Ethiopia is not just another country. It has a cultural, historical, and linguistic identity quite distinct from that of the rest of Africa, largely because it has spent long periods of its history in virtual isolation. Nature has also endowed Ethiopia with splendid beauty and diversity. Ethiopia is the cradle of mankind? It is here that the 3.8 million years old remains of ancestral Australopithecus Afarensis (the first hominid skeleton) and the 4.4 million years old fossil remains of the chimpanzee-sized ape were unearthed. Historical and archaeological discoveries show that only few countries in the world possess such great wealth, ancient legends, and beautiful attractions as Ethiopia. It retains its own particular language and script, its own food and drink, its own church and saints, even its own calendar and clock. Ethiopia has been known since the biblical Genesis (The Beginning): it is the first country to be mentioned in the The Bible “Gen 2:13”. On this tour the northern historical route takes you to the most important sites, including the millennia old ancient Stelae of Aksum. Also the medieval rock-hewn churches of Tigray and Lalibela, and the 16th century castles of Gondar. You will also see the cultural and wildlife sanctuaries of Netch-Sar, and Omo that contain not only remarkable wild life, but also remarkable people.

16 DAYS ETHIOPIA SPECTACULAR - HISTORY- CULTURE - NATURAL HISTORY- PEOPLE

Featuring Adis Ababa, Bahirdar, Gondar, Lalibela, Aksum, Abraminch, Netch Sar Park- Lake Abaya, Tchamo, Jinka, Tribes Mago-Mursi-Murle, Turmi, Yabelo Wild life Sanctuary and Langano Hot Springs

Ethiopia is not just another country. It has a cultural, historical, and linguistic identity quite distinct from that of the rest of Africa, largely because it has spent long periods of its history in virtual isolation. Nature has also endowed Ethiopia with splendid beauty and diversity. Ethiopia is the cradle of mankind? It is here that the 3.8 million years old remains of ancestral Australopithecus Afarensis (the first hominid skeleton) and the 4.4 million years old fossil remains of the chimpanzee-sized ape were unearthed. Historical and archaeological discoveries show that only few countries in the world possess such great wealth, ancient legends, and beautiful attractions as Ethiopia. It retains its own particular language and script, its own food and drink, its own church and saints, even its own calendar and clock. Ethiopia has been known since the biblical Genesis (The Beginning): it is the first country to be mentioned in the The Bible “Gen 2:13”. On this tour the northern historical route takes you to the most important sites, including the millennia old ancient Stelae of Aksum. Also the medieval rock-hewn churches of Tigray and Lalibela, and the 16th century castles of Gondar. You will also see the cultural and wildlife sanctuaries of Netch-Sar, and Omo that contain not only remarkable wild life, but also remarkable people.

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Day 01 Arrive Adis Ababa - capital of Ethiopia. Traditional welcome and transfer to your ADIS SHERATON HOTEL OR RADISSON BLU.

Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub.

OR RADISSON BLU below

African Union Headquarters in Adis Ababa.


Day 02 Adis Ababa- Tour Visit Addis Ababa the friendly and amazingly safe, colorful and cheerful city.

Tour Addis Ababa the friendly and amazingly safe, colorful and cheerful city with plenty of cultural experiences, folk dancing, singing, restaurants and night clubs. Addis Ababa is the third largest city in Africa with an estimated population of five million and the third highest capital in the world. Addis is a colorful and vibrant city regarded by many as 'The African diplomatic capital'. The city tour of Addis includes among others, museums - the national and the ethnographic; market - Merkato (the largest open air market). Churches - St George Cathedral also housing a museum of various religious icons. Wander around Merkato, one of the largest outdoor markets on the continent.Visit the museums, housing ceremonial paraphernalia, royal and courtly robes and a good collection of crowns. The fine arts and crafts of the country and Lucy, the fossilized hominid.


Day 03 Fly to Bahirdar and Lake Tana.

