic algae. This is also the lowest point in the entire Rift Valley, the climate is hot and dry. Arrive at Loyangalani, an oasis of palm trees situated in the middle if a harsh environment where nomadic tribes come to fetch the precious fresh water essential for their survival. Check in at Oasis Lodge for dinner and night.

Day 5

LOYENGALANI – SIBILOI PARK

 

165 Km of sand and stone tracks (7 hours ride)

Depart after breakfast along the shores of the saline Lake Turkana, teeming in fish (Giant Nile perch) and the Nile Crocs. The local tribes live almost exclusively on fishing but also occasionally hunt crocs and hippos for meat. Arrive in Sibiloi National Park being a wildlife reserve as well as a famous prehistoric site. Check in at Alia Bay bungalows facing Lake Turkana.

Day 6

PARC SIBILOI – FRONTIERE BANYA – MURELE

 

150 km of sand and stone track (7 hours ride)

Depart through the park passing by Koobi Fora which bears very ancient fossils of mankind’s evolutionary records, dating to 2 Million years ago! Then direct north to the border with Ethiopia at Illeret village for passport formalities. The company of the Kenyan crew ends here and you continue with another from Ethiopia. Cross semi-arid savannah through Dassenech villages to Omorate for immigration formalities then arrive end of afternoon at Murele located at the bed of Omo river. Night in a campsite tent under the starry African sky.

Day 7

MURELLE – KARO – JINKA

 

170 Km of sand and earth tracks + 45 Km of tarmac (9 hours ride)

Breakfast then break camp and head south along the winding course of the Omo River up to the village of Duze for an encounter with the Karo warriors. Then proceed towards Turmi Hills, home to the Hamer peoples; herders of the zebus cattle. Stop over at Dimeka market where tribes meet for trade in tobacco, milk, coffee and clothing. Arrive at Jinka in the evening: important place where Omo valley tribes meet with peoples form North for trading livestock and agricultural products. Night at Eyob pension hotel.

Day 8

JIMKA – MURSI

 

About 100 km on gravel road

A day excursion by motorcycle for an encounter with Mursi people, a nomadic tribe with amazing ritual customs who live between Omo river and Mago national Park. Return to Eyob pension hotel at the end of afternoon.

Day 9

JINKA – SODO

 

20 Km tarmac + 255 Km of gravel road (9 hours ride)

Depart early morning after breakfast for a long and beautiful leg crossing hills and mountains of the Ethiopian Rift. Cross thro Male villages at Zala Beto, Maze national park then Saula village in Basketo land. End the day Sodo town and night at Fantasion hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Day 10

SODO – AMEYA

 

195 Km of gravel road + 15 Km of enduro trail (8 hours ride)

Depart early morning on a leg whose tracks wind across hills up to Ameya, then through Omo River’s gorges and canyons over as it flows down from the northern mountains. Night at a campsite near Chambora national park, a sanctuary for the last herds of elephants of Ethiopia.

Day 11

AMEYA – JIMMA

 

115 Km of gravel road (5 hours ride)

Take a rambling gravel road through a mountainous landscape of the rift valley, crossing again Omo river upstream before arriving at Jimma, the provincial capital Kaffa region, famous for its coffee growing. Pause at Welde Hotel for a good rest.

Day 12

JIMMA – WELISO

 

255 Km tarmac road (6 hours including stops)

A link of beautiful paved road that winds its way up the mountainous landscape of the Rift Valley. Crossing Gibe river, Omo river's tributary has etched its way down over hundreds of meters deep (both rivers are the sources of Lake Turkana in Kenya). Picnic lunch along the way. Check in at Negash Lodge for a well- deserved spa treatment in the pools constantly fed from natural hot springs tucked in a lush tropical vegetation.

Day 13

WELISO – ADDIS ABEBA

 

75 km of trail and 130 km of tarmac (5 ½ hours including stops)

Breakfast then depart on a trail passing through a beautiful mountain 3000 m high and overlooking a small lake in Wenchi Crater and proceed further to Ambo Town (meaning Water in Amharic). After that, take a paved road that takes you to Addis Ababa. Check-in at Ghion Hotel in late afternoon. Farewell diner, dance and traditional songs entertainment in a famous Ethiopian Cuisine restaurant.

Day 14

RETURN

Transfer to Addis Ababa airport for return flight.

 

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Rates and conditions

Tariffs in US Dollar

  • for a group of 8 riders participants : $ 5 925 US Dollars per person

Price includes

  • Airport transfers 
  • Full board accommodation (3 meals + mineral water) per day for a double room
  • Sleeping tents and mattresses while camping
  • Motorcycle and fuel
  • Logistical and technical support provided by 4x4 vehicles
  • Support crew: A guide on motorcycle, medic, mechanic, cook and driver
  • Technical and medical assistance
  • Entry fees for National Parks and Reserves
  • Link and communication with the "Flying doctors" through satellite phone for emergency evacuation to a hospital in Addis Ababa (Note: evacuation, hospitalization and repatriation are charged to your personal insurance)
  • Public liability and third party Insurance cover.

Not included

  • Air ticket to Nairobi and from Addis Ababa
  • Motorcycle riding gear and equipment (mandatory)
  • Personal sleeping bag
  • Visa for Ethiopia (to be processed prior to going to Ethiopia) and visa for Kenya (can be obtained upon arrival in Nairobi)
  • Vaccination against yellow fever
  • Personal medical repatriation insurance
  • Drinks
  • Expenses of Personal nature (souvenirs, tips …)
  • Security deposit for the Motorcycles in case of damage (500 USD per bike)

Features

Highlights :

  • It is advisable to have off road driving skills to participate
  • The motorbikes; off-road models prepared and serviced in our premises (HONDA 250 & 400 XR) suit to all riders
  • Accompanying crew: a mechanic, cook and one medic, board support 4WD car equipped with VHF radio and satellite telephone linked in permanently to the rescue organisation “Flying doctors”
  • It is also possible to participate as accompanying passenger in 4WD car on the same itinerary
  • We take our time to guide you and the tour leader is always available to advice you
  • It is possible to have a customised itinerary e.g. lengthen the legs for the most demanding riders … Note that the average speed of moving is 30 Km/h including breaks
  • We ensure our itinerary is practically off the beaten track, so the participants experience authentic discoveries
  • Requirements : national driving licence, visa, malaria prevention, visas for Kenya and Ethiopia
  • For camping, we provide double tent for single use (one tent per person) with high density foam mattress, pillow and sleeping bag, toilet and shower facilities