31 Days - Explore Ethiopia

Hotels from US$9,775pp twin share

Day 1
Upon your arrival into Addis Ababa you are met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 2 
Depart Addis Ababa and head towards Bahir Dar. While the distances between towns are not long, due to the conditions of the roads, travel can be slow. We will stop approximately half way to spend the night and break the journey.
(Breakfast) approx 330km

Day 3
Today we continue onto Bahir Dar where we will spend the next 2 nights staying on the shores of Lake Tana and right at the source of the Blue Nile.
(Breakfast) approx 330km

Day 4
This morning, take a boat cruise on Lake Tana, heading to a monastery located on the peninsula. Here a guide will show you through the complex, explaining the murals and decorations that cover the Orthodox Church. This afternoon, head out for a walk to the spectacular Blue Nile Falls.
Included activities: Lake Tana boat cruise and monastery tour, Blue Nile Falls 

Day 5
Today we travel to Gondar. Situated close to the border of Sudan, Gondar is home to some of Ethiopia’s oldest castles.
(Breakfast) 175km

Day 6
Explore Gondar with a guide this morning. Visit the Fasil Castle complex, Three Trinity Cathedral and the site of the Ancient Baths. (Breakfast) 
Included activities: Gondar ½ day City Tour 

Day 7
Today we head into the Simien Mountains, one of the major mountain regions of Africa and home to Ras Dejen, the 4th highest peak on the continent at 4543m. This national park is home to the famous Gelada baboons, gentle creatures that will allow you to get up close and personal, unlike other baboon species.
(Breakfast) 135km
Included activities: Hiking 

Day 8 
Spend the day hiking the mountains, meeting the locals and searching for the elusive Ethiopian wolf and Walia ibex. The jagged peaks and high mountain ranges make for some spectacular views. (Breakfast)  
Included activities: Hiking 

Day 9 
This afternoon, head down the mountains for a night in Debark, the small town which is the gateway to the Simien National Park.
(Breakfast) 50km
Included activities: Hiking 

Day 10 
Today we journey to Axum, the site of Ethiopia’s oldest city and home to the biblical Queen of Sheba. Axum also claims to house the original Ark of the Covenant.
(Breakfast) 250km
Day 11 
This morning take a half day tour of Axum. Head to the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’s palace and learn some of the fascinating history behind this ancient city. Visit the Axum Stelea in the centre of town where the highest obelisk carved out of a single block of granite stands at 23m tall. (Breakfast) 
Included activities: Axum ½ day city tour 

Day 12
Today we head to Lalibela. This medieval town is home to 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th century.
(Breakfast) 390km

Day 13
Spend the day visiting the rock hewn churches.
Included activities: Full day churches tour

Day 14
Leaving Lalibela this morning, we head back towards the capital of Addis Ababa, stopping the night in a small town to break the journey.
(Breakfast) approx 340km

Day 15
Today we head to Addis Ababa where we will stay for the next 2 nights.
(Breakfast) approx 340km

Day 16
NOTE: This is where the 16 day Historic Route ends and the 16 day Lakes and Tribes tour begins.
Enjoy a free day to explore the city. Recommended sights are the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex which is the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Ethnological Museum, situated in Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the Addis Ababa University.

Day 17
Today we head to Langano, home to 3 beautiful but very different lakes. We stay the next 2 nights on the shores of Lake Langano.
(Breakfast) 180km

Day 18
Spend today visiting the salt flats of Lake Abiata and enjoying the view from the Lake Shala lookout. (Breakfast) 
Included activities: 3 lakes tour

Day 19
Depart Lake Langano for Arba Minch. Meaning 'forty springs', Arba Minch takes its name from the streams found between the two Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo. Lake Chamo is home to the Guji and Ganjule people who traditionally hunt hippos.
(Breakfast) 250km

Day 20
Head into Nechi Sar National Park and enjoy the morning wandering through the trees and along the meandering river. This afternoon, take a lake cruise to see the hippos before enjoying sunset over Lake Chamo.
Included activities: Nechi Sar NP nature walk, Lake Chamo sunset cruise

Day 21
Today we head into the South Omo Valley, one of the major highlights of our trip. This unusual region is home to a number of very different tribes living close together but each with their own unique traditions and customs. It is believed the variations came about as thousands of years ago the region was a major crossroads for the different tribes migrating throughout Africa.
(Breakfast and dinner) 180km

Day 22
Today is spent visiting the villages of the Dascensch and Hamer tribes. Both tribes are very different and you will have the opportunity to photograph and learn more about these unique cultures. (Breakfast and dinner)
Included activities: Visiting the Dascensch and Hamer tribes

Day 23
This morning we head to Jinka, the gateway town for visiting the famous Mursi tribe.
(Breakfast) 70km

Day 24 
One of the definite highlights of Ethiopia, we visit the Mursi (or Mun) tribe. Famous for their lip plates which are a sign of beauty, these herders live in one of the most isolated regions in Ethiopia. For a small fee per photo the men and women of the tribe are happy to pose for photos, but be aware that they can get offended quite easily and at times can come across quite aggressive.
Included activities: Visiting the Mursi tribe

Day 25
This morning we leave the Omo Valley for a driving day to Shashemene. Home of the Rastafarian village created by Emperor Haile Selassie I, who donated 500 acres of his personal land to allow Rastafarians from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean to create a community in Africa. 
(Breakfast) 400km

Day 26
This morning you will head into the Bale Mountains National Park. This national park is home to the largest population of the endemic and endangered Ethiopian wolf and mountain nyala as well as the Bale monkey and giant mole rat.
(Breakfast) 150km
Optional activities: Hiking

Day 27
Spend the day exploring the Bale Mountains on foot or, if you would prefer, horseback.
Included activities: Hiking
Optional activities: Horse riding

Day 28
This morning say goodbye to the mountains and head for Lake Awasa.
(Breakfast) 165km

Day 29
Take today to relax by the lake. Enjoy some bird watching or head to Wendo Genet for a soak in the hot pools.
Included activities: Lake Hawassa lake cruise, Wendo Genet hot pools 

Day 30
This morning we head back to Addis Ababa where we will spend our final night.
(Breakfast) 285km

Day 31
Depart Addis Ababa at anytime today with your driver taking you to the airport.