20 Days Combination tour (Historic, Cultural route and Danakil)
Duration: 20 days
Means of transport: By Air and Land
Day 1 : Fly ADDIS ABABA- BAHIRDAR
Boat trip & blue nile water fall. Morning transfer to the airport to fly Bahirdar, upon arrival meet with SET team and drive to your hotel, after check in and breakfast boat cruise on this beautiful highland lake to see the monastery church of the beautifully decorated Ura Kidanmihret, and Azwa Mariam that allows both genders. Under the thatched roof of the monastery, there are some distinctive colorful frescoes of religious scenes an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in “Geez” the religious language from which Amharic is derived then afternoon will take a scenic drive of 32 km to the little town of Tiss Abay and walk for about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The falls is locally known as Tiss Isat meaning, “Water that smoke”. Those who may wish to descend to the base of the falls must be climb back to the other side and cross the Blue Nile in a boat in-order to back to the point of departure, overnight hotel.
Day 2 : Drive from Bahir Dar – Gondar- PM Explore Gondar
After breakfast drive to Gonder 180 km to conduct tour of Gonder known as the “Camelot” of Africa, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Semien Mountains National Park in the northwestern part of the country was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperors Fasiladas (1632 – 1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords, curtsies and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area. Visit the oldest and the most impressive Gonderine structure, the magnificent castle compound including the two storied palace of emperor Fasiladas, built of roughly hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar, the fantastically decorated Debre Brehan Silassie Church (light of Trinity),the bath (now baptismal place during Ethiopian epiphany, January 19) of king Fasiladas and the ruined palace of Queen Mintiwab at Qusquam, were the Scottish explorer James Bruce used to reside for sometimes, overnight hotel.
Day 3 : Drive To Gondar – Simien Mountain National Park-Hiking
Early in the morning Trip to Simien Mountain drives to Debark, 100Kms from Gonder, the Headquarter of the Simien Mountains National Park. Proceed to Sankaber, 37Kms farther, which is your first trekking starting spot, 3250 ms above sea level. Spend the day trekking around the camp sites. Lunch will be served by lunch boxes on top of the view point; here you will see some endemic Ethiopian Birds like wattle Ibis, and some mammals like the Gelada Baboon, overnight hotel/ Lodge/ Camping
Day 4 : Drive Simien Mountain National Park- Axum
Early in the morning after breakfast drive through the Semien Mountains National Park escarpments to Axum, via one of the most scenic road of Ethiopia and the Tekeze river gorge. This trip is a trying one, but it is the most rewarding for those who love exceptional scenery, overnight hotel
Day 5 : Full day Visit Axum-Birth Place of Ethiopia Civilization
Full day visit of Axum, a place where the cradle of Ethiopian culture Christianity and the first capital of Ethiopia until the 9th century A.D., On this day you will visit the small but rich archaeological museum, the famous stele park, where the magnificent single block of stones erected since 3rd century, the Saint Mary of Zion Cathedral, where the original Holy Ark of the Covenant is still sheltered, however except one guardian (priest) no one is allowed to enter in to the sanctuary where the ark is stayed. Continuing your visit which includes the subterranean tomb of king Kalbe and his son king Gebremeskel, 6th Century AD, the trilingual inscription of king Ezana and finally visit the ruin palace and bath of Queen of Sheba who was the mother of king Menilik I of the 950 B.C, overnight hotel
Day 6: Axum- Hawzen/ Geralta- On The Way To Tigray Rock Churches