An hour flight to Bahirdar town, as pleasant as you'll find for relaxing and viewing the lake, and the weather is probably the best in Ethiopia. Bahirdar is very beautiful and one of Ethiopia's most attractive towns. Bahirdar makes a pleasant base to explore the Blue Nile falls and the island monasteries of Lake Tana. The Blue Nile Falls as James Bruce the 18th century Scottish traveler described it: "A magnificent sight, that ages added to the greatest length of human life, would not efface or eradicate from my memory”. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana to the island monasteries where you can experience a great calmness. You will visit Azwa, Ura or Mehal Zege; Kibran Gabriel; Entos Eyesus and will get an impression of just how far back Christianity goes in this region. Among others Ura-Kidane Mihret is the largest and most impressive monastery on the peninsula, situated near one of the prettiest and most secluded inlets in the area. A boat trip to Zege, the main tourist attraction in the region, and to the monasteries merit a good half day. Mango Park at Lake Tana the best place to view pelicans and enjoy sitting by the shores.


Day 04 Bahirdar - to Gondar.

Three hour drive to visit Ethiopian medieval capital Gonder that contained large royal enclosure containing castles, palaces, houses and outbuildings among them Fasiladas's palace is the oldest and perhaps most impressive. You will visit the various ruined buildings including the remains of a bathing pool. There are also peaceful, shady and beautiful spots just to relax and watch the world go by. Fasiladas's bath is used for the religious ceremony of Timkat (Epiphany). Next continue to Debre Birhan Selassie one of the country's famous churches hosting beautiful 17 century paintings. This very like-able friendly town is the medieval Ethiopian capital Gondar. One of the most impressive cities for preserved castles and other buildings.

TIMKET CELEBRATION CAN BE ADDED IN THE PROGRAM IN JANUARY- BELOW


Day 05 - Gondar - SIMIEN MOUNTAINS SANKABER (10,562 feet)

Drive to the first camp (Sankaber) via Debark (the small town) situated at an altitude of 10,400 feetmeters on an impressive viewpoint between the northern escarpment and the southern Wazla. Before you arrive at the camping site, you have about 2hrs walk. On the western escarpments you will encounter troops of the endemic Gelada baboons (found only in Ethiopia). They are often referred to as the bleeding heart baboon or the lion monkey. Their coat is shaggy resembling a lion whilst their chest has a marked red heart or patch


Day 06 SIMIEN MOUNTAINS - CHENEK 11520 FEET - GONDAR

Drive towards where just before arriving, you will encounter the Kurbet Metaya viewpoint at 4070 meters – this viewpoint is actually a gap in the precipitous cliff - which reveals impressive views of the steep mountain faces to the west and the lowlands areas to the left. The tightly clustered houses (tukuls) that form the village of Dihwara, tucked below a cliff, are also visible from this viewpoint. Chenek campsite is spectacularly located in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Bwahit Peak. Strategically placed benches allow for the opportunity to take in the expansive views back toward Imet Gogo, especially beautiful in both the dawn & dusk light then back to Gonder to catch the next day flight.

Dry landscape in July


Day 07 - 08 Lalibela - Fly to Lalibela.

To the center of pilgrimage 'Lalibela' also known as Africa's Petra. In Lalibela you will marvel and be immensely impressed by the remarkable rock hewn, monolithic, semi monolithic and cave churches built at least seven centuries ago. After check in, you will visit the northern clusters known as the earthly Jerusalem; Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha /Michael. Excursion visits to Yemrehanna Krestos ancient church found at 42 km from Lalibela town. You will feel the atmosphere deep within yourself as its name implies “let Christ guide us the way”. After you back to the town, you can visit the remaining churches if you missed yesterday; churches that are also known as the heavenly Jerusalem; Bete Gebriel and Rufael, Bete Mercurious, Bete Amanuel and Bete Aba Libanos, and at last Bete Giorgis.


