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Trekking to Lalibela and surrounding

Genete Mariam

Genete Mariam is one of the most interesting outlying churches, a large monolith carved into a pink-tinged outcrop near
the source of the Tekaze River. Supported by pillars, the church is very different from any of the excavation in Lalibela that it is not hidden within
a trench, but carved openly on a rocky hilltop – though the cover of scaffolding rather detracts from the impact of seeing from
afar according to tradition Genata Mariam was excavated during the reign of Yakuno Amlak, the king who 'restored' the Solomonic line in the early 13th century.

Yimrehanna Kristos

Lying 42KM northeast of Lalibela,Yimrehanna Kristos it is an exquisite Church, a masterpiece of Axumite wood and stone construction
and renowned for its interior decoration, it’s beautiful wooden coffer ceiling inlaid with hexagons and medallions with both figurative and geometric motifs.

Naakute Le’Abe

King Nakuto abdicated his throne in 1270 AD and went to a cave to lead a hermit's life. This cave has ever since became a monastery and
has dramatic setting.

Asheten Mariam

A 13th C. rock hewn monastery found about 8 kms from Lalibela lying on an altitude of almost 4,000m. It is carved out of a cleft into a
cliff face. The setting of the church and the view on the way up is a rewarding experience.

Arbatu Enssessa

An old church detached from the surrounding rock on two sides. The pillars and doors mimicking the Axumite design. It is dedicated to the four beasts, symbol of the four evangelists who followed Kidus Yohanesss.

Bilbala Giorgis

Found 30 km North West of Lalibela ,this church is excavated only in the front and is often surrounded by a swarm of supposedly sacred bees. Powder made from crushed rocks near is believed to be a valuable skin treatment.

Bilbala Cherqos

A semi-monolithic church properly orientated and has been worked from a piece tuff from east to west. It is architecturally reminiscent of the facade of Bet Gabriel-Rufa’el and the admirable murals depicting saints and the Evangelists in the interior are of particular interest to the visitor.

Tour packages for 5 Days


Day 1 Early in the morning fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site
and one of the Eight Wonders of the World. Overnight in Lalibela (lodge or hotel)
Day 2 In the morning, visit the second group of churches. After lunch, trek to Hudad (3,500m) visiting the 13th century monastery church of Asheten Maryam
on the way. Overnight in Hudad (lodge or camping)
Day 3 Trek to Wedebye (3,600 to 3,800m) through the small villages to experience first hand the lifestyles of the highland people. Overnight in Wedebye
(community lodge or camping)
Day 4 Trek to Abune Yosef, the third highest pick in Ethiopia (4,130m). En route, you will be able to enjoy the stunning view of the mountains covered
by afro alpine types of vegetations with the chance to spot endemic mammals like Gelada Baboons and Simien Foxes. Overnight in Abune Yosef (community lodge or camping)
Day 5 Trek to Yimrehane Kristos via Degosach, visiting different villages on the way before reaching the 12th century Yimrhane Kristos caved-church.
Overnight in Yimrehane Kristos (camping)
Day 6 In the morning trek to visit Arbatu Ensesa, a rock-hewn church from the 4th century AD and meet your driver for the return to Lalibela.
On the way, optional stop to visit the 4th century AD Bilbala Cherkos rock hewn church. Overnight in Lalibela (lodge or hotel)
Day 7 Fly to Addis Ababa with time to do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant
with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour.

Dalul

Danakil is the deepest part of Ethiopia at 116 km below sea level. It stretches between the Red Sea and the foothills of the eastern slopes of Ethiopian plateau.
The depression has marvelous pattern of volcanoes, its activity greatly contributing to the formation of the present Rift Valley system. The whole part of this natural wonder is inhabited by the Afar people, nomadic shepherds carrying salt in their caravans up to the Ethiopian Highlands. The Danakil Depression is most famous for being the hottest place on earth in terms of year round average temperatures.
It is also one of the lowest places on the planet and there is no rain for most of the year. Here, the Awash River dries up in a chain of salt lakes never reaching the Indian Ocean. Amidst this formidable setting we find, Dallol, a colorful hot springs with a spectacular view. These hot springs are composed of different minerals along with sulfurs and potash which gives them spectacular colors.

