Tour to Bale Mountains & Sof Omar

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15 June 2017

Somaliland

13 days and 12 nights

This adventure is a Cultural and Tribal with-in the South of Ethiopia which passes through, the scenic Omo Valley of Ethiopian lowlands, visiting the tribal people of Ethiopia, this region is home to a fascinating range of distinct tribal groups, isolated from the rest of the world for centuries and still very much following their own cultures and customs. On this trip, we set off using on ET flight to/from Arbaminch to explore this Southern Omo Valley of Ethiopia, stopping at local markets and visiting villages, driving past the lakes of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and looking for the wealth of wildlife. Here traveling is not for the faint-hearted, but one of the most exciting experiences that the continent offers ‘Off the beaten track’.
Later, the tour will goes to Harar and will continue to Somaliland by crossing Ethiopian. The tour will touch Hargeisa and Berbera that includes other attraction sites.

Duration – 13 days and 12 nights

Transportation: 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser, boat ride and flight

Accommodation - Based on 4* hotel in Addis Ababa, best lodges and hotels out of Addis Ababa

  • Tour Overview
day 01

. ARRIVAL AND CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

Land at Bole International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in and have a short break.
After a break, take a city tour of Addis Ababa. Situated where the Great Rift Valley crosses Ethiopia’s mountain range at more than 7,000 feet above sea-level, Addis Ababa is a large sprawling city with a population of more than five million people. visit the National Museum. It is home to the skeleton of Selam, who like Lucy, is an Australopithecus afarensis. Often nicknamed Lucy’s baby, Selam actually lived nearly 150,000 years before Lucy.
Also, visit Entoto Mountain, the site from which Addis Ababa’s founder, Menelik, descended down to the plains. Visit the two churches he built and his palace, which displays 19th-century royal attire, weaponry, furniture, and intricately designed crosses made with precious metals. Also enjoy expansive views of the city and the Entoto Mountain Range. Continue on to the Ethnographic Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, located in a palace of former Emperor Haile Selassie. See precious pieces of Ethiopian Christian art.
Overnight Capital Hotel & Spa or Similar

day 02

. DRIVE ARBAMINCH


Drive from Addis to Arbaminch: En route visit Melka Kunture, lie near the Awash River Gorge 50 km south of the capital is one of the most important Neolithic sites in Ethiopia. Hand axes and various other implements have been found here. Next stop is at Tiya, where we can see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stelae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These stelae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers. Recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between 18 -30 and buried in fetal positions. Tiya is recognized as a World Heritage Site. This is a drive through the Rift Valley going south towards Kenya.
Proceed through villages, admiring the spectacular green hills along the way to Arbaminch, which in the Amharic language means “Forty Springs”.
Overnight Paradise Lodge or Similar

day 03

. DRIVE JINLA


After a morning breakfast, take a refreshment boat drive to Lake Chamo. See Lake Chamo, where crocodiles sunbath on the shore and hippos cool themselves in the water. Birdlife is abundant here including weavers, sunbirds, waxbills and colonies of pelicans. Later, drive to Jinka en route visit Konso, named after the konso people, which is known for its religious traditions, Waga sculptures, and nearby fossil beds ( the latter an archeological site of early hominids). The site was designated as UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition for the universal cultural significance.
Later, drive to Key Afer but pass through the Tsemay village. The Tsemay tribe occupy the semi-arid region of the Weyto valley, which is found west of the Weyto River. Here, the Tsemay live as agro - pastoralist. The banks of the Weyto River are particularly suitable for crop cultivation and other plantations like cotton.
Finally, continue driving to the direction Jinka through Key Afer. The small town of Key Afer is famous for its Thursday Market. Here, stop at this little town and visit the Key Afer Tribal Market, Thursday market. Here you will come across with the Beautiful Banna, Tsemai, Ari and Hamer tribes exhibited on the plain open market. Finally, drive to Jinka for your overnight.
Overnight Eco Omo Lodge

day 04

. EXCURSION TO MURSI AND DRIVE TO TURMI


Morning excursion to a Mursi village. The Mursi tribe are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit to place a circular clay disc, a sign of beauty. Our final stop today is to the South Omo Research Center & Museum, an excellent anthropological museum. On this day, you will also visit the Jinka market. You will see the various tribes such as Mursi and Ari tribes.
Afternoon drive to Turmi. Along the way we pass through the Banna tribe. Banna are a pastoral tribe whose culture revolves around cattle. During the dry season, the men walk long distances with their herds looking for water and grass, and to harvest wild honey. They are closely related to their neighbors, the Hammer, in both language and culture.
Overnight Buska Lodge

day 05

. EXCURSION TO KARO AND DIMEKA MARKET


This day we drive towards Arbaminch and en route visit Karo tribes. Murile (also spelled Muelle and Murli) lies on the banks of the Omo River, and is a popular base for exploring what is essentially a rugged area. There is a fair amount of wildlife in the area, and a good chance of seeing some form of antelope and possibly raptors overhead. These Karo tribes practice scarification and have elaborate hairstyles. The Karo ethnic groups are experts in body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs. These designs have no special symbolic significance but are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellow artist. Karo men also sculpt and shave their hair into extravagant shapes, with special ochre "caps" of hair usually containing several ostrich feathers.
Later in the afternoon, visit the Hamer village to see the Hamer tribes. Turmi is a center of the Hamer tribe. Hamers 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. Hamers are considered to be masters of body decoration.
Overnight Buska Lodge ADDITIONAL, if there is a bull Jumping, you will enjoy it around Turmi “Hamers usually perform the BULL JUMPING ceremony at market days because many of his relatives and friends are believed to be present at the market and they are supposed to accompany the young man who is jumping lines of bulls. The jumping tradition is basically signifies that the young man is ready to merry his a lady of his choice. Later after the ceremony, there will be EVANGADI DANCING through the night which is accompanied by drinking local beers and alcohols” This is an additional program but will be additional cost of USD 20 per person.
day 06

