Ethiopia holds a culturally unique place between Africa and the Middle East. Discover it for yourself over 13 days experiencing the country's diverse offerings. Trek into the unforgettably stunning Simien Mountains, get up close to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the innovative village of Awra Amba. Grab yourself an adventure you'll be talking about for years to come.
Duration: 13 Days
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 155191
End City: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Duration: 13 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of:||Physical rating: Average|
|Accommodation standard: Moderate%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 155191|
|Starts: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||Finishes: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
Addis Ababa, founded more than a century ago, means “new flower” in Amharic. At an elevation of 2,400m (7,874 ft), it's the third highest capital in the world and the climate is pleasantly cool. The city mixes past and present, the streets a mishmash of expensive cars, old Russian (Lada model) taxis, along with donkeys, sheep, and goats. Traditional mud houses stand not far from austere fascist architecture and private-sector banks.
Accommodation in Ethiopia is not to the standard of the west or other parts of Africa where tourism is more developed. Please see about accommodation section in trip details for more information.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Fly to Bahir Dar. Enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls. The falls are some of Africa's most scenic and are known as Tis Issat, which means “smoking water.”
Blue Nile Falls Hiking Excursion
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 565km)
Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon, take a city tour with a visit to the Bahir Dar market.
Lake Tana Boat Trip (Monastery Visit)
Bahir Dar Market
Visit the egalitarian community of Awra Amba with a local expert. You'll learn about the unique way of life that sets men and women equally in all community, social, and labour matters. Continue to Gondor and visit the Kusquam Castle.
Awra Amba Community Visit
Kusquam Castle Visit
Explore Gondar and visit Debre Berhan Salassie Church, Fasiladas's castles, bath, and gardens. Visit the Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre in a Falasha village where underprivileged single mothers can learn pottery, weaving, and other technical skills that enable them to make a living independently. Continue to our lodge just outside Gondar. In the evening, visit the Kossoye Community where you'll learn about the staples of Ethiopian food and have an Injera making demonstration before enjoying a traditional dinner.
Fasiladas Castle and Bath Visit
Ploughshare Women's Association Visit
Community Injera Making Demonstration and Traditional Dinner
Debre Berhan Selassie Church Tour
Travel to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges.
It is cold in the morning, during the day, in the evening, and at night when there is cloud cover or sleet. Ice often forms on water in the early mornings during the cold period of December through February, and afternoon spurts of hail frequent the beginning of the rains (April through May).
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 130km)
The scenic Simien Mountains are a good break from the busy cities. Rising high above an eroded landscape of deep gorges and valleys, they rank as one of the continent's most beautiful (and unusual) mountain ranges. A number of peaks reach well over 4,000m (13,123.4 ft), and Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, is one of Africa's highest mountains. Here, you can see some of Ethiopia's remarkable flora and fauna, including Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and, if you're lucky, the Ethiopian wolf. The huge lammergeyer is also found soaring over the valleys here.
Today is a full day of hiking. Those not interested in hiking can spend the day relaxing at the lodge.
Simien Mountains Trek
Drive to Axum, Ethiopia's oldest and holiest city, which was once the home of the Queen of Sheba.
Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 280km)
Spend the day exploring Axum, Ethiopia's oldest city. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded here in the 4th century and it remains the holiest city in the country. Visit archaeological sites and Axum Tsion church.
Axum Historical Site Visit
Lalibela is a good place to taste the local beverage, tej (honey wine) accompanied by local traditional song and dance.
Lalibela Churches Tour
Plane (0.75-1.00 hours)
In the morning, enjoy a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside. In the afternoon, we'll continue our tour of the second group of churches.
Asheton Maryam Hike
Lalibela Churches Tour
Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Plane (1.00-2.00 hours)
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Trip Name: Mysteries of Ethiopia
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: 3499
Trip Code: 155191
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