Morning after breakfast drive Axum- Geralta on the way visit the 8-5BC Temple of Yeha. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing worship building in the country dedicating to god of Moon called Almuqa, then Proceed to the 6th century AD famous Monastery of Debre Damo established by Abune Aregawi one of the nine Saints came to Ethiopia in the 6th century in the reign of King Kaleb to spread Christianity and introduce monastery life in different parts of the country particularly to the northern region. The monastery is only for men and accessed by climbing rope to the top of the plateau ) if you are not interested with the monastery since it is only for men and need physical capability it is possible to visit rock churches of TIGRAY (TEKA TESFA CLUSTER) arrival to Hawzen, overnight Lodge
Day 7: Drive Geralta - Mekelle - On The Way To Tigray Rock Churches
Morning after breakfast head to the Geralta cluster to visit the rock churches of Tigray dated back from the 6-9th century established by the nine saints who came from Syria during the time of Kaleb and Gebremeskel kings of the Axum dynasty, the rock churches are carve on the top of mountain façade today you will visit the rock churches namely Mariam Korkur in the morning and afternoon ABUNE YEMATA – The most difficult to ascend but worth to see the surrounding mountains from the top of the cliff, after that continue drive to Mekelle on the way more rock churches of Abrehawe Atsbha and finally to Wekro Cherkos. Finally drive to Mekelle, overnight Hotel
Day 8: Drive To Mekelle, Dodem Evening Trek To Ertale Active Volcano
Morning after breakfast meet with SET adventure team (driver, guide and cook) then directly drive to Dodem/ Kusrewad head to the Afar regional tourism office to finishes the necessary permission then escort the regional police and road leader and head to Dodem/ Kusrewad a base camp for the active volcano, arrival lunch break and rest, prepare camel late afternoon have early dinner and start trek to the top of the rim for the active volcano lake and admire the Ertale active volcano through the beautiful evening and take picture spend the night, overnight camping
Day 9: Trek Back Ertale Volcano To Dodem- Drive To Hamedella
Early morning around 5:00 AM trek back to the base camp Dodem, meet the car and have breakfast then after pack the camping equipment continue driving to Hamedela on the way picnic lunch will be served. Upon arrival rest and shower then late afternoon photograph the caravan that passed through the village, overnight camping
Day 10: Mrning Excursion To Dallol Salt Mountains & Lake Asale - Drive Back To Mekelle
Early in the morning after breakfast head to Daloll to visit the amazing mineral colors with bubbling springs, then to Daloll one of the lowest places on earth 120 meter below sea level and Lake Asale with the salt extraction process activity of the Tigray and Afar people back to base camp after having lunch and pack the camping equipment drive back to Mekelle passing the dramatic landscape of the area, arrival to Mekelle, overnight hotel
Day 11: Full Day Drive To Mekelle- Lalibela
Morning after breakfast drive Mekele- Lalibela a full day Drive to Lalibela passing through outstanding chains of Mountain via Weldia admiring the landscape and the people on the way picnic lunch will be served, overnight hotel
Day 12: Full Day Explore The 8TH Wonders Of World Lalibela
Full day at Lalibela visiting the brilliant feats of engineering and architectures, are often by many referred as the “8th wonder of the world” which is exceptional to find eleven rock hewn churches of such master craftsmanship in one place. In this morning among the eleven remarkable rock hewn churches built by king Lalibela in the late 12th and 13th century A.D, you will visit the first cluster of churches that represents the earthly Jerusalem. After lunch break you will visit the second cluster of churches, which represents the heavenly Jerusalem, finally visit the most beautiful and fascinating monolithic cruciform church of Saint Gorge, late afternoon Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony and honey wine, overnight hotel
Day 13: Fly Lalibela Addis Ababa – Drive To Awassa On The Way Tiya Unesco Site
Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa upon arrival meet with SET staffs (driver and guide) at the domestic terminal and after quick lunch in Addis Ababa start drive down to south, drive to southward to the rift valley regions passing creator lakes and rift valley lakes on the way visit the Tiya steal field a UNSCO registered site in Ethiopia, arrival at Awassa and walk on the lake shore of Lake Awassa, overnight hotel.
