11-Days Wildlife Safari Tours of Ethiopia

Tour Description

 

Tour Code: 11-Days Wildlife Tours of Ethiopia including Reptiles

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 11 Days &10 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flights & boat

 

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port

 

Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

 

Depending on your arrival your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit.

 

After lunch you will visit Lion Park/Lion Zoo Addis Ababa is the only home and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.Overnight stay in Oasis Hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Drive to Awash National Park

 

After breakfast, you will drive to Awash National Park (225 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Lake Basaka and its aquatic birds. Up on arrival at the park, you will check into a lodge. In the late afternoon, you will do sightseeing at the Awash waterfalls and see the wild life. In the evening, you will have dinner, rest & spend the night there.

Overnight stay in Doho Lodge or Awash Falls Lodge.

 

Day 3: Game drive to see different wild animals & bird species

 

After breakfast, your first visit will be the Museum (offers general information on wildlife of the park and displays of mounted collections).  Then continue to drive to Filwuha Hot Springs, Mount Fantale, or/and Ilala-Sala plain (plain greatly supports herds of Oryx and Soemmerring’s gazelle). In the evening, you will have dinner, rest & spend the night there.

Overnight stay in Doho Lodge or Awash Falls Lodge.

 

Day 4: Drive to Langano

 

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bishangari, Langano (311Km from Awash NP), where on your way make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. Lake Ziway, the shallowest lake in the Rift Valley chain of lakes which depth 7m. Its extensive aquatic vegetation attracts a variety of water birds. Commonly seen and easily identified are; Saddle-billed stork, greater jacana, African fish eagle, darter, herons, darters and Wood hoope.

 

You will stop for lunch at Ziway. Your arrival in Langano will be late afternoon where you will check into a hotel. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stayin Hara Langano Lodge.

Overnight stay in Haara Langano Lodge lakeside bungalow which has a beautiful compound with forest and some bungalows at the shores of the lake with hippo’s playing in front of you. There are many birds to observe and you can rent kayak, motorboat, sailing boat, mountain bike or horse. There is also a specialized birding guide.

Day 5: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains Park Head Quarter

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho (150Km from Langano). En route visit Lake Abijatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos).

 

Continue your drive & at Shashemene you will have lunch. Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Dinsho lodge. Basic, but clean & neat.

Day 6: Trekking at Gaysay Valley, around the park Head office

 

After a brief break, you will spend the day hiking along the northern part of the park.  Use the opportunity to make a walk in the forests around the Headquarter where different animals such as the impressive mountain Nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck and warthog.

 

In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the lodge.Overnight stay in Dinsho lodge.

Day 7: Drive to Sanetti Plateau

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (65km from  Dinsho/20 Km from Goba, altitude of 4,000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Here you will see with luck the endemic&endangered Simien fox and different birdssuch as the thick-billed Raven, spotted Bale plover, Blue Winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 8: Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (apprx. 225 Km from Goba). And upon arriving in Awassa in the afternoon, you will check into a hotel. Later, you will walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.Overnight stay in Oasis International Hotel.

Day 9:Drive to Arba Minch through Wolayta Sodo

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa). On the visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa). On the way you will visit Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km from Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest) and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta (154 Km from Awassa). 

 

You will be arriving in Arba Minch late afternoon and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge.

 

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Day 10: Visit Nech Sar National Park and drive to Dorze

In the morning, after breakfast you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife and you will also visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.

 

After a brief break, you will continue driving to Dorze (50 Km from Arba Minch) and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle) & visit also Chencha Tuesday market (7km from Dorze). Later, drive back to Arba Minch. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge. http://www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com/

Day 11: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home

 

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.

 

Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

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Rate:

Starting from: $ 1070 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 145

 

Domestic flights depend on your international flightsArba Minch – Addis Ababa

·       If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = 85 USD

·       If not (with other airline) = 275USD

Flight cost subject to change.

 

Price includes:

 

·       Well-maintained and insured 4WD vehicles  Model 2012-2016

·       Fuel

·       All transfers in & out

·       Hotel Room on Double  Occupancy basis including breakfast

·       All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees

·       Bottled natural water every day,

·       Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

 

·       Entry visa

·       International flights

·       Photography & Video fees,

·       Domestic flight (Arba Minch – Addis Ababa)

·       Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)