SOUTHERN ROUTE & NORTH WITH TIGRAY CHURCHES
Duration: 19 days and 18 nights
In This 19 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 traveler
Arrive in Addis Ababa. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Have a city tour of Addis That includes: Museums, Monuments, Churches, Market and Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city.
O/N the same hotel.
Drive Addis Abeba to Arbaminch. On the way visit the Tiya Stele and 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 huts and colorful hand woven cotton clothes. (460km).
Have a boat ride on the Rift Valley Lake of Chamo where you can see big African Crocodiles, hippos, and low land water birds. (2-3hrs) After Picnic lunch drive to Konso & Visit the Konsos are famous by thier tótems & making teraz to protect thier land.
Drive to Key Afer and visit the people of Tsemai Benna & Ari trbal villages. (Visiting the most colourful 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.
After breakfast, drive to Mursi village crossing Mago National Park. 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.
Excursion to Omorate 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 & after lunch visit the Hammer village.
O/N at the same lodge.
Drive Turmi to Yabelo . Visit the Borena tribal villages & the famous singing well.
Drive to Awassa, on our route we visit the Sidama village and people.
Early in the morning Visit Lake Awasa & it’s Fish Market and You will also visit the chains of Rift Valley Lakes on your way to Addis Abeba.
Early in the morning fly to Mekele and reception at Mekele air port by our vehicles then drive to Hawzen (Geralta), on the way to visit churches of Wukro Cherkos & Abraha We Astbeha .
During the day Excursion to the Churches of Geralta Region, that includes the magnificent rock hewn church of Abune Yemata Guh, Debre Mariam Korkor & Daniel Korkor.
Drive to Axum and we will have a breath-take at Debre Damo the ancient cliff top monastery & the ruins of Yeha temple. Then sightseeing in Axum .
Fly to Lalibela and transfer to small town of Lalibela, sightseeing in the holy city of Lalibela. the first the second & the third groups of Lalibela Churches.
Early in the Morning optional excursion to Ne’akutoLe’ab Cave church or to Semi-hewn church of Asheten Mariam and back to Lalibela, after lunch visit the remaining second group of rock churches.
Fly to Gondar & Visit the Castle compound, Bath of King Fasilades, Debre Berhan Silassie church.
Drive to Bahir Dar and have a city tour of Bahir Dar town that includes monuments, market & city view of Bezawit.
Boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the Island ancient monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihrte, Azwa Mariam & Kibran gebriel . After Lunch Drive to the Visit the Blue Nile Falls.
Fly back 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.