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24 Days/23 Nights, North & South Ethiopia Historical | Cultural | Natural Tours

24 Days/23 Nights, North & South Ethiopia Historical | Cultural | Natural Tours


24 Days


4W Drive

Tour Overview

Duration : 24 days/ 23 Nights
Tour Code : ETTT AD012
Transportation : Surface
Destination : Northern & Southern Ethiopia Combination


Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport
we will meet and greet you at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and transfer you to the hotel. Accommodation at:  Caravan Hotel

 Day 2: City Tour in Addis Ababa
After having breakfast explore Addis Ababa beginning with the National Museum and the Ethnological Museum, which is the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I. After lunch, take time to experience the Holy Trinity Cathedral and visit the Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa.

Accommodation at: Cravan Hotel

Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar
After an early breakfast, drive north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese bridge, known as the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge before stopping in Debre Markos for lunch.

Accommodation at: Kistel Hotel

Day 4: Tour in Bahir Dar ( Lake Tana & Blue Nail Falls) 

After breakfast, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to various island monasteries like those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (women are not allowed). In the afternoon, you will drive to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike to the falls.

Accommodation at: Kistel Hotel

Day 5: Drive to Gondar, City Tour

After breakfast, drive three hours north to Gondar. On the way, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Amhara highlands. After arrival, visit the castle compound of Fasilides and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, one of Ethiopias most famous churches.

Accommodation at: Fasil Lodge

Day 6: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park

Depart early in the morning from Gondar, driving to Sankober, a campsite in the national park. On the way, will handle park fees, local guides, and scouts. Shortly after, you will start a 3-4 hour hike from Buyit Ras to Sankober. Back in Sankober, enjoy beautiful views from the escarpment where you can observe the Gelada baboons and perhaps the Walia Ibex. In Sankober, an Insider will meet you with your supplies.

Accommodation at: Camping at Sankaber

Day 7: Drive to Axum

In the morning after having breakfast, depart north for Axum enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains on the way. After stopping for lunch in Adarky, proceed driving through the Tekeze Valley to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant.

Accommodation at: Sabean Hotel

Day 8: Axum City Tour
Explore Axuma UNESCO World Heritage Siteand visit the ancient stele, granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times. Visit the church compound of St Mary of Zion Church where the Ark of the Covenant is stored.

Accommodation at: Sabean Hotel

Day 9: Flight to Lalibela

Take an early morning, short flight to Lalibela. Upon arrival you will visit the 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved into the bedrock. These churches have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation at: Honey land Hotel

Day 10: Full Day in Lalibela
After breakfast, continue visiting the churches or hike to Asheten Mariam, a rock-hewn church in the mountain above the town. In the afternoon, you will visit the Nakutelab Rock Hewn Church, built under a natural cave.

Accommodation at: Honey land Hotel

Day 11: Morning flight to Addis and the afternoon for sights seeing
After breakfast you a short flight takes you back to Addis Ababa, arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon is free for leisure and shopping.

Accommodation at: Caravan Hotel

Day 12: Drive to Awassa through the Great Rift Valley Lake
An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Awassa, while on the way you will visit Lake Ziway. In the city of Awassa, enjoy the life of a vibrant city with diverse ethnic mix and walk through the daily market where colourful villagers negotiate for fish.

Accommodation at: Lake View Hotel

Day 13: Drive to Dorze Village (near Arbaminch) via Wolayta Sodo

In the morning, visit the fish market on Lake Awassa and see hippos, grivet monkeys, and colobus monkeys. Birdwatchers will especially enjoy the silvery-cheeked hornbill, black-winged lovebird, and Abyssinian black-headed oriole. Arrive to Dorse and visit the local village.

Accommodation at: Tourist Hotel

Day 14: Visit Nech Sar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo
Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Nech Sar National Park to see savanna wildlife such as Swaynes hartebeest, lesser and greater kudu, and Bruchells zebra. In the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile marketand hippo pods.

Accommodation at: Tourist Hotel

Day 15: Drive to Turmi (Hamer Tribe) via Arbore

Drive to Turmi via Arbore through the Weyto valley, try to arrive on a Friday (market day) in Arbore to see local life in a market at a crossroads for several tribes.

Accommodation at: Turmi Lodge

Day 16: Morning trip to Kolcho, the Karo tribe
An early morning drive after breakfast will take you an excursion trip to Murulle to visit the Karo people. The Karo adorn their bodies with different paintings, done for dance, feast, or celebration. After lunch you will return to Turmi and visit a Hammer village featuring a tribal dance.

Accommodation at: Turmi Lodge

Day 17: Excursion to Omorate, the Dessanech tribe

Another early morning drive after breakfast to Omorate where you will cross the river in a dugout canoe to visit a Dassenech village. Omorate lies on the eastern bank of the Omo River and is almost totally isolated from the rest of Ethiopia. Witness how the Dessanech people live on the banks of the Omo river where they bathe and wash their clothes. Afterwards drive back to Turmi.

Accommodation at: Turmi Lodge

Day 18: Drive to Jinka

Depart from Turmi to Jinka. On the way, stop in Dimeka for the local market, which takes place on Tuesdays and Saturday. This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes.

Accommodation at: Jika Resort

Day 19: Day excursion to the Mursi tribe through the Mago National Park
An early drive after breakfast takes you to meet the Mursi tribe after passing through the Mago National Park, located on the banks of the Omo River. Visit the Mursi in their traditional village, and see the Mursi women and their custom of expanding their lower lips with wooden and clay discs.

Accommodation at: Jinka Resort

Day 20: Drive to Konso

Drive to Konso via Key Afar and visit the Benna tribe at the local market in Key Afar, which takes place on Thursdays. Afterwards, continue driving to Konso, which has markets on Thursday. The Konso people are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques.

Accommodation at: Kanta Lodge.

Day 21: Visit the Konso Village and drive to Yabelo

in the morning, visit a local Konso village and drive to Yabelo with stops to visit natural sand formations on the way. If there is time, visit the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary.

Accommodation at: Yabelo Motel

 Day 22: Visit El Sod and drive to Wondo Genet
Visit El Sod, which is home to a large salt deposit called the House of Salt. There are several deep crater lakes here from which salt is extracted. You will also visit a local village of the Borena people. After the visit, proceed driving to Wondo Genet, where you can swim and relax in the hot spring pools.

Accommodation at: Wondo Genet Lodge

Day 23: Drive to Langano

After breakfast, drive a short distance to nearby Lake Langano, one of the Rift Valley Lakes, and the only lake that you can swim in. You will also visit Abiatta-Shala National Parks two lakes: Shala is a very deep crater lake (over 260 meters deep!) and Abiatta, a soda lake attracting thousands of flamingos.

Accommodation at: Sabana Beach Resort.

Day 24: Drive back to Addis Ababa and departure
After a morning relaxing around Lake Langano, drive back to Addis Ababa.

The last day of your unforgettable visit to Ethiopia brings us back to Addis Ababa. A hotel room for day-use is available.

The last day we spent in the fascinating capital of the country: Addis Ababa. Depending on your time of arrival we take you to the city tour that you didn’t visit from your first day or shopping.

We say goodbye Ethiopia with a visit to a cultural restaurant, enjoying the great Ethiopian food together with traditional music and dance from all over this fascinating country. After diner we take you to the airport for your flight back home.


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