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Fixed Departures 2013

Classic Historic Route with Simien Mountains

Exploring the Historic Route

Historic Route Highlights

Omo valley Cultural Safari

The Best of Ethiopia

Grand Tribal Culture Expedition

Expedition to Danakil and Tigray Rock hewn Churches

Hiking in the Simien Mountains- Roof of Africa

Ethiopian Wildlife and Tribal Culture Safari

DFD-01-2013: Classic Historic Route with Simien Mountains

Duration = 9 days/ 8 nights

Route = Historic Route with Simien Mountains National Park

Transportation: - Bus

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

Jan 16- Jan 24, 2013

(Timket Festival in Gondar)

USD 2,237

USD 3,175

USD 515

Feb

Feb05- Feb13,2013

USD 2,237

USD 3,175

USD 515

Mar

Mar23-Mar31,2013

USD 2,237

USD 3,175

USD 515

Apr

Apr23- May01,2013

(Palm Sunday festival in Axum)

USD 1,991

USD 2,827

USD 459

May

May 28 - Jun 05,2013

USD 1,991

USD 2,827

USD 459

Jul

Jul 13 – Jul 21,2013

USD 2,094

USD 2,972

USD 482

Aug

Aug01 – Aug 09,2013

USD 2,094

USD 2,972

USD 482

Sep

Sep18-Sep26,2013

(Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa)

USD 2,094

USD 2,972

USD 482

Oct

Oct 12 – Oct20,2013

USD 2,177

USD 3,091

USD 501

Nov

Nov25 – Dec 03,2013

(St Marry Axum Zion Festival in Axum)

USD 2,177

USD 3,091

USD 501

Dec

Dec11 – Dec 19,2013

USD 2,177

USD 3,091

USD 501

 

Domestic airfare= USD360 per person, subject to change

 

Itinerary

 

This itinerary is designed for travelers who want to visit the northern historical attractions but don’t have much time. Visitors will cover all the important sites in the Historic circuit by flying from one site to the other. It also includes a visit to the Simien Mountains National Park, which is the only natural site of the country that is registered by UNESCO as a world Heritage.

 

Day 1 – Arrival + Addis

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and transfer in to your hotel.

O/N – Jupiter International or other Similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2 – Addis – Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, have a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body - Lake Tana (3,600 Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD).

O/N – Summerland  or similar Hotel

 

Day 3 – Bahir Dar – Gondar

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.

O/N - Goha or similar Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – Gondar – Simein Mountains National Park

Drive from Gondar to Debark (the headquarter of the Simien Mountain National Park), and after check-in to hotel at Debark drive 36 km farther to the Simien Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to visit the endemic mammal of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon, and the breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains.

O/N – Simien Lodge (B, L,D)

 

Day 5 - Simein Mountains National Park – Axum

Drive to Axum - the earliest Capital of Ethiopia, crossing the Tekezze Gorge.

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 6 – Axum

Have a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel

 

Day 7 – Axum – Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. And in the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

O/N – Roha or similar Hotel

 

Day 8 – Lalibela

In the morning, mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards with great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela.

O/N – Roha or similar Hotel

 

Day 9 – Lalibela – Addis + departure

Fly back to Addis and have a half-day city tour of Addis that includes visiting the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, Merkato - the largest open-air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto (3,200 meters) to have a panoramic view of the capital.

In the evening, you will be invited a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people.

Departure

 

Price inclusive of: -

-          Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Transfers

-          Mule hire

-          Boat rent at Lake Tana

-          All ground transportations with fuel, and insurance

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scouts

-          Government tax

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          International airfare

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

DFD-02-2013: Exploring the Historic Route

Duration= 15 days/ 14 nights

Route= Historic Route with Simien Mountains and Tigray Rock Hewn churches- Full drive

Transportation:- Bus

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

Jan15 - Jan 29,2013;

(Timket festival in Gondar)

Jan 30 - Feb13,2013

USD 3,392

USD 4,362

USD 727

Mar

Mar 23 – Apr 06,2013

USD 3,392

USD 4,362

USD 727

Apr

Apr 21 – May 05,2013

(Palm Sunday festival in Axum)

USD 3,020

USD 3,883

USD 648

May

May18-Jun01,2013

USD 3,020

USD 3,883

USD 648

Jul

Jul27-Aug10,2013

USD 3,174

USD 4,082

USD 681

Sep

Sep26-Oct10,2013

( Meskel festival in Addis Ababa on 26th Sept)

USD 3,174

USD 4,082

USD 681

Nov

Nov23,- Dec07,2013

(St Marry Axum Zion Festival in Axum)

USD 3,301

USD 4,245

USD 708

Dec

Dec 11- Dec 25,2013

USD 3,301

USD 4,245

USD 708

 

 

Itinerary

 

This well paced itinerary enables you discover almost all the historical attractions of the northern Ethiopia. It offers a relaxed visit of the churches of Lalibela- the major attraction.

As you drive from one spot to the other, you can also visit the attractive countryside and interact with the local people and see their way of life.

 

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Addis Ababa, be met by your guide at the air port and transfer-in to hotel.

O/N – Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2 - Addis - Debre Markos

Drive from Addis to Debre Markos visiting the remarkable Blue Nile Gorge that is comparable in scale with the American ‘Grand Canyon’, and the largest monastery in Ethiopia - Debre Libanos Monastery (13th Century AD) where you can visit the mosaics by the most famous Ethiopian Artist Afework Tekle.

