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12 Days Best of Ethiopia Culture and Wildlife

Tour Details

This itinerary is designed for travelers who want to visit the northern historical attractions and the south Omo Valley Tribes in Ethiopia. You will cover all the important sites in the historical circuit and South Omo Valley Tribes both by flight and drive from one site to the other


Day 1,Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole international airport and meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Addis Ababa is the bustling capital of this developing nation. Founded in 1887, it is the third highest capital city in the world at 2,355 meters above sea level (7,726 feet). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of Jacarandas, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as Merkato.

Day 2,Fly to Bahir Dar

After early breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to the lake side city of Bahir Dar. On arrival, we head out on Lake Tana to the Zege Peninsula and its famous monasteries. While on board our private boat, keep an eye out for a variety of bird species and the traditional tankwa crossing the lake. After a short hike through local villages and coffee farms, we reach the monastery of Ura Kidane Meret, is home to an important collections of crosses and crowns dating back to the 16th century. The painted maqdas, colourful and well-preserved, tell stories of the Ethiopian saints. The second monastery we visit, Azwa Maryam, is a small and pleasant site with gardens and a humorous young priest. In the afternoon, make excursion to the Blue Nile Falls. The Blue Nile Falls is considered by many as one of the most spectacular falls in Africa. When in full flood the falls are quite impressive at 400 m wide and 45 m high.

Day 3,Drive to Gondar

Early in the morning we will drive to Gondar. It is the 17th and 18th century capital of Ethiopia. In Gondar, visit the ‘Royal Compound’ with many majestic castles constructed in the European middle age architectural style, the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasilades’, residence of Mintwab and church Quskwame. In the afternoon we will head to Debre Birhan Sillassie church (‘Trinity at the mount of light’ ) which is the finest of the Gonderine churches.

Day 4,Drive Simien Mountain

Today you will have excursion to Simien Mountain. After breakfast drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains National park which is 139 km and it have 40 km grave road. Simien Mountain is one of the world heritage sites in the country out of nine because of its stunning scenery. The Simien Mountains not only offer amazing scenery, but the area is also home to several of Ethiopia’s endemic species—the walia ibex, the very common gelada baboon, and the rare Ethiopian wolf. Other mammals include rock hyraxes, jackals, bushbuck and klipspringers.

Day 5,Fly to Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer back to the airport and fly to Lalibela. On arrival, transfer to the town and check-in to your hotel. There are no less than 200 churches in the Lasta Region of Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves, but it's exceptional to find 11 churches of such master craftsmanship in one locale. These brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the "Eighth wonder of the world". The churches are said to have been constructed during King Lalibela’s reign during the 12th and 13th centuries when Lalibela (then known as Roha) was the capital of the Zagwe dynasty. In the afternoon you will visit first group of first group of church also called Early Jerusalem. It includes Bete Medhanealem, Bete Mariam, Bete Denagel, Bete Meskel and Debre Sina and Bete Giorgis.Bete means house.

Day 6,Lalibela

In the morning, we will make an excursion trip to Yimrehane Christos church located 42km from the town of Lalibela on the foothill of the highest mountain in Lasta Massif. In the afternoon, visit the Second group of the churches representing the heavenly Jerusalem. In this group are the Bete Gabriel & Raphael, Bete Merquorios, Bete Emmanuel, and Bete Abba Libanos.

Day 7,Fly to Jinka via Addis Ababa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa and connect to your Jinka flight. On arrival in Jinka, meet your driver and transfer to hotel for checkin then visit the Ari village in Jinka.

Day 8,Visit Mursi and Bodi tribes

After breakfast, leave Jinka and drive to Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular disks inserted. The larger the clay plate, the more the woman is worth before she gets married. It is said that the clay plates were originally used to prevent capture by slave traders.

Day 9,Drive to Turmi

After breakfast you drive to Turmi which is 132 km – the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing, and leather skirts. On the way if the day is Thursday you will visit the colorful Key Afer market. Spend balance of the day visiting the Hamer people whose women are famous for their typical skirts and hairdressings.

Day 10,Excursion to Karo village

In the morning, you will make an excursion trip to Murulle - the village of Karo people, who are the tribe with the least in number of members, and known for their body paintings they indulge before important ceremonies. The most striking thing about Karo people's symbolic and ornamental expressions is the painted body and face decorations.

Day 11,Drive to Jinka and fly to Addis Ababa

In the morning you will drive to Jinka which is 132 KM then you will transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. After your arrival if there is time you can go shopping in Mercato, the biggest open air market in Africa. In the evening, you will be invited to a fare well dinner party in one of the traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa to taste the varieties of the Ethiopian cuisine and enjoy the folkloric dances of different ethnic groups.

Day 12,Departure

Transfer to the Airport for your international flight

Additional Info

  • Duration : 12 Days, 11 Nights
  • Person : 2 Person
  • Availability : 40
  • Price : $
  • Location : Ethiopia

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