13-Days Tour Western Ethiopia with Gambella (surface)

Tour Description


Tour Code: FET-W01 Tour Program to Western Ethiopia
Attractions: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture
Duration: 13 Days & 12 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & Boat ride

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. 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 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 Jimma
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Jimma (345 Km from Addis) via Woliso. On the way you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley. You will stop for lunch at Wolqite (160 Km from Addis). You will be arriving in Jimma afternoon and check into a hotel. 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 or Central Jimma Hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Mizan Tefari
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Mizan Tefari (213 Km from Jimma). Continue your drive to Mizan Tefari via Bonga (the birth place of coffee). And upon arrival at Bonga (125km from Jimma), you will visit to a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people. You will have lunch at Bonga. Then you will be driven to Mizan Teferi and check into a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in local hotel.

Day 5: Drive to Tuligt
After breakfast you will be driven to Tulgit (??? Km from Mizan Teferi). On the way visit the Bebeka Coffee Plantation (the largest coffee farm in Ethiopia), where they cultivate organic coffee tree as well as rubber trees. You can also learn about the coffee processing techniques. You will have lunch at Bebeka. Then you will be driven to Tulgit and you will be arriving in Tulgit late afternoon and stretch your tent for camping. Later, you can walk around the Surma village at Tulgit, where you can visit with the local Surma people. Also, if you’re lucky, see the Surma stick-fighting competition, known as Donga. Here, men from different local villages meet and compete against each other, winning the respect of the maiden ladies in the crowd. You will have dinner and spend the night at camping. Overnight stay camping.

Day 6: Drive to Kibish
An early morning drive will take you to Kibish to visit the Surma tribe (?? Km from Tulgit). The Surma women are known for their beatification rituals, in preparation for marriage: most women have their bottom teeth removed and their bottom lips pierced, then stretched, so as to allow insertion of a clay lip plate. Overnight stay camping.

Day 7: Drive back to Mizan Teferi
After breakfast you will be driven back to Mizan Teferi (??? Km from Kibish). You will be arriving in Mizan Teferi late afternoon and check into a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in local Hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Gambella
An early morning drive will take you to Gambella (?? Km from Gambella). Continue driving from Mizan Teferi to Gambela, through lush green landscape and wild coffee forest descend to into the steamy lowlands, home to Gambella. Y You will stop for lunch at Masha. You will be arriving in Mizan Teferi late afternoon and check into a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in local Hotel.

Day 9: Visit the Anuak and Nuer people Villages
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to the Anuak village. These Nilotic peoples whose villages are scattered along the banks and rivers of southeastern Sudan and western Ethiopia, in the Gambela Region. The Agnuak people are herdsmen and famers. In the afternoon visit Nuer village. Nuer people, who live mostly in Southern Sudan, in the Upper Nile Province around the junction of the Nile River. The Nuer are tall and dark. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in local Hotel.

Day 10: Excursion to Gambella National Park
An early morning drive will take you to Gambella National Park; home to wonderful birdlife, & wild animals such as elephants, baboons, buffalo, lion, antelope, monkeys, and other antelope. Late in afternoon drive back to a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 10: After breakfast you will be driven Bedele (276 Km from Gambella)

You will be arriving in Bedele late afternoon and check into a Guest House at Bedele Brewery Factory. Later, you can visit the Bedele Brewery Factory. You will have dinner and spend the night at the Guest house.

Day 11: Drive to Neqemt
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Neqemt (105Km from Bedele).You will be arriving in Neqemt late afternoon and check into a hotel. Later, you can visit the the Wollega Cultural museum, which gives a very good insight in the Wollega Oromo culture. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in local hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Ambo
An early morning drive will take you to Ambo (202 Km from Neqemt); on the way visit the Guder Falls. You will be arriving in Ambo late afternoon and check into a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight say in Abebech Metaferia Hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Addis Ababa and departure
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Addis Ababa (165Km from Ambo) via the Crater Lake of Wonchi. And upon arrival at Wonchi (37 Km from Ambo), you will visit to the Crater Lake of Wonchi Village (The magnificent crater lake of Wonchi is situated south of Ambo at 3220 m. above sea level. You can go down to the Lake by car or on a horseback by arrangement with local farmer’s association. A boat trip to the monastery on an island in the lake is possible). You will have lunch at Woliso. 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.