Tour code:-ETN001 Duration: 30 Days
&29 Nights Transport: - Flight
& surface TOUR TYPE: HISTORY,
NATURE, TREKKING Start: Addis Ababa Finish: Addis Ababa Accommodation: -
4&5 star hotels, camping Transport: - Mini
bus, High roof & Coaster Tour, 4WD Tour
ends: Addis Ababa
More Highlight Information
City tour in Addis Ababa Entoto Mountain, National Museum,
Visit beautiful landscapes through the Gibe River Valley,
visit to the famous Aba Jifar II palace.
Game drive to Chebera Churchura national park to discover an
Visit Bonga was an ancient Kingdom of Kaffa, the birthplace
Omo National Park through different tribes such as Dizi,
Menit, and Surma.
Mago National Park (Hanna Mursi) Cross the Omo River by
Visit the cultural landscape of Konso is the youngest World
Heritage Site of Ethiopia
Visit Lake Chamo, The Nech Sar National Park includes parts
of Lake Abaya
Visit Bale Mountains National Park Dinsho Forest for Mountain
Nyala, Menelik’s Bush Buck, & Ethiopian Wolf.
Visit Abijata -Shalla Lakes National Park for ostriches,
antelopes, hot springs.
Visit Harar and proceed to Babile, visit the unique Dakatta
Rock formation (on Babile – Jijiga Road)
Visit Yangudi Rassa National Park to Semera.
Visit the to the Danakil depression& Arte /Erte Ale
explore the Tigray Churches, visit to the 3 main highlights
among the Tigray Churches – namely Abuna
Yemata, Maryam Korkor and Daniel Korkor, all set near the town of Hawzen.
Semian National Park see the endemic animals like the Walia
Ibex and Ethiopian Red Fox.
View the Jinbar River.
Visit Gonder the Royal Enclosure, visit to Emperor
Fasiledes’ Bath, and Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie
Day 1: Arrival City Tour of Addis Ababa
In the morning, arrive at Addis Ababa bole International
Airport, meet Enter Ethiopia Tour representative and transfer to your Hotel
then after Breakfast, we drive to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic
view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of
St. Mary, built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Take some
images at Mount Entoto. Then drive to National Museum where we are going to be visiting
different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s replica Skeleton).and visit
the Trinity Cathedral and finally if time allows, visit Merkato – the largest
open market in Africa
sapphire hotel or similar standard
Day 2: Addis Ababa to Jimma (346km
In the morning start driving to Jimma, in route we will be visiting
the interesting Gurage people village passing through beautiful landscapes, as
we drive through the Gibe River Valley. Afternoon if time allows have a visit
to the famous Aba Jifar II palace. Abba Jifar II was king of the Gibe Kingdom
of Jimma (reigned 1878 - 1932). He was the son of Abba Gomoland Queen Gumiti.
Lunch Weliso or welkite Dinner Dololo hotel
stay in Jima (Dololo hotel)
Day 3: Jimma chebera Churchura, National Park
Morning after breakfast we drive to Chebera Churchura national
park. In the national park, it will be an opportunity to discover an untouched
wilderness, very fascinating highly rugged, undulating landscape to rolling
plains. There are number of hilly & mountainous places which the whole year
covered with vegetation. The park comprises unique and attractive mountain
closed forest, closed tall-grassed savannah habitat, thick woodland forest So
far, 37 larger mammals and 237 species of birds have been recorded in the
different habitats (Highland & Riverine forest and savanna and bush lands)
of the park.
Overnight stay at Chebera Churchura National
Day 4: chebera Churchura National Park
In afternoon visit the park and surrounding which White-cliff
chat, banded-barbet, wattle 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. Currently, CCNP
appears to be the least disturbed and reliable ecosystem for the African
elephant and Buffalo in the country.
Overnight stay at Chebera Churchura National
Day 5: Chebera Churchura
National Park, - Mizan Teferi
Morning after breakfast we have some site see in the park
and drive to Bonga. On the way we have a short hike in the beautiful surroundings
of Bonga. Bonga was an ancient Kingdom
of Kaffa, the birthplace of coffee. We
will have an opportunity to visit a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the
culture of the Kaffa people reach to Mizane Teppi.
Overnight in Mizan Teferi salayish hotel
Mizan Teferi- Omo National Park
After a short drive we reach the biggest and oldest
plantation of Ethiopia. Have a guided tour through the coffee plantation in
Bebeka and after, we drive to Omo National Park through different tribes such
as Dizi, Menit, and Surma.