O/N - Shebel or Similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 3 - Debre Markos - Bahir Dar

In the morning, drive from Debre Markos to Bahir Dar and in the afternoon drive 32 km south of Bahir Dar to the remarkable Blue Nile Falls, and visit the cultural market of Bahir Dar. Late in the afternoon, drive 7 km to the Bezawit Hill to have a panoramic view of the town of Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and the outlet of River Nile from its source.

O/N – Summerland or similar Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – Drive Bahir Dar - Gondar

In the morning make a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body (Lake Tana - 3,600Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (16th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (16th Century AD). These monasteries are famous for their colorful murals and collection of manuscripts. After lunch, drive 185 Km North of Bahir Dar to the 17th Century capital of Ethiopia - Gondar.

O/N - Goha or similar Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 5 - Gondar  

Full day visit of Gondar which includes visiting the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.

O/N - Goha or similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 6 – Drive Gondar - Simien Mountains NP

Drive from Gondar to Debark (the headquarter of the Simien Mountain National Park), and after check-in to hotel at Debark drive 36 km farther to the Simien Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to visit the endemic mammal of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon, and the breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains.

O/N – Simien Lodge (B, L,D)

 

Day 7 – Drive Simien Mountains NP- Axum

Drive to Axum - the earliest Capital of Ethiopia, crossing the Tekezze Gorge.

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 8 - Axum

Visit of Axum which is known for its huge stele cut from granite stones. The visit includes, the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel(B,L,D)

 

Day 9 – Drive Axum - Adigrat

Drive from Axum to Adigrat visiting the Yeha Temple (5th Century BC), and Debre Damo Monastery (5th Century AD), which is allowed only for male visitors and accessible only by using rope.

O/N - Eve or similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 10 – Drive Adigrat - Mekelle

Drive from Adigrat to Mekelle visiting the rock-hewn churches of Abreha Atsbeha (10th Century AD) and Wukro Cherqos (10th Century AD).

O/N - Axum or similar Hotel(B,L,D)

 

Day 11 – Drive Mekelle - Lalibela

Drive from Mekelle to Lalibela (home of the incredible hand carved 12th century rock churches of King Lalibela) through the scenic Wollo Mountains visiting the Amhara people.

O/N – Roha or similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 12 - Lalibela

Visit of the rock-hewn churches of King Lalibela, which are unofficially regarded as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. In the morning, visit six churches that are grouped as first group of churches and in the afternoon visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela. These churches are Ethiopia’s top tourist attractions and are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

O/N – Yeha similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 13 - Lalibela

In the morning, make a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th Century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful viewpoint to have a bird eye view of the surrounding area including the town of Lalibela, and in the afternoon enjoy a typical Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel(B,L,D)

 

Day 14 – Drive Lalibela – Kombolcha

Drive from Lalibela to Dessie enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Wollo Mountains.

O/N – Sunnyside Hostel (B, L, D)

 

Day 15 – Drive Kombolcha - Addis

Drive back to Addis. In the evening before departure, you will be invited a farewell dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis where you taste variety of Ethiopian meals, and watch the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people.

Departure (B,L,D)

 

Price inclusive of:-

-          Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Airport Transfers

-          Mule hire

-          Boat rent at Lake Tana

-          All ground transportations with fuel, and insurance

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scouts

 

Price exclusive of: -

-          International airfare

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

 

DFD-03-2013 Historic Route Highlights

Duration = 7 days/ 6 nights

Route = Historic Route by flight

Transportation:- Bus

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

Jan 02 – Jan08,2013

(Ethiopian Christmas (Genna) in Lalibela)

USD 1,482

USD 1,916

USD 359

Feb

Feb07– Feb13,2013

USD 1,482

USD 1,916

USD 359

Mar

Mar7-Mar13,2013

USD 1,482

USD 1,916

USD 359

Apr

Apr14 – Apr20,2013

USD 1,320

USD 1,706

USD 320

May

May02 May08,2013

USD 1,320

USD 1,706

USD 320

Jun

Jun15 – Jun21,2013

Jun 27-Jul 03,2013

USD 1,320

USD 1,706

USD 320

Aug

Aug17 – Aug23,2013

USD 1,387

USD 1,794

USD 336

Sep

Sept20- Sep26,2013

( Meskel festival in Addis Ababa)

USD 1,387

USD 1,794

USD 336

Oct

Oct12 – Oct18,2013

USD 1,443

USD 1,865

USD 349

Nov

Nov27 – Dec03,2013

 

USD 1,443

USD 1,865

USD 349

 

Domestic airfare = USD420 per person (subject to change)

 

Itinerary

 

This itinerary is designed for travelers who want to visit the northern historical attractions but don’t have much time. Visitors will cover all the important sites in the Historic circuit by flying from one site to the other.

 

Day 1 - Arrival + Addis

Arrival and transfer in to hotel.

O/N – Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2 –Addis - Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, have a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body - Lake Tana (3,600 Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD).

O/N – Summerland or similar Hotel

 

Day 3 –Bahir Dar - Gondar

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.

O/N - Goha or similar Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 4– Gondar – Axum

Fly to Axum, the most ancient capital of Ethiopia, in the morning. And, then sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel

 

Day 5 –Axum – Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. And in the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

O/N – Roha or similar Hotel

 

Day 6–Lalibela

In the morning, mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards with great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela.

O/N – Roha or similar Hotel

 

Day 7 – Lalibela – Addis

Fly back to Addis and have a half-day city tour of Addis that includes visiting the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, Merkato - the largest open-air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto (3,200 meters) to have a panoramic view of the capital. In the evening, you will be invited a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people.

