23 - Days Tour to Rift Valley, Bale & Simien Park + Harar

Tour Description

 

 

Tour Code:23 - Days Tour to Rift Valley, Bale & Simien Park + Harar

Attractions: History, Religion, Trekking, Coffee, Culture Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 23 Days &22 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flight & Boat ride

 

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Meet and greet you representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.  Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 2: Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (275 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will be arriving in Awassa in the afternoon and check into a hotel.

 

Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds such as; Saddle-billed stork, greater jacana, African fish eagle, darter, herons, darters and Wood hoope. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Lewi Resort and Spa, or Haile Resort Awassa.

 

Day 3: Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary&birding on the Shore of Lake Awassa

In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. And drive toSenkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km before Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest). You will have lunch in Awassa. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Lewi Resort & Spa.

 

Day 4:  Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho (150Km from Awassa). Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. You will have lunch in the bush. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park.

 

Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho) for overnight stay. On arrival, you will check into a hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 5: Day trip to Sof Omar cave looking for the endemic Salvador’s Seedeater

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Sof Omar cave (100 Km from Goba) to visit the endemic Salvador’s Seedeater, Bristle-crowned starling, Pygmy Falcon, Red-bellied Parrot, Brown-tailed Chat, Grey-headed Batis, Rufous Chatterer, Rosy-patched Bush shrike, Shining Sunbird and Bristle-crowned and Golden-breasted Starlings, Swifts and Swallows and many more.

 

Late in the afternoon drive Bale Lodge and you will have dinner and stay the night in the lodge. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 6&7:Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel and rest.

 

In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Late in the afternoon drive Bale Lodge and you will have dinner and stay the night in the lodge. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 8: Drive to Langano

After breakfast, you will be driven to Langano (240 Km from Bale Lodge). You will have lunch  Shashemene.

 

En route, you will 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).

 

Your arrival in Langano will be late afternoon where you will check into a lodge. Later, you will relax on the beach. You will have dinner and stay the night in the lodge.Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort or Borati Lodge.

 

Day 9: Drive to Awash

After breakfast, you will be driven to Awash (255 Km from Langano). On the way make stop on Lake Ziway andAwash River to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch  inAdama/Nazareth.

 

Your arrival in Awash will be late afternoon where you will check into a hotel. You will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel.Overnight stay in Genet hotel.

 

Day 10: Drive to Harar

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Harar (318 Km from Awash). You will stop for lunch at AsebeTeferi and you will arrive in Harar late in the afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Then you will have dinner & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Genet hotel.

 

Day 11: Visit the Walled town of Harar

You will have an early breakfast and visit the walled city of Jegol, the house of Arthur Rimbaud (a French poetry who lived 1880’s in Harar), Emperor Haile Selassie home (where he was born & raised) and Harari Cultural Museum. Early in the evening, you will visit man feeding wild hyenas. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.

 

Day 12: Drive to DebreZiet/Bishoftu

 

After breakfast, you will be driven back to DebreZiet/Bishoftu (425 Km from Harar). Then you will drive to DebreZiet (50 Km before Addis Ababa). On arrival check in to the hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Dreamland hotel, DebreZiet.

 

Day 13: Drive to Kombolcha

 

After breakfast, you will be driven to Kombolcha (appx. 425 Km from DebreZiet). You will have lunch in DebreBrehan.  Your arrival in Kombolcha will be late afternoon where you will check into a hotel. You will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel.Overnight stay in Sunny Side hotel.

 

Day 14: Day Trip to Bati market

 

An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Monday Bati Market (90 Km from Kombolcha). Later, you will drive to Kombolcha.  You will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Sunny Side hotel.

 

Day 15: Drive to Bahir Dar

 

After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar via newly opend road via MertuLemariam (appx. 320 Km from Kombolcha). Then you will arrive in Bahir Dar (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Jacaranda hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 16, 17, &18: Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls

 

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit UraKidanMehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal  Giorgis.

 

After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.

 

Optional Excursion: Early in the evening, after dinner you will visit ‘Azmari Bet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will back to the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Jacaranda hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 19: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park

 

You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (280 Km from Bahir Dar) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).

 

Late in the afternoon drive back to lodge. You will check into a lodge and take a break. Dinner will be at the lodge. Overnight stay in Simien lodge, inside Simien Park.

 

Day 20 &21: Trek in Simien Park

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast drive to Sankaber, &Cheneck looking for Gelada & ibex. Late in the afternoon drive back to lodge. You will have a picnic lunch in the bush. Dinner will be at the lodge. Overnight stay in Simien lodge, inside Simien Park.

 

Day 22: Half-day visits the park and drive to Gonder

 

You will have breakfast & visit the park.  Then you will say goodbye to your trekking crew, and then board on the vehicle to drive back to Gonder. Check in to the hotel & spend the night there.  Overnight stay in Goha hotel.

 

Day 23: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure

 

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will take you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa in the afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenir.

Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.

 

Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

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Rates: Upon request

Price includes:

 

·       Well-maintained & insured 4WD Vehicles (2 Cars ) for the whole tour

·       Fuel

·       Domestic flight Gonder – Addis Ababa

·       Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e sharing a Double room)

·       Meals on Full-board basis

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

·       Bottled natural water every day

·       Service tax.

 

Price DOES NOT include:

 

·       Photographing fees,

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

·       International flights, and

·       Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.