Overnight- tented camp at Kibish the Park’s Head
Quarter – Omo Park
Day 7: Omo National Park (KIBISH – TUMI)
After breakfast in camp site and walk to Omo National Park looking
for wildlife. Expected wildlife: Buffalo, Swayne Hartebeest, elephant, leopard,
cheetah, lions, kudu, dik- dik, hyena, monkeys – such as velvet monkeys, common
monkeys, Colobus Monkeys ….and birdlife.
Note that there could be a Donga Fighting amongst the Surma Tribes during your visit. Based on
the accomplishment of the target mission, we may attend the astonishing stick
fighting. For the wildlife, an experienced wildlife guide will also join at the
park’s head office.
Overnight- Tumi camp site – Omo Park
Day 8: Omo National Park - Mago National
Morning After breakfast in camp Drive from Omo National Park
(Tumi) to Mago National Park (Hanna Mursi). Cross the Omo River by local boat
and get the car on the other side of the river for Mago Park. In the park,
looking for wildlife: Buffalo, elephant, kudu, dik-dik, monkeys…also Mursi
tribes are settled here.
Overnight – tented
camp – Mago National Park
Day 9:- Mago- Mursi- jinka
In The morning drive to visit Mursi the Mursi tribe are one
of the last remaining tribes in Africa to still wear traditional dress and
accessories. The Mursi women also wear clay or wooden plates in their lower
lips or earlobes. Afternoon visit jinka town spend evening in jinka
Overnight Eco omo Lodge jinka
Day 10: Jinka-Konso- Arba Minch (272km, starting
from the park)
Drive to Arba Minch via konso. On the way you may see Benna
and Tsemai tribes with their interesting dressing style, different beads and
ornamentation. The cultural landscape of Konso is the youngest World Heritage
Site of Ethiopia. The Konso are famous for their waga stelae or grave markers
for an important carved wooden grave markers.
Overnight: in Haile resort
Day 11: Arba Minch
Morning in Arba Minch
we visit Lake Chamo, The Nech Sar
National Park includes parts of Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo and the 'Bridge of
God' between them. It offers stunning scenery and a variety of wildlife among
them the endemic Swayne's hartebeest. Game drives and walks are possible in the
park. A boat trip on Lake Chamo offers a variety of birds, most of the time hippo's
and a spectacular visit to the 'crocodile market' where dozens of crocodiles
(among them the biggest of Africa) warming their bodies in sun. Visit parts of
National Park and white pelicans, looking for wildlife: Zebra, kudu, Swayne’s
hartebeest, and monkeys.
Overnight – Haile resort – Arba Minch or similar standared
Day 12: Bale Mountains National Park (412km
Morning drive to the Dinsho area of Bale Mountains National
Park. Based on time, Sinkille Swaynes Hartebeest sanctuary could be visited.
Visit Dinsho Forest for: Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bush Buck, Bohor (estimated
time – 8hrs drive) or take a rest in the park and enjoy the park from the
Overnight- tented camp or Dinsho Lodge – Dinsho
Day 13: Bale Mountains National Park
Bale Mountains National Park: Looking for wildlife in the
Dinsho Forest/Gaysay area, including Mountain Nyala, and transfer to the
Sanetti Plateau area for Ethiopian Wolf (I assure you 100% that Ethiopian Wolf
can be seen easily in this park! And Giant Mole Rat, Harenna Forest the forest
is so dense and bird life is abundant
Overnight- tented camp or Dinsho Lodge
Day 14: Bale Mountains National Park Goba (visit
Sof Omar caves)
This day, weather permitting, we travel to Sof Omar cave,
100 km/ 2, 5 hr to the east. Here we admire what is believed the largest
network of limestone caves in Africa. The Web River flows through the cave
system and when the river is too high the caves are not accessible. In that
case we explore more of the Bale Mountains.
Overnight– Bale Goba or similar standard
Day 15: Bale Mountains National Park to Lake
This is the best opportunity to photograph Ethiopian Wolf and
transfer to Lake Langano. And visit Swayne’s hartebeest at Sinkille Swaynes
Hartebeest sanctuary seeing them in group’s heir. On the way also visit Abijata
-Shalla Lakes National Park for ostriches, antelopes, hot springs (at Lake
Shalla) and enormous pink Flamingos at Lake Abijata. Evening in Lake Langano
Overnight – Sabana lodge – Langano or similar standard
Day 16: Awash National Park (254km)
Morning if you are interested you can swim in Langano Lake
and drive to Awash National Park. On the way, visit Lake Ziway for birdlife.
