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Danakil Depression, Lalibela, Omo Valley and Simien Mountains

This specially designed itineraray is a good fit for people who are interested to combine Adventure, history, culture and fun-loving types of tour. This includes almost all the highlights of Ethiopia: after finishing the tour, our clients will surely say, "We have seen Ethiopian history, culture and nature."

It is a group tour so different people will join thus forms plate-form for guests to talk about anything from different perspectives.

We are open for client's ideas and opinion before the start of the tour, about slightly changing it to suit everybody's plans and interests.

Our motto is to give authentic experience for our guests and they are guaranteed of that on this tour.

per adult from

$5,438

NZD

Duration

13 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 13x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 13 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Holy Trinity Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Ethiopia
    • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
    • Entry/Admission - Dalol
    • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
    • Entry/Admission - Lalibela - Rock-Hewn Churches
    • Entry/Admission - Church of St. George
    • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
    • Entry/Admission - Mago National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Omo National Park and River
    • Entry/Admission - Dasenech Village
    • Entry/Admission - Konso Cultural Centre
    • Entry/Admission - Bale Mountains
    • Entry/Admission - Fish Market at Awassa Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Kuriftu Water Park
    What's excluded :

  • Day 1: Addis Ababa City Tour

    Stop At: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Aratkilo area Addis, Addis Ababa 123 Ethiopia
    This is the main Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral, the last resting place for important personnel including King Hailesilassie I, and many others who have contributed for the welfare of Ethiopia. It is beautifully painted and have a lot of architectural majesty. A good insight to understand the Ethiopian Christianity.
    Duration: 35 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia, King George VI Street, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    This is a great introduction to the history, culture and people of Ethiopia. It houses different collections like antiquities, crafts, contemporary paintings, archaeological findings from different parts of the nation and exhibit it to the public. This is also where the famous and oldest (3.2M Years old) known human skeleton (fossil) - LUCY - is displayed
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Entoto Natural Park, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    The highest point around Addis Ababa has the perfect look-out place of Addis. Drive up to the Mountain covered by the eucalyptus, Junipers, 'hygienica Abysinica' and many more other types of trees. It is a peaceful and enjoyable landscape over-looking Addis Ababa. Driving down through the authentic villages will enable you to have balanced impression of Addis Ababa.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Addis Mercato, Kenya St, Addis Ababa null Ethiopia
    The largest open-air market in Africa, Mercato offers blistering mix of activities involving local people across Ethiopia. It is a living testimony of the harmony and collaborative life style of Ethiopia. From small-scale business to skyscrapers, food, clothes and almost everything people needs is there. We will take our guests to the most authentic part of the market, Spicy, coffee, foods, recycling area. It is fun place for visitors.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Ethiopia is famous for it is organic Coffee, and our guests will taste this coffee at the oldest coffee Shop.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel in Addis Ababa

    Day 2: Fly from Addis Ababa - Mekelle - Danakil Depression

    Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
    This is officailly the lowest point on the planet (120M below Sea level) and we will start our drive as soon as we land in the vibrant Mekelle. The Danakil depression is formed when three different tectonic plates met at the triangle in the Afar Region, in the process forming the depression which is now full of colors and minerals. We will drive to Hamedilla - the Camping Site - and go to the the Asale Salt Lake for beautiful Sunset and walk around.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Freshly made food : mixes of Spaghetti, Eggs, Rice, fruits
    • Dinner: This is going to be one of your dinner to remember. It is served in dark (only with Stars light)
    Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Hamedilla - Enjoying the Stars and having a private Wine ( at your own choice)

    Day 3: Excursions around Dalol and Drive to Eartale

    Stop At: Dalol, Ethiopia
    This is going to be another amazing day inside the depression, where we will hike for about 2 hours and witness the miraculous colorful formations. This is a mix of several minerals mainly Salt, Potash, Sulpher. After visiting the colorful area, continue the adventure to the ever-existing Salt Mountains which are proof of the actual volcanic activities.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
    After visiting the Dallol, we will drive to Ertale - one of the few active volcanoes in the world. This is the described as the ' The Gateway to Hell' by some of the famous authors and it indeed requires a lot of energy and patience because of the evening trekking to the mountain.
    After long driving, we will arrive to the base camping where the cars will park and we will start the trekking: it is possible to hire Camel for anyone interested.
    After 1:30 to 2:30 hours of trekking, we will arrive to the tip of the volcanic eruption area - walk deep in to the volcano and enjoy it for a while. return to the camping site.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Scrambled Egg with fresh fruits and Coffee
    • Lunch: Cooked meat sauce and vegetables
    • Dinner: Good mixes of foods with drinks.
    Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Ertale Volcano.

