8 - Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia, Harar and Bale Mountains

Tour Description


 

Tour Code: 8 - Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia, Harar and Bale Mountains

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

Duration: 8 Days &7 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, Flights & Boat ride

 

Day 1: Flight to Gondar - Visit the Fassiladas Castles – drive to Simien Park

Early morning, a short flight will take you to Gondar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides and drive to Gonder & visit the Royal Enclosureand Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light). You will have lunch in Gonder.

 

Then after a brief break you drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue drive to another 20km to the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).

 

You will arrive late in the afternoon & check in for overnight. Then you will have dinner and stay the night in the lodge.  Overnight stay night at Simien lodge.

 

Day 2: Drive to Chenek - back to lodge

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Chenek (25 Km from Simien Lodge). Chenek is the third camp site that offers superb views across to the opposite escarpment and the prominent peak of Imet Gogo (3,926 meter above sea level). Later in the late afternoon drive back to lodge. Dinner &spend the night there. Overnight stay night at Simien lodge.

Day 3: Back to Gonder – flight to Lalibela

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive back to GonderAirport for flight to Lalibela. A short flight will take you to Lalibela. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive by a minivan to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes.

 

Your first 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, Lalibela.

 

Day 4: Flight back to Addis Ababa and flight to Dire Dawa – Harar  

 

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon. Check in again for flight to Dire Dawa. You will have lunch in the airport terminal.

 

In the afternoon you will take a short flight to Dire Dawa where a vehicle waiting for you at the airport for a pick up to Harar (50km from Dire Dawa).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 Ras hotel or similar accommodation in Harar.

 

Day 5: Visit to Harar – drive to Ziway

After breakfast, you will 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.

 

Then, you will be driven to Ziway (apprx. 520 Km from Harar). On arrival check in to the resort. You will have dinner and spend the night in the resor. Overnight stay in Haile Resort, Ziway.

 

Day 6: Drive to Bale Park (Dinsho) – Goba

 

You will have breakfast you will be driven to Dinsho (approx. 190Km from Ziway). En route, you will visit Lake Abijatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abijatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos).

 

Upon arrival, in Dinsho 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 7: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (20 Km from Goba, altitude of 4,000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery where you will see the Ethiopian Wolves). In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 8: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Ziway 

 

After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa (445 Km from Goba). 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 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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Rate: Upon request

Price includes:

 

  • Well-maintained & insured Mini-bus, 2012 -2014 Model for Northern Ethiopia and4WD Vehicle, 2011 -2014 Model for the Dire Dawa & Hara, Southern Ethiopia + Bale Park with driver & driver’s allowance.
  • Fuel
  • All transfer in & out
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e two separate bed in a room) including Breakfast
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

 

Price DOES NOT include:

 

  • Domestic flights (Addis Ababa–Gonder - Lalibela – Addis Ababa- Dire Dawa)
  • Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
  • Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • Any other services/expenses not mentioned above