In Ethiopia, the people, history, culture and landscape are the main attractions. According to Countryaah, 83 different languages are spoken in the country with population of 114,963,599 and anthropologists classify Ethiopia as one of three countries with the most tribal cultures. See Digopaul for map of Ethiopia. Here you will not miss the Orthodox monasteries on the islands of the great Lake Tana, castles and castles in Gondar, the buried stone churches in Lalibela or the legend of the Holy Grail in Aksum. Those who are interested in wildlife and nature experiences beyond the ordinary can visit the Simien Mountains and its national park with its unique fauna of Simien wolves and the great gelada baboons. In the southern part of the country, many peoples live in the original way, e.g. The Hamar and Karo tribes.
ETHIOPIA – A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
Ethiopia where we make a dizzying journey through history and see world heritage that impresses greatly is a fascinating experience. You meet one of Africa’s oldest cultures and see landscapes that take your breath away.
Number of days
35 500: –
DAY 1 ARRIVAL WITH CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA
Your guide will meet you at the airport in Addis and take you on a tour of the capital. You make two museum visits, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum.
DAY 2 BAHAR DAR, LAKE TANA AND THE BLUE NILE
Early transfer to the airport and after an hour of domestic flight you are in Bahar Dar. You take a boat trip on Lake Tana which takes you to a monastery. Then visit the Blue Nile Falls ‘Tis Abay’ which means smoking water.
DAY 3 LALIBELA
Short flight to Lalibela. You will understand why the 13th century stone churches are called the eighth wonders of the world. They are carved directly from the granite and are still used today by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Breakfast included.
DAY 4 ON TO GONDAR – FORMER CAPITAL
In the morning you visit a few more churches and at lunch continue with a flight to Gondar, the country’s old capital. Here you see large stone castles and palaces from the 17th century. Breakfast included.
DAY 5 SIMIENBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
Your car will pick you up at the hotel and you will drive to Debark where the headquarters of Simiens Mountains National Park is located. You meet your trekking guide and drive to your first camp at Sankaber. About 3 hours of hiking this day which ends around the campfire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
DAY 6 HIKING IN THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS
Your guide will point out interesting plants and natural phenomena during your hike. If you are lucky, you will come across the peaceful but large gala baboons, ibex antelopes and rock springs. You get to see waterfalls and visit a traditional village during the day’s hike. (Approx. 6 hours) Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
DAY 7 SIMIENBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
The hike goes up and you reach about 4,070 meters above sea level and the hike goes over grassy plains and through forest landscapes. Overnight stay in the camp in Chennek. (Approx. 7 hours) Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
DAY 8 SIMIENBERGEN
Today you reach the highest point during your hike. The day starts at a steady pace but gets tougher as you go. You get to see fantastic views and the wildlife here is rich, Ethiopian wolf, ibex, monkeys and a variety of birds. Overnight at the camp in Chennek. (Approx. 5-6 hours) Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
DAY 9 LIMALIMO LODGE
You drive to Limalimo Lodge and relax after your adventure in the mountains (about 2.5 hours). Breakfast included.
DAY 10 AXUM AND QUEEN OF SHEBA
Today you drive about 4 hours to Axum, Ethiopia’s most religious city. Here you see the famous obelisks and according to rumor, the Queen of Sheba lived in the city which is also the place where the mythical Church of St Mary of Zion is located. Breakfast included.
DAY 11 AXUM AND QUEEN OF SHEBA
Explore the old town in the morning before driving to Gheralta Lodge for the night. Breakfast included.
DAY 12 ADDIS ABABA
You go to Mekele Airport and visit two fantastic churches along the way. Fly to Addis Ababa where your journey through history ends. Breakfast included.
ETHIOPIA – A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
PRICE INDICATION PER PERSON:
SEK 35,500 min 2 people.
THE PRICE OF THE TRIP INCLUDES:
Domestic flights, Aviation taxes. Professional English-speaking local guides, transport in minibus, entrance fees, meals according to program, certain drinks and accommodation in a shared double room. Camping equipment on the mountain. Entrance and park fees.
THE PRICE OF THE TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International flights. Drinks, gratuities, excursions booked separately. visa
1n Kuriftu Resort & Spa,
1n Goha Hotel,
1n Mountain View Hotel,
1n Yeha Hotel.
PASSPORT / VISA:
The passport must be valid for 6 months. after the stay. Visas are required and can be obtained either through the embassy in Stockholm or on arrival in Addis Ababa, USD20.
FEEL FREE TO COMBINE WITH:
Southern Ethiopia, safaris and swimming in Kenya or Tanzania, gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.
THIS TRIP FITS:
Everyone with an interest in nature and culture.