30 day-itinerary to the north historical attraction Ethiopia|lungo local tour Ethiopia

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30 day-itinerary to the north historical attraction Ethiopia|lungo local tour Ethiopia

Lungo local tour Ethiopia

Summary: northern historical attraction

Duration: 30 days 29night

DAY 1: ADDIS ABABA – BAHIRDAR
In this day you have an option either using land transportation or taking a short flight to Bahir Dar (the shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile), An afternoon hike takes you to the beautiful Tis Abay Falls, also known as the Blue Nile Falls

DAY 2: BAHIR DARA
full day Visit of Lake Tana. Visit a selection of island monasteries such as Ura Kidane Mehret and Narga Selassie. Once on the northern lake shores, visit the Church of Debre Sina and back to our hotel.

DAY 3: BAHIR DAR-GONDARA
short drive of three hours north of Bahirdar will take you to Gondar the capital of the Abbisinyan Kingdom during the 17 century and half a day visit the legacy of the medieval era castles and palace. Gondar has a rich history with its beautiful and strategic mountain setting, the 17th-century capital was once the crossroads of several major caravan routes. The Artistic buildings surrounding the Royal Enclosure with its medieval castles and churches are a reminder of this heritage. Overnight in Hotel

DAY 4, GONDAR- SIMIEN SANKABER   3250 MASL, 3-4 HRS
Drive from Gondar early in the morning to Debark where we will finalize the preparation for the trekking by arranging the scout, pay the necessary fees while doing this you have 1 hour to have tea and coffee before leaving to the mountain, then keep on driving to the place where called Michibiny and start the introductory walk to the first camp site Sankaber. in Sankaber we will encounter the first Galada Baboons.

DAY 5: SANKABER-GICH   3600 MASL, 5-6 HRS
As we pass the Kaba valley we reach narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the Abyss towards the Simien foothills and  large waterfall here the Jinbahir River plunges 500 m in to the Abyss. After trekking for 2 hours we reach Jinbahir River where we will have lunch. After lunch we walk through the fields of Barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp which is a good area to look for Lammergeyer and Thick-billed raven.


DAY 6: GICH-CHENEK 3600 MASL, 7-8 HRS
From Gich camp we will reach Imet-gogo and the volcanic landscape, where it looks like big chunks of mountains have been blown away. We climb to summit of 4070m where we will have lunch. After lunch we descend to Chennek for about 2 hours along a steep trail. From Chennek camp there are spectacular views in all directions and the best part in here is the Walia Ibex in late afternoon or early morning. Some times Walia Ibex visit the edges of the escarpment.

DAY 7: CHENNEK-SONA 3100 MASL, 6-7 Hours
on our way to Sona, we will reach one of the highest mountains peak known as Buwahit 4430masl.  In Buwahit we are not alone rather plenty of Walia Ibex (a mountain goat family). Then walk along series rocky downhill until we get 4200m for about 30 minutes and proceed down to camp through the edge side trail for another two hours until  the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo appear again. From here it is an easy walk to Sona.

DAY 8: SONA-MEKAREBIA 2200MASL, 6-7 Hours
Walking to Mekarebia is mainly steep downhill walk for three and half hours to a river where we can have a nice swimming in a pond known as Insia. After having a pleasant stay under the river, continue walking to the camp in the late after-noon for one and half hours through observing the bushy surroundings. over night at established camp.

DAY 9: MEKAREBIA-MULIT 1800MASL, 6-7 Hours
trekking to the last camp Mulit, what is special in this we cross the other side of Insia River which is full of bird-lives and surrounded by a tributary river which a big natural swimming pool has called Derek-wonz here we will take a lunch break. Then keep on going for one and half hours a short uphill walk before reaching a small village called Awasza.

DAY 10: MULI TO ADIARKAY AND THEN DRIVE TO AXUM,Drive to Axum the land of queen of Sheba’s ancient kingdom from the Bible I kings 10:2, Overnight in Sabean hotel

Day 12:- Axum
City Tours in Axum museum, the Stella Fields and also the grounds of the 16th-century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion the host church of the Arc of the Covenant from The Bible Exodus 25:10-25. King Kaleb and his son tombs and the queens of Shiba swimming pool and palaces, Dingur the house of the Nobel men from 6th century etc…

DAY 12 : AXUM-GEREHALTA/HAWZEN/
On our way to Hawzen we will visit the 800 BC temple of Yiha, 45 km east of Axum, then once we arrive in Hawzen overnight will be in Geralta Lodge and prepare to Climb Abune-Yemata Guh and Mariam Korkor mountain monastery church’s .

DAY 13: GEREHALTA-MEKELE
This day you visit Both Korkor Mountain and Abune Yemata Guh, then late Afternoon Drive to Mekelle.