Day 14: Drive Awassa – Arbaminch - On The Visit The Dorze Tribe
Mornings after breakfast walk on the lake shore to see the fish market and a very good opportunity to see the aquatic birds, then drive will take you along the scenic farmlands of Gurage People. We will also drive through the Wolayta farmlands, with views of the lush green hills and valleys, on the way visit the Dorze tribe and their village, famed for their bee hive 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 mountainsides. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices; tobacco and Enset (false-banana or musa Ensete). You arrive late in the afternoon at Arbaminch – meaning ‘Forty Springs’ in Amharic. Arbminch takes its name from the bubbling streams that cover the groundwater forest occupying the flats of the town, Overnight hotel
Day 15: Drive Arbaminch- Turmi On The, Way Boat Trip & Konso Tribe
Early in the morning drive to the Lake shore to have a boat trip on Lake Chamo, Boat trip on Lake Chamo is along the best anywhere in Ethiopia. One can spot many Hippos and the world’s most spectacular concentrations of Giant Nile Crocodiles which measure about 6 meter with the water birds are great the scenery is truly unforgettable, continue drive on the way stop at KONSO to visit the Konso tribe with their king - UNESCO registered site for their extensive terracing and practice of making a wooden grave mark for their hero and kings, continue driving and late afternoon arrival to Turmi, overnight Lodge.
Early in the morning after breakfast excursion to Murulle to see the Karo tribe, famous for their body panting (they prepare the ink for the painting from locally available material like flower, soil and animal blood) we will also admire the scenery view of the Omo river from the edge of the village, then drive to Dimeka Market to attend the weekly colorful market of the HAMER tribe then drive back to Turmi after afternoon break in the lodge late afternoon walk from the lodge to the village to visit the HAMER tribe with their own way of life interaction with their way of life, overnight Lodge.
Day 16: Drive Turmi- JIinka On The Way Excursion To Omorate - Dasench Tribe
Early in the morning after breakfast, we drive 73 km west to visit the Dassench/Geleb people; who live in the bank of Omo River and we cross the Omo River by locally made boats to see the village. These tribes are semi nomadic with very little agriculture on the bank of the Omo River, then drive to Jinka on the way enjoy the interaction of different tribes with their way of life. Overnight Lodge.
Day 17: DRIVE Jinka- Arbaminch AM, Excursion To Mursi Tribe On The Way KEey Afer Market (Thursday)
After breakfast early in the morning leave Jinka and drive to Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive 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, then drive to Key Afer - Tribal Market one of the best market in the Omo Valley since at list four different tribes are coming to attend these weekly market arrival to the small town and escort a local guide walking around the market and explore different section of the market including animal, vegetable, cereals and much more. Then continue drive back to Arbaminch, overnight hotel/ lodges
Day 18: Game Drive At Nechsar National Park Then Drive Arbaminch -Yergaalem/Aregash Lodge
Early in the morning after breakfast, we drive to Nechisar (is named after the white grass that covers the undulating). Nechisar plains and contrasts with the black basalt rocks of the Amaro Mountains to the east, and the black soils of the plains. Around 15% of the park comprises portions of Lakes Abaya to the north and Chamo to the south. The water of Lake Abaya is always brown or red-brown due to iron-ferric, in contrast with Lake Chamo which has strikingly blue water and white sandy beaches. The park also covers the neck of land between the lakes which supports groundwater forest. At the foot of Mt Tabala in the south-east there are hot springs. During game drive you will have a chance to observe different wild life include Zebra, lesser and greater Kudu, gazelle, baboons and various bird lives then start drive to Aregash Lodge an interesting lodge in the middle of forest in Sidama region with a traditional house made up of traditional material available from the surrounding arrival, overnight lodge
Day 19: Drive Aregash Lodge / Yergalem - Addis Ababa On The Way Sidama Village Through Rift Valley – Departure
Morning After relaxed breakfast in the lodge you will visit the Sidama people and their village with their fascinating culture and the false Banana preparation and coffee plantations and enjoying the sunrise start to drive back to Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley on the way coffee and tea stop at the town of Debrezeyet in one of the creator lake arrival at Addis, shopping and coffee break and finally in the evening traditional farewell dinner in cultural restaurant with live tribal music.
15 DAYS BIRD WATCHING
Duration: 15 days
Means of transport: By Land and Air
Day 1 : Arrival Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa.
Day 2 : Drive to Debre Libanso
Drive from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanso –Overnight stay Addis Ababa
Day 3 : Drive to Awash Park
Drive from Addis Ababa to Awash Park overnight stay in awash lodge.
