• Visit 5 UNESCO sites
• Explore the monastery churches of Lake Tana
• Hike in the stunning Simien Mountains
• Visit the monolithic churches of Lalibela
• Visit the sites in Axum and Gondar
• Omo Valley
• Encounter the Mursi, Caro, Hamer and Dorze tribes
• 23 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• All meals included
• Start and finish in Addis Ababa
• Includes 3 domestic flights
• Activity Level: 3
Few places offer such a myriad of experiences for the traveler as Ethiopia. Much of the fascination of this country lies in its many historical sites. According to legend, the first Ethiopian king, Menelik, was the son of the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba! Ethiopia also has nine national parks, protecting many of its endemic species. The ancient tribal culture compliments the unique history and nature of Ethiopia. Experience tribal cultures such as the Hamer, the Mursi and the Dorze whose traditional lifestyle is a stark contrast to our modern life.
We explore Ethiopia, using the capital of Addis Ababa as our base. We travel to the historic north to see the Blue Nile Falls before taking a boat journey across the Blue Nile. We visit a monastery church on Lake Tana before traveling to Gondar, our base for exploring the incredibly scenic Simien Mountains. We explore Lalibela and the monolithic churches carved out of pink granite that date back to the 12th century. We visit Axum, home of the Queen of Sheba in the 10th century, where we see the stelae and some of the crowns of former kings. Axum is also reputed to be the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
Returning to our base in Addis Ababa, we then head to the tribal south, into the Omo Valley. We take a boat trip on Lake Chamo for crocodile and hippo spotting and then visit a Konso village.
Our journey takes us into the region of the Mursi people, whose women have the practice of using disks to expand their lower lip. We go "off-roading" to the River Omo, then on to Turmi to visit the Hamer and other indigenous tribes. We travel up through the Rift Valley, concluding our journey back in Addis Ababa.
A 23-day exploration of Ethiopia
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels in the north and the south, but the accommodations in the south are more basic. All have private bathrooms.
5 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/dusty roads and long drives.
Arrive in Addis Ababa
Fly to Bahir Dar and the Blue Nile
To Gondar, Timket Festival (January Departures only)
Timket and Gondar Sightseeing, to Simien Mountains
Fly to Lalibela and the Northern Churches
Fly to Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa Sites
Arba Minch, to Jinka
Mursi Tribal Encounter
Murele, Omo Bend and Karo People
Arba Minch via Konso, Arbore Tribe
Shenkele Game Reserve, Awassa
Fish Market and Lake Awassa
Depart Addis Ababa