. DRIVE TO ARBAMINCH


Today after a morning breakfast, drive to Arbaminch and visit Arbore village. The Arbore are a group of about 4000 people and subsist as agro pastoralists. Their most important possession is their cattle. Their agriculture (maize and sorghum) which together with animal husbandry is vital for their subsistence is maintained by an elaborate irrigation system alongside the River Weyto. The Arbore possess detailed knowledge of botanical species, distinguishing between 130 different kinds of sorghum. Continue driving to Arbaminch through the natural and plain countryside. On this day, stop at Konso to visit the weekly colorful market. Several stops on your way when you encountered with special occasions such as meeting tribes on the road and shepherds.
Overnight Paradise Lodge

day 07

. EXCURSION TO NECH SAR NATIONAL PARK


After a hearty morning breakfast, have an excursion to Nechisar National Park (also spelled as Nech Sar) is one of the national parks of Ethiopia. Located immediately to the east of Arba Minch, its 514 square kilometers of territory include the "Bridge of God" (an isthmus between Lakes Abaya and Chamo), and the Nechisar (English: white grass) plains east of the lakes. Park elevations range between 1108 and 1650 meters above sea level.
Wildlife in the park include plains zebra, Grant's gazelle, dik-dik, and the greater kudu as well as one of the last three populations of the endangered Swayne's hartebeest, endemic to Ethiopia. A stretch of the northwest shore of Lake Chamo is known as Crocodile Market, where hundreds of crocodiles gather to sun themselves. The park also has populations of bushbuck, bushpig, Anubis baboon, vervet monkeys,black-backed jackal and Burchell's zebra.
Overnight Paradise Lodge

day 08

. DRIVE LANGANO


Later, drive 300 km to Langaon, visiting the Dorze tribe, famed for their beehive-shaped houses and their weaving skills. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They are also farmers, who prevent soil erosion by ingenious terracing of the mountain sides. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices, tobacco and enset (false-banana or musa ensete). En route, visit the tribal people of Alaba who are noted for their beautifully painted houses, Wolita, known for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana, who are renowned for their huge huts and colorful cotton clothes.
Overnight Sabanna Lodge or Similar

day 09

. DRIVE HARAR


After a morning breakfast, drive to Harar,the walled city, which is a centre of religion from early days of the Islamic expansion until 1887. With its 99 Mosques, Harar is considered to be Islam’s fourth most Holy City. Harar’s old walled town is so compact that you will eventually come to a major street or wall that will lead you back to the Harar main gate. After a lunch break in Harar, you will visit The City Wall, with its five Gates and the narrow streets lined with traditional Harari Gegar houses, and the colorful Muslim and Christian markets (known for basketry). The vibrant market place, regarded as one of the most colourful in all Ethiopia, is also part of the visit.
Finally, in the evening visit the Hyena Man who feeds those wild hyenas from his mouth.
Overnight Heritage Plaza or Similar

day 10

. DRIVE HARGEISA


A full day to drive from Harar to Hargeisa crossing the border between Ethiopia and Somaliland on the way. As you progress you will pass out of the green Ethiopian lands into the brown scrub desert of Somalia, spotting camel trains as you drive.
Overnight Hotel Ambassador or Similar

day 11

. DRIVE BERBERA


After a visit to the Hargeisa Camel Market we will take you (with your security escort) to the wonderful cave paintings at Las Geel, one of the most intriguing sights in the Horn of Africa. On the overhangs of a rock in the desert are some of the world’s best preserved ancient cave paintings. Dating from 5000-9000 years old they depict cows, people, dogs and even giraffes.
Overnight Hotel Mann Soor or similar

day 12

. EXPLORE BERBERA


Berbera is a coastal city which service as the biggest seaport for Somaliland, with its clean and unspoiled beaches at the Gulf of Aden. Swimming, snorkelling, fishing and scuba-diving are some of the activities on offer, There are a few hotels and two restaurants where good fish dishes are served!
Berbera can be divided into several areas. The most out coming is Moscow, even with your eyes closed you will notice the Russian architecture. When you have a good look at the houses in Berbera you will notice they are made from Coral stone.
There is fresh caught fish every day! Treat yourself in one of the fancy restaurants with some sea view!

day 13

. DRIVE HARGEISA AND FLY ADDIS ABABA


After a morning breakfast, drive back to Hargeisa and en route you will stop to visit vernacular architectures and talk to people as Somaliland people are very communicative people which they don’t need in return. Finally, arrive to the airport and check in for your flight to Addis Ababa.
After arrival in Addis Ababa, enjoy traditional dinner at a traditional restaurant while enjoying traditional music. Then, proceed to the airport for your departure back home. End of the service.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Meet and greet at airport
  • International flight cost as per stated in the program
  • All accommodation based on TWIN/DBL on sharing room basis
  • Meals on full board, Breakfast, lunch and dinner basis including local non- Alcoholic beverage
  • One bottled of water a day
  • All entrance fees in all sights according to the program.
  • Ground transportation with late model vehicles of Land Cruisers including fuel and all driver expenses
  • Professional English speaking guide throughout the trip with all its expenses
  • Local Guide fee in each region also scout and park fees in each region
  • Fare well dinner in Addis Ababa at traditional restaurant accompanied with Local music
  • A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at a convenient time and home host lunch
  • Porter age fee
  • Government sales tax
Price doesn't include
  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic drinks & spirits
  • Video filming and photography fees
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
  • Tips and items of personal nature
8 nights and 9 days