Day 4 : Awash Park
Awash Park Overnight stay awash lodge
Day 5 : Drive to Sodore
Drive from Awash Park to Sodore Overnight stay in Sodere resort
Day 6: Bale Mountain.
Day 7: Drive to Wondo Genet
Drive from Awash Park to Sodore Overnight Camping
Day 8: Drive to Yirgalem
Drive Wondogenet to Yirgalem via Hawassa Overnight in Aregash lodge
Day 9: Drive to Yabello
Drive from Yirgalem to Yabello overnight stay yabelo
Day 10: Yabello
Yabello overnight camping
Day 11: Drive to Konso
Drive from Yabello to Konso overnight in konso
Day 12: Drive to Arab Minch
Drive from Konso to Arab Minch overnight stay in Arbaminch
Day 13: Arba Minch
Arba Minch overnight stay in Arbaminch
Day 14: Drive to Lake Langano
Drive Arba Minch to Lake Langano via Abyata Shall overnight stay langano resort
Day 15: Return to Addis Ababa
Drive Arba Minch to Lake Langano after early morning birding stopping at Ziway and Debre Zyit.and drive back to Addis Ababa. 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 dance of the Ethiopians. Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure.End Tour
12 Day CULTURAL TOUR TO SOUTH-OMO VALLEY TRIBES
Duration: 12 days
Means of transport: By Land and Air
Day 1 : Arrival at Bole International Airport
Arrival at Bole International Airport Reception by your guide and Transfer to hotel for check-in. after short breaks you will have City tour of Addis Ababa overnight in Addis Ababa.
Day 2 : Depart South from Addis via the Great Rift Valley
Depart south from Addis via the Great Rift Valley, stopping on the way at Lake Ziway to visit the beautiful birdlife on the shores of the lake. Continue driving to Hawassa for overnight stay
Day 3 : Visit the fish market on Lake Hawassa
In the morning visit the fish market on Lake Hawassa, and then continue to Arba Minch via Dorze village the Dorze people live in the Guge mountains near Arba minch in a cold and misty climate. They are very famous for their skills in cotton-weaving. Many of the traditional clothes of the Ethiopians came from chencha the biggest town in the area. Overnight stay Arbaminich.
Day 4 : A boat trip on Lake Chamo
in the morning take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile market and hippo pods also you will visit Nech sar national park to visit zebras and other wilds animal after the boat trip, continue driving to Jinka via Weyto (market day Sunday) and Key Afar (market day Thursday). Overnight in Jinka
Day 5 : Drive from jinka to mursi
Drive from jinka to mursi proceeds to the Mursi people and village for beauty where the mursi women use clay plates into their lips. Afterward drive back to jinka and visit the south omo museum. overnight stay jinka
Day 6: Drive Jinka to Turmi Drive Jinka to Turmi
Drive Jinka to Turmi Drive Jinka to Turmi home of the Hamer people. On the way stop in Dimeka if the day you arrive Monday or Saturday admire the very colorful markets of the Hamer and Dassanech tribs are famous for their hairstyles, ornaments, scarification, culture and more… At night see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer people, known as Evangadi. Overnight stay Turmi
Day 7: Drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local boat
In the morning drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local boat to visit the Dasennech tribe Afterwards return to Turmi and if there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer wedding ceremony, it will be visited Monday is market day in Turmi. Overnight stay in Turmi
Day 8: Visit the people of the Karo tribe
Today will be a day trip to visit the people of the Karo tribe. Depart from Turmi on the shores of the Omo River The Karo people are the smallest in number of all of the tribes of the Omo Valley and they are known for their elaborate decorations particularly during local ceremonies. Overnight in Turmi
Day 9: Depart from Turmi to Konso via Erbore in the Way to valley
Depart from Turmi to Konso via Erbore in the Weyto valley Friday is market day in Erbore so if passing on this day the market will be visited. Market days in Konso are Mondays and Thursdays. the konso people are famous for their terraced agriculture and for their practice of sculpting wooden totem called ”WAKA” to the mark their gravies. The konso have a special kind of social organization interesting handicrafts and a special architecture which can be seen and experienced best by trekking through the region. Overnight in Konso.
