The major attraction sites of Ethiopia can be broadly divided in to the Historical one that includes the Rock-hewn churches of Laliblela, the ancient city of Axum, the castles compound of Gondar and the vibrant city of Bahir dar that harbors the source of the longest River, Blue Nile and also the medieval period monasteries dotted on the islands. also the walled city of Harer and the rock churches of Tigray are among this list of historical attractions.
Most of these attraction sites can be covered by taking a domestic flight from Ethiopian airlines to have the general glimpse of them or can be well explored overland where one will also have a chance to admire the breath taking scenery of chain mountains and also time of interaction with the local community.
The other cultural attraction of the country for which Ethiopia is termed as a melting pot of different cultures are located along the Omo Valley in the south of the country and also the south western region of Surma. Tribes such as the lip plating Mursi, the body decorating karo, the bull jumping hamer and other more are along the list to be covered in this trip.
The trip is mainly done by overland and will give the Chance for travelers to personal interaction of the tribal people,their huts, farms and ways of life in general.
The other major attraction sites in Ethiopia are the natural beauties of the country including the breath taking and trekkers paradise of Simien mountains & Bale park, the lowest point on earth measuring 120 meters below sea level and named Danakil depresiion or Dallol and the active volcano of Erta'ale. The visit to the park will also give a chance to spot the country's endemic and common bird and mammals, wild trees and plants.
Also the more than 10 Parks and additional reserves of the country will give one the chance to spent time in spotting variety of bird out of the country's 826 species. That is why Ethiopia is mainly attracting a good number of bird watchers every year.
There are no specific period of travel for most of Ethiopia's attractions except few of them mentioned below;
The Danakil depression and Erta'ale are the sites located in the low lands of Ethiopia bordering Djibouti and trips to this region are possible only during the months of September-March. this is because the months between April-August are the most hostile due to high temperature exceeding 50 degree Celsius.
Also the Religious festival periods of Ethiopian Christmas falling on January 7, Timket Festival (Epiphany) falling on the dates of January 19-20, Easter falling between April 27-May 5, Tsion St. Mary of Axum falling between 29 November- December 01) are typical dates to book for.
Age range, type of group
All age group above 12 Years old are fit for most of the tours we run
For Danakil depression & Erta'ale we advice people to be at age range of 18-70 and make sure they are fit for such trip to warm temperature of average 40 degree Celsius. Also pregnant and handicap people with problem of walking up rough mountains are not advised to join this trip
Sleeping and meals
Most of the tours to the Historical route, Omo Valley, the walled city of Harer are either in Hotels or Lodges but tours to the Surma route or the danakil depression and Erta'ale are exclusively on camping for the period of stay with in the attractions sites.
Also for hotels stay we provide meals at restaurants but for overnights in Campings, we shall send a professional cook who can provide meals cooked with in the camping facility.
Policies & Restrictions
Children with the age of under 5 are not encouraged to join most of the tours except that they are run using domestic flight or short distance drive every day.
for some dogmatic reasons and explanations female travelers are restricted from entering in some monasteries and churches.
A guarantee deposit of 25% of the total payment is needed at the time of confirmation of the trip. The remaining 75% of the total payment is needed minimum Two month prior to the arrival of the group which will directly be made a guarantee deposit for Hotels, Coach Companies, ferry and other ground arrangements.
We refund 75% of the advance payment made in case trips are canceled in 3 weeks time before arrival. We refund 50% of the advance payment made in case trips are canceled in 2 week time before arrival. Cancellation made within 10 days before arrival has refund of 25% of the total payment but cancellations made within 1 week before arrival have no any refund as all advance payments will be over.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of further assistance. We look forward to the pleasure of assisting you in every way to make this trip an overwhelming success.
depending the type of tour and number of people, price can range from 80.00 USD per night per person.
In the historical tour
s, the trip would involve mainly visit to the churches and monasteries so please avoid chewing gums, smoking cigarettes or wearing huts with in the premises.
Take off shoes while entering churches and avoid using flash cameras in some churches where old paintings are getting damages due to light.
Come with cameras of good resolutions particularly for the celebration of x-mass as it can get crowded and you may not have good chance of being close to the clergy.
Pickup / Departure Location: Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport or any border town for those coming with vehicles from the neighboring countries.
December-January being the warm season brings shorts, t-shirts, hats, sun-screen creams for those having skin problems.
Trips involve a reasonable amount of walk so bring good walking shoes.
Malaria can be available in the lakes regions of Bahir Dar and Gondar, so bring mosquito repellent sprays.
we have representatives in Italy and Russia for those looking for a near by feedbacks.
For groups Travelling between the month of May-August we give discounts
|April-September||US $800||US $1,000||Per person for minimum of 5 Pax|
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Mar 05, 2013 10:09 am
The south of the country is very attractive. The ethnic groups are many and keep their contact makes you feel good. ... more
never to be forgotten experience
Feb 12, 2013 03:03 pm
Hello to everyone!
I’m coming back from a 24 days tour (2 pax) with 24/36 GB of pictures.
Omo Valley tribes, Borena people,Yabello, Semien Mountains, Axum, Eve of and Christmas Day in Lalibela, Daloll in Danakil depression.
Hard job for any driver/guide…very well done by Haptamu, and not M. Haptamu because he is now, and he will be for ever our friend (hoping well that he considers us also his friends
Travelling always with Lonely Planet in my pocket I hav ... more
Feb 12, 2013 05:02 am
Highly recommended ... more
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