Departure

 

Price inclusive of: -

-          Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Transfers

-          Mule hire

-          Boat rent at Lake Tana

-          All ground transportations with fuel, and insurance

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scouts

-          Government tax

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          International airfare

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

 

 

DFD-04-2013: Omo valley Cultural Safari

Duration= 11 days/10nights

Route = Cultural route of Southern Ethiopia- Omo valley tribes

Transportation: - 4x4 vehicles

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room

supplement

Jan

Jan 19 – Jan 29, 2013

USD 2,693

USD 3,047

USD 393

Feb

Feb 10- Feb20, 2013

 

USD 2,693

USD 3,047

USD 393

Mar

Mar 10 - Mar 20,2013

USD 2,693

USD 3,047

USD 393

Apr

Apr 14 - Apr 24,2013

USD 2,398

USD 2,712

USD 350

May

May05-May15,2013

USD 2,398

USD 2,712

USD 350

Jun

Jun 02 – Jun 12, 2013

USD 2,398

USD 2,712

USD 350

Jul

Jul 17- Jul 27, 2013

USD 2,521

USD 2,851

USD 368

Aug

Aug 04 - 14, 2013

USD 2,521

USD 2,851

USD 368

Sep

Sep15-Sep25,2013

USD 2,521

USD 2,851

USD 368

Oct

Oct 13- Oct 23,2013

USD 2,621

USD 2,965

USD 383

Nov

Nov10-Nov20,2013

USD 2,621

USD 2,965

USD 383

Dec

Dec 05 – Dec 15, 2013

USD 2,621

USD 2,965

USD 383

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Arrival + Addis

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port, and transfer-in to hotel. O/N – Jupiter International or other Similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2 – Addis – Tiya – Adadi Mariam – Langano

Distance              : 220km

Road condition    : 196km Asphalted and 24km gravel

Driving hour         : 6-7hrs with visit, lunch and photo stops

 

Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano visiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam that is believed to be the southern most church founded by King Lalibela, the pre-historic archeological site of Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). At Lake Langano enjoy swimming and bird watching around.

O/N – Sabana Beach Resort

 

Day 3 – Langano – Arba Minch

Distance               : 307km

Road condition     : 95km, asphalted, 52gravel and 185km currently under construction

Driving hour          : 9hrs with visits, lunch and photo stops

Drive from Langano to Arba Minch through the fertile land of Wolayta and Alaba regions, The Alaba people are very famous for their beautiful home painting style. And on the way visit Sinkile Wild life Sanctuary, here you will see the endemic Swain’s heart best and other mammals. 

O/N – Paradise Lodge

 

Day 4 – Arba Minch

After breakfast drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze village, the Dorze people are well known for the weaving tradition and their attractive elephant shaped traditional hut made from bamboo and false banana tree leafs , here you will also see the daily activity of the Doreze people, drive back to Arba Minch for lunch and in the afternoon you will have a boat trip on lake Chamo one of the rift valley lakes, on this lake you will visit the Crocodile Market where you can see large number of crocodiles, different aquatic birds and hippos.

O/N – Paradise Lodge

 

Day 5 – Arba Minch – Jinka

Distance: 275 kms 

Road condition: 215kms Asphalted, 60-gravel under construction

Driving hours: 8 - 9 hours with visits, photo stop and lunch

 

Drive 275 km south to Jinka visiting the villages of the Konso people who are renowned for their colorful hand-woven cotton clothes and beautiful rock terraces

 

O/N – Jinka Resort Hotel

 

Day 6 – Jinka

Distance: 140 kms round trip

Road condition: gravel, twisty, and up and down road

Driving hours: 5-6 hours with visits, photo stop and lunch

 

Today, you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley.

O/N – Jinka Resort Hotel

 

Day 7 – Jinka – Turmi

Distance: 132 kms

Road condition: gravel road (under construction)

Driving hours: 7 - 8 hours with visits, photo stop and lunch

 

Drive to Turmi – the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing, and leather skirts. (If today is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a stop at the colorful weekly market of the Hamer and the Benna people at Dimeka.)

O/N – Buska Lodge

 

Day 8 - Turmi

Distance: 144 kms round trip

Road condition: gravel road

Driving hour: 7- 8 hours round trip with visits, photo stops and lunch

 

In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Then, with a picnic lunch stop at Murulle, head to Korcho – the village of the Karo people. (OR if the day is Saturday or Tuesday, have an excursion in the afternoon to visit the colorful weekly market of the Hamer at Dimeka, or if Monday at Turmi.)

O/N – Buska Lodge

 

Day 9 – Turmi – Yabello

Distance: 290 kms

Road condition: 75 kms –asphalted, 215 kms –gravel road

Driving hour: 7-8 hours with visits, photo stop and lunch

 

Drive to Yabello with a stop at the villages of the nomadic people of Erbore.

O/N – Yabello Motel

 

Day 10 – Yabello – Awassa

Distance               : 410km

Road condition     : full asphalt

Driving hour          : 6-7hrs with visits, lunch and photo stops

 

Head to the north visiting the nomadic people of Borena, and the other people of Sidama who are renowned for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana.

O/N – Tadesse Enjori or other Similar Hotel

 

Day 11 – Awassa – Addis

Distance to drive=275KM / 5-6hrs

Road condition= Full Asphalt road

 

Visiting the ‘Fish Market’ at the Shore of Lake Awassa, drive back to Addis visiting the chains of the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway. Have a free afternoon in Addis. In the evening before departure, have a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dances of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals.

Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure

 

 

Price inclusive of:-

-           Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          All transfer in and out services

-          All ground transportation

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scout fees

-          Boat hire on lake Chamo

-          Government tax

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          International airfare

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

DFD-05-2013: The Best of Ethiopia

Duration= 18 days/17nights

Route = Historic route and Omo valley tribes

Transportation:- Bus in the north and 4x4 vehicles in the south

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

Jan 6 – Jan 23,2013

USD 4,825

USD 5,695

USD 793

Mar

Mar17 – Apr03, 2013

USD 4,825

USD 5,695

USD 793

May

May05- May22,2013

USD 4,295

USD 5,070

USD 706

Jun

Jun16-Jul 03,2013

USD 4,295

USD 5,070

USD 706

Jul

Jul14-July 31, 2013

USD 4,515

USD 5,329

USD 742

Aug

Aug11-Aug28,2013

USD 4,515

USD 5,329

USD 742

Sep

Sep 26-Oct13,2013

(Meskel festival in Addis Ababa on 26 Sept)

USD 4,515

USD 5,329

USD 742

Oct

Oct 20- Nov06,2013

USD 4,515

USD 5,329

USD 742

Nov

Nov25- Dec12,2013

(St Marry Axum Zion Festival in Axum)

USD 4,515

USD 5,329

USD 742

 

Domestic airfare = USD360 per person (subject to change)

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 –Arrival + Addis

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and transfer in to your hotel.

O/N – Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2 –Addis – Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, have a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body - Lake Tana (3,600 Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD).

O/N – Summerland or similar Hotel

 

Day 3 –Bahir Dar – Gondar

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.

O/N - Goha or similar Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 –Gondar – Simein Mountains National Park

Drive from Gondar to Debark (the headquarter of the Simien Mountain National Park), and after check-in to hotel at Debark drive 36 km farther to the Simien Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to visit the endemic mammal of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon, and the breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains.

O/N – Simien Lodge (B, L,D)

 

Day 5 –Simein Mountains National Park – Axum

Drive to Axum - the earliest Capital of Ethiopia, crossing the Tekezze Gorge.

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel (B,L,D)

 

Day 6 –Axum

Have a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).

O/N – Yeha or similar Hotel

 

Day 7 –Axum – Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. And in the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

O/N – Roha or similar Hotel

 

Day 8 –Lalibela

In the morning, mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards with great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela.

O/N –  Roha or similar Hotel

 

Day 9 –Lalibela – Addis – Langano 

Fly back to Addis and drive 200 km south of Addis to the Rift Valley region visiting the chains of Rift Valley Lakes of Ziway, Langano, Abiyatta and Shalla. Spot various birds at Lake Ziway, and enjoy swimming at Lake Langano.

O/N – Sabana Beach Resort

 

Day 10 - Langano - Arba Minch

Drive from Langano to Arba Minch through the fertile land of Wolayta and Alaba regions, The Alaba people are very famous for their beautiful home painting style. And on the way visit Sinkile Wild life Sanctuary, here you will see the endemic Swain’s heart best and other mammals. 

O/N – Paradise Lodge

 

Day 11 - Arba Minch

After breakfast drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze village, the Dorze people are well known for the weaving tradition and their attractive elephant shaped traditional hut made from bamboo and false banana tree leafs , here you will also see the daily activity of the Doreze people, drive back to Arba Minch for lunch and in the afternoon you will have a boat trip on lake Chamo one of the rift valley lakes, on this lake you will visit the Crocodile Market where you can see large number of crocodiles, different aquatic birds and hippos.

O/N – Paradise Lodge

 

Day 12 - Arba Minch - Key Afer Market - Jinka

Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka and make a stop at Key Afer to visit the colorful weekly market where the Ari, the Tsemai, and the Benna people meet.

O/N - Jinka Resort Hotel

 

Day 13 - Jinka - Mago National Park - Jinka

Make an excursion trip to Mago National Park. Visit the most famous people of the Omo Valley - the Mursi people, whose women are typically known for their clay lip plates they insert in their lower lips. Then, drive back to Jinka, and visit the cultural museum of the Omo people.

O/N - Jinka Resort Hotel

 

Day 14 - Jinka – Dimeka Market - Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Dimeka to visit the weekly market of the Hamer people. Then, drive to Turmi for Overnight. Around Turmi, visit the cultural village of the Hamer people. The Hamer people are famous for their typical hair dressings which the women decorate with red soil and butter. 

O/N – Buska Lodge

 

Day 15 - Turmi - Omorate - Turmi

Make excursion trip to Omorate, cross the Omo River by boat, to visit the Dasenech people who are known for their body scarification. In the afternoon, have a leisure time in Turmi.

O/N – Buska Lodge

 

Day 16 - Turmi - Konso - Yabello

Drive from Turmi to Yabello visiting the Erbore people and the Konso people.

O/N - Yabello Motel

 

Day 17 - Yabello - Awassa

Drive from Yabello to Awassa visiting the nomadic Borena people, and the Sidama people who are noted for their cultivation of False Banana (Enset). On your way visit the coffer plantations around Yirga Chefe where one of Ethiopia’s most flavored coffee beans grow. In the later afternoon, enjoy bird watching and the sun set over the Rift Valley Lake of Awassa.

O/N – Tadesse Enjori Hotel

 

Day 18 - Awassa - Addis

In the morning, drive to the shore of the lake and visit the ‘Fish Market’ at Lake Awassa. Then, drive 273 km north to Addis. In the afternoon, have a half-day city tour of Addis, which includes visiting the National Archaeological Museum, Merkato - the largest open air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto for the panoramic view of the capital. 

In the evening before departure, you will be invited a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis where you taste variety of Ethiopian meals, and watch the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people.