Erta Ale

Erta Ale is a spectacular and colorful volcanic eruption where you can to camp on the crater’s rim above the active lava lake and take some breathtaking shots of the volcano during the night. Erta Ale (or Ertale or Irta'ale) is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea, and the volcano itself is surrounded completely by an area below sea level, making it a relatively low-elevation volcano. It is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.

Tour packages for 5 Days


Day 1 Arrive to Addis Ababa, welcoming from the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Addis Ababa (hotel)
Day 2 Fly to Mekele and drive to Ahmedela via Berhale for camping overnight. On the way, you will be able to see camel caravans from the salt mines. Overnight in Ahmedela (camping)
Day 3 Drive to Dodom and trek to the Erta Ale volcano (3 hours) to spend the night by the dramatic boiling lava of this unique place. Overnight in Erta Ale (camping)
Day 4 Trek around the pits and craters of the Erta Ale early in the morning and proceed back to Ahmedela for overnight (camping)
Day 5 Drive to Ragab to observe the mine workers cutting bricks of salt form the lake to be transported on camel caravans for selling at the market. Continue driving to Dallol (116m below sea level), the deepest part of the depression and drive back to Mekele via Ahmedela. In the evening, fly to Addis Ababa. End of the tour.

Tour packages for 6 Days


Day 1 Arrive to Addis Ababa, welcoming from an Insider at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Addis Ababa (hotel)
Day 2 Fly to Mekele and drive to Ahmedela via Berhale. On the way, you will be able to see camel caravans from the salt mines. Overnight in Ahmedela (camping)
Day 3 Drive to Lake Asale to observe the salt workers cutting bricks of salt form the lake to be transported on camel caravans for selling at the market. Drive to Dallol (116m below sea level), the deepest part of the depression and return to Ahmedela for overnight (camping)
Day 4 Drive to Dodom and trek to the Erta Alle volcano lake (613m below sea level) for 15 km to see the stunning volcanic eruption. Overnight camping nearby the volcano
Day 5 Trek back to Dodom and drive to Mekele. Overnight in Mekele (hotel)
Day 6 Fly to Addis Ababa with time to do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing.
In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour.

Awash National Park

Located in the northern part of the Great Rift Valley, 225kms east of Addis Ababa. Established to protect the great numbers and varieties of wild animals and birds as well as its tourist potential. It is the first legally established peak in Ethiopia upon the advice given by UNO. Known for its spectacular landscape and scenic Awash Rift Valley. The dormant volcano of Fentale (2007m. height) is among the main features of the park. There are also a number of Hot springs.

Lake Abijata-Shalla National Park

Lake Abijata-Shalla National Park, named for the two lakes within its boundaries. Both lakes attract a variety of water birds: flamingo, pelican, and migrant waders at Abijata. The acacia-woodland at Shala attracts species such as hornbill, buffalo weaver, and mouse bird. Nech Sar National Park Located in Southern region, 500kms south of Addis Ababa. Established for the protection of the endemic Swayne’s hartebeest. The two lakes Chamo and Abaya are found in the park. The narrow land between the locally referred to as “the Bridge of God or Heave”. There are hot springs in the nearby town (Arba Minch) and crocodiles are hunted there for commercial purpose.

Yangudi-Rassa National Park

Located in Afar, 350kms south east of Addis Ababa. Established to protect the Wild ass, an endangered spices and ancestor of the domestic donkey. Found nearby area of Hadar, Ertale and other important archeological and paleontological sites. Traversed by the Awash River and found almost on the edge of the Dankil Depression. Chain of several Saline lakes are also found in the nearby area.

Mago National Park

Mago National Park of is located on the east bank of the river Omo and ranges in altitude from 450 to 2,528 meters above sea level. Established to protect the great mammals such as elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions and buffalo. Situated within the Great Rift Valley system in the southern part of the country. It is one the most culturally diverse areas in Africa. Peoples with the traditional life style such as Karo, Mursi, Surma and others are found.

