Ethiopian Holidays: Walking at Sun-set
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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.

Typical Day

The most colorful festival of Ethiopia in an open-air where one can see the jubilation, festivity, dancing and chanting on the air is Timket or Epiphany. The literal meaning of “Timket” is baptism. The festival is celebrated for the remembrance of the day where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in river Jordan. For the year 2017, it will fall on January 20th.

Due to the custom of practicing the Julian calendar in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Christmas or locally called “Genna” or “Lidet” falls a week after the rest of the world, around January 07th mainly.

Meskel, literarily means cross is the second colorfully celebrated festival according to the Ethiopian calendar following the New Year; Enkutatash.Ethiopians welcomes September 26 & 27th colorfully as the only Christian nation to mark the memorial of finding of the cross and call the festival, “Meskel”. September 26th is the day where a big bonfire, called in the native language “Demera” will be made at big squares, churches and villages and will be lit together with music, dancing and spirit of festivity. The direction where the pillar of the fire falls also has a tradition interpretation of peace, war and good harvest.

Age range, type of group

All age group above 3 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

Family can have a life time memorable trips by traveling to most of these attractions sites that gives them chance to enjoy the scenery, cultural values of the people and the rich history of the country.

With a fast growing number of luxury resorts and lodges, Ethiopia can be of a unique spot for couple doing their wedding or having their honeymoon.

The trekking routes which are of an active type of sport tourism gives the youth a wide range of enjoyment choices.

The seniors who wanted to explore more about the country's historical richness and past heydays have a lot to do in its ruined palaces, monasteries and rock hewn church that date back to thousands of years.

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 volcano are exclusively on camping for the period of 3-4 nights of stay with in the attractions sites.

All hotels are of high standards and licensed by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism. All rooms are with private washroom, boiler facilities en-suite.

Also for hotels stay we provide meals at restaurants but for overnights in Camping, we shall send a professional cook who can provide meals cooked with in the camping facility.

Policies & Restrictions

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Children with the age of under 2 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 religious reasons and explanations female travelers are restricted from entering in some monasteries and churches. In general we advice women to cover their head or hair during visit to the churches, monasteries and mosques as a sign of respect to the respective religious centers.

Pets are not welcomed too in many religious spots.

Please do not smoke and put on huts or chewing gums whenever visiting churches, monasteries or mosques.

Elderly people with issues of heart attack and people in general who have elevation sickness have to consult their physician before taking some of our trips. This because Ethiopia is a mountainous country and most cities have an average elevation of above 2000 meters. also places like Denakil depression or Omo Valley are humid and can be extremely arid in the summer times.

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 ad above. Please request for detail information on prices

Other Information

In the historical tours, 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 Ethiopian Christmas 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, China, Korea, Czech republic and Russia for those looking for a near by feedback.

Discounts Offered

For groups Traveling between the month of May-August we give big discounts

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Listing Reviews Reviews of Ethiopian Holidays

lucia -- 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
ileana -- Feb 12, 2013 03:03 pm
Hello to everyone!

Im 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/guidevery 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

South Ethiopia
Gil -- Feb 12, 2013 05:02 am
Highly recommended ... more

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Off-Road Ethiopia Tour
Haile Gebre Selasse Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nearby Attractions & Services

Surma Route
about 760Kms
Danakil depression
about 600kms
Historical route
about 560Kms
Omo Valley
about 500Ks
Benishangul Gumz
about 600Ks
Timket festival
about 5Kms
Coffee tour
about 400Kms

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