EXPLORING ETHIOPIA -101- LPCT-01
DAY 01 : ADDIS ABEBA - BAHIRDARThis morning you will embark on a flight to Bahirdar. After breakfast take a boat excursion to URA Kidan mehert a 14th century monastery which takes around 35 minutes to get there. Trek 20 minutes to the monastery. After your half hour visits walk down to shore for your transfer to another similar but smaller in size monastery of Azua Mariam found in Zege before returning to the hotel for your meal. In the afternoon drive 30kms of gravel road to arrive at the parking lot of the Blue Nile falls. You will need to walk for about 20 minutes walk to the falls via the “Portuguese bridge” one of the first & oldest bridge constructed to connect Gonder & Gojam. You will experience one of Africa’s most spectacular waterfalls. On your way back, a coffee break to the local house of traditional way of making coffee ceremony. (B, L, D)
( DAY-02 ) GONDERDAY 2. In the morning drive 180 kms of Asphalted road to Gonder, arriving Fasil Hotel Gonder for check in & lunch. After lunch around 2:00,start your visit to explore the ancient castles of royal enclosure 70,000 m2 compound of the realistic Kings & Princesses way of living that consists 12 main doors that each doors are designated for the classes & privilege like the Ferese Balederas Ber (Gate of the horses),Wonber Ber ( Gate of the Juries),Kuali Ber(Gate of the Hair dressers),Enkoye Ber(Gate of the princess),Enbilta Ber(Gate of the Musician) & the 6 castles including the sauna bath,archive,lion cage which can take roughly 2 hours to cover the site. OVERNIGHT LAND MARK HOTEL (B, L, D)
( DAY-03 ) AKSUMDay 3. Early morning catch a flight to Aksum. Upon arrival & check in, visit a number of famous granite obelisks, resembling the architectural style of the Aksumite. The stelae’s are not thought to have a religious significance but demonstrated the power of their importance of the rulers at the time. Continue on to Aksum museum which includes in its collection a display of Marble tablets inscribed in Sabean Language that preceded the ge’ez of Christian Aksum. OVERNIGHT YARED ZEMA HOTEL (B, L, D)
( DAY-04) LALIBELADay 4. This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela. After check in, start your visit with the 1st group of cluster churches /Earthly/. In the afternoon visit 2nd group/Heavenly/, western cluster of churches hewed from the red rock & last but not least the isolated monolith, most famous & most preciously hewed church in Lalibela of Bet Giorgis o/n Hotel. OVERNIGHT LAL HOTEL & SPA (B, L, D)
( DAY-05 ) LALIBELA – ADDIS ABEBA – HARAR “The Walled city”Day 5. Drive to Harar (550km from Addis Abeba). You will arrive in Harar early evening where you will check into Anisa/Rewda cultural guest house. In the evening, you will experience the hyena feeding ceremony & have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight Anisa/Rewda cultural guest house. Visit Harar/Babile Elephant Sanctuary*
( DAY-06 )The Harar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Ethiopia. It is located in the Misraq Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Region, south of Babille.
( DAY-07 ) HARENNA FOREST AKA “CLOUD FOREST”Return by car for your next destination. Afterwards, drive to the Bale Mountains to explore all territories of the Bale Mountains National Park as you trek across the home of the Ethiopian wolf and Mountain Nyala. Experience spectacular Afro alpine Mountains and natural scenery while heading deep into the heart of the Sanetti plateau – a floating land. Overnight at Dinsho Lodge tucked away in the juniper forest. (B, L, D)
( DAY-08 ) GOBA – SHAHEMENE – ARBAMINCHThis day you will be witnessing more of the amazing mix of habitats supports a myriad rare species, many endemic to Ethiopia and some found only within the park. 60% of the remaining Ethiopian Wolves, the world’s most rare carnivore, are found within the park; other species include the Menelik’s Bushbuck and various rodent species, plus lions, rare Giant Forest Hogs and significant numbers of endemic or rare bird species. (B, L, D) GOBA – SHAHEMENE – ARBAMINCH
( DAY-09 ) ARBAMINCH – ARI - JINKASoar down from the Bale Mountains back to the scenic rift valley en route Shashemene home to the Rastafarians to finally, arrive at Arbaminch. (B, L, D)
( DAY-10 ) JINKA –TURMIAfter breakfast enjoy a refreshing boat trip in one of the Great Rift Valley twin lakes on Lake Chamo which is separated by a ridge called the “ Bridge of God”, which is home to huge crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. Then proceed to Jinka to visit the Ari women, famous for their pottery which they sell to support their families. The Ari inhabits the northern border of Mago National park in southwestern Ethiopia. Ari villages have neat compounds in fertile and scenic land with Coffee plantations. They have large livestock herds and produce large quantities of honey. The women wear skirts from the banana like tree, called Enset. (B, L, D)