These journeys pass through the scenic Ethiopian highlands and leads to the historical sites of the country in the north. The trip covers Axum, the ancient city of Ethiopia known for the famous obelisks standing in the center of the town and where the ark of the covenant is believed to be kept; Lalibella, which is known as the Jerusalem of Ethiopia and known for the rock hewn churches where Major church events still takes place; Gondar, known for the ancient castles and churches; Simien Mountain, called the Tower of Africa and endemic to many birds and mammals; Bahir Dar, where one finds lake Tana with over thirty monasteries scattered on the lake islands and peninsulas.

Duration – 8 nights and 9 days

Transportation:Drive, Flight and Boat

Accommodation - 4* Hotel in Addis Ababa and 3* hotels outside of Addis Ababa

  • Tour Overview
day 01

.DEPARTURE FROM YOUR COUNTRY

day 02

.ARRIVAL AND CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

Land at Bole International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in and have a short break.
After a break, take a city tour of Addis Ababa. Situated where the Great Rift Valley crosses Ethiopia’s mountain range at more than 7,000 feet above sea-level, Addis Ababa is a large sprawling city with a population of more than five million people. visit the National Museum. It is home to the skeleton of Selam, who like Lucy, is an Australopithecus afarensis. Often nicknamed Lucy’s baby, Selam actually lived nearly 150,000 years before Lucy.
Also, visit Entoto Mountain, the site from which Addis Ababa’s founder, Menelik, descended down to the plains. Visit the two churches he built and his palace, which displays 19th-century royal attire, weaponry, furniture, and intricately designed crosses made with precious metals. Also enjoy expansive views of the city and the Entoto Mountain Range. Continue on to the Ethnographic Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, located in a palace of former Emperor Haile Selassie. See precious pieces of Ethiopian Christian art.
Overnight Capital Hotel and Spa (www.capitalhotelandspa) or Similar

day 03

.FLY AXUM

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in1980, Axum is a testament to the rich and glorious past of the mighty Kingdom of Axum (2nd C. BC-700 A.D.). This morning the visit will start with the famous stelae field with its Axumite stelae in various sizes and shapes. The archaeological museum is nearby and it offers an opportunity to bring context to relics on view today. In the afternoon you visit the Kaleb and Gebremeskel tombs, dating to the 6th century A.D and on the way to town, the Ezana inscription( Ethiopia’s Rosetta stone) is worth visiting. Tradition has it that the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia in the 10th century BC by Menelik I and later Ethiopian kings and emperors would proclaim their legitimacy to rule by their lineage to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Through the day we will discuss the development of Christianity in Ethiopia and its relation to the Ark, and the story of Queen of Sheba too.
Also visit the vernacular architecture of the old city of Axum. The Tukul and rectangular houses in Axum shows the diversification of architecture and, the change and continuity reveals for centuries. Here you will visit a family house where you will observe their daily life activities and have a coffee ceremony with the family.
Overnight Yeha Hotel (www.yehahotelaxum.com) or Similar

day 04

. FLY LALIBELA

Lalibela is a striking town set at over 2500 meters in wild, craggy mountains with two-story stone houses that are quite different to those in the rest of Ethiopia. We are here to visit the huge 12th and 13th century rock churches carved below ground level and connected by a maze of subterranean passages. Each of the churches is unique and intricately carved. These rock-hewn Christian churches have been designated an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit some of these unique churches cradled among the rocks – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Mokael, Bet Danaghel, and Bet Golgotha. Continue visiting the second group of churches; Bete Gabriel, Bete Amanuel and Bete Libanos.
Overnight at Mountain View Hotel (www.mountainview-hotel.com) or Similar

day 05

. EXCURSION TO YIMRHANE KIRSTOS

Early morning drive to visit Yemrehane Kristos. Lying 42 kms northwest of Lalibela, Yemrehane Kristos is undoubtedly the finest church outside of town. Unusually, the church is built rather than excavated within a cave. The whole church rests on a foundation of carefully laid olivewood panels, which float it perfectly above the marshy ground below. Behind the church are the bones of countless pilgrims who chose to be buried there. There is also a tomb that includes the remains of Yemrehane Kristos.
Afternoon explore the most elegant of Lalibela’s churches, Bet Giorgis, located in an isolated part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. This is said to be one of the most finely executed and best preserved churches.
Overnight Mountain View Hotel

day 06

. FLY GONDAR

Fly to Gondar, capital of Ethiopia for two hundred years. Gondar was a center of great commerce whicht traded with wealthy lands south of the Blue Nile, west to the Sudan, and north-east to the port of Massawa along the Red Sea. The city is known for its medieval castles and finely adorned churches. Upon arrival in Gondar, visit the Royal Enclosure, the Bath of King Fasilides, and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church, with its extensive murals of angels’ faces.
Overnight Goha hotel (www.gohahotel.com)

day 07

. EXCURSION TO SIMEIN MOUNTAIN

After a hearty morning breakfast, drive to the Simien Mountain, rising to over 15,000 feet, the Simien Mountain Range is a striking contrast to other regions in Ethiopia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers some of Africa’s most dramatic scenery: alpine peaks flanked by glaciers such as Mount Ras Dashen; steep escarpments rising above remote valley settlements; and an abundance of wildlife including the ibex, the endemic bleeding heart baboons, the Simien Wolf, and innumerable species of birds. A full day excursion travels deep into the park. En route back to Gondar, visit the former Falasha village of Waleka to see some examples of their traditional pottery still made by the few Jewish people remaining after the exodus to Israel in 1991.
Overnight Goha Hotel (www.gohahotel.com) or Similar

