- Written by Keb
The towns of Adaba and Dodola are set in a high plain extending on both sides of the Wabe Shebele River at an average altitude of 2400 meter above sea level. The plain is bordered by the northwestern part of the Bale Mountains. The Bale-Arsi massif forms the western section of the South-Eastern Ethiopian Highlands and covers the largest uninterrupted region above 3000 m in Africa. Its highest summit is the Tulu Deemtu with 4377 meter above sea level. The highest peaks of the Adaba-Dodola Mountains are in Wagebeta (3764 meter above sea level) and Berenda Tiqa (3737 meter above sea level).
Tour Code: FET-ADT 01 Tour Program to Adaba- Dodola Community Trekking Ethiopia
Attractions: Trekking, Bird watching, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 10 Days & 9Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, & trekking
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 in Radissun Blu 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. (houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts including 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), & museum and Emperor Menelik II Palace. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.
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 in Radissun Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Dodola via Shashmene
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dodola, (410 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife) to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch at Shashmene (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dodola late afternoon.
Upon arrival, you will check into a hotel and do all the requirements for trekking at the Adaba and Dodola Community Tourism Trekking at GTZ office and facilitate arrangements. Later, you will prepare the necessary logistics for your trekking. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Local Hotel Dodola.
Day 4: Trek Dodola to Waharo
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Changaiti (2750 meter above sea level, 10km from Dodola. Here you start trekking to Wahoro camping site on the trail that follows the Lensho River. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at the camp site. Upon arrival you will make short trek around Waharo to visit the impressive rock formation of Wahoro. Overnight stay camping at Wahoro.
Day 5: Trek Wahoro to Angafo
Early in the morning after an easy breakfast, you will do trekking to Angafo. the way leads through forest or moorlands with heather. Between Tulu Gedemsa (3640 m a.s.l.) and Gama Hugicho (3713 m a.s.l.), the vegetation starts being dominated by giant lobelias and thistles. All in all you may need about 5 hours for just less than 10 km. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at the camp site. Overnight stay camping at Angafo (3460 meter above sea level).
Day 6: Trek Angafu to Adele
After breakfast, you will continue trekking full day to Adele. Crossing Hagenia and Hypericum forests, fields of lobelias and torch lilies, and passing caves, the 9-km tour may take you about 4 hours. Over the first section, the trail follows a mountain ridge with views to the volcano shaped Mount Kaka (4100 m a.s.l.) and Mount Honkolo (3900 m a.s.l.) in Arsi on the other side of the Adaba-Dodola plain.
You will cross heather moorland, Erica and Hagenia forests and wooded pastures until you reach Adele. Look out for guereza monkeys in the huge Hagenia trees directly around the hut and appreciate the peaceful silence, the warbling of birds, the drilling of insects or rustling of grazing animals. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at camp site. Overnight stay camping at Adele.
Day 7: Trek Adele to Mololicho
Early in the morning after an easy breakfast, you will do trekking to Mololicho. The way from Adele to Mololicho is long but beautiful (18 km). First it follows a mountain valley, then a mountain ridge, from where you can see down to the reservoir of Wabe Shebele. Lobelias and torch lilies are plentiful along the route. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at the camp site. Overnight stay camping at Mololicho.
Day 8: Trek Mololicho to Duro
After breakfast, you will continue trekking full day to Duro 2680 m a.s.l.. The 18km tour from Mololicho to Duro covers the longest distance between Adaba-Dodola trekking camps. From the Duro forest camp it is possible to continue the horse trekking to the adjacent Bale Mountains National Park after prior arrangement with the park administration. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at camp site. Overnight stay camping at Mololicho.
Day 9: Trek Duro to Bucha Raya and drive to Awassa
Early in the morning after an easy breakfast, you will do trekking to Bucha Raya. You will have packed lunch in the bush.
Duro is probably the forest camp with the most impressive view. It borders the Bale Mountains National Park. It is embedded in a rough mountain area covered by Erica heather. Then, your vehicle will be waiting for you at Bucha Raya ( 9km from Adaba) and you will drive to Awassa (???? Km from Adaba). Upon arrival in Hawassa, you will check into a resort, take a hot shower of the last five days. In the evening, you will rest, have dinner and stay the night in the resort. Overnight stay in Haile Resort or Lewi Resort and Spa.
Day 10: Drive back to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. On the way, you will also visit Abiatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and 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.