30-Days Combination Tour of North, South Ethiopia and Harar

30-Days Combination Tour of North, South Ethiopia and Harar

Day 1, Arrival at Addis Abeba Bole International Airport.
meet and greet Haile Ethiopia tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the Hotel.
The first day we spent in the fascinating capital of the country: Addis Ababa. Depending on your time of arrival I take you on a half-day or full-day city tour visiting some sites of your choice like the Ethnographic Museum, National Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Mercato (the largest market of Africa), or the Entoto Hills just outside Addis Ababa. Then overnight in Addis Abeba
Day 2, DRIVE TO DEBER MARKOS
Drive debut Markos through the beautiful scenery of the Jemma and Blue Nile river valley on the way visit Deber libanos monastery overnight hotel.
Day 3, DRIVE TO BAHIR DAR
drive Bahir dar let afternoon excursion to the Blue Nile falls ( we call it chess Abay) you will enjoy with the fall and the rural life of Amhara people overnight Hotel at Bahir dar
Day 4, ACTIVITY VISIT MONASTERIES ON LAKE TANA
Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride where you will visit the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos, and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis.
overnight hotel
Day 5, DRIVE GONDER
Gonder. Fassiladas Castle, Debre Berhan Selassie Church beta Israel
You will visit the Fasil Ghebbi (built in the 17th Century A.D. that is surrounded by high stone walls containing the 17th-century palaces of King Fassiladas, King Iyasu and Queen Mentewab, and different other buildings.), the Bath of Emperor Fassiladas (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. The ceremony replicates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and is seen as an important renewal of faith.), the Historic
Debre Berhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light) has a ceiling decorated with beautiful winged Angels, and its walls with impressive scenes depicting biblical events, including; St. May, the Saints, martyrs, and the life of Christ.
Depending on the time you can visit also the Castle of Empress Mentewab, and Kuskuwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Inside the palace look out the figures of crosses and Ethiopian characters and animals, such as St Samuel riding his lion.
Overnight at hotel
Day 6. SIMIEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
You will depart early morning from Gondar to Debark. In Debark you will arrange your visit with the park office and receive a scout and guide then drive into the park to arrive at Sankaber. You can either drive all the way into Sankaber or have the car drop you off near Buyit Ras for a short hike. If you choose to hike in you will take in beautiful views of the landscape and the endless mountain ridges, and you likely see some Gelada Baboons and well ibexes
Overnight: hotel at Debark
Day 7 ACTIVITY DRIVE AXUM ANCIENT CITY
you will have to drive through the astonishing scenery and stopping in viewpoints it then Arrives at Axum stay the night at Axum
Day 8, FULL DAY EXPLORE AXUM
Aksum is a city in northern Ethiopia. It’s known for its tall, carved obelisks, relics of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum. Most are in the Northern Stelae Park, including a huge fallen pillar, now in pieces. Centuries-old St. Mary of Zion is a Christian church and pilgrimage site believed to have housed the biblical Ark of the Covenant. overnight Axum
Day 9, DRIVE GHERALTA MOUNTAIN
in the morning after breakfast drive through the Tigray landscape to discover the pre-Christian Moon Temple in Yeha and the mysterious Rock hewn churches. such as the Teka Tesfai cluster. hidden in an ancient valley and guarded by its faithful monks. overnight at lodge
Day 10, DRIVE MAKELA
on the way visit the church’s at Gheralta, belonging to the legendary heritage of the first Rock-Hewn churches of Ethiopia overnight Hotel in Makela
Day 11, DRIVE LALIBELA
the morning after breakfast drive Lalibela to visit the 11th century built church of Yimhane Christos and beautiful Surroundings Overnight Lalibela Hotel
Day 12, FULL DAY IN LALIBELA
Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest and have dinner at Seven Olives Hotel restaurant.
At night we will enjoy the nightlife of the city at the Torpedo Tejbet club.
Overnight in Lalibela.
Day 13, DRIVE KOMBOLCHA
the morning after breakfast drive to kombucha via rock Churches and village overnight kombucha hotel.
Day, 14, DRIVE AWASH
the morning after breakfast drive to Awash through the village of the Afar people and the Rift valley escarpment Entrance gate of the Eastern part of Ethiopia. overnight hotel
Day 15, DRIVE HARAR
visit Awash National park for its great birdlife and beautiful nature, drive Harar. through the Rift valley overnight Harar hotel


DAY 16, FULL DAY IN HARAR EXPLORE
Visit the colorful Islamic market. Tour the National and Harari museums and the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie.) In the evening see the “Hyena Man” feeding the hyenas that gather nightly outside the town.
Overnight Hotel
Day 17, DRIVE TO SONORA
on the morning drive to enjoy and Relaxing Day In the pool at Sodora resort. Also, you have Great bird watching in Sodora . overnight at the resort.
Day 18, DRIVE BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
morning drive bale Mountain through the Gaysy plains to encounter its wild inhabitants: Mountain nyala, warthogs, Menelik Bushbuck, and different endemic birds overnight hotel

Day 19, FULL DAY BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

full day In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meters, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). also, you are finding an endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel and rest. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight.