day 08

. DRIVE BAHIR DAR

On our drive (180km) to this ancient Imperial city, we travel through a fertile landscape of wide open fields of a typical African tableau and then undulating farmland.
After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and is famous for its many monasteries, including the Ura Kidane Meret monastery with its renowned painted maqdas. Travel across the lake to the monastery isla nds.
Afternoon, drive to a small town of Tiss Abay to visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire'. The falls throws up a continuous spray of water droplets which drench onlookers up to a kilometre away. Still worth the visit though much of the water has been diverted to power hydroelectric generators, the surrounding area is extremely fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and teff, which injera, the national bread, is made from.
Overnight Kuriftu Resort (www.kurifturesortandspa.com) or Similar

day 09

. FLY ADDIS ABABA, CITY TOUR THEN DEPARTURE BACK

After arrival in Addis Ababa, check in to your hotel and visit MARKATO, the largest market in Africa. Finally, have a brief tour of craft shops along Churchill Road before returning to the hotel. At evening enjoy traditional dinner at a traditional restaurant while enjoying traditional music. Then, proceed to the airport for your departure back home. End of the service.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Meet and greet at airport
  • All accommodation based on TWIN/DBL room sharing bases
  • Meals on full board, Breakfast, lunch and dinner basis including local non-alcoholic beverage as per the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees in all sight according to the program.
  • Ground transportation with 4x4 WD Land Cruiser including fuel and driver allowance.
  • Gratitude fees for cultural activity
  • Professional English speaking guide throughout the trip including his domestic flight
  • Local Guide and scout fees in each region
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Welcome dinner in Addis to enjoy traditional Ethiopian food & Music
  • A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at a convenient time in the program
  • Porter age fee
  • Government sales tax
Price doesn't include
  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic drinks & spirits
  • Video filming and photography fees
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
  • Tips and items of personal nature
12 nights and 13 days

This adventure begins in the Northern Tier of the country, starting in Bahir Dar, the source of the Nile, continuing to the ancient city of Gondor, often described as the Camelot of African. From there our journey takes us to the Simien Mountains to enjoy the majestic scenery and hike among the gelada baboon and other wildlife of this World Heritage Site. We descend onto Axum and its archeological treasures, the beginning of several days of discovery in Tigray’s Open Air Museum. Finally we arrive in Lalibela, and its famous rock churches – the fourth Unesco World Heritage Site of this expedition. We explore the interplay of religion and civilization, the role of architecture and how kings used it to legitimize their reigns, and the cultural influences of those eras and how they continue to today.
At each step in our journey, we see the everyday life of the country, its music and dance, we taste its cuisine, we walk in the steps of pilgrims and view its natural wonders. It’s a journey of cultural immersion.

Duration – 12 nights and 13 days

Transportation:Drive, Flight and Boat

Accommodation - 4* Hotel in Addis Ababa and 3* hotels outside of Addis Ababa

  • Tour Overview
day 01

.DEPARTURE FROM YOUR COUNTRY

day 02

.ARRIVAL AND CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

On arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfer to your Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day we visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeleton was discovered in 1974. We also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity
Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers a panoramic view of the metropolis.
Overnight Capital Hotel and Spa (www.capitalhotelandspa) or Similar

day 03

.BAHIRDAR

Early morning flight to Bahir Dar and then a drive to the small town of Tiss Abay to visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire'. The falls throws up a continuous spray of water droplets which drench onlookers up to a kilometre away. Still worth the visit though much of the water has been diverted to power hydroelectric generators, the surrounding area is extremely fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum
and teff, which injera, the national bread, is made from. After lunch, back to Bahir Dar, where we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. We will visit two of the
most accessible and representative of the monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam.
Overnight Kuriftu Resort (www.kurifturesortandspa.com) or Similar

day 04

. GONDAR, CAMELOT OF AFRICA

On our drive (180km) to this ancient Imperial city, we travel through a fertile landscape of wide open fields of a typical African tableau and then undulating farmland. The town was once the capital of Ethiopia, founded in 1635 by Emperor Fasilides, who built a palace and seven churches. The subsequent five emperors built their own respective palaces. Referred to as the Camelot of Africa, we visit the royal enclosure containing six castles, a complex network of connecting tunnels and raised walkways. Nearby is the Debre Birhan Selassie church with its sensational angelic ceiling and the bathhouse of Fasil where thousands of Ethiopians celebrate the Timkat festival every January.
Overnight Goha Hotel (www.gohahotel.com) or Similar

day 05

. SIMIEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we begin our drive to Debark (100 Km from Gondar), and the headquarters of Simien Mountains National Park. There, we are joined by our trekking scout and local guide and continue on to the Lodge. In the afternoon, we take a three to four hour trek to explore the beauty of this mountain range. Along the way we should spot troops of the endemic Gelada Baboon and see birdlife including the giant Lammergeyer.
Overnight in Simien Lodge (www.simiens.com) or Similar

day 06

. ROAD ONTO AXUM

We continue our drive (280kms) through the mountain range enjoying the extraordinary scenery of the Simiens and later the Tekeze Gorge. The road descends from a height of 3100 meters above sealevel down hairpin turns to only 1400 meters in just 40kms! We drive through small villages dotted between mountain massifs where people eke out an existence in this unforgiving countryside.The drive continues through the Tekeze valley and onto Axum in the n orth.
Overnight Yeha Hotel (www.yehahotelaxum.com) or Similar

