SOUTHERN & NORTH ROUTE
Duration: 15 days and 14 nights.
In this 15 days trip through Northern and Southern Ethiopia allows us to discover historic cities such as Bahar Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum by moving to remote times of spirituality where the most incredible mysteries of Christianity were protected. The beautiful natural environment of northern Ethiopia with its impressive mountain ranges offers us a unique opportunity to enter one of the most majestic landscapes of the African continent.
In the South, we will discover the Abyssinian Rift valley, surrounded by immense mountains and deep crack canyons produced by the volcanic rock of slow erosion, which has greatly hampered access to the Omo River delta for decades. This physical difficulty to access this region has allowed the tribes that inhabit the Omo Valley to be isolated, not only from the rest of Ethiopia, but from the rest of the world, thus offering a unique experience for the traveller.
Arrive Addis Ababa, Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port, and transfer in to hotel.
Addis Abeba – Axúm. Fly to Axum. Visit St. Mary Zion Church, Stele compound, Ruin palaces, archeological museum & tombs.
Axúm –Lalibela. Fly to Lalibela. Visit the first and third groups of rock hewn Lalibela amazing churches.
Lalibela. In the Morning optional excursion to Ne’akutoLe’ab Cave church or to Semi-hewn church of Asheten Mariam , After lunch visit the remaining second group of rock churches.
O/N the same hotel.
Lalibela – Gondar. Fly to Gondar & Visit the Castle compound, Bath of King Fasilades, Debre Berhan Silassie church.
Gondar-Bahir Dar. Drive to Bahir Dar (180 km.) city tour of Bahir Dar includes monuments, market & the city view.
Bahir Dar. Early in the morning Boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the Island monasteries. After lunch Visit the Blue Nile Fall
Bahir Dar- Addis Abeba- Langano. After early breakfast transfer to Bahir Dar airport to fly back Addis Abeba. Reception at the capital & Continue our route to the greate Rift vally and on our route we will viste the Bishoftu Cráter lake, lake Ziway and lake Langano.
Langano – Arba Minch. Drive to Arba Minch. On the way visit different tribal villages who are known for their cultivation of Enset of False Banana & visit the villages of the Dorze people who are famous for their huge Bambu huts and colorful hand woven cotton clothes. (460km).
O/N Lodge in Arbaminch.
Arba Minch -Konso. Have a boat ride on the Rift Valley Lake of Chamo where you can see big African Crocodiles, hippos, and low land water birds. After Picnic lunch drive to Konso & Visit The Konso Village, the Konsos are famous by thier tótems & making teraz to protect thier land.
O/N Lodge in Konso.
Konso – Jinka. Drive to Jinka the nearest town of the two national parks Omo & Mago, and on the way visit the people of Ari, Benna and Tsemai trbal villages. (Visiting the most colorful multicultural market in the Omo Valley at Key Afer if the day is thursday – which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai,) Then drive to Jinka.
O/N Lodge in Jinka.
Jinka – Turmi. After breakfast, drive to Mursi village crossing Mago National Park one of the most atractive natnional Sabana park in the east Africa . Visit the Mursi tribe in their village who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Drive back to Jinka after lunch drive to Turmi. – the settlement of Hamer people. Stop off at Dimeka to visit the other interesting weekly cultural market (Saturdays) of the Hamer and the Benna people. After dinner at your hotel, you will be driven to the nearby village of the Hamer people to see the traditional dances of the Hamer people – the Evangadi Dance.
O/N Lodge in Turmi.
Turmi. After Breakfast you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southern most known people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Drive back to Turmi & we can visit the Turmi Market ( on mondays) or Dimeka market on Tuesdasy and saturdays with very interesting encountr of different tribes like Hamer, Benna and Arbore.
O/N the same Lodge.
Turmi –Arba Minch. Drive Turmi to Arbaminch, on our way to Arbaminch visit different tribes of Omo vally, like Erbore & Tsemhay. O/N Lodge in Arbaminch.
Arba Minch –Addis Abeba. Drive to Addis. Time for leisure and Shopping. before departure, you will be guest of KARIBU Ethiopia Tours at one of the best traditional restaurants to test the variety Ethiopian meals and to see their folkloric dances. Then to be transferred for the air port to fly back.