18 days best of ethiopia

18 Days Best of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa | Bahir Dar | Gondar | Simein Mountains National Park | Axum | Lalibela | Langano | Arba Minch | Jinka | Turmi | Yabello | Awassa | Addis

This very popular tour combines the northern Historic and the southern cultural sites. Visits to the main historical sites in the north, Simien Mountains, and the photogenic Omo valley tribes are included in the itinerary. The itinerary is designed for those who want to cover the top tourist sites in Ethiopia in a single trip.

Day 01: Arrival - Addis Ababa

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and transfer in to your hotel.
Overnight: Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel

Day 02: Addis – Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, have a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body - Lake Tana (3,600 Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD).
Overnight: Abyminch lodge or similar Hotel

Day 03: Bahir Dar – Gondar

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.
Overnight: Goha Hotel or similar

Day 04: Gondar – Simein Mountains National Park

Drive from Gondar to Debark (the headquarter of the Simien Mountain National Park), and proceed 36 km farther to the Simien Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to visit the endemic mammal of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon, and the breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains.
Overnight: Simien Lodge

Day 05: Simein Mountains National Park – Axum

Drive to Axum - the earliest Capital of Ethiopia, crossing the Tekeze Gorge.
Overnight: Sabean Hotel or similar

Day 06: Axum

Have a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).
Overnight: Sabean Hotel or similar

Day 07: Axum – Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. And in the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Overnight: Roha Hotel or similar

Day 08: Lalibela

In the morning, mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards with great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela.
Overnight: Roha or similar Hotel

Day 09: Lalibela – Addis – Langano

Fly back to Addis and drive 200 km south of Addis to the Rift Valley region visiting the chains of Rift Valley Lakes of Ziway, Langano, Abiyata and Shalla. Spot various birds at Lake Ziway, and enjoy swimming at Lake Langano.
Overnight: Sabana Beach Resort or similar

Day 10: Langano - Arba Minch

Drive from Langano to Arba Minch through the fertile land of Wolita and Alaba regions, The Alaba people are very famous for their beautiful home painting style. And on the way visit Sinkile Wild life Sanctuary, here you will see the endemic Swain’s heart best and other mammals.
Overnight: Paradise Lodge or similar

Day 11: Arba Minch

After breakfast drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze village, the Dorze people are well known for the weaving tradition and their attractive elephant shaped traditional hut made from bamboo and false banana tree leafs , here you will also see the daily activity of the Dorze people, drive back to Arba Minch for lunch and in the afternoon you will have a boat trip on lake Chamo one of the rift valley lakes, on this lake you will visit the Crocodile Market where you can see large number of crocodiles, different aquatic birds and hippos.
Overnight: Paradise Lodge or similar

Day 12: Arba Minch - Key Afer Market - Jinka

Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka and make a stop at Key Afer Thursday market to visit the colorful weekly market where the Ari, the Tsemay, and the Benna people meet.
Overnight: Eco Omo lodge or similar

Day 13: Jinka - Mago National Park - Jinka

Make an excursion trip to Mago National Park. Visit the most famous people of the Omo Valley - the Mursi people, whose women are typically known for their clay lip plates they insert in their lower lips. Then, drive back to Jinka, and visit the cultural museum of the Omo people.
Overnight: Eco Omo lodge or similar

Day 14: Jinka – Dimeka Market - Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Dimeka to visit the Saturday market of the Hamer people. Then, drive to Turmi for Overnight. Around Turmi, visit the cultural village of the Hamer people. The Hamer people are famous for their typical hair dressings which the women decorate with red soil and butter.
Overnight: Buska Lodge or similar

Day 15: Turmi - Omorate - Turmi

Make excursion trip to Omorate, cross the Omo River by boat, to visit the Dasenech people who are known for their body scarification. In the afternoon, have a leisure time in Turmi.
Overnight: Buska Lodge or similar

Day 16: Turmi - Konso - Yabello

Drive from Turmi to Yabello visiting the Erbore people and the Konso people.
Overnight: Yabello Motel or Similar

Day 17: Yabello - Awassa

Drive from Yabello to Awassa visiting the nomadic Borena people, and the Sidama people who are noted for their cultivation of False Banana (Enset). On your way visit the coffer plantations around Yirga Chefe where one of Ethiopia’s most flavored coffee beans grow. In the later afternoon, enjoy bird watching and the sun set over the Rift Valley Lake of Awassa.
Overnight: Haile Resort or similar

Day 18: Awassa - Addis

In the morning, drive to the shore of the lake and visit the ‘Fish Market’ at Lake Awassa. Then, drive 273 km north to Addis. In the afternoon, have a half-day city tour of Addis, which includes visiting the National Archaeological Museum, Merkato - the largest open air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto for the panoramic view of the capital.

In the evening before departure, you will be invited a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis where you taste variety of Ethiopian meals, and watch the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people.

Set Departures: Daily

Who can do this Safari: Everyone

NB: This is an indication of the type of itinerary you can do. You have the option to customize this itinerary to suit your interests in terms of destinations you would like to visit and/or activities you would prefer to do.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Pick up and drop off at JKIA - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Bed & Breakfast in Nairobi Hotel.
  • Domestic Flights.
  • Full Board on Safari
  • All transport in designed safari vehicle 4x4WD with a pop up roof for maximum game viewing comfort with a professional English speaking driver/guide.
  • All park entrance fees

Tour Exclusions

  • The cost of obtaining visas
  • Expenses like laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, mineral water, tips, porterage etc.
  • International flights.
  • International departure taxes.
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • All other expenses that are purely of a personal nature.
  • All other items that are not mentioned in 'our price includes'.

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