The Land of the origin, distinguished from many African countries by its wealth of historic sites, diverse cultures, extraordinary geographic formations and endemic species of both animals and birds.
Ethiopia’s stunning natural landscapes are the real tourist draw card. From the lush
Simien Mountains to the Sulphur vents of the Danakil Depression, the country’s outstanding natural environment is unforgettable.
The Itinerary gives a taste of the historic sites in the north, the cultural tribes of the south and several national parks. The itinerary incorporated as many destinations as possible in a short time. Please note that this isn’t the kind of trip I would advise for clients – our recommendation is that you spent two or three nights in each place so as to see the sites in a relaxed manner and enhance the experience.
The itinerary can easily be adjusted to fit our clients’ schedules and special interests.
|DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABABA BE WELCOMED AND CITY TOUR IN ADDIS|
|Upon your arrival at Bole International Airport and clear immigration and proceed to|
Baggage claim, collecting checked bags, clear customs and pass through the arrivals hall where you will be met by our representative, who will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. Afterward you will have a city tour and later on transfer back to your hotel for leisure, dinner and overnight.
Start the day high on Entoto Mountain, the previous capital of Ethiopia; from here, you’ll have panoramic views of the city, fresh air and the lovely scents of the eucalyptus forests. Proceed down to Addis Ababa via Shiro Meda, the city’s largest market for traditional clothes. Continue your visit the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed. Discovered by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson in 1974, Lucy’s skeleton is dated to about 3.2 million years ago. Lunch will be at Lucy restaurant.
Close to the National Museum is the Selassie (Trinity) church, one of the most important churches of Addis Ababa and the final resting place of Haile Selassie, to whom there is a dedicated museum on site. Also buried here is Sylvia Pankhurst, famed British suffragette, and a number of warriors who fought to free Ethiopia first from Italian colonists and later from the repressive communist Derg regime.
Overnight: Hyatt Regency hotel Addis Ababa
|DAY 2 FLY ADDIS ABABA – LALIBELA (1HR FLIGHT)|
|Fly from Addis to Lalibela and visit the incredible rock hewn churches of Lalibela and|
Ethiopian coffee ceremony in the villages of Lalibela.
|The magnificent Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela: incorporates BeteGiorgis, Bete|
Medahne Alem, Bete Meskel, Bete Mariam, BeteDenagel, Bet Golegota, and
Debresina, BeteGebriel-rufael, Betemerkorewos, Betelehem, BeteEmanuael and Bete Aba Libanos.) At the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th centuries King Lalibela of the Zaghwe dynasty built a series of rock hewn churches – the New Jerusalem as he called it – now rightly acknowledged to be one of the wonders of the world. There are 11 churches in the town named after him, with others in the surrounding countryside. All are still in use today. (The churches are divided into two groups, the division being the River Yordanos or River Jordan.). It is estimated that the churches took 24 years to construct.
DAY 3 DRIVE LALIBELA – BAHIR DAR (+/-311.6 KM KM >6H)
Breakfast and departure for Bahir Dar via Debre Tabor. Check in at our resort and have our bags drop and walk around the city and enjoy the beautiful view from Bezawit palace.
Bahir Dar Situated on the southern shores of Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia, Bahir Dar serves as the capital city of the Amhara region. The city features palm lined avenues and was awarded the ‘UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize’ in 2002, for addressing the challenges of rapid urbanization. Bahir Dar is a popular tourist destination in Ethiopia offering a wonderful selection of attractions in the surrounding area. Overnight at Kuriftu resort and spa
|DAY 4 VISIT BLUE NILE FALLS AND DRIVE FROM BAHIR DAR GONDAR
(173.5 KM +/-3H)
|Drive to Blue Nile falls and visit, and then you will have a drive of~173.5km to Gondar.|
After an early breakfast, you will drive +/- 55 km bumpy road to a small town of Tis Abay where we will be welcomed by the sound of the Blue Nile Waterfall that pound down the rocks into the gorges for about 45 M and best visited in June – September.
Fasil Ghebbi in Gondar is a heritage site featuring the remains of a castle-like fortress city and was once the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Founded in the 16th and 17th century, many palaces and temples were built in the city, with some of them surviving to the present day. The city was surrounded by a 900m long wall, and it includes, amongst others, buildings such as Fasilides Castle, Empress Metwab’s Castle, a library, a banqueting hall, and three churches.
Fasilides’ Bath in Gondar, Ethiopia, was the bathing place of the 17th century Emperor Fasilides. The baths are filled only once a year for the Timkat festival and are used for the baptism of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who celebrate the Epiphany on 19 January every year. The baths are enclosed by a rock wall and towered gates.
