North & South Ethiopia - 15 Day

 

Day 00:

  • As per own flight arrangements, depart from your home country to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Day 01:

  • On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
  • We will start our site-seeing by National Museum which houses some of the country’s historic treasures.
  • Visit the two major highlights of the city, the Ethnographic Museum and the church of the Holy Trinity, Ethiopia’s main cathedral and home to the remains of the last emperor, Haile Selassie.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02:

  • After breakfast, we fly north to Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country.
  • Take a boat trip on the lake to learn the secrets held by the monasteries and churches on the islands. We will visit Ura Kidane Mihret church on Zeghie peninsula. 
  • In the afternoon we will visit Tississat Falls, Amharic for ‘water that smokes’.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 03:

  • This morning we drive for the 3-31/2 hour (185km) north to Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia.
  • This afternoon we’ll also make a visit to the Debre Birhan Selassie church (Light of Trinity) with its sensational angelic ceiling and mural.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 04:

  • After breakfast we drive to Debark on the edge of the Simien Mountains.
  • In the late morning we drive up into the mountains for some spectacular views of this unique ecosystem.
  • We take an optional 1.5hr walk, mostly flat or downhill, and we will see the Endemic Gelada baboons, Klipspringers, Lammergeyer vultures, and bushbuck.
  • In the afternoon we will drive back to Gondar for our overnight at the Hotel.

Day 05:

  • After breakfast we head towards Axum which is considered as the seat of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Axum.
  • We will also visit the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 06:

  • Today we take a short flight to Lalibela and visit the first cluster of rockhewn churches in the afternoon.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 07:

  • After breakfast we will visit the church of Yimrhane Kristos.
  • In the afternoon, we will visit the remaining rock-hewn churches of Lalibela that include the churches of Bete Gabriel and Rafael, Merkorous, Emanuel and Abba Libanos.
  • The rest of the day is spent absorbing the atmosphere of this extraordinary town with its Tukul or round houses.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 08:

  • This day after our morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the Air Port for your flight back to Addis Ababa.
  • On our arrival we will directly drive to Lake Langano and enjoy more of the Rift Valley landscape and the stunning views over the Lakes of Abijata and Shala.
  • We have the possibility of visiting the Ostrich farm at Abijata Shala National Park.
  • In the afternoon we will relax on the shore of Lake Langano, side resort for our overnight at Lake Side Resort Sabana Lodge.

Day 09:

  • After breakfast we will drive to Arba Minch through the Sodo Village and then proceed northwest of Arba Minch to Guge Mountains to visit the Dorze and Chencha villages.
  • In the late afternoon drive back to Arba Minch.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10:

  • After an early breakfast, take a morning drive to Konso.
  • Keep driving to Key Afer, if the day is Thursday, we will have a chance to visit the colourful Thursday market where we should see and photographed the Ari, Bena, Hamer and Tsemay people.
  • After visiting the market we drive on to Jinka, often called the gateway to the Omo Valley.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11:

  • Today we take an early morning drive to Mago National Park, from here, visit the Mursi highlands where the most illustrious of Ethiopia’s unique tribes lives.
  • Back to Jinka for your lunch and afternoon go to the Ari Village near by the town of Jinka for experiencing and learning the culture of Ari tribe and explore how they make their traditional homemade alcoholic drinks.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12:

  • After breakfast, we will continue driving through the Omo Valley region to Turmi via Dimeka. The Hamer tribe is one of the largest groups in the Valley.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13:

  • This day morning, we continue through the savannah along tracks that are barely visible, passing through a vast meadowland with shrubs and umbellifers (‘umbrella’ acacia trees) for an excursion to the Murulle area.
  • We arrive at Korcho village with beautiful views over the Omo River to see the Karo ethnic group.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 14:

  • After breakfast we will drive to Arba Minch through Konso.
  • After our lunch in Arbamnich in the afternoon we will have a boat trip on clear blue waters of Lake Chamo to see the crocodiles, hippos & aquatic bird species.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15:

  • Enjoy breakfast with the morning at leisure.
  • In the mid-day, you will be transferred to the Arba Minch Airport and fly back to Addis Ababa.
  • Arrive in Addis Ababa in late afternoon and transfer to the Hotel and have a room as a day use for wash/change and get ready for the evening flight.
  • You might be interested for the last minute souvenir shopping at the markets.
  • In the evening, we will go out to one of the best cultural restaurant for the Farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant with live traditional dances program.
  • You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your further destination.