Departure

 

Price inclusive of:-

-          Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          All transfer in and out services

-          All ground transportation

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scout fees

-          Boat hire on lake Chamo

-          Government tax

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          International airfare

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

 

DFD-06-2013: Grand Tribal Culture Expedition

Duration= 16 days/15nights

Route = Omo valley- Surma, Mursi, Hamer, Karo, Dasenech, Konso, Agnuak, Nuer, etc tribs

Transportation: - 4x4 vehicles

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

 Jan 08- Jan 23, 2013

USD 4,489

USD 5,251

USD 407

Aug

 Aug 06 – Aug 21, 2013

USD 4,201

USD 4,914

USD 381

Dec

 Dec 10 – Dec 25, 2013

USD 4,369

USD 5,111

USD 396

 

Domestic airfare =USD 110 per person (subject to change)

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Tue - Arrival + Addis

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port, and transfer-in to hotel.

O/N – Jupiter or other similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2 – Wed - Addis – Gambella

Fly west to Gambella, in the morning, and after lunch visit the cultural market of Gambella, and have an interesting walk by the Baro River, which joins the White Nile in Sudan, enjoying bird watching and the sunset.

O/N – Ethiopia Hotel

 

Day 3 – Thu - Gambella

In the morning, drive 48 km to Itang to visit the Nuer people who are cattle keepers and fishermen, and in the afternoon, visit the Agnuak people on the outskirts of the town of Gambella.

O/N – Ethiopia Hotel

 

Day 4 – Fri – Gambella – Bebeka

Drive to Bebeka, where the largest coffee plantation is found at, visiting the people of Maji people, and the Tepi Tea Plantation on the way.

O/N – Bebeka Guest House

 

Day 5 – Sat – Bebeka – Tulgit – Kibish 

With a short visit of the Rubber Plantation around Bebeka, proceed driving farther south to Kibish, via Tulgit – the other settlement of the Surma people, and crossing the Akobo River, which flows, to Baro River.

O/N – Camping at Kibish

 

Day 6 – Sun – Kibish

Full day with the Surma people who share the practice of the women’s inserting of clay discs in their lower lips, and the men’s ‘Stick Fighting’ – with the Mursi people who live on the other side of the Omo River.

O/N – Camping at Kibish

 

Day 7 – Mon – Kibish – Mizan Teferi

Drive Mizan Teferi via Bebeka where you will visit the coffee exporting processes from nursery to packing and transporting.

O/N – Eden Hotel

 

Day 8 – Tue - Mizan Teferi – Jimma

Visiting the Chat or mild Stimulant cultivation, and the Muslim Oromo people on the way, drive to Jimma – which was the regional capital of Ethiopia in the late 19th Century. O/N – Central Jimma Hotel

 

Day 9 – Wed – Jimma – Sodo – Arba Minch

With a stop at Gojeb River where you may spot hippos, drive 360 km to Arba Minch. On your way visit the people of Wolita who are known for their cultivation of Enset of False Banana.

O/N – Paradise Lodge

 

Day 10 – Thu – Arba Minch – Key Afer – Jinka

Visiting the most colorful multicultural market in the Lower Omo Valley at Key Afer – which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai, drive 275 km to Jinka.

O/N – Jinka Resort Hotel

 

Day 11 – Fri – Jinka – Mago NP – Jinka

Today, you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley.

O/N – Jinka Resort Hotel

 

Day 12 – Sat – Jinka – Dimeka – Turmi

Drive to Turmi – the settlement of Hamer people. Stop off at Dimeka to visit the other interesting weekly cultural market of the Hamer and the Benna people. After dinner at your hotel, you will be driven to the nearby village of the Hamer people to see the traditional dances of the Hamer people – the Evangadi Dance. 

O/N – Buska Lodge

 

Day 13 – Sun – Turmi

In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. After a picnic lunch at Murulle, proceed driving to Korcho to visit the Karo people. And, finally drive back to Turmi.

O/N – Buska Lodge

 

Day 14 – Mon – Turmi – Arba Minch

With an early start, drive north to Arba Minch with a stop at Lake Chamo to have a remarkable boat trip to visit the ‘Crocodile Market’ where you can visit display of big African Crocodiles, hippos, and various low land water birds.

O/N – Paradise Lodge

 

Day 15 – Tue – Arba Minch – Langano

Drive north to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano visiting the people of Dorze who are known for their huge bamboo huts, and colorful cotton clothes. You will also visit the chains of Rift Valley Lakes on your way. O/N – Sabana Beach Resort 

 

Day 16 – Wed – Langano – Addis + departure

Drive back to Addis, in the morning, and after lunch at Addis have a short city tour of Addis to visit the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, and Merkato – the largest open air market in Africa. In the evening, before departure, you will be guest of Dinknesh Ethiopia Tour at one of the best traditional restaurants to taste the variety of Ethiopian meals and to see their folkloric dances.

Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure.

 

The price is inclusive of: -

- Accommodation on a double bed room-sharing basis

-          Three meals a day out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Transfer ins and outs

-          Comfortable and air-conditioned 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser with fuel, insurance and driver’s allowance

-          Professional English Speaking guide with all his expenses 

-          Professional Cook for the camping days

-          Boat Rent at Lake Chamo

-          Bottled water in the vehicle

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scouts at the parks

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

 

DFD-07-2013: Expedition to Danakil and Tigray Rock hewn Churches

Duration = 10 days/ 9 nights

Route = Danakil Depression and Tigray Rock Hewn Churches

Transportation: - 4x4 vehicles

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

 Jan 02 – Jan 11, 2013

USD 3,362

USD 5,395

USD 340

Sep

 Sept 24 – Oct 03, 2013

USD 3,146

USD 5,049

USD 318

Nov

 Nov 30- Dec 09, 2013

USD 3,272

USD 5,251

USD 331

Dec

 Dec 17– Dec 26, 2013

USD 3,272

USD 5,251

USD 331

 

Domestic airfare = USD 120 per person (subject to change)

 

Day 1 – Arrival + Addis

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at the airport, and transfer in to your hotel.

