Ethiopia

Ethiopia
 

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Ethiopia is one of the most fascinating countries in Africa to visit.

    Not only does this ancient-and-modern country offer outstanding trekking in the Simien Mountains (one of the highest ranges in Africa), but exploring this intriguing land on foot (once the stronghold of Christianity in Africa) is a do or die experience. Ancient medieval castles, imperial palaces, gothic cathedrals, underground churches and museums abound. The mysterious, subterranean, monolithic churches of Lalbela, for example – some of them in continuous use by orthodox priests since the 12th and 13th centuries, some of them ornately decorated, and some carved out of solid bedrock – are as treasured in Ethiopia as the pyramids of Egypt. Indeed, filled with relics of the past, the romantic land of Haile Selassie (the Lion of Judah) is sure to intrigue even the most hardened backpacker.

    Two itineraries will be on offer:
Option 1 : Simien Mountains trekking and Historical highlights
Option 2 : Simien Mountain Trekking only

    An add-on tour (via Egypt) to visit St. Catherines Monastery in the Sinai peninsular, and to climb Mount Sinai (the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments) will also be possible.

    The trips will be organized in partnership with Rove Africa, through one of Ethipoia’s leading tour companies. Proficiency and excellence in delivery is guaranteed. We also know that the trips will be packed with fascinating experiences, because our groups will be taken to the most interesting sites by expert, knowledgeable guides.

    For detailed itineraries, see pages below.  

 

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clickOption I : Simien Mountains and Historical highlights

 

Tour: Trekking and Northern Historic sites tour

Duration: 12 Nights & 13 Days

Transportation: by car and by Flight

 

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa: Arrival at Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by your tour company representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Embilta hotel.

Day 2: Addis – Gondar: In the morning transfer to the airport and fly to Gondar. After hotel check-in, you will visit the 17th Century capital of Ethiopia called Gondar, here you will see beautiful palaces, which are found in one compound, constructed in the European middle age architectural style and also known as African Camelot, built by different Gondarian kings in the 17th Century. Continue your visit to Fasildas swimming pool which is constructed by the founder of the Gondarian Kingdom called King FasileDes. The swimming pool is still in use for Timket Ethiopian epiphany held every 20th of January. In the late afternoon you will visit Debreberhan Silassie church which is famous for its wall paintings that depict different histories from the Bible and other religious books. Overnight in Goha hotel.

Day 3: Addis – Gondar - Sanka Ber (3,200m): After breakfast drive 136 km to Sanka Ber via Debark, the headquarter of Simien Mountains National Park. On the way you will enjoy the beautiful landscape of the countryside. Before proceeding to the campsite, you have a short walk (2 hour to 3 Hours) to Sankaber. On this trek you will see the incredible Simien Mountains and one of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals called Gelada Baboon. Overnight camping at Sanka Ber. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Sankaber – Gich (3,550m)

Trekking time: 5 to 6 hrs

After breakfast trek from Sanka Ber to Geech through different mountain ranges. On the way you visit the spectacular Jinbar waterfalls, which is about 500m in length. En route the endemic Gelada baboon, and Klip Springer might also be seen. Lunch will be at a beautiful river. Before arrival at the campsite, you will pass by the small village of Amhara which is found in the middle of afro alpine vegetation and Giant lobelia trees. Overnight camping at Gich (3500m above sea level) (B,L,D)

Day 5: Geech - Imetgogo (3,923m) – Chenek (3,600m)

Trekking time: ~ 7hrs

In the morning start trekking to Imet Gogo, which has the most spectacular view in the simian Mountains National Park. Here you will admire the natural beauty of the surroundings. After visiting this beautiful view, continue trekking to Chenek. On the way you will pass through the Afro Alpine vegetarian with many beautiful views of the simian mountains. Lunch will be in one of the highest mountains called Enatye 4070m above sea level. Overnight camping at Gich. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Chenek - Ambiqo

Trekking time: 6 to 7 hrs

Early in the morning start trekking form Chenek to Ambiqo. Today you will have a chance to see the other endemic mammal called Walia Ibex, which is endemic to Ethiopia and only found in the Simien Mountains National Park. Besides this endemic mammal, you will also pass by the second highest mountain called Buyet Ras with an altitude of 4200m above sea level. Lunch will be in a small village called Chiro Leva. After lunch continue trekking to Ambiqo. Overnight camping at Ambiqo. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Ambiqo – Ras Dashen (4,535m) - Ambiqo

Trekking time: 7 to 9 hrs

This day you will start an early trekking to Ras Dashen, the highest mountain of the country. On the way you will pass through villages and beautiful landscape which is covered by Giant Lobelia trees, and climb up to the top of the mountain which is covered by snow. Lunch will be on the top. Return back to Ambiqo for overnight. On the way you will have many photo stops. Overnight camping. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Ambiqo – Cheneck

Trekking time: 7 to 8 hrs

Trek back to Cheneck. En route you may see some Abyssinian wolf or Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight Chenek campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Chenek- Axum:

Early in the morning drive to Axum, via the beautiful Tekeze river valley and the small villages of Amhara and Tigre. Lunch will be at Shire in a hotel. Overnight Yeha or other similar hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Axum: after breakfast you will visit Axum, which is famous for its more than 2000 year old Axumite steles, one of them measuring 33m high. Here you will visit the bath of Queen Sheba, King Kaleb's and other kings tombs, archaeological museum which is widely rated as Ethiopia's best, the church of St. Mary of Tsion, where the original Ark of covenant is housed. Legend has it that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon of Israel, King Menilik I brought the original Ark from Israel to Axum. Overnight in Yeha or similar hotel.

Day 11: Axum - Lalibela: transfer to the airport and fly to Lalibela town. Lalibela is famous for its rock hewn churches dating back 800 years. There are many rock churches in Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves, but it's exceptional to find 11 churches of such master craftsmanship in one locality. These brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred as the “Eighth wonder of the world”. After check in to the hotel visit the 1st and 2nd group of churches in the town. Overnight Roha or similar hotel.

Day 12: Lalibela: In the morning half-day excursion by mule to Asheton Mariam to visit the Churches that lie on the top of the mountain. The Church itself is similar in style to other rock churches, but the panoramic view of the surroundings is spectacular from the mountaintop – or drive 7km to Ne’akuto Le’ab cave church. Return to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon spent visiting more of the rock churches in Lalibela town. Overnight in Yeha or similar hotel

Day 13: Lalibela – Addis – Departure: Transfer to the airport and fly back to Addis. Upon arrival you will have a sightseeing tour of Addis that includes Trinity Cathedral – a beautiful church with a baroque style of European Architecture, unique to both Ethiopia and Africa; and the National Museum (the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dated 3.2 millions years back). In the evening you will have farewell dinner party in one of the traditional restaurant in Addis to test and enjoy Ethiopian traditional dishes, with traditional dance and music of different ethnic group of the country. After dinner transfer to the airport for departure home.

 

clickOption II : Simien Mountains Trekking only

 

Tour: Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park

Duration: 12 Nights & 13 Days

Transportation: by car and by Flight

 

Details available on request.

 

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