DAY 14: MEKELE-LALIBELA
Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela, It will be nearly a full day drive, but joy full driving through remote villages enjoying the Ethiopian country side life style

DAY 15: LALIBELA
Your guide will lead you through the network of churchs’ and tunnels linking each of the churches. The churches are still in use today.
In the afternoon your guide takes you to the eastern group of rock hewn churches: smaller in size, these are no less impressive, with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore! Travel further afield to the Nakutelab rock-hewn church, built into the side of a hill in a natural cave. The afternoon culminates in a visit to a private home to participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

DAY 16: LALIBELA-ADDIS
finally flight back to Addis Ababa.  For a city tour, explore Merkato. Over night addis ababa

DAY 17.  
After breakfast in the hotel leave Addis Ababa and drive about 240kms to Hosana visiting the archaeological site of Melka Kunture, the monolithic stelae site of Tiya and the 12th century rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam. Overnight Hotel
DAY 18.    

Morning, drive about 255kms to Arbaminch, on the way take some stop over to visit the Wolayta people and their houses. After lunch, ascend to Guge Mountain, to visit the Dorze tribe and their magnificent beehive shaped hut, false banana cultivations and weaving culture. Overnight Paradise Lodge

DAY 19

 In the morning, drive about 25kms to Netchsar National Park, the home of the rare endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest, Burchell’s Zebra, Grant’s gazelle and numerous birds. In the afternoon take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see hippos, large size crocodiles and birds. Overnight Paradise Lodge

 

Day 20

After breakfast in the lodge leave Arbaminch and drive about 250kms to Jinka via Konso, visit the Darashe people and their village en route; have your lunch at Weito then continue driving to Jinka exploring Tsemay and Benna tribal village, and if the day is Thursday there is a chance to attend the colorful Keyafer Market which is attended by the BENNA, TSEMAY and ARI tribal groups. Overnight Hotel

 

DAY 21

 Morning, drive about 90kms to Mago National park & make an excursion tour to see and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom pursued by their women, who on reaching maturity, have their lower lips pierced and pop in a “terra cotta” (circular clay disc). Overnight Hotel

 

DAY 22

 In the morning, drive about 130kms to Turmi, settlement of the Hamer tribe via Dimeka and Key Afer exploring the Hamer and Benna tribal village and if the day is Saturday there is a chance to attend the colorful Dimeka market and encounter three different tribal group like the HAMER, KARO and BENNA. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 23

Drive about 65kms for a full day excursion to Murelle. Here one can visit the Karo ethnic groups, experts in body painting. After having lunch drive to Kangatan and cross the Omo River by locally made boat to see the tribal village of the NYANGATOM/BUME people, then drive back to Turmi for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 24

Drive about 75kms for an excursion to DASENECH people; who inhabited in the bank of Omo River and cross the Omo River by locally made boat to see the village. After lunch break in the lodge, drive to the nearby Hamer tribal village to experience their way of life & then drive back to Turmi for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 25

 Morning, leave Turmi and drive about 195kms to Konso, on the way visit the Arbore tribal village. After lunch break in Konso, pay time to explore the Konso tribal village, meet their chief and learn their way of life; late afternoon, drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 26

Morning,  drive to visit the very famous village known as Gesrgeyo inhabited by the Konso tribal people & proceed to the famous place called “New York” to witness unique land formation, then drive back to the hotel for lunch break. In the afternoon, drive about 110kms to the city of Yabello through the admirable Borena tribal villages. Overnight Hotel

 

DAY 27    

In the morning, drive about 105kms to lake El-Sod meaning “Salt House” to visit how the Borena tribe extract salt from the lake and then drive back to Yabello for lunch. After lunch, drive about 240kms to Yirgalem through the scenic Sidama plain. En route visit the Gujji tribe, coffee and Enset (false Banana) plantation. Late in the afternoon, walk in the lodge ground and surrounding forest to see wild animals such as hyenas. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 28   

After breakfast, visit the Sidama tribal villages around Yirgalem & proceed driving about 90kms to Wendo Genet, known for its thermal hot spring. In the afternoon, trek through the Juniper plantation in searching of hot springs (most of them have curative power & locally used if for boiling egg, potatoes, corn, etc) & forest endemic birds. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 29 

 In the morning, commence driving about 265kms back to Addis Ababa through the marvelous Rift Valley lakes of Langano and Ziway. In the afternoon, half day city tour of the capital city including MERKATO, the largest open-air market in Africa.

 

Day 30

Full day stay in the hotel and prepare your baggage for departure in the evining departure.

 

We suggest a walking tour if you are interested in social life, living conditions, problems, development projects, politics and the many an told stories of the tribal people. That would allow you time to visit with families and observe their daily- life activities. It is good way to experience real life in Ethiopia.

The above itineray is an ideal normal touristic tout. But there will be many more things to do and place to visit. We prefer not to list them all here. That way we can keep your interests and desires as the focal point for the final itinerary. Possibly, the unwritten part of our trip will be the best part of all.

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