Itinerary

Tour Code:  CTT-1301

Duration: 33 Nights and 34 Days

Transportation: Flight and Drive


DAY 1. ARRIVAL
Arrive in Addis Ababa and after a warm greeting at the airport by the tour organizer staff, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Hotel

DAY 2. ADDIS ABABA – AWASH N.P
After breakfast in the hotel drive about 200kms to the Awash National park; on the way visit one of the seven rift valley lakes of Debrezeit. Late in the afternoon game drive in to the national park to observe the charismatic species of the National park BEISA ORYX and other species like: Greater KUDU, Warthog, Anubis Baboon, vervet monkey and Grant’s gazelle. Overnight Genet Hotel or Awash Falls Lodge

DAY 3. AWASH – HARAR
Early morning, game drive in to the Awash National Park to observe the charismatic species of the National park BEISA ORYX and other species like: Greater KUDU, Warthog, Anubis Baboon, vervet monkey and Grant’s gazelle. Then continue driving to the walled city of Harrar. Overnight Hotel

DAY 4. HARAR
In the morning, visit the Harari museum & Arthur Rambaud’s house in the walled city of Harar. In the afternoon visit the market outside the wall & in the evening participate in the hyena man show. Overnight Hotel

DAY 5. HARAR – ADDIS ABABA
After breakfast, drive to the very busy city of DIREDAWA via the city of AWEDAI, for your flight back to Addis Ababa. Then after late lunch, drive to the highest mountain in the city, ENTOTO. Overnight Hotel

DAY 6. ADDIS ABABA – BAHIRDAR
Fly to Bahar Dar, a modern town on the shore of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile River that contains about 37 islands. After check-in to the hotel, Make a full day boat excursion on the largest highland Lake of “Tana (the source of blue Nile)” and enjoy visiting the ancient island monasteries of Ura Kidane Meheret (one of the several monasteries in the area containing 17th century mural paintings), AZWA MARIAM, NARGA SILLASSIE (containing typical Gonderian mural painting style) and if time allows, KIBRAN GABRIEL. Overnight at a Hotel

DAY 7. BAHIR DAR – GONDAR
In the morning drive to Blue Nile falls “Tis-issat” about 32kms (1hour drive with stopovers). After we take our entrance ticket from the tourism office, we drive to cross the Blue Nile River with boat which will take a total of 25-30minutes to reach the water fall. At Tis-issat , you will see the spectacular “Blue Nile fall” and is surrounding. In the afternoon, drive about 180kms to Gondar (3hours drive with a stopover), currently a town, once the capital city of Ethiopia in the 17th century. Overnight Hotel

DAY 8. GONDAR
Morning at about 9:00AM, visit ancient castle palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style, the church of Debre Birhan Silassie (Gonderian style church built during the reign of Emperor Iyasu (1682 -1706) which still kept its originality . The invaders (the dervishes) were attacked by the bees when they tried to burn the church in 1881. The church is rectangular, similar to those of ancient Axumite architecture. The inside walls of the front room are covered with paintings on cloth, glued to the surface. The ceiling is built with thick beams and decorated with winged angel heads looking down. The wall paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ, Mary, the Saint, the Trinity, and others. In the afternoon, visit the bath of Fasilidas and the palace of MINTIWAB/the church of QUSQWAM MARIAM. Overnight at hotel

DAY 9. GONDAR – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS N.P – GONDAR
Early in the morning drive about 123kms (3hours drive with stopovers) to SIMIEN mountains national park, UNESCO registered national park and a home to an endemic animal “WALIA IBEX” through the city of DEBARK, the stepping ground/the head quarter of Simien mountain national park and collect an entrance ticket . Proceed to Sankaber camp site area to enjoy the surrounding landscape and spot Gelada-Baboon, klipspringer, bushbuck and birds like LAMMERGEIR. Then after picked up by the car drive back to the city of Gondar (3hours drive with stopovers).Overnight Hotel