day 07

. AXUM; HISTORICAL AND ARCAEOLOGICAL WONDERS

The city is the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Axum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include: monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of her ancient palace. We visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Tsion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the Covenant. The older of the two cathedrals, built in the 16th century, is believed to be built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia.
Overnight Yeha Hotel

day 08

. GHERALTA RANGE

We visit the historical town of Adwa, where in the decisive battle of 1896 the Ethiopian army under the Emperor Menelik 11 defeated the Italians and crushed their goal to colonize Ethiopia. Then on to Yeha, a small village where we find the 5th century B.C ruins of a large pre-christian temple, believed to be the oldest standing building in Ethiopia. Also on the temple grounds is the 6th century A.D church of Aba Aftse, dedicated to one of the nine saints who migrated from Syria to worship christianity.
Overnight Gheralta Lodge (www.gheraltalodgetigrai.com) or similar

day 09

.GHERALTA AND ONTO MEKELLE

The Gheralta Range is a treasure trove of rock churches carved into the sandstone buttes which make up this extraordinary landscape. In the morning, we hike for 40 minutes to the top of an escarpment where we find the church of Debretsion; its domes and the wall panels are abundantly decorated with fine paintings of saints and apostles. After lunch, we visit the rock church of Abraha Atsbeha, dedicated to twin kings in the Axumite dynasty, who converted to christianity in the 4th century. Then on to Mekelle, stopping in the town of Werkro to view the rock church of Wekro Ch erkos.
Overnight Mekelle Axum Hotel

day 10

. DAY DRIVE TO LALIBELA

After a day’s drive through the Tigray landscape, you will have abundant evidence why Ethiopia is the most mountainous country in all of Africa. Along with the magnificent scenery, we’ll visit Lake Ashenge, a good spot for birding.
Overnight at Mountain View Hotel (www.mountainview-hotel.com) or Similar

day 11

. LALIBELA

Full day of sightseeing in Lalibela, designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1978. King Lalibela commissioned the construction of the 11 rock churches in the center of town to fulfill his dream of a New Jerusalem. There are no less than 1000 churches in the Lasta Region of Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves, but it's exceptional to find 11 churches of such master craftsmanship in one locale. These brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often
referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
Overnight Mountain view Hotel.(B,L,D)( www.mountainviewhotel.com) or Similar

day 12

. LALIBELA

We start the day with a morning excursion by mule to Asheton Mariam, a mountaintop church with a panoramic view of the Lasta Region. In the afternoon, we continue the expedition of 11 of the rock churches in Lalibela.
Overnight mountains view Hotel( www.mountainviewhotel.com) or Similar

day 13

. ADDIS ABABA AND DEPARTURE

In the morning transfer to the Airport and fly back to Addis and continue continue to the Merkato Outdoor Market. In the evening, enjoy a “farewell dinner” where we will taste various national dishes, watch dances of various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. A traditional coffee ceremony will also be served. We will then be transferred to the airport for our departure flight.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Meet and greet at airport
  • All accommodation based on TWIN/DBL room sharing bases
  • Meals on full board, Breakfast, lunch and dinner basis including local non-alcoholic beverage as per the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees in all sight according to the program.
  • Ground transportation with 4x4 WD Land Cruiser including fuel and driver allowance.
  • Gratitude fees for cultural activity
  • Professional English speaking guide throughout the trip including his domestic flight
  • Local Guide and scout fees in each region
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Welcome dinner in Addis to enjoy traditional Ethiopian food & Music
  • A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at a convenient time in the program
  • Porter age fee
  • Government sales tax
Price doesn't include
  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic drinks & spirits
  • Video filming and photography fees
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
  • Tips and items of personal nature
24 May 2017

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8 Nights and 9 Days

These journeys pass through the scenic Ethiopian highlands and leads to the historical sites of the country in the north. The trip covers the Danakil Depression, which is quite colorful and adventurous which became to be known as ANOTHER PLANET; Gheralta Ranges, known for its landscape and historic churches hidden in mountain caves.

Tour – Denakil Depression and Gheralta

Duration – 8 nights and 9 days

Transportation: Drive and flight

Accommodation - 4* Hotel in Addis Ababa, 3* hotels and camping outside of Addis Ababa

  • Tour Overview
day 01

. DEPARTURE FROM YOUR HOME COUNTRY

day 02

. ARRIVAL AND CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

You are met on arrival and escorted to your hotel. After a break, take a city tour of Addis Ababa. Situated where the Great Rift Valley crosses Ethiopia’s mountain range at more than 7,000 feet above sea-level, Addis Ababa is a large sprawling city with a population of more than five million people. visit the National Museum. It is home to the skeleton of Selam, who like Lucy, is an Australopithecus afarensis. Often nicknamed Lucy’s baby, Selam actually lived nearly 150,000 years before Lucy. Continue on to the Ethnographic Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, located in a palace of former Emperor Haile Selassie. See precious pieces of Ethiopian Christian art.

Also, visit Entoto Mountain, the site from which Addis Ababa’s founder, Menelik, descended down to the plains. Visit the two churches he built and his palace, which displays 19th-century royal attire, weaponry, furniture, and intricately designed crosses made with precious metals. Also enjoy expansive views of the city and the Entoto Mountain Range. Finally, have a brief tour of craft shops along Churchill Road before returning to the hotel.

