- Written by Keb
Tour Code: FET-CT 01 Tour Program to Coffee Tour Ethiopia
Attractions: Coffee Plantations, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 16 Days & 15 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive
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. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour
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 Jimma
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Jimma (345 Km from Addis). On the way you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley. Later, you can visit Jimma Museum and King Abba Jiffar Place. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Honey land hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Bonga
After an early morning breakfast you will drive to Bonga (125 Kms from Jimma) the birth place of coffee. And upon arrival at Bonga, you will visit to a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people. You will have lunch at Bonga. After having lunch drive to Ellelo, Adiyo falls, the Dadiben and Gora Hot spring. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaffa Guest house.
Day 5: Trek to Makira
An early morning trek after breakfast will take you to Mankira, the place where coffee Arabica was discovered. En route visit the ancient Adaracha Medhane Alem church and the Gurguto natural Bridge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaffa Guest house.
Day 6: Drive to Bebeka
You will be driven to Bebeka (30 km from Mizan Tefari) right after breakfast. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch. Later you will visit the largest Coffee Plantation in Ethiopia (covers some 6,000 hectares and is the largest and oldest Coffee Plantation in Ethiopia). In the evening, you will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Bebeka Guest house, or Camping.
Day 7: One more day exploring Coffee day at Bebeka Coffee Plantation
In the morning after having breakfast explore the coffee plantation from seedling to Coffee Bean. Taste the Ethiopian Coffee Arabic at Bebeka. Stay the day in Bebeka. Overnight stay in Bebeka Guest house, or Camping.
Day 8: Drive back to Jimma
In the morning after breakfast you drive back to Jimma. Depending on arrival you can continue a visit to the Jimma attractions. Visit the historical palace of Sultan Abba Jifar (1853 – 1925) that is standing at Jiren. Still stands with its colourful architectural beauty. And continue your visit to Jimma museum that displays most of the historical materials of King Abba Jifar, his kingdom and cultural objects of the local Oromo people and that of the other ethnic groups around Kaffa. Overnight stay in Honey land hotel, Jimma.
Day 9: Drive to Wolayta Sodo
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Wolayta Sodo (345 Km from Jimma). On the way you will pass through beautiful landscapes of the Dawro Zone. You will notice also the defense wall of Dawro people (The wall is called the wall of King Halala (or Halala kela) a long historical defensive wall constructed during the period of king Keti Halala in between 1764-1789. The stone wall was built to protect Dawro’s frontiers from the outside invaders, this stone rampart covers about 170 km in length). You will arrive in Wolayta Sodo late afternoon and you will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Fanta Vision, Wolayta Sodo.
Day 10: Drive to Aregash Lodge
In the morning after breakfast, first you will visit the Wolayta Sodo Museum and then you will drive to Aregash Lodge (205 Km from Addis). On the way you will pass through the scenic & beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Wolayta, Hadiya, Kambat and Alaba tribe. Lunch in Awassa (Hawassa) continue drive to Aregash Lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the Aregash lodge. Overnight stay in Aregash Lodge.
Day 11: Day trip to Aleta Wondo and Yirega Chief (Yirga Cheffe) Coffee Cooperatives
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Alet Wondo (25 Km from Aregash Lodge) to visit the Wottona Boltuma Coffee Cooperative. Drive to Dilla for lunch and continue your drive to Yirega Chief (Yirga Cheffe) & visit the coffee cooperatives.
Depending on the time you can visit also the stelae sites Tutu Fela (Tutu Fela is probably one of the most impressive sites contain about 80 ancient stelae which are variously carved with facial feature, phalluses etc. indicating the brave or sex of the person buried underneath), Tututi (lies on the hill 2.3km from the village of Chelba. It consists of some very large, tapering, generally un-carved standing stones with marking grave) and Socoro Sodo stelae field. Overnight stay in Aregash lodge.
Day 12: Drive to Nazareth
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Nazareth (280km from Yireg Alem). On the way visit the fish market in Awassa where the fisher man sell his fresh Tilapia, Catfish, and Barbus whereas Pelicans and Storks are competing to take the left over. You can also spot Black and White Colbous monkey around the Amor Gedele. Overnight stay in Adama Executive Hotel.
Day 13: Drive to Harar
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Harar. On the way visit the Awash National Park you will see the elegant Beisa Oryx grazing on the savanna plains. Also Soemmering’s gazelle, Dikdiks, greater and lesser Kudu and Waterbuck can be observed. The park is well known for its 460 bird species from which 6 are endemic.
You will arrive in Harar late in the afternoon. There you will check into a hotel. Early in the evening visit the Hayena man. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza.
Day 14: City tour in Harar
In the morning after breakfast, you will visit to the walled city of Harar. Inside the wall city visit the museum of the Harari National Cultural Centre which is designed like a typical Adare houses. Other interesting places are the 17th century Jami mosque, Rimbaud house, birth place of Emperor Haile Selassie Ras Tafari house. Enjoy the nightlife. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza.
Day 15: Excursion to Gerawa to visit Harari Coffee
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Gerawa to see the best of Harar Coffee grown in forests south-west of Harar. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza.
Day 16: Drive back to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (538 Km). You will have lunch at Nazareth (Adama). 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.
Tour Code: FET-CT 01 Tour Program to Coffee Tour Ethiopia