- Written by Keb
Guassa Community Conservation Area, located along one of the most significant historic routes in Ethiopia, offers spectacular Afromontane landscapes on the Guassa Plateau. Trek on foot or travel by mule to experience Ethiopia’s unique natural and culture heritage and traditional village life in the Ethiopian highlands. Discover breathtaking views filled with endemic birds and mammals such as the iconic Ethiopian wolf and the charismatic gelada.
For more details visit Ethiopia Community Tourism www.rootsofethiopia.com.
Tour Code: FET - CBT 02 Tour Program Guassa Plateau Community Based Tourism Ethiopia
Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 6 Days & 5Nights
Transportation: Surface drive
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tour and Travel representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Regreg, to Guassa Community Head Quarter
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Regreg (265 km from Addis Ababa). You will arrive around mid-day. Up on arrival finish all the formalities at the Guassa Community office. After having lunch and a short break you can make a short trek to the nearby mountaintop. This idyllic spot offers genuinely stunning views over the Guassa plateau and the chance to spot the Ethiopian wolf. Along the trail, the guide will describe the natural surroundings as well as the local history and conservation efforts. Visitors end the day back at Regreg, where they are briefed about the upcoming treks. You will have dinner and stay the night at camping. Overnight stay night camping at Regreg.
Day 4: Trek from Regreg to Atse Wiha
After an early breakfast, visitors trek on foot or mule back for around five to six hours from Regreg to Atse Wiha Camping Ground, walking through an Afro alpine meadow to “Lobelia Valley”, which is filled with thousands of these giant plants. The trail then winds its way into the moorland where visitors will experience the enormous highland flora as well as an impressive array of animal life including the endemic gelada and the Ethiopian wolf.
Visitors then enjoy a picnic lunch in the majestic surroundings, keeping an eye out for a rare and the graceful bird of prey - the lammergeyer, or bearded vulture. This raptor, considered the lord of the high plateau, can often be seen soaring in searching of food. In the late afternoon, the mules are sent back to their base and visitors set up camp at Atse Wiha. Overnight stay night camping at Atse Wiha.
Day 5: Trek from Atse Wiha to Cheguarit Meda
This scenic trail to Cheguarit Meda (four to five hours) offers splendid views of the untouched juniper forest of yegana, now rare in Ethiopia. The trails offer a variety of interesting attractions including endemic bird species and wildlife and scenic overlooks down to the lowlands.
Before the final ascent towards the camp, visitors will discover a cluster of stone houses in the traditional Menz village at Tebab. The Menz people are famous for their two storey stone huts with thatched roofs, and their woven wool rugs and traditional blankets are considered to be some of Ethiopia’s finest woven textiles. Before returning to camp, visitors will sip coffee with villagers. This final evening offers visitors a chance to gather around the campfire and watch a traditional Menz dance ceremony. A truly memorable experience! Overnight stay night camping at Cheguarit Meda.
Day 6: Trek from Cheguarit Meda to the main road, where you will meet the vehicle and return back to Addis Ababa.
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (approximately 275 Km). 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.
N.B: On this day you can also extend your program to the historical routes of northern Ethiopia (Lalibela – Mekelle-Axum – Simien Mountain National Park – Gondar – Bahir Dar – Addis Ababa).