O/N Capital Spa and Hotel(www.capitalhotelandspa.com)

day 03

. FLY MEKELLE AND DRIVE AHMED ELA

Be welcomed by your driver on arrival at the airport and drive from Mekelle to Barehale, where you will rest under the shade, while our guide pays the entrance fees for Erta ale and Dallol, and arranges for the local guide and Afari scouts. After completing all the logistics, continue to drive to Ahmad ‘ela; on the way you will admire and appreciate the culture of Afari societies. Drive to Ahmad ‘ela along unmarked sandy tracks. Ahmad ‘ela is the base to explore the salt lake, its workers and the camel caravans that take the salt tablets to market.

O/N Camping

day 04

. DODOM – ERTAL ALE

Drive from Afdera to Dodom. At Dodom we will hire mules to transport your luggage and camping gear and then you will start walking to Erta Ale, admiring the volcanic landscape and the dry lava around Crater Lake. Then we travel by camel to the Erta Ale Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is 15kms one way. You arrive at Erta Ale around midnight and trek to its rim to view the volcanic eruption and its lava lake. After shooting photos of this spectacular site, we will camp at the volcano base.

O/N Camping

day 05

. BACK TO DODOM AND DRIVE TO AHMED ELA

Early in the morning drive to Ahmad ’ela along unmarked sandy tracks. Ahmedela is the base to explore the salt mines, salt workers and camel caravans.

O/N Camping

day 06

. EXCURSION TO DALLOL AND DRIVE TO GHERALTA

Visit the Dallol area, salt mining and camel caravans. After an early breakfast, drive to Lake Asale. Here you will observe salt cutting, shaping and then loading onto the endless camel caravans. Then proceed to Dallol and enjoy the spectacular view of this strange and wonderful terrain and colorful hot springs. These hot springs are composed of different minerals along with sulfurs and potash and create spectacular colors. Then later in the afternoon, drive to Mekelle and en route Atsbi to visit Michael Imba. This church is almost a monolith and three of its walls are completely free of the cliff out of which it is carved. The interior decoration of the church is impressive. It is described as "an artistically finished church". The church's ceiling, like that of Wukro Cherkos, is geometrically patterned. Stepped capitals and a large Greek cross hewn in relief on the ceiling can also be seen. The walls have many carvings and the wooden doors are beautifully decorated. There are nine freestanding and sixteen pillars in relief. Mikael Imba is one of the painstakingly carved and complex churches of Tigrai. Mikael Imba is also one of the wealthiest churches in terms of treasures and manuscripts.

O/N Gheralta Lodge(www.gheraltalodgetigrai.com)

day 07

. GHERALTA – ABUNE YEMATA AND ABUNE GEBRE MICHALE

Hawzien has a 3,000 year history. It was originally an old trading centre but today the area is exclusively agricultural. Many ruins in the area still bear testimony to the day in 1988 when the dictator Mengistu wanted to punish rebel fighters and 2,500 people died under an air attack which dropped napalm bombs. Morning drive to Abune Yemata, one of the best known of the “Rock Churches“ in the Gheralta Range with colorful paintings of the new and old testament. Climbing up to the church takes 40 minutes and the view is breathtaking. The church is dated to the late Axumite period around 7th - 8th century AD and the ceiling is decorated with painted domes of saints. Ascending and descending is an adventure by itself.

After descending from Abune Yemata, we drive to Debre Tsion. It is about 40 minutes’ walk from the escarpment. It is a monastic cliff church carved in to a rusty sandstone face. It has an impressive and unusually symbolic exterior. The interior of the church is lovely decorated. The back walls of the holy of holies, the domes and wall panels are abundantly decorated with fine painting of saints and Apostles. Especially the dome is beautifully adorned with patterns. Because of the simplicity of the lines and colors, the paintings are estimated to be of the 15th century although the church officials prefer to date it, in the 14th century. A 15th century unique circular ceremonial fan (one meter in diameter) with wooden framework makes the visit to this church special. Each of its 34 panels is finely painted with figures of Apostles. Its walls are decorated with many geometrical designs and carvings in relief depicting Angels and Saints. It is indeed a manifestation of the great stone workmanship that was common in the whole of Tigrai both at that time and before.

O/N Gheralta Lodge(www.gheraltalodgetigrai.com)

day 08

. DRIVE MEKELLE

Morning drive to Medhane Alem (Saviour of the world). The church can be reached through a combination of asphalt and dirt roads through Freweyni via Hawzein. To access the church you climb a slope of exposed sandstone. It is covered with potholes which local people believe to be the hoof prints of St. George’s horse. This church is one of Tigrai’s oldest and finest rock-hewn churches. Its exterior and interior walls are roughly hewn, which only makes the elaborately carved coffered ceiling much more special. It is quite possibly the oldest rock-hewn church in Tigrai, or anywhere in Ethiopia.

The next visit will be at Petros Paulos church. It is situated in the same locality as Medhane Alem Adi Kesho. A ten minutes’ drive across fields brings you to this antiquity, which is visible from the main road because of its white-washed façade. It is on the top of a bluff, reached by carefully climbing a rickety ladder and platforms placed against the cliff side. The architecture of this church is not very impressive. It does, however, boast some fascinatingly primitive paintings. On the walls and on the chamber antecedent to the Holy of Holies a number of striking paintings depict the Madonna and Child, Angles, the Nine Saints, and Christ resurrecting Adam and Eve. Finally, drive to Mekelle for your overnight.

Today, you will have dinner at a private house with a member of a family while sharing experiences about the social life of Ethiopia.