You may test fresh fish fished on Lake Ziway. Again on the way near Awash Park,
bird watching on Lake Beseka. Looking for wildlife at Awash National Park:
dik-dik, lion, cheetah, waterbuck (more probable if you can camp near the hot
springs), kudu, monkeys & birds like bustard, secretary bird (About 4hrs
drive). To see more wildlife camping nearby the hot spring is better. The hot
spring is at about 30km dirt road from the main road from Addis Ababa to Harar.
– Awash fall lodge or camp - Awash Park
Day 17: Babile
Elephant Sanctuary (334 asphalt & 30 km to sanctuary)
Early morning we will leave Awash for Harar admiring the
Arba Gugu mountain chain on the way after the park's bio diversity. rediscover
the Oryx and drive to Harar. Lunch in Harar and proceed to Babile, visit the
unique Dakatta Rock formation (on Babile – Jijiga Road) and drive to Babile
elephant sanctuary. Looking for elephants (based on time.
–camping in the Sanctuary
Day 18: Harar City Tour
Explore the sanctuary in the morning and drive to Harar.
Afternoon; Harar city was the best Islamic scholarship center before 15
century. Its walls registered in UNESCO & five gates made to protect them
from external force still exist. Hyena feeding rituals and old villages of
Harrari people have to be seen in a couple of days visit the walled city of
Harar. Your Harar visit includes: the Rimbaud House, Harari tribes house,
Palace of Ras Mekonnen (father of Emperor Haile SellassieI), Museum and the
hyena man show (evening).
Overnight – Wonder land hotel – Harar or similar
Day 19:Harar- Yangudi Rassa National Park -Semera
Drive north – east through Yangudi Rassa National Park to
Semera, Wild Ass (rare to be seen) is in this park. If we reach early before
the office is closed, we will collect entrance tickets for the Danakil
depression & Arte Ale.
Overnight – basic hotel – Semera (about 8hrs
Day 20: Semera - Arte /Erte Ale (Camping)
Drive to Afdera reach at nearly lunch time. Afternoon drive to
Erte Ale via Kuserewad. Looking the smoke of the Volcano. 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.
Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Erta Ale is 613 meters,
one of only five in the world, at the summit Overnight – camping – at Arte Ale
Bottom/ base of Mount Erta Ale.
Overnight – on the rim of the crater – Arte Ale.
Day 21: Erte Ale - Hamed Ela (Camping)
Drive to Hamed Ela (at the base of Erta Ale). The 80 km
distance passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and
occasional palm lined oasis. After we pass several small hamlets scattered here
and there in this desert land.
Overnight – camp in – Hamed Ela
Day 22: Hamed Ela – Mekelle (Danakil Depression)
Early morning (at 6am local time); before the merciless sun
flame, drive to the Danakil depression. On this day; we will be in the awesome
of Dallol. After Dallol; proceed to the traditional salt extraction site from
where many camels are waiting to be loaded rock salts just nearby the Salt Lake
of Asalé. Then transfer to Mekelle via Berahile we pass through a small town of
Berhale where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern
. Overnight – planet hotel – Mekelle
Day 23: Mekelle –Gheralta-Hawzen
Now 1600 years later, the Gheralta region of Tigray has more
120 of these rock-hewn churches, each with its own unique ancient murals and
relics. Gheralta will take you back in time: shepherds dressed in all white
woven-cloth carrying wooden staffs, peasant homes and farms constructed from
light-colored stones, and passing camels carrying loads of salt back from Afar.
Morning after breakfast With just 1 day to explore the
Tigray Churches, from Makele we also want
to limit our visit to the 3 main highlights among the Tigray Churches – namely Abuna Yemata, Maryam Korkor and Daniel
Korkor, all set near the town of Hawzen. ABUNA YEMATA GUH
Abuna Yemata Guh is not a hike for the faint of heart. It is
short in distance, but there is a 30 foot section of straight free climbing
plus a 1000 foot increase in elevation to reach the top. We can ask guide to
bring a rope and harness, which is probably the safest option. If you select to
go without the harness, the guide will help place your hands and feet as you
MARYAM KORKOR & DANIEL KORKOR
This hike has the most amazing vistas in the region, as well
as two of the best churches: Maryam Korkor and Daniel Korkor. The journey will
be longer than Abuna Yemata. A huge, high ceiling is supported by 12 free
standing pillars. Looking at it you could not help but wonder how the architect
managed to carve so high from the ground. In the evening we will proceed to
Overnight Gheralta Lodge or similar standard
Morning after breakfast we will proceed to Axum The Northern
Ethiopia ancient city of Axum, regarded as the cradle of Ethiopian culture and
Christianity, is the country's oldest extant urban settlement. This day we will
visit 2000 years old mysterious monolithic Axum Stelae, Queen of Sheba's palace
and bath, Church of St Mary of Zion, Museums, and King Kaleb Tomb place in the
ancient city of Axum.