DAY 10. GONDAR – AXUM
In the morning Fly to AXUM, the city of Obelisk’s, and visit the extraordinary obelisks recorded as a world heritage site (WHS), the tomb of king Remhay (1st to 4th century AD), the church of St. Mary of Tsion (17th & 20th century AD), in one of which the Ethiopians hosted the Ark of the Covenant. In the afternoon visit the remaining sites of Axum such as: – Dingur Palace (believed to be the palace of the queen of Sheba) and the tombs of King Kaleb & G/Meskel. Overnight at Hotel

DAY 11. AXUM
In the morning drive 50kms to visit the first capital city of DA’MAT dynasty, the dynasty which was established by the south Arabian emigrants, YEHA temple. On the way you will stop and admire the mountains of ADOWA (which marks the first African country victory over the European in 1896). Overnight at Hotel

DAY 12. AXUM – LALIBELA
In the morning fly to Lalibella and drive about 26Kms for your transfer to hotel. After check-in, start visiting the rock hewn churches of Lalibella which includes: Bete Medhanealem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil and Bete Michael/Gologota, called the 1st group (according to their geographical location). Late in the afternoon, visit the stunning Bete Giorgis, which was hewed out with the perfect architectural work to symbolize the Greek cross. Overnight at a Hotel

DAY 13. LALIBELA
Early in the morning make an excursion to Asheten Mariam church by a mule, where you will see the semi-monolithic church which was hewed out by the nephew of King Lalibella. In the afternoon, visit the remaining churches in Lalibella which includes: Bete Emanuel, Bete Rafael and Gabriel, Bete Merkorius and Bete Aba-Libanos, often called the 2nd group of churches according to their geographical location. Overnight at Hotel

DAY 14. LALIBELA – ADDIS – HAWASSA
Fly from LALIBELA back to Addis & have your lunch in one of the restaurants of ADDIS ABABA; after lunch drive to the rift valley lake city of Hawassa and in the late afternoon enjoy the sunset on the Lake. On the way have a stopover at Lake ZIWAY and enjoy the aquatic birds. Overnight at a Hotel

DAY 15. HAWASSA – KONSO
Early in the morning, drive about 380kms, to KONSO; on the way observe the ethnic groups of SIDAMA, GEDEO, GUJJI & BORENA. Overnight at Lodge

DAY 16. KONSO – JINKA
After breakfast drive to Jinka exploring Tsemay and Benna tribal village, and if the day is Thursday, there is a chance to attend the colorful Keyafer Market which is attended by the BENNA, TSEMAI and ARI tribal groups. Overnight Resort/Lodge

DAY 17. JINKA – MURSI – JINKA
In the Morning, drive about 90kms to Mago National park & make an excursion tour to see and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom pursued by their women, who on reaching maturity, have their lower lips pierced and pop in a “terra cotta” (circular clay disc). Overnight Resort/Lodge

DAY 18. JINKA – DIMEKA – TURMI
In the morning, drive about 130kms to Turmi, settlement of the Hamer tribe via Dimeka and Key Afer exploring the Hamer and Benna tribal village and if the day is Saturday, there is a chance to attend the colorful Dimeka market and encounter three different tribal groups like: the HAMER, KARO and BENNA. Overnight at Lodge

DAY 19. TURMI – MURULLE/OMORATE – TURMI
In the morning drive about 70kms for a half day excursion to Murelle. Here one can visit the Karo ethnic groups, experts in body painting. After lunch drive to DASENECH/GELEB people who inhabited in the bank of Omo River and cross the Omo River by locally made boat to see the village. Then drive back to Turmi for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight at Lodge

DAY 20. TURMI – ERBORE – ARBAMINCH
Morning, leave Turmi and drive about 290kms to ARBAMINCH, on the way visit the Erbore tribal village. After lunch break in Konso, continue driving exploring the Konso tribal village, way of life and the Darashe people. Overnight PARADISE Lodge