O/N Planet International Hotel(www.planetinternationalhotel.com)

day 09

. MORNING FLIGHT TO ADDIS ABABA AND DEPARTURE BACK HOME

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

day 10

. ARRIVE IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

4 Day Trip Danakil

It’s located in North East Ethiopia, in the Afar department. Danakil Depression is known for the ‘hottest place on earth’ but that title does the place so much injustice. The Danakil region is so much more than how high the temperature gets – its unique geological features are the ones that draw visitors to visit despite the cost, the many hours of off road driving, and barebone accommodation.

A trip to the Danakil Depression is without a doubt, the absolute highlight of Ethiopia. Also, it is a place where the prehistoric sites are located. And finally, this tour passes through the volcanic landscapes of Afar and Tigrai.

Tour – Danakil Depression

Duration – 4 days and 3 nights

Transportation: Drive and camel ride

Accommodation - Camping

  • Tour Overview
day 01

. MEKELLE – HAMED ELA

Drive to Hamedela via Berhale. The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.

Over night-----

day 02

. HAMED ELA – DODOM

We start early, shortly after a 06:30 breakfast, and drive to Dodom at the base of Erta Ale. This may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Dodom. You will trek from Dodom to Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ert Ale at 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain.

Over night ---

day 03

. DODOM-HAMED ELA

Early morning you will rise with the sun with time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Dodom for breakfast. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time to relax you will drive on to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people.

Over night camping at Hamed Ela.

day 04

. HAMED ELA-MEKELLE

Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • -Transport latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
  • -All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
  • -Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • -Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty bottles of water for the trip.
  • -Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers expenses
  • -Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
  • -Cooking, camping equipment,
  • -Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
  • -Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
  • -Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
  • -Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
  • -For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security and transportation.
Price doesn't include
  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Incidental meals

Other services

If you need post and pre extension tours to other destinations(Gheralta, Axum, Lalibela….), and also if you are looking for domestic flights, we can offer you on request.



Security

Danakil security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamedela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamedela to Ertale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security when visiting the Danakil.

2 Day Trip Danakil

It’s located in North East Ethiopia, in the Afar department. Danakil Depression is known for the ‘hottest place on earth’ but that title does the place so much injustice. The Danakil region is so much more than how high the temperature gets – its unique geological features are the ones that draw visitors to visit despite the cost, the many hours of off road driving, and barebone accommodation.

A trip to the Danakil Depression is without a doubt, the absolute highlight of Ethiopia. Also, it is a place where the prehistoric sites are located. And finally, this tour passes through the volcanic landscapes of Afar and Tigrai.

Tour – Dallol or Ertale

Duration – 2 days and 1 night.

Transportation: Drive and/or camel ride

Accommodation - Camping

  • Tour Overview
day 01

. MEKELLE – HAMED ELA DRIVE TO HAMED ELA VIA BERHALE

The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level; You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.(3-4 hrs drive) Camp Hamedela. After drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. Sun set at Dallol.

Over night camping at Hamed Ela.

day 02

. HAMED ELA - MEKELLE

Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

day 01

. MEKELLE TO DODOM VIA ABAALA

We start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 06:30. This is may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava,rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 17km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials

like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.

over night at the rim of the Volacano.

day 02

. DODOM – MEKELLE

Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00.

You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After drive to reach Eript, better village with a total population about 500 people. Drive to Erbiti and proceed to Mekele.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Vehicle latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty bottles of water for the trip.
  • Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
  • Cooking, camping equipment,
  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
  • Camel and Camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
  • Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
  • Government Taxes-VAT
Price doesn't include
  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Incidental meals

Other services

If you need post and pre extension tours to other destinations(Gheralta, Axum, Lalibela….), and also if you are looking for domestic flights, we can offer you on request.



Security

Danakil security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamedela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamedela to Ertale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security when visiting the Danakil.

Bale Mountains & Sof Omar

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Duration – 6 nights and 7 days

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  • Tour Overview
day 01

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Depart south from Addis Ababa to Dinsho, where the Bale Mountains National Park headquarters is located. On the way you will stop at Ziway to admire the wonderful birdlife on the shores of this lake.

Overnight in Dinsho (camping or in basic lodge).

day 02

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Depart from Dinsho through the Web Valley toward Finch Abera waterfall.

Overnight camping at the Sodota Campsite.

day 03

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Depart from Sodota, following the Wasema River through the valley. Continue to the Worgona Campsite. After setting up camp, take a short trip to the Worgona Mineral Springs for a visit.

Overnight camping at Worgona Campsite.

day 04

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Early morning, depart from Worgona Campsite to Garba Guracha. On the way you will climb Mt. Batu, at 4203 meters. Continue to the campsite in the Tegona Valley, close to Garba Guracha Lake.

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day 05

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Early morning departure to the Sanetti Plateau and the Crane Lakes. The Sanetti Plateau is home to the Ethiopian Wolf, endemic to Ethiopia. You may also climb Tullu Deemtu, the highest point in the Bale Mountains at 4377m. At the end of the day you will be met by your vehicle and continue to Goba for overnight at Wabe Shabelle Hotel.

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day 06

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In the morning, depart from Goba for the Sof Omar caves. The most famous spot of the caves is the Chamber of Columns, with limestone pillars up to 20m high. From the entrance, you will follow a 1.7km trail through several other chambers; this will take about 1 hour, and you will pass the Web River, which snakes through the cave, seven times. The birdlife in the area is very abundant. After the visit, proceed to Lake Langano

for overnight at Sabana Beach Resort (camping or lodge).

day 07

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After a refreshing morning swim in Lake Langano, depart for Addis Ababa. On the way, you may visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m. Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year.