Day 09 - Lalibela to Aksum- Fly to Aksum

Less than an hour flight to visit the ancient civilization that once existed on earth 2000 years ago. Incredible for their pristine state of preservation and for their curiously modern look.Superbly sculpted from single pieces of granite to look like multi-storied buildings, it’s hard to imagine them as 2000 year old obelisks. You will get an impression of landing in a kingdom at least seven centuries behind your own. Alvares, the early 16th century Portuguese writer, described them as 'edifices, the like of which and so many cannot be found anywhere else in the world.'The Aksumite kingdom numbered among the greatest civilizations of the ancient world Aksum's astonishing Stelae are striking for their huge size. King Ezana's 4th century park, queen of Sheba's palace, bath and palace of King Kaleb. King Ezana's inscription, St Mary of Zion churches and Aksum's astonishing Stelae famous for their huge size.You will visit Tombs of kings dating from the 3rd century, St Mary of Zion church said to contain the famous Ark of the Covenant, and the Park of Stelae.


Day 10 Aksum - Adis Ababa - LAKE LANGANO

Enjoy the hot spring resort "Wondo genet" where you can relax, swim and hot water bathe. Also view birds like the yellow fronted parrot, Hemprichs, lesser honey guide, crowned hornbills and others;



Day 11 Lake Langano - Arbaminch

The Dorze people live in the Beehive woven houses give an interesting insight into their lives and traditions. At Dorze village, in a compound there may be several huts of varying sizes, one for the parents and small children, another for the first married, one as a cookhouse. Visit a particular village huts and a central building for socializing – the idea of an entrepreneurial Dorze Rastafarian. It’s a pleasant environment which feels very genuine and might be fun to stay if one was young and into strong drink, quat and native experiences. Join a young woman as she demonstrate the stripping of the banana leaf to make the ‘bread’, the greenish mush is wrapped in leaves before being buried. Some that she had dug up after its fermentation period, by now creamy colored and smelling slightly sour, was chopped and moulded on a board prior to its cooking on an open fire in a metal skillet. The fibers left from this process are virtually unbreakable. After about eight minutes cooking the bread is eaten either with honey or red hot chilli paste. Beer is made from bearded wheat and an 85o liquor from some other plant.


Day 12 Drive to Netch Sar Park, Lake Abaya, Tchamo

From here you will travel to the beautiful Netch Sar Park which ranks among the most scenic and beautiful game reserves, yet the least visited in east Africa. Around 15% of the park comprises portions of Lakes Abaya to the north and Chamo to the south. The water of Lake Abaya is always brown or red-brown, in contrast with Lake Chamo which has strikingly blue water and white sandy beaches. The park also covers the neck of land between the lakes which supports groundwater forest. At the foot of Mt Tabala in the south-east there are hot springs. The altitude ranges from 3545 feet at the shore of Lake Chamo to 5280 feet on Mt Kalia in the north-east. Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodiles and the hippo pods.


Day 13 Drive to Jinka

Drive to Jinka the base visit the Mursi tribes. On your way there is a little town and market called Dimeka. Continuing your way, visit Alduba Market where you will meet the Hamers, Karos, Oromos and few others. In the afternoon, you can visit Ari village and the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes.


Day 14 - Visit Mursi & Ari village then drive to Turmi (2hrs drive).

In the morning, drive to Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribes, people known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. A small tribe numbering 5000 to 8000, Mursi are people based on the Omo River having a remarkable characteristic of the lip plate tradition. A young woman’s lower lip and ears are pierced and enlarged by inserting even bigger clay discs that eventually may be more than 12cm in diameter. The bigger the disc, the better a chance of securing a wealthy husband for herself. Continue to Turmi the main town of the Hamer people.


Day 15 Jumping of Bulls (if taking place at the time of our visit)

Visit their villages and if there is jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer passage rite that will be visited


Day 16 Fly back to Adis Ababa for farewell dinner and departure

In Addis a fare well dinner awaits you at a cultural restaurant where you can enjoy Ethiopian delicious cuisine accompanied by traditional music. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your late night departure flight back home .

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