- Written by Keb
Tour Code: FET-AT 02 Tour Program to Archeological Tour Ethiopia
Attractions: Archeological,History, fossils, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you at Bole International air port at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador Hotel.
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 in Bole Ambassador Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Melka-Kunatre archeological site, Tiya steales & Adadi Mariam Church
An early morning drive will take you 50kms South of Addis Ababa to Melka-Kunture (Prehistoric Site lies near the Awash River Gorge is one of the most important archeological sites in Ethiopia, where hand axes and various other implements have been found). Then drive a detour for 17 km on the gravel road to visit Adadi Mariam church (a 13th century rock-hewn church that is Ethiopia's southern most church of its type). You will have lunch in the bush.
Then continue to visit the Tiya stelae a UNESCO heritage, where of a peculiar type of engraved, grave marking standing stelae, believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries stand.
You will arrive in Butajira late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in local hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Dilla
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Dilla. En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch in Awassa. You will be arriving in Dilla in the afternoon and check into a hotel. Overnight stay in Local Hotel.
Day 5: Visit the archeological sites of Tutu Fela & Tututi
After breakfast you will be driven to 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 6: Drive to Konso
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Konso (330 Km from Dilla) and you will stop for lunch at Yabelo (200 Km from Dilla). Upon arrival in Konos, you will check into a lodge, have dinner and spend the night at there. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge.
Day 7: Visit the Konso Archeological Sites
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to a archeological sites in Konso those are well-known for the Australopithecus boisei fossils. You will have lunch in Konso. Then in the afternoon visit the Konso Village and their cultural landscape. Late in the afternoon back to the lodge. Dinner and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge.
Day 8: Drive to Wolayta Sodo
After breakfast, you will be driven to Wolayta Sodo (215 Km, from Konso). Upon arrival, you will check into a hotel. After a brief rest and lunch. You will visit Moche Borago Gongolo Cave and cave paintings in Wolayta. In the evening you will have dinner at the hotel and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Fanta Vision Hotel.
Day 9: Drive to Lake Langano
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Langano (175 Km, one of the Rift Valley Lakes and the only lake that you can swim in). Upon arrival, you will check into a lodge by the lake side. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort.
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.