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Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Vehicle hire in 4WD vehicle (Toyota Landcruiser or similar), including Englishspeaking driver/guide, driver’s allowance (for his food & accommodation), fuel and insurance
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above (or similar quality, based on availability), single room including breakfast
  • Lunch, dinner and beverages
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Armed scouts, mules and mule handlers
  • All food & water while camping
  • All cooking & camping materials, including cooking tent, tables & chairs
  • Cook to prepare food for entire expedition team
  • All applicable taxes
Price doesn't include
  • Accommodation and activities in Addis Ababa (quoted separately)
  • Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Camera and/or photo fees
  • Items of a personal nature
6 days North

This adventure will begin with the combination of biking, walking, hiking and trekking through the churches and breathtaking landscapes Tembein and Gheralta.

The natural landscapes of the Gheralta Mountains are called by some travelers as the Ethiopian Arizona. We are engaging in a range of eco-tourism activities, the tour designed to offer you unique insight into Gheralta life. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture by visiting farms that have been in operation for generation after generation, climb to the ancient rock-hewn churches, travel by horseback , camel and bike to the villages, witness the wide array of culture, taste the unique Ethiopian cuisine while having a coffee ceremony, and much, much more.

In choosing this special tour to visit and experience the landscapes, culture and famed rock-hewn churches in a unique and sustainable way. You will be hearing Gheralta’s story from the local people and experiencing the region’s remarkable beauty in a manner that no other tour operation can offer you; while at the same time giving back to our communities and supporting us to

Duration – 5 nights and 6 days

Transportation: Drive, Flight and Bike

Accommodation - 4* Hotel in Addis Ababa and Best lodges out Side of Addis Ababa

  • Tour Overview
day 01

. ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABABA

You will be welcomed by our staff and escorted to your hotel.

Overnight Capita Hotel and Spa

day 02

. ARRIVAL IN MEKELLE AND DRIVE TO TEMBEIN

After arrival, drive to Tembein and visit Abba Yohani Monastery. Tigrai northern Ethiopia is one of the over 200 rock hewn churches found throughout the state. The rock hewn churches and monasteries were built around 1800 to 1600 years ago. Abba Yohani monastery was built in the fourth century by Abune Aron Ze Gamche also some work has been done with the help of Emperor Gebremeskel of Axum. Emperor Gebremeskel is the son of the famous Axumite King of Kings Emperor Kaleb.
Afternoon visit the lifestyles of the community in one of the household around Tembein area including irrigation activities.

Overnight Mylomin Lodge

day 03

. BIKE TO HAWZEIN

After a hearty breakfast, ride a bike to the direction of Gheralta Churches, en route stop to visit Abune Gebre Michael church. The church is situated south of Abune Yamata (Guh) and considered one of the best and finest churches in Gheralta; this church’s cruciform plan is hewn beautifully into a dome like rock. Its features good frescoes and carefully carved columns, pillars, cupolas and arches. The interior part of the church is abundantly decorated with marvelous paintings and murals are worth visiting. Later, stop for a picnic lunch at one of a family house where you will be serviced with Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
In the afternoon after lunch, climb the rock hewn church of Abune Yemata (Guh) which requires physical fitness. Abune Yemata, one of the best known of the “Rock Churches“ in the Gheralta Range with colorful paintings of the new and old testament. Climbing up to the church takes 40 minutes and the view is breathtaking. The church is dated to the late Axumite period around 7th - 8th century AD and the ceiling is decorated with painted domes of saints. Ascending and descending is an adventure by itself.

Overnight Gheralta Lodge

day 04

.EXPLORE GHERALTA

This morning after breakfast, visit the rock-hewn churches of Maryam and Daniel Korkor, two churches nearby. Maryam Korkor is said to be dated to the late 7th century. However, The paintings dated back to the 13th century. The architecture in Maryam Korkor. The pillar features a very earnest saint or an angel. Daniel Korkor is situated on a small ledge a short walk to the opposite side of the towering butte. The church consists of two small rooms with whitewashed walls, adorned with simple but powerful paintings, or rather drawings. Walking up and down is fascinating.
Visiting the lifestyle and activities the local peoples around the small town of Megab/Koraro which includes:
* Injera cooking demonstration
* Hair Braiding demonstration
*Evening Cultural Dance show with Coffee Ceremony for 1 hour
*Horse/camel riding
And visit Hawzien market if today is Wednesday.

Overnight Korkor Lodge

day 05

. BIKE TO WUKRO

After a morning breakfast, bike to the direction of Wukro and en route visit Abreha we Atsbeha church. The church is a large and cruciform in shape, with interesting architectural features such as cruciform pillars and step capitals. There is also well preserved 17th century paintings depicting Saints and Biblical scenes. The church contains many valuable.
En route, stop to visit the community work such as potable water supply for the community and health post.

Overnight Wukro Lodge

day 06

. BIKE MEKELLE ND FLY ADDIS ABABA

After a relaxed breakfast, ride your bike through the road that goes to Mekelle and en route visit the newly excavated pre-Axumite site of Adi Akawih. The site is situated near the town of Wukro. This site has ancient objects such as a statute of seated women and at its base is an altar with Sabean inscription and a partially inscribed podium.
Later, ride to Mekelle and on arrival; you will visit the Memorial for Martyred Freedom Fighters and Patriots. Here you will navigate through the modern history that took place between 1974 to 1991. Then, check in to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa.
On arrival in Addis in the evening, enjoy traditional dinner at a traditional restaurant while enjoying traditional music. Finally, check in to the airport if you have international flight the same night or have a night at rest in one of the hotels.

End Of Tour

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

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