Overnight at Gondar Hills Resort
|DAY 5 SIMIEN EXCURSION||(+/-142KM >FULL DAY), FLY GONDAR – ADDIS|
|Breakfast, and picking your picnic lunch for your excursion to Simian mountain national Park, play|
with baboons and visit Jinbar falls with possibilities to climbing the peaks, game watching, and bird spotting. After your visit we will drive back to Gondar and directly transferred to the airport for your flight back to Addis.
Simien Mountain National Park.
Situated in northern Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains National Park is one of the very first natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has been compared to the Grand Canyon with its spectacular landscape featuring rugged peaks, deep valleys and plunging waterfalls.
Renowned as Ethiopia’s highest Peaks, the Simien Mountains reach up to 4000 meters high. This area is home to remote local communities as well as rare and endangered fauna and flora. Some of these rare species include: gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the only walia ibex population in the world. Don’t miss the panoramic views from Ras Dejen, the highest point in Ethiopia.
Overnight at Gondar Hills Resort
Day 6: FLY ADDIS ABABA- JINKA (3H 5MIN FLIGHT) VISIT THE MUSEUM
Morning, after breakfast check out from your hotel and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Southern Ethiopia, Jinka. After your check in to your hotel you will visit the town and the cultural museum.
Understand the life of locals from a European perspective at Jinka Museum, dedicated to preserving certain aspects of traditional tribal life in the Omo Valley. Chronicling the transformation of the tribes, the museum exhibits a number of tools and clothing items in its hall. The German-funded center focuses on raising awareness about issues like female circumcision and scarring of women, and presents some of these topics through video material and leaflets. Set in a stone hilltop building overlooking the city, the research center also has a library, a large garden, and excellent views of Jinka
Overnight at Jinka resort
|Day 7: JINKA – MAGO – TURMI (92KM +/-) VISIT MURSI TRIBE AND MARKET|
|Drive to Mago National Park +/-38km and visit the Mursi tribe, drive from Jinka to|
Turmi, (92KM +/-) en route visiting the Dimeka market (this market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays). Or, Should the day be Thursday, you’ll visit the Key Afer Market. In the late afternoon, visit a Hamer village where you’ll see flows of cattle returning to the villages and if possible, an Evangadi dance.
Attractions:Dimeka market (this market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays). Dimeka is said to be the most atmospheric and liveliest of the big ones. It has a great crafts section, with jewelry, woodcarvings, masks and pottery. Ask your guide to take you to the tej bets that are just behind the market – around noon they’re full of Hamer men and women enjoying calabashes of honey wine or sorghum beer. The cattle market, which is held in the morning about 400m further north, is also not to be missed.Mursi tribes are well known for their elaborate lip plates made of clay. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby Mago National Park, where abundant wildlife finds shelter in the dense acacia woodland.
Key Afer Market. Key Afer is a rather large modern town; what it lacks in atmosphere six days out of seven it more than makes up for on Thursdays with one of the best markets around, when thousands of Banna, Hamar and Tsemay descend on Key Afer Market.
Overnight at Paradise lodge Turmi
DAY 8: TURMI – ARBA MINCH (+/-276KM >9H) VISIT KONSO
After breakfast, you will depart for Arba Minch through lush green hills. En-route, visit the Konso villages. In the evening you will have a chance to enjoy the sunset out of your lodge.
Konso: are lives in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be the hardest workers in the country and their elaborately terraced hillsides produce some of the county’s best coffee. The Konso live in villages of cobbled alleyways and stone houses with an incredible number of customs and practises. They mummify their chiefs using honey, butter and milk, leave them for nine months, nine days and nine hours, and then bury them with ostrich egg in their eye sockets. They have an article tradition and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased.
Overnight at Haile Resort Arba Minch
DAY 9: FLY ARBA MINCH – ADDIS ABABA (1H 5M FLIGHT) – SHOPPING AND DINNER – DEPARTURE
Before fly back to Addis, you will enjoy a one hour boat ride on the lake to Azo Gebeya, the so-called “crocodile market” not indeed a market at all, but a gathering place for tremendous crocodiles and pelican as well as Hippos.
Afternoon, transferred to the airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa.
In the evening there will be traditional dinner with folk dance as a Farwell night party. Three hours in prior for your departure you will be transferred to the airport.
Lake Chamo: Located in the Great Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia, the stunningly blue Lake Chamo is most famous for the large population of crocodiles that can be found on its shores. Lake Chamo is one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes in East Africa, known to be the oldest, largest and deepest collection of lakes in the world. The lake is fringed with Typha reeds and lush wetlands. For those looking for tamer wildlife, the waters are also home to a variety of fish that includes tiger fish, catfish and giant Nile perch, making it a great fishing spot. The northern end of the lake lies in the Nechisar National park where visitors can take in the forest of incredible fig trees that grow up to 4metres wide and 30 meters high.
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