DAY 21. ARBAMINCH
After breakfast take a full day boat trip on Lake Chamo to see hippos, large size crocodiles and access the Nechsar national Park behind. Overnight PARADISE Lodge

DAY 22. ARBAMINCH – HOSANA
In the morning drive and ascend to Guge Mountain, to visit the Dorze tribe and their magnificent beehive shaped hut, false banana cultivations and weaving culture. After Lunch in WELAYITA SODO, continue driving to the city of Hosana. Overnight at a Hotel

DAY 23. HOSANA – WOLISSO
After breakfast in the hotel drive, about 340kms, to the previous South-Western Shoa province capital city Welisso; on the way visit the monolithic stelae site of Tiya, the 12th century rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam & Melka-kunture excavation site. Overnight at Lodge

DAY 24. WOLISSO – WONCHI – AMBO
In the morning drive about 68kms to the very beautiful, interesting & breathtaking Crater Lake “WONCHI” through the magnificent landscapes of south western shoa high lands. Visit the lake with activities like walking, horse riding & boat trip. Late in the afternoon drive to the city of Ambo. Overnight in a Hotel

DAY 25. AMBO – NEKEMT
After breakfast, drive to Nekemt through the beautiful scenery of the Shoa and Wolega visiting the local village; on the way visit the Guder Falls. Overnight local hotel

DAY 26. NEKEMT – METU
After breakfast, start your drive for Metu about 255kms. After crossing Dedesa River, stop at the town of Bedele for lunch. You will drive through the indigenous natural forests of Western Ethiopia and experiencing the life of the local people residing in the region. Overnight at local hotel

DAY 27. METU – MIZAN TEFERI
Drive from Gambella to Mizan Teferi through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopia’s largest old coffee plantation. On the way visit the Menit, Yem and the Dizi tribes. Overnight Local Hotel

DAY 28. MIZAN TEFERI – KIBISH
Continue driving further to the west from Mizan Teferi to Kibish an altitude of 1745m above sea level through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopia’s largest old coffee plantation. After crossing the Akobo River you will experience the African Savanna grass land. Stop at the little town of Dimma for lunch. Continue driving further west to Kibish which is a small town of the Surma people. Visit Surma people in Kibish town. The rest of the day, walk around your campsite to visit the Surma people. Overnight camping at Kibish

DAY 29. KIBISH – BUME
Drive about 110kms to the BUME people; visit their way of life and how they make their houses. Overnight camping at Bume

DAY 30. BUME – KIBISH
Drive back to KIBISH; if there is any Donga (Stick fighting of the Surma people) you will attend the ceremony, otherwise you walk around the old kibish village (14-20kms round trip) for the visit of more of the Surma villages-to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Surma tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and inserted circular or rectangular clay discs. The Surma men are well known for their stick fighting, which is called Donga. Players are usually unmarried men. The winner is carried away on a platform of poles to a group of girls waiting at the side of the arena who decide among themselves which of them will ask for his hand in marriage. Taking part in a stick fight is considered to be more important than winning it. The men paint their bodies with a mixture of chalk and water before the fight. Overnight camping at KIBISH

DAY 31. KIBISH – MAJI
DAY 32. MAJI – MIZAN TEFERI
After morning visit of the Bench maji people village, participate in the MAJI local market and drive back to the city of MIZAN TEFERI. Overnight Local Hotel

DAY 33. MIZAN TEFERI – JIMMA
Drive from Mizan Teferi to Jimma, about 240kms, through the Ethiopia’s indigenous dense forest. The people living in this area are from Keficho, Yem and Bench ethnic groups. This place is famous for its coffee, tea and spice plantation. Overnight at local Hotel

DAY 34. JIMMA – ADDIS ABABA & Departure
After breakfast drive back to Addis Ababa, about 346kms, en route visit one of the Gurage Village. Evening, you will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. After transfer to the airport at 23:10PM, fly back home.

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