Day, 20 DRIVE DORZE VILLAGE
drive directly to Arbaminch where we will make a right turn right before the city of Arbaminch and head to the Dorze tribe of Chencha and visit the village life of these people; famous for traditional cloth-making by weaving cotton using a locally made instrument.: We will visit their late afternoon village life. Overnight in Dorze lodge with a beautiful and Panoramic view of Nature’s wonder.
Day 21, DRIVE ARBA MINCH
afternoon take a boat trip in Lake Lake Chamo, to visit the crocodile market, it is a local name for a place in Lake Chamo that the crocodiles went out of the lake and chill, there is no buying or selling, also you will see hippos and different kinds of birds. overnight Arba Minch hotel.
Day 22, DRIVE KONSO
After breakfast drive to Konso and in this town we will visit the Konso tribe’s village these tribes are known for the erection of stones and poles are part of the Konso tradition. A generation pole is raised every 18 years, marking the start of a new generation. The age of a village can be determined by how many poles are standing. Carved wooden statues are also used to mark the grave of a famous Konso tribal member. The marker, called a Waga is placed above the grave and smaller statues are then placed around the larger one representing his wives and conquered enemies. overnight at lodge
Day 23, DRIVE TURMI
Turmi is a small Hamer tribe town, the Hamer is one of the most known tribes in Southern Ethiopia. They inhabit the territory east of the Omo River and have villages in Turmi and Dimeka isas. Tourists visit the hamer hoping to see a traditional jumping ceremony called “Bull-jumping” it is a ceremony when a boy is pronounced “man” after proving his capacity to jump 5 up to 13 cattle’s stand in a row and the day includes a special event in which a woman shows her appreciation for the bridegroom by letting the boys whip them with a stick until they bleed. At night the day is called off after a colorful party with Evan Gady dance (night dance).
If the days are Monday, Tuesday or Saturday we will have a chance to see colorful Market day and as well as Bull-jumping ceremony
Overnight Hotel
Remark: it should be noted that the vast majority of foreign visitors to Southern Ethiopia arrive in villages by 4WDs and focus on taking photographs. The aim here is to arrive on foot and focus on learning and visiting before photography. This way we hope to avoid parts of the problems arising from tribal tourism which has begun to plague some of the more visited areas.
Day 24, OMORTA – TURMI
In the morning drive to Dassench village around Lake Turkana: this tribe lives just north of Kenya’s Lake Turkana. Their neighboring tribe is the Turkana people. The Daasanech are pastoralists (cattle herders), but due to the harsh territory, they have moved south to grow crops and fish. Cattle are used by the tribesman for meat, milk, and clothing. Often their cattle die from disease and drought. Of all the tribes in the Omo Valley, the Daasanech are the poorest.
Overnight in Turmi
Remark: it should be noted that the vast majority of foreign visitors to Southern Ethiopia arrive in villages by 4WDs and focus on taking photographs. The aim here is to arrive on foot and focus on learning and visiting before photography. This way we hope to avoid parts of the problems arising from tribal tourism which has begun to plague some of the more visited areas.
Day 25. KARO – TURMI
In the morning after breakfast, we drive to Karo Tribe’s village of Korcho located in nearby a panoramic Omo rivers view after driving some 60Kms from Turmi and visit these amazing tribes who are considered to be the least numbered in terms of population size among the Omo Valley tribes. After visiting this Tribe’s village for as much time we need and head to Turmi hotel.

Day 26 TURMI – JINKA
drive to the key after, if the Day is Thursday in this town there will be weekly Beena tribes market day and we will visit the market on the way visit Bena village overnight Jinka.
Day 27, JINKA -MURSI
In the morning we head to the unique tribe of Mursi ( The women are famous for putting clay made circular lip and ear plates which symbolize beauty in honor) crossing through Mago National Park in order to reach their village. We will visit the uninterrupted authentic daily life activities the entire afternoon where this will give an excellent time of interaction which makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Overnight through camping with the tribes where we will have an excellent cook with us and a well-organized team with complete and clean camping gear enough for all.
Day 28. MURSI – ARBA MINCH
the morning after breakfast we Drive Arba Minch on the way to visit Draha tribes overnight at Arba Minch hotel.
Day 29, ARBA MINCH – AWSSA
Drive Awssa one of the beautiful cities in south Ethiopia Relax at The hotel and fish market around lake Awassa overnight Awassa.
Day 30, AWSSA- ADDIS ABABA
drive Addis Ababa through Shashemna and Abjita Shalla National park if the date Is your flight we will transfer you to The Airport. or at night we will take you to the traditional Restaurant and have the real Experience food of Ethiopia.
End of The tour.

30-Days Combination Tour of North, South Ethiopia and Harar