23-Days Travel to North - South Ethiopia including Bale Mountains National Park

Tour Description

Tour Code: 23-Days Travel to North - South Ethiopia including Bale Mountains National Park

Attractions: History, Religion, Culture, Scenery, Birds& Wildlife

Duration: 23 Days &22Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flight & 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 visit Addis Ababaand 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. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

After lunch you will visit St. Gorge Cathedraland 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 Panorama hotel, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 2: Flight to Mekelle – Adigrat

Right after breakfast, a short flight will take you to Mekelle. Upon arrival, you will be met your driver & car for the rest of the tour.

After breakfast, you will visit some of the most beautiful medieval churches on impressive viewpoints such as: Abuna Yemata Guh, Debre Maryam Korkor or Abreha WeAtsheba church. It requires climbing a steep mountain to reach these churches so good walking/mountain shoes are recommendable. Lunch in the bush. You will arrive in Gheralta late in the afternoon. You will check into a lodge and take a break. Dinner will be at the lodge. Overnight stay in Hawizen lodge at Gheralta or Agaro Lodge in Adigarat

 

Day 3: Drive to Axum

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (250 Km from Hawizen). On the way you will visit Debre Damo monastery (only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself!

Contine your drive to Axum. Again 50km before Axum visit Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old.

You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the lodge. Overnight stay in Berhana Hotel.

 

Day 4: City Tour in Axum

You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6thcentury. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Berhana hotel.

 

Day 5: Drive to Debark - Simien Mountains National Park

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Debark (270 Km from Axum, finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km to the Simien Park). Simien Mountains National Park (290 Km from Axum) through Tekeze Valley, the Limalimo Gorge and the Simien Mountains magnificent topography & scenery. You will arrive in Simien Mts. NP late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel.Overnight stay in Simien Lodge.

 

Day 6: Half-day hiking/trekking in Simien and back to Gonder

Right after breakfast, you will 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). Early in the afternoon drive to Debarq (20 Km from the park) you will have lunch here. Continue your drive to Gonder, you will arrive early in the evening. Overnight stay in Mintewabe Lodge.

 

Day 7: City Tour in Gonder and drive to Bahir Dar

You will have an early breakfast then, you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year.  You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light). Depending on the time you will also visit  the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab.

You will be driven to Bahir Dar (185 Km) right after lunch. You will arrive in Bahir Dar early in the afternoon. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have Dinner.   Overnight stay in Homeland Hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 8: 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 Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal  Giorgis.

After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. You will walk a short distance & visit the Portuguese bridge. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.

Optional Excursions:Early in the evening, you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Homeland Hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 9: Drive to Lalibelavia Debre Tabor – Nefas Mowcha

After breakfast, you will be drive to Lalibela (325 Km from Bahir Dar). On the way make a visit to Awara Amaba Community (95 Km from Bahir Dar). You will stop for lunch at Debre Tabor.

After having lunch and brief break continue you drive to Lalibela. You will arrive in Lalibela early in the evening. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have Dinner.   Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela.

 

Day 10: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel.

 

Day 11:Drive to Kombolcha

An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Kombolcha (335 Km). En route visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery (45 Km before Kombolcha, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk). Later, you will drive to Kombolcha & upon arrival, you will check into a hotel & stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sunny Side hotel.

 

Day 12: Drive to Addis Ababa

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (375 Km). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon, where you will continue your visit in Addis Ababa that you missed on Day 1. In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Panorama Hotel, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 13:Drive to Arab Minch through Wolayta Sodo

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch (505 Km from Addis). On the way you will visit to the Tiya Stelae (90 Km from Addis). You will stop for lunch at Wolayta Sodo (330 Km from Addis). 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 or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 14: 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). In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 15: Drive to Turmi

In the morning, you will have breakfast and your will be driven to Turmi. On the way you will visit Konso village (famous for their colourfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land - recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers). In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 16: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe

An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the Hamer Village to explore the Hamer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 17: Drive to Jinka while detour to Murille to visit Karo Village

An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). Then you will drive to Jinka (142 km from Turmi). You will arrive in Jinka late in the afternoon. Check in to the hotel.  In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort, Jinka.

 

Day 18: Excursion to Mursi village and Drive to Konso

In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips).

In the afternoon after having lunch, you will drive to Konso. After checking into a lodge, you will have dinner and stay the night at the lodge.  Overnight stay in Jinka Resort, Jinka.

 

Day 19: Drive to Yabelo

After breakfast, you will be driven to Yabelo (130 Km from Yabelo). Upon arrival check in to motel. You will have lunch in Yabelo.

After having lunch & a brief break you will drive & visit Yabelo Sanctuary (found 15 Km north of Yabelo & created to protect the endemic Swayne’s heartbeest).

Depending on the time you will also visit the Crater Lake of Elsod (65 Km South of Yabelo known for the Borana men descend to its inland lake to extract salt). Here you will also visit some of theBorana villages of this ethnic group. Later in the afternoon you will drive back to Yabelo for overnight stay. Dinner will be at the motel and you will spend the night there. Overnight stay in Yabelo Motel.

Day 20: Drive to Awassa

After breakfast, you will be driven to Awassa (280 Km from Yabelo), stopping for lunch at Dila (200 Km from Yabelo). On the way you will visit Coffee plantation at Yirega Chieffe. After lunch, you will proceed to Awassa (100 Km from Dila) and check into a hotel upon arrival. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Oasis International Hotel.

 

Day 21: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter – Goba

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 22: 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. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 23: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Bekoji – Assela & departure

After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Assela. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late 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: $ 1,990 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 265

 

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

Addis Ababa – Mekelle

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

·       If not (with other airline) = ?? USD

Flight cost subject to change.

 

Price includes:

 

·       Well-maintained and insured vehicles  Model 2013-2015

·       Fuel

·       All transfers in & out

·       Hotel Room on Double  Occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)

·       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

·       Domestic flight (Addis Ababa –Mekelle)

·       Meals (Lunch & Dinner)

·       Photography & Video fees,

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