O/N – Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel.

 

Day 2 – Addis – Axum

Fly to Axum and have a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archeological museum of Axum, the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the Original Ark of the Covenant, and in the afternoon visit the famous ‘Stele field’ (4th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruin palace and tomb of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel (5th and 6th Century AD) and the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba (9th century BC).

O/N - Yeha or similar Hotel (3* Hotel)

 

Day 3 – Axum – Hausien

Visiting the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th Century BC), and the rock-hewn church of Tigray, Michael Milhazhengi on the way, drive to Hausien. On your way, enjoy the scenic and historic range of Adowa Mountains. From your lodge, you can enjoy the sunset behind the picturesque Geraltha Mountains.

O/N – Geraltha Lodge

 

Day 4 – Hausien – Mekelle

Visiting the rock-hewn churches of Mariam Korkor, Abune Yemata, and Wukro Cherkos, drive 150 km to Mekelle – the regional capital of Tigray.

O/N – Axum or other similar Hotel

 

Day 5 – Mekelle – Ahmed Ela

With an early start drive to Ahmed Ela visiting the people of Tigre and the nomadic people of Afar.  At Ahmed Ela, visit the deep-water wells used by the nomadic people of Afar, and the interesting Camel Caravans, which transport bars of salt to the Tigray Highlands.

O/N – Camping

 

Day 6 – Ahmed Ela – Dallol (in the Denakil Depression) – Ahmed Ela

In the morning, drive to one of the lowest points on earth, Dallol (116 meters below sea level) to see the wonderful and colorful formation of sulfur and phosphorus. And after lunch you will visit the salt lake of Asale and discover how people get salt in traditional ways. O/N – Camping

 

Day 7 – Ahmed Ela – Dodom - Erta’ale

Drive to Dodom, and after arranging mules to transport luggage and camping gear, and around the sunset start hiking to the active volcanic eruption of Erta’ale, which takes about 5 – 6 hours. Spend, the rest of the night at the rim.

 

Day 8 – Erta’ale – Afdera

Trek back to the place where you left your cars, and drive to the salt lake of Afdera.

O/N – Camping

 

Day 9 – Afdera – Awash

Visiting Lake Afdera in the morning, drive across the desert landscape to Semera. On your way, stop to visit hot springs.

O/N –  Genet Hotel  

 

Day 10 –  Awash – Addis + departure

Drive back to Addis. Have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopians.

Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure

 

 

The price is inclusive of: -

- Accommodation on a twin room-sharing basis

-          Three meals a day out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Transfers

-          Two Air conditioned, and comfortable 4 X 4 Toyota Land Cruisers with fuel, insurance and drivers’ allowance

-          Professional English speaking guide with all his expenses

-          Camel Hire at Erta’ale

-          Portage fees

-          Professional Cook for the camping days

-          Domestic air fare

-          Air fare for the guide

-          All local guides

-          Armed scouts

 

Price exclusive of: -

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

 

DFD-08-2013: Hiking in the Simien Mountains- Roof of Africa

Duration = 12 days/11 nights

Route = Simien Mountains, Gondar and Laliebla

Transportation:- Bus

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Jan

 Jan 07 – Jan 18, 2013

(Timket festival in Addis)  

USD 3,155

USD 4,221

USD 344

Nov

 Nov 08 – Nov 19, 2013

USD 3,071

USD 4,108

USD 335

Dec

 Dec 02 – Dec 13, 2013

USD 3,071

USD 4,108

USD 335

 

Domestic airfare =USD 250 per person (subject to change)

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your guide and drive about 15 minutes to your hotel. 

Overnight at Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel  (BB)

 

Day 2: Sanka Ber (3,200m)

Fly from Addis to Gondar and drive 136 km north to Sanka Ber via Debark, the headquarters of Simien Mountains National Park. Around Sankaber, make short walks to visit the incredible Simien Mountains and one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia.

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears(B,L,D)

 

Day 3: Sankaber – Geech (3,550m)

Trekking time: 5 – 6 hrs

Activities: Trek from Sanka Ber to Geech visiting the Jinbar Falls and with stops

                   to visit the other views of the Simien Mountains.

Overnight: Camping (B,L,D)

 

Day 4: Geech - Imetgogo (3,986m) – Geech

Trekking time: ~ 6 hrs

Activities: Make excursion to Imetgogo to have one of the best views of in the

                   Simien Mountains National Park.

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: Geech - Chenek (3,600m)

Trekking time: ~ 7 hrs

Activities: Trek from Geech to Chenek. Today you will have a chance to visit the

                   other endemic not only to Ethiopia but only to the Simien Mountains – the

                   Walia Ibex.  

OvernightFirst class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: Chenek – Ambiqo

Trekking time: 6 – 8 hrs

Activities: Trek from Chenek to Ambiqo climbing Buhit Mountain the 2nd highest

                   peak next to Ras Dashen in Simien Mountain ranges. 

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7: Ambiqo – Ras Dashen (4,620m) - Ambiqo

Trekking time: 7 – 9 hrs

Activities: Trek from Ambiqo climbs to the Ras Dashen the highest peak in

                   Ethiopia (4620 m) and return to Ambiqo

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

 

Day 8: Ambiqo – Cheneck

Trekking time: 6 – 8 hrs

Activities: Trek back to cheneck. En route you may see some Simien Fox or the

                   Ethiopian Wolf.

