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Tour Highlights

  • Fly across the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge to Gondar
  • Enjoy the dramatic scenery of Simien Mountains National Park
  • Visit the rockhewn churches of Lalibela
  • Hike in search of the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck in the Bale Mountains National Park
  • In search of the world's rarest canid - The Simien Wolf in The Sanetti Plateau
  • Enjoy spectacular view overlooking the Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo.
  • Visit Nech Sar National Park
  • Visit remote the Kara (or Karo) and Nyangatom (or Bume) villages , the tribal lands of the Omo
  • Private charter flight to Addis Ababa


ETHIOPIA TOUR: ETHIOPIA WITH OMO RIVER VALLEY

PRIVATE CULTURAL JOURNEY

ADDIS ABABA | SIMIEN MOUNTAINS | LALIBELA | ADDIS ABABA | BALE MOUNTAINS | ARBA MINCH | TURMI & BUSKA MOUNTAINS | OMO RIVER VALLEY | ADDIS ABABA


Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Addis Ababa

Met at Bole airport and transferred by private vehicle.
Full day in Addis. Sightseeing is available should time permit. The rich culture of Ethiopia, and it's international links, has endowed the city with many fine restaurants and street side cafe's. Nightlife, including many cinemas, traditional dancing houses, casino's and bars provide entertainment until the early hours.

We start out day by driving north up to Mount Entoto. As we drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in temperature and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Our guide will point out the city's major landmarks. Leaving the churches we descend to Addis Ababa, stopping off at the National Archaeological Museum. Here visitors can see exhibits ranging from the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy, from the Axumite and Gondarene periods through to the period of the monarchs Tewodros and Menelik II.


Radisson Blu Hotel- Standard Room; Meals: B L D  
 

Day 2: Addis Ababa - Simien Mountains National Park

Fly ET scheduled flight across the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge to Gondar. In the 16th Century Gonder was the second largest city on the African continent, and the centre of the Abyssinian empire. Gondar was the imperial capital from the 17th to mid 19th centuries, and today visitors can see the imperial compound, with castles stillin good condition (some recently restored) and the bath of King Fasilides, where at Timkat (Ethiopian Epiphany) a nearby river is diverted to fill an area the size of a small swimming pool.

From Gondar it's a three hour drive north to the Simien Mountains National Park. We stop at the town of Debark to complete National Park registration formalities and to collect a scout and local guide before continuing onwards.


Simien Lodge- Standard Room; Meals: B L D


Day 3 & 4: Simien Mountains National Park

A full day in the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the late 1960s, the park presents perhaps the most dramatic scenery in Africa - great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea. There are many peaks over 4000 metres, and Ras Dashen at 4620 metres is the highest in the country and the fourth highest in Africa. The day shall be spent searching for the endemic Gelada or bleeding heart baboon, the Walia Ibex, the Simien Wolf (the rarest canid in the world) and rock hyrax, and endemic birds such as the Thick billed Raven, Black headed Siskin, White Collared Pigeon, Wattled Ibis, White billed Starling, Spot breasted Plover and White backed Black Tit and spectacular Lammergeyers with 3 meter wingspans. The Afro-Alpine flora, meadows and grasslands punctuated by Giant Lobelia and flowering Red Hot Pokers with truly breathtaking.


Simien Lodge- Standard Room; Meals: B L D


Day 5: Simien Mountain National Park- Lalibela

A three hour drive back to Gondar, arriving in time for lunch and a little sightseeing.
Fly ET scheduled flight for one hour eastwards to Lalibela. Met on arrival at the Lalibela airport and transferred by road 40 minutes up the mountainside to the town centre. On market day (Saturday), the road is a spectacle of traders walking to and from market.  


Lalibela Mountain View Hotel- Standard Room; Meals: B L D


Day 6: Lalibela

Full day visiting the rockhewn churces of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After breakfast we set off by car to the cave church of Yemrehane Christos, built by the king of the same name before the reign of King Lalibela. The church is constructed inside a cave, in Axumite style, similar to the 7th century monastery at Debre Damo in Tigray, with alternating levels of wood and stone. A 40 km trip from Lalibela followed by a 10 minute hike brings you to this beautiful church, the finest example of its kind in Ethiopia. After dinner we can visit one of the tej bait (local bars) in town, which are alive with cultural music and dancing.


Lalibela Mountain View Hotel- Standard Room; Meals: B L D


Day 7: Lalibela- Addis Ababa

After breakfast transfer down the mountainside to the Lalibela Airport in time for your onward 90 minute scheduled flight to Addis Ababa Bole Airport.


Radisson Blu Hotel Addis Ababa-Standard Room; Meals: B L D
   

Day 8: Addis Ababa- Bale Mountains National Park

Transferred to Bole airport to connect with onward flight.
Fly ET scheduled flight for approximately ninety minutes south eastwards to the Bale Mountains National Park, Africa's largest afro-alpine environment. Met on arrival and transferred to Dinshu where he hike in search of the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck.  


Bale Mountain Lodge- Cottage; Meals: B L D


Day 9: Bale Mountains National Park

A full day on the Sanetti Plateau in search of the world's rarest canid species- The Simien Wolf.


Bale Mountain Lodge- Cottage; Meals: B L D


Day 10: Bale Mountain National ParK- Arba Minch

A full day drive westwards into the Rift Valley and onto Arba Minch, and transferred to your hotel with spectacular view overlooking the Rift Valley lakes of Abaya and Chamo.


Paradise Lodge- Standard room; Meals: B L D
  

Day 11: Arba Minch - Turmi and The Buska Mountains

A full day on rough roads from Arba Minch, westwards towards the Buska Mountains.

 

Buska Lodge- Standard room; Meals: B L D


Day 12: Turmi and The Buska Mountains - Omo River Valley

It's a half day drive from the edge of the Buska Mountains to the Omo River.


Omo River Valley- Fly Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 13 & 14: Omo River Valley

Full day on the banks of the Omo River, visiting nearby Kara (or Karo) and Nyangatom (or Bume) villages. The Omo is nothing less than the last great tribal land left in the world today, a real kaleidoscope of vanishing cultures.


Omo River Valley- Fly Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 15: Omo River Valley - Addis Ababa

A one hour drive from camp to the nearest airstrip at Murulle, then a 2 hour private charter flight to Addis Ababa. We hope to be back in Addis in time for lunch although flight times in this very remote region are extemely unpredictable.

Met at Bole airport and transferred by private vehicle Day room at Radisson Blu Hotel Addis Ababa. Transferred to Bole airport to connect with onward flight.


2017 PRICING DETAILS:   

STARTING FROM: $13,688.00 per person. Please contact us for detailed pricing.


LENGTH: 15 Days/14 Nights


MEAL PLAN: AS NOTED: B- Breakfast; L- Lunch; D- Dinner


Please contact us for availability or design your dream journey.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.


Due to limited availability, it is highly recommended that you book your journey months in advance.