Day 10: Visit a local Konso village and the “natural New York village”
In the morning, visit a local Konso village and the “natural New York village” which gets its name from the tall sand formations that resemble skyscrapers. After the visit proceed driving to Yabello for overnight.
Day 11: Continue South From Yabello To The Local Borena village
After breakfast continue south from Yabello to the local Borena village of Dublock to visit the singing wells where the locals form chanting chains of people to remove buckets of water from the long channeled openings of the wells. Afterwards continue to El Sod, a crater lake where salt is mined from the lake for sale and use throughout Ethiopia. After the visit proceed driving to Lake Langano for overnigh at Savana lodge.
Day 12: Visit the nearby Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala
In the morning after a refreshing swim in the lake depart from Langano to visit the nearby Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala is a very deep crater lake (over 260 meters deep!) and Lake Abiatta is a soda lake which attracts thousands of flamingos. After the visit, continue back to Addis. Evening 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 .
10 days Adventure Tour (Dallol, Erta Ale, and Danakl depression)
Duration: 10 days
Means of transport: By Land and Air
Sightseeing of Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa Overnight stay Hotel
Day 2 : Addis Ababa – Axum
Full day visit historic sites it was once the capital of the Ethiopian kings and the oldest ancient civilization in the world and represented a connecting-point b/n Africa and Asia for almost a thousand year. Some of the archaeological sites can give you an idea of the former high standard of civilization. Visit the famous steles, see the churches of St. Mary of Zion, which contain the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures and the tomb of king Kaleb. Overnight stay Hotel
Day 3 : Axum – Hauzen
Visiting the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th Century BC), and the rock-hewn church of Tigray, Medhanialem adi Kesho on the way, drive to Hauzen. On your way, enjoy the scenic and historic range of Adewa Mountains. From your lodge, you can enjoy the sunset behind the Geraltha Mountains. Overnight stay Geraltha Lodge
Day 4 : Hauzen – Mekelle
Visiting the rock-hewn churches of Mariam Korkor, Abrha we Atsbeha and Wukro Cherkos, then drive 150 km to Mekelle – the regional capital of Tigray. Overnight stay 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. Overnight stay Camping Ahmed Ela
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. Overnight stay 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. Overnight Stay camping
Day 8: Erta’ale – Afdera
Trek back to the place where you left your cars, and drive to the salt lake of Afdera.
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.
Overnight stay 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 dance of the Ethiopians.. From there, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.
6 Day Historic North Ethiopia Tour
Duration: 6 days
Means of transport: By Land and Air
Day 1 : ADDIS ABABA
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, You will be greeted with the company representative at the airport and transfer to hotel. City tour will be arranged depending on your arrival time.
Day 2 : ADDIS ABABA – BAHIR DAR
Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Bahir Dar (50 min). After check in, drive 35 km south of Bahirdar to see the Blue Nile falls. After noon boat trip over Lake Tana to see the medieval monasteries over the islands such as kibran Gebriel and Ura Kidanemeheret. Overnight hotel.
Day 3 : BAHIR DAR – GONDAR
Morning drive to Gondar Sightseeing in Gonder, We will see the royal enclosure-the palace that was built by emperor Fasilades in 1636 that is similar with that of European castles, bath of Fasiledes, the quesquam enclosure, and the decorated church of Trinity. Overnight hotel.
Day 4 : GONDAR – LALIBELA
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela. Visit the remarkable rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the old village with traditional Tikul House. Overnight hotel.
Day 5 : LALIBELA – AXUM
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Axum. Visit the Stelea, carved out of single granite stone of the pre Christian era, the palace and tombs of Kings, the old and new St, Mary Churches, the remnant palace of the legendary Queen Sheba, and inscriptions. Overnight hotel.
Day 6: AXUM – ADDIS ABABA
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa, Sightseeing in Addis Ababa and shopping, early evening, we will have a coffee ceremony and farewell dinner at one of the traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances then depart to home.