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears. (B,L,D)

 

Day 9: Chenek- Gondar

Driving time: 5 hours

Activities: Drive back to Gondar, and make sight seeing tour of Gondar

Overnight: Goha Hotel (3* Hotel) (B,L,D)

 

Day10: Gondar – Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer in to airport for your flight to Lalibela that is home to the 12th century handy carved rock churches of King Lalibela (1181 - 1221) whom the town is named after.

After lunch in your hotel, visit the first group churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which are found northeast of a stream named ‘River Jordan’.

Overnight: Roha or similar Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)

 

Day 11: Lalibela

In the morning, make a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheten Mariam (13th Century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful viewpoint to have bird eye view of the surrounding area including the town of Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela.

Overnight: Roha or similar Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)

 

Day 12:  Fly Lalibela – Addis

Fly back to Addis and make sight seeing tour of Addis Ababa that includes visiting the National Archeological Museum, Merkato (the largest open air market in East Africa). We will also have time for shopping.

 

In the evening, you will be guest of Dinknesh Ethiopia Tour at one of the famous traditional restaurants of Addis where you enjoy watching the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people, and taste Ethiopian meals.

Departure

 

Price inclusive of:-

-           Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Transfer in and out service

-          domestic airfare, subject to change

-          Mule rent

-          First class camping gears

-          Cook for the camping days

-          All ground transportation

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scouts

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

 

DFD-09-2013: Ethiopian Wildlife and Tribal Culture Safari

Duration= 14 days/13nights

Route = Rift valley, Omo valley and Bale Mountains

Transportation: - 4x4 vehicles

 

 

Month

Tour Dates

4-10pax

2-3pax

Single room supplement

Feb

Feb01 – Feb 14,2013

USD 3,970

USD 4,773

USD 307

May

May03 – May16, 2013

USD 3,534

USD 4,249

USD 273

Jun

Jun14- Jun27,2013

USD 3,534

USD 4,249

USD 273

Oct

Oct11-Oct 24,2013

USD 3,864

USD 4,645

USD 299

Nov

Nov15-Nov 28, 2013

USD 3,864

USD 4,645

USD 299

  

Itinerary

 

This itinerary is designed for those who love nature, wild life, and authentic culture. Most of the major National parks in the country that are famous for their wild life are included. Several of the National parks included are the most untouched ones and rarely visited by tourists, hence offering great wild life experience. Visit to several endemic mammals, including the Ethiopian Wolf, is included in the itinerary.

Interaction with the interesting Mursi, Hamer, Karo, and other Omo valley tribes is another focus of the itinerary.

 

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International airport and meet your guide in the airport the will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Jupiter or Similar 4* Hotel

 

Day 2: Drive Addis – Chebera Churchura National park

After breakfast, drive from Addis Ababa to Chebera Churchura national park via Jimma, the capital of the former Kaffa province after which coffee is named. Late in the afternoon, enjoy game drive in the Park.

Overnight: Camping 

Day 3-  Chebera Churchura National park

Today will be an epic day in Chebra Churchural National Park. This park is one of the recent developments in Ethiopia, and it is the most untouched parks with great wilderness. So far, 37 larger mammals and 237 species of birds have been recorded in the different habitats (Highland & Rverine forest and savanna and bush lands) of the park. White- winged cliff chat, banded-barbet, wattled ibis, black-headed forest Oriole and thick billed Raven are endemic birds for the country. Common mammals include the African elephant, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard. The park appears to be the least disturbed and reliable ecosystem for the African elephant and Buffalo in the country.

Overnight: Luxury camping

 

Day 4- Drive Chebera Churchura – Maze National Park

After early morning game drive, leave Chebera Churchura National park and drive to Maze National Park.

Maze national Park is covered by savannah grassland with scattered deciduous broad leave trees as well as river basin association along the main water courses. So far 39 larger and medium sized mammals and 196 birds’ species have been recorded. The park is one of the three sites in the country where good population of the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest’s population still survives. In addition, other mammals like Orbi, Bohor red buck, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anibus baboon, vervet monkey, leopard, and wild cats are among others common species.

Overnight: Luxury camping

Day 5 - Drive Maze – Mago National Park

After morning game drive, drive to Mago National Park. Our camp site is set in ideal location offering great opportunity to see the wildlife in the park late in the afternoon and early in the morning.

Overnight: Luxury camping

 Day 6 - Excursion to Mursi tribal village

In the morning, make game drive in the park, and then drive to the village of the Mursi tribe to visit and appreciate the very authentic culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted.

 Overnight: Luxury camping

 Day 7 - Drive Jinka - Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Turmi, the settlement of the Hamer people. The women of the Hamer are known particularly for their striking, adorned with thick plaits of ochre-colored hair hanging down in a heavy fringe, leather skirts decorated with cowries, a dozen or more copper bracelets fixed tightly around their arms. And the men are noted for the initiation ceremony of Jumping over the Bulls. Catching this interesting ritual is entirely a matter of chance. On the way you will visit the most colorful traditional market in the Omo Valley called Key Afer, here you will see the Hammer, Tsemay, Bena and the Ari ethnic groups with their untouched cultural dressing style.

 Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 8 - Turmi – Murulle - Turmi

In the morning, you will make an excursion trip to Murulle - the village of Karo people, who are the tribe with the least in number of members, and known for their body paintings they indulge before important ceremonies. The most striking thing about Karo people's symbolic and ornamental expressions is the painted body and face decorations. This is an elaborate process, which ranges from fine and elaborate details to rough, but striking paintings traced with the palms or fingers. The most beautiful expression is in the facial and chest paintings that combine white (chalk), black (charcoal), yellow, ochre, and red earth. They often imitate the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. Karo woman scarify their chests to beautify themselves .The complete scarification of a man's chest indicates that he has killed an enemy or a dangerous animal. The scars are cut with a knife or razor blade and ash is rubbed in to produce a raised effect. The wearing of a grey and ochre clay hair bun also indicates the killing of an enemy or a dangerous animal. We also visit Dus, a typical settlement with open public meeting grounds and dancing place. The people living here have shelters called shuppa, where they pass the hottest hours of the day playing a Karo board game called Warre.

In the afternoon, visit the Hamer village or attend the bull jumping ceremony if there is one. The Hammer people are noted for their ‘Bull Jumping’ Ceremony where boys jump lines of bulls to show the community that they are old and matured enough to carry the responsibility of marriage. Hammers have remarkable hairstyles made from ochre, water, and binding resin. They rub the mixture into their hair then twist the strands repeatedly to create coppery-colored locks. This is a sign of wealth and welfare. Hammers are considered to be masters of body decoration.

Overnight: Buska Lodge

 Day 9- Drive Turmi – Arba Minch

Drive from Turmi to Arba Minch visiting the Arbore, noted for their jewelries and the Konso people who are noted for their tradition of making traces for the protection of erosion. The Konso land is registered as one of the world heritage sites in the country in 2011.

In the afternoon, have a remarkable boat ride on the southernmost Rift Valley Lake of Ethiopia – Lake Chamo. Boat trip on Lake Chamo is among the best anywhere in Ethiopia. One can spot many Hippos and the world's most spectacular concentrations of Giant Crocodiles (It is locally called as "Crocodile Market"). The water birds are great the scenery is truly unforgettable. Fishing for Nile Perch and many other species by locals on their traditional boat is by far the best in the country. You will also watch various low land water birds like the African Fish Eagle, Great White Pelicans, egrets, etc.

 Overnight: Paradise Lodge

 Day 10 - Drive Arba Minch – Awassa

After breakfast, drive to Chencha to visit the Dorze people who are known for weaving tradition and for their beautiful huts made of bamboo. Then head to Awassa visiting the Alaba village for their painted houses.

 Overnight: Taddesse Enjori Hotel

 Day 11 - Awassa- Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning, visit the fish market at lake Awassa. Then drive to the world famous Bale Mountains National Park. At the park headquarters in Dinsho we search the trails for the colorful Chestnut-naped Francolin, Ground scraper Thrush (of the distinctive, endemic race simensis), the secretive Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, vocal Abyssinian Catbird, and the endemic White-backed Black-Tit. We also hope to see a variety of mammals, including Mountain Nyala- now entirely restricted to the Bale Mountain massif, Menelik’s Bushbuck and Warthog, unusual at this high altitude. Further drive to Goba for overnight

 Overnight Goba Wabishebele

 Day 12 – Full day Sanetti Plateau Wildlife Excursion

Today will be a day of great contrasts with amazing scenery and birding. We will depart early, and ascend the Bale massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, which is between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. Once we reach this unique plateau, we will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. This habitat is termed “Afro-alpine moorland”, and is characterized by Jibrra or Giant Lobelias, which tower like monolithic giants over the rich tussock grasslands and extensive cushions of yellow Everlasting flowers. This site is an Important Bird Area of immense importance, supporting seven globally threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s Highland biome species. The grasslands are estimated to support an incredible biomass of 4,000kg of rodents per hectare. This obviously attracts an array of raptors and we should see Steppe and Golden Eagle, Augur Buzzard and elegant Pallid Harriers courting over this green sea.

They share this abundant food source with the plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian Wolf, crowned with the unenviable title of “the world’s rarest canid.” We should enjoy excellent photographic opportunities in this unique mountain wonderland. Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and stare down, through the clouds, at the vast Harenna Forest below. This remarkable forest is the largest intact forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Although unlikely that we will see either of these species, the descent through this breathtakingly beautiful moss-draped forest is inspirational. In the afternoon return to Goba.

 Overnight Goba Wabishebele

 Day 13 – Drive to Langano

After breakfast, we drive to Lake Langano. Here we can enjoy watching several water bird species in and around the lake, and the ever spectacular sunset. Lake Langano is bilharzias free and suitable for swimming.

 Overnight Sabana beach Resort

 Day 14 – Drive to Addis Ababa

After breakfast, drive back to Addis visiting the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway.

 In the afternoon, make city tour of Addis Ababa that includes:-

 National Museum:-It comprises of many archaeological and historical findings including the famous complete hominid fossil remain of ‘Lucy’ locally known as ‘Dinknesh’ meaning wonderful. Visiting this museum is having a good summary for your visit to the historic Ethiopia.

 

Merkato:-It is the largest open-air market in Africa. Here you will be presented with confusing, but fascinating, glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air, you can purchase anything you desire here. 

 

Trinity Cathedral:-a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture which is unique to both Ethiopia and Africa and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Here you will find scripts of the imperial families, statues done by a Greek sculpture, Stained glass window paintings from the Old and New Testament in the Bible and coffins of Emperor Haile Silassie-I; the founder of the church, and his wife.

 

In the evening before departure, have a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dancers of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals.

Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure

 

Price inclusive of:-

-           Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis

-          All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis

-          All entrance fees

-          Transfer in and out service

-          First class camping gears

-          Cook for the camping days

-          All ground transportation

-          Professional English speaking guide

-          Portage fees

-          All local guides

-          Scouts

 

Price exclusive of:-

-          Lunch and dinner in Addis

-          Any alcoholic drinks

-          Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc

-          Tips

-          Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

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