After its conversion to Christianity, early in the fourth
century, Axum also emerged as an important religious center, site of the
country's most important and revered Church of St Mary of Zion, which,
according to Ethiopian tradition, is the repository of the biblical Ark of the Covenant.
O/N YARED ZEMA or Similar standard
DAY 25 AXUM- Semian National Park - Sankabe
Early morning drive to Semian National Park through LimaLimo
road. At lunch time we reach Debarek and
have lunch in Debark. In debark we will arrange your visit with the park office
and receive a scout and guide then drive into the park to arrive at Sankaber.
We can either drive all the way to Sankaber or have the car drop you off near
Buayt’Ras for a short hike. If your pick is to hike in you will enjoy beautiful
views of the landscape and the endless mountain ridges, and you likely see some
gelada baboons. When we arrive in Sankaber we will be met with your supplies.
If you choose camping for first night Sankaber will be the first campsite or we
will have a night stay in Semain lodge
O/N Camping or Semen lodge
Day 26 - Sankaber to Geech Camp:
Sankaber we will begin hiking following the ridge and look out over the foothills
800m down. From the ridge we will descend down into the valley and be able to
view the Jinbar River plunging into the Geech Abyss. After some time at the
waterfall we will continue on to Geech village where we will find our second
Day 27- Geech to Chennek:
breakfast we will start up on a 7-8 hour hike of the best views we will see in
the Simien Mountains. In route we will pass through Imet Gogo. Here we will
have reached an altitude of 3,926m and be able to look out at the amazing
landscape from 360 degrees. At this height and view point we can see the canyon
below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys. Lunch will
be here and then we will descend to Chennek (3,600m) for our third campsite.
Day 28- Chennek to Gondar:
Morning after Breakfast at the campsite then a 2 hour hike
up to the Buwahit peak. Here we will be standing on the second highest peak in
the Simien Mountains (4,430m). Here is where many visitors are able to see the
endemic animals like the Walia Ibex and Ethiopian Red Fox. After spending time
at the peak we will hike back down to Chennek for lunch and transportation back
to Debark and proceed to Gondar.
Overnight Gondar Goha Hotel
Day 29- Gondar:Royal
Visit Gonder the Royal Enclosure. This 70,000-sq meter
UNESCO World Heritage site was once the seat of emperor Fasiledes and his
successors in the 16th and 17th century. The numerous castles and palaces that
remain within the walls of the enclosure are a testament to the royal capital’s
former splendor. And visit to Emperor Fasiledes’ Bath. During the Timkat festival, the pool is
filled with blessed water and devotees are invited to swim and frolic in the
pool in a ceremonial replication of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River
finally Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art
and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels. Evening drive to airport
and fly back to Addis
Overnight Addis Ababa Sapphire hotel
Day 30 Addis Ababa
Depending to your flight time if you have a time you have
shopping in Addis Ababa.
END OF THE TOUR!!! - Ethiopian Airlines Passengers – Discounted Rate: $ 255 Per
Person (Subjected to change)
- Other Airlines Passengers - Regular Rate: $
520 Per Person (Subjected to change)
Meet and greetings at the Airport and assistance for Hotel
Hotel Accommodations with on Double /Twin Room sharing with
on a selected hotel lists.
Meals include Breakfasts, (Lunch and Dinner) if full board
Two Bottled water per person per day in the car.
Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees where
applicable according to the itinerary.
Local guides fees.
Professional English Speaking National Guide with you
throughout the trip.
Transfers and all ground transportations based on A/C Mini
Bus as per the itinerary with all fuel expenses.
Boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries and churches on
the islands and on Lake Chamo
All necessary Government taxes.
Coffee ceremony, and Honey wine drinks
Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
Video filming and photography fees.
Personal nature expenses, alcoholic drinks, laundry
Telephone calls, tips for the tour staffs etc...
Any other expenses except those listed on the
itinerary is flexible, and will likely changed in order to coordinated visits
with market days in the south, which is a great opportunity to mingle with the
people, Traditional farewell Dinner in Addis Ababa