( DAY-11 ) TURMI – OMORATE – KONSOMorning excursion to the Mago National Park, The Mago National Park is located on the eastern bank of the Omo River and ranges in altitude from 450 to 2,528 meters above sea level. We tour the park to view wild life. Also drive Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted. Afternoon, drive to the direction of Turmi, along the way we pass through a vast meadowland with shrubs and “umbrella” acacia trees, Turmi, which is the base to visit the Hamer village. Hamers have remarkable hairstyles made from ochre, water, and binding resin. They rub the mixture into their hair then twist the strands repeatedly to create Coppery-colored locks. This is a sign of wealth and welfare. Hamers are considered to be masters of body decoration. (B, L, D) TURMI – OMORATE – KONSO
( DAY-12 ) KONSO – LANGANOThis morning you will visit the Dasench/Geleb people; who inhabited in the bank of Omo River crossing the Omo River by locally made boat to see the village. After noon, drive to Konso while exploring the Konso tribal village including carved wooden grave markers, meeting the elders and learning their way of life. (B, L, D)
( DAY-13 )Full day trip with meals on the way; breakfast at Konso and lunch at the red soiled city of Sodo. Afternoon drive will commence at Senkelle Sanctuary where the open acacia woodland of the reserve is quite scenic easily spotting the animals, especially the Swayne’s hartebeests. The sanctuary harboring wild animals such as the Bohor reedbucks, greater kudus, orbis antelopes, spotted hyenas as well as 91 species of bird make it a site not to miss. After lunch, you will be proceeding to the capital via Mojo on to your final stop at Debre Zeit, one of the seven Crater Lake of Babogaya, cleanest lake among them. Lunch will be provided at the resort & arrive late afternoon to Addis Abeba. (B, L, D) * The place indicated with an asterisk depends ONLY on availability. We can’t guarantee their presence.
Tour Operator: Lal Tours
Pricing based on:
Group Size: 4 pax - € 1641*/person,
- * WITH INTERNAL FLIGHT SERVICE, if taken Ethiopian airlines internationally since you can redeem discount on the domestic route.
P.S. ADDITIONAL ESCORT VEHICLE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR TRANSPORTATION OF SECURITY & COOK.
Program Cost Inclusions:
- Accommodation in a twin/double bed sharing basis in standard hotels as listed in the itinerary
- Meals on full board basis in the program with water, one beer (if available) at lunch and dinner: B,L,D
- All sightseeing in an air-conditioned vehicle, (4x4) suitable for the Afar region respectively.
- The services of professional French speaking Lal Tours escort who will accompany the group throughout the trip.
All entrance fee listed
- Professional cook service from Mekele.
- English-speaking local Afar guide service.
- Camp gears and foodstuff in the camping (Full board)
- Armed scout in the camping.
- Afar scout in the camping.
- Purified bottled water.
- Camels for packing staff.
- Gratitude for the Dodem province administration for facilitating the tour.
- The service of a local guide
- Fuel Expense.
- Scout fees, Village and embarkation fee.
- Driver allowance.
- Governmental taxes.
Program Cost Exclusion:
- International airfare
- Pre or Post tour services
- Independent travel arrangements
- Visa or passport fees, visa fees
- Medical and trip cancellation
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcohol, telephone expense, excess baggage fees, photo/video expense inside museums (where allowed)
- Other items not expressly listed as included; anything not listed
Local Conditions: Although, Ethiopia is a place where its considered 13th months sunshine, visiting the Semien will be at its best during the dry season from November to February. In August to October, the rain, particularly during the latter months can be of constant mist & drizzle. Lalibela during this time should be with a pleasant average temperature of 18C to 22C.
Visas: Accommodation in this trip has been chosen for its availability, location and in both cases are mid-range hotel; due to festivities. They are comfortable, well run and with en suites with twin or double beds, showers and toilets. Please do remember though that you are in a developing country where service can be a little relaxed. A good sense of humor and an open mind will help you get the most from this trip. J
All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport with at least six months left before expiry. Visas are required for entry into Ethiopia and must be obtained for 25 $ upon arrival.
Since this trip is on half board basis, lunch will be recommended to the best possible places as where is accessible & prepare lunch boxes to where it’s remote like the Semien Mountain, Bale & to some parts of the South Omo valley.
Vaccinations: A Yellow fever vaccination is not required unless coming from an area where Yellow Fever is endemic. We recommend inoculations for Typhoid, Tetanus and