Omo National Park

Located in South Omo, some 800kms South of Addis Ababa. Established for the protection of the Elephants, giraffes and the eland, the largest antelope in Africa. Like the Mago national park, it is one of the most culturally diversified areas in Africa. It is also rich in Savannah and geomorphologic formation. It protects one of the world’s populations of lesser kudu. Herds of elephants and buffaloes are also found there.

Gambella National Park

Located in Gambella, 800kms west of Addis Ababa. Established for the protection of extensive swamp habitat and the wild life there. Lies along the course of Baro River. Contains several species of animals not found elsewhere in Ethiopia such as Nile lechwe and White-eared kob.

Tour packages for 5 Days


Day 01 Addis Ababa - Bale Mountains Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik's Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species. Overnight camping near park entrance. Overnight Camping
Day 02 Trekking Bale Mountains National Park Walk through Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. Hiking will take 6-7 hours. Overnight Camping
Day 03 Trekking Bale Mountains National Park Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views. Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance a seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Around 5-6 hours of trekking. Overnight Camping
Day 04 Trekking Bale Mountains National Park Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 6-7 hours. Overnight Camping
Day 05 Bale Mountains National Park - Addis Ababa Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sennati Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport available for late night departure.

Tour packages for 13 Days


Day 1: Drive to Awassa Depart south from Addis via the rift valleys in to Awassa on the way visit the Maribu storks on Lake Ziway and also visit the Lake Abijata -Shala National Park and then continue driving to Awassa. Overnight Awassa. (Pinna Hotel).
Day 2: Drive to Arba Minch In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market at Lake Awassa and then continue driving to Dorze village. Overnight Swayens/Paradise Lodge
Day 3: Drive to Turim Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Turmi via Konso on the way visit the Konso village and the Konso Tribes, Erbore and the continue driving to Turmi. Overnight Camping or at Lodge
Day 4: Excursion to Omorate Early in the morning, drive to Omorate to visit the Dasennech tribes and in the afternoon return to Turmi to visit the Hamer colorful market. Overnight stay in Turmi
Day 5: Drive to Jinka In the morning, drive to Jinka via Dimeka (Tuesday) market stopping at the Dimeka Market where you can visit at the Market the Benna, Ari and Tsemai Tribes. And then proceed driving to Jinka. Overnight Jinka at hotel of your choice.
Day 6: Excursion to Mursi village Drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribes. The MURSI tribe is known for their lower Lip plates and earlobes. Overnight Jinka at Hotel of Your choice.
Day 7: Drive back to Araba Minch In the morning drive to Arba Minch via Konso stopping at Key afer (Thursday) colorful Market, in this key afer market you will visit the Benna tribes, Tsemai tribes and then continue driving to Arba Minch. Overnight in Arba Minch.
Day 8: Excursion in Arba Minch In the morning after breakfast you will take Boat trip take a boat trip on Lake chamo to visit the crocodile and Hippos and afterwards take a walk to the Nech Sar National Park to visit the wild life. Overnight in Arba Minch.
Day 9: Drive to Wondo Genet In the morning after breakfast drive to Wondo genet through the Wondo Genet Forest on the same day take a swim on the natural hot spring of Wondo Genet. Overnight Wondo Genet.
Day 10: Drive to Dinsho In the morning after breakfast straight drive to Dinsho, at the Bale Mountains National Park headquarters. This area of the park boasts a high concentration of wildlife, including mountain nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck (endemic), as well as monkeys, warthogs and abundant species of birds. Overnight in Dinsho at Dinsho Lodge.
Day 11: Drive to Goba and visit Sanetti Plateaus Early in the morning, depart from Goba to the Sanetti Plateau, where you will hopefully be lucky enough to spot the endemic Ethiopian wolf in its natural habitat. Overnight stay in Goba.
Day 12: Drive to Langano After a final morning in the Bale Mountains, proceed to Lake Langano. Overnight in Lake Langano at Sabana Beach Resort.
Day 13: Drive back to Addis Ababa and depart home After a refreshing swim in the lake, depart from Langano to Addis Ababa. On the way, visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala is a very deep crater lake (over 260 meters deep!) and Lake Abiatta is a soda lake, which attracts thousands of flamingos.