    Day 4: Drive from Ertale to Mekelle

    Stop At: Afdera, Ethiopia
    After two different hard trekkings, guests deserve to have a nice Swim on Afdera Salt Lake on our way back to Mekelle. Arrive to the base camp from the volcano and have breakfast: then head to Afdra to swim and refresh OR go directly to Mekelle to enjoy the city and sleep there.
    Duration: 8 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: It is going to be usual types of foods but always fresh and tasty.
    • Lunch: Cooked vegetables and Egg
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel in Mekelle

    Day 5: Drive from Mekelle to Lalibela

    Stop At: Amhara Region, Amhara Region
    This is going to be long but relaxing drive which will give you insights about the typical countryside lifestyles of Ethiopia. We will be driving through chained-mountains of Tigray and Amhara regions.

    We will have several stops for lunch, photos and just relaxing and talking with locals. Depending on the date, we may visit a typical local markets.

    Arrive to Lalibela Late afternoon to enjoy the stunning Sunset from your hotel.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: It is going to be buffet or your own choices at the hotel in Mekelle.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel in Lalibela

    Day 6: Sightseeing in the Rock churches of Lalibela & Surrounding

    Stop At: Lalibela - Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela Ethiopia
    Lalibela, previously known as 'Roha' served as the second permanent historical capital of Ethiopia and now welcomes thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world to witness the breathtaking engineering of 10 solid Rock-curved churches.

    There are three different groups of churches and we will explore every one of them, starting from the biggest monolithic church in the world - Bete Medhanialem, and the nearby churches, which are excavated to symbolize "Earthly Jerusalem" - by the Saint & King Lalibela
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Church of St. George, Lalibela Ethiopia
    The finest of all churches of Lalibela, St.George was curved out to symbolize Noah's Ark, and have elaborately designed windows and doors, each meaning different stories from the bible or other complementary Christians prayers Books. The cross-shaped church is famous for being used in different promotion and advertising, so being here will definitely WOW you.

    We will proceed to discover more hidden parts of this ancient capital and see the remaining churches.
    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
    Our entire time in Lalibela will be used to explore many more attractions in and around the City depending on our time.

    At the end of the tour, we will finish the day by going to the local 'Honey Wine Brewing Place', locally known as 'Tej Bet' to taste one of the famous Ethiopian drinks and enjoy local music - Watch out for the amazing Shoulder Shaking dance.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel in Lalibela

    Day 7: Fly from Lalibela to Jinka

    Stop At: Jinka, Jinka, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    This day, we will have two flight: going from Lalibela to Jinka, but first stop in Addis Ababa to chnage a plane. Up on arrival to Jinka, we will check in the hotel and have a free afternoon: maybe have a little walk in Jinka - Nice and peaceful city, or maybe going up to the South Omo Research Center - a museum narrating stories about the several tribes living by the Omo river Valley.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel in Jinka

    Day 8: Visit Mursi tribes, drive to Turmi

    Stop At: Mago National Park, 1000 Ethiopia
    This day, is your introduction to the tribal life in Omo valley and we will be spending several hours driving between them.

    The indigenous Mursi tribe live inside the Mago national park together with other people. In the morning, we will cross Mago park and visit typical Mursi village where we will see the most authentic routine life of the Mursi people.

    Mursi women are the most recognizable ladies in Ethiopia with their practice of inserting lip-plates in their lower lips to beautify themselves. After spending few hours with Mursi, we will drive back to Jinka for lunch and proceed to Turmi
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Key Afer, Key Afer, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    Depending our traveling dates, we will visit some tribal markets: most notably the Key Afer, Dimeka or Kako market places: this will be decided depending on the dates.

    If there are no markets, we will improvise and visit something else so our guests are enjoying the day. Some typical ceremonies COULD take place on the same dates so we have some options. This will be notified once the tour is booked.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Turmi, Turmi, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    Late afternoon, we will arrive in the small dusty town of Turmi - the nearest town to visit several tribes. We will visit one oft he most friendly and humble peolpe - The Hammar village. By the time we arrive in the village, it is time for the people to come to their house from wherever they spent the day, the village will be full of people - young people, enjoying their life, sometimes following us by surprise - Some of them asking you to have photos.

    The Hammar have something unique to their culture - The Bull-jumping ceremony --performed by every adult as rite of passage from childhood to adultery and an official sign that the guy who do the jumping is fit to Marry.

    If there is one happening while we are there, we could go and see them ceremony.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a lodge in Turmi

    Day 9: Drive from Turmi To Karro

    Stop At: Omo National Park and River, Jinka 2222 Ethiopia
    In the morning, we will drive to Korocho village to enjoy time with the most colorful of the tribes, Karro people. They live closer to Omo River and in the best location over the River. Karro people decor their body with different paints and welcome you for photos.

    We will explore the village and go into somebody's house and see how the Omo valley tribes live deeply.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Dasenech Village, Omorate Dasenech, Turmi 1000 Ethiopia
    In the afternoon, we will take nice drive down to Omo River to see the Dasenech people, who are the closest to Omo River.

    Up on arrival we will cross Omo River by traditional wooden boat and walk 20 minutes to the nearest Dasenech village.

    Dasench are very unique that they still practice Circumcision of girls in every generation. We do agriculture and husbandry for their routine life. We will spend as long as we want and go back to Turmi for overnight.
    Duration: 3 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a lodge in Turmi

    Day 10: Drive from Turmi to Arbaminch

    Stop At: Konso Cultural Centre, On the road with Stawberry Fields Eco-Lodge, Konso Ethiopia
    In the morning, we will drive out of the Omo valley and join the Rift valley. En route we will stop in Konso village to visit one of the most interesting societal life.

    Konso are famous for many things, their land terracing technique set them apart from anyone else. We will visit some of their local village built by dry-walled by every different generations. The organization and way of life in Konso will take you by surprise.

    We cannot describe Konso enough that you will be amazed by everything.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Turmi, Turmi, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    There is a high possibility to visit another market that we could not see in another days. So we will enjoy driving back to Arbaminch and stopping wherever we find something interesting.

    It is going be 6-8 hours drive from Turmi to Arbaminch
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a lodge in Arbaminch

    Day 11: Drive from Arbaminch to Bale Mountains National park

    Stop At: Bale Mountains National Park, Bale Mountains National Park, Oromiya Region
    We will start early morning and drive to the second highest mountain in Ethiopia - Bale Mountains national park.

    We will drive through the rift valley and stop for lunch in Shashemene, the living place for Jamaicans.

    Up on arrival to Bale, we will visit some of the endemic wildlife including, Mountain Nyala, Menelik Bushbuck, Reedback, Kidus, Warthogs and many more.

    We will continue driving to Bale Goba for overnight.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Goba, Goba, Oromiya Region
    This is going to be full day drive from Arbaminch to Bale Mountains national park.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnigth at a hotel in Bale Goba

    Day 12: Excursion of Bale Mountains National Park

    Stop At: Bale Mountains, Bale Goba 150 km east of Shashamene in the Oromia Region National State, Goba Ethiopia
    In the morning, we will drive to Harenna rain-forest and Tulu Dimtu, slowly walking and driving to hopefully spot the indigenous Ethiopian Wolf, the Giant Molerat, and other species inside the park.

    We will spend half day in the park and drive back to Hawasa. We will arrive to our resort in the afternoon and enjoy the Sunset over Fiker-Haiq, near our resorts.
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a Resort in Hawassa

    Day 13: Drive from Hawassa to Addis Ababa

    Stop At: Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Awassa Lake, Awasa Ethiopia
    In the morning, we will witness the amazing Human-Fish-Birds fight for survival. This a famous Fish market where the fishermen spend the whole night on the other end of the lake and bring their fishes for locals. We will spend few hours and drive to Addis Ababa.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Kuriftu Water Park, Kuriftu Resort, Bishoftu Ethiopia
    We will have lunch at one of the most luxurious resorts in Ethiopia - Kuriftu resorts and spend few hours, walking around or Canoeing on the Kuriftu Lake. In the afternoon drive back to Addis Ababa for overnight.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
    We will have a farewell dinner at one of the famous cultural restaurant and enjoy the folk live music and dance performance, with Ethiopian honey wine or beer.

    This is the best way to finish your trips in Ethiopia and the fun night will bring the end for your beautiful trip in Ethiopia.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel in Addis or proceed to international departures depending on your schedule
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by Aspire Ethiopia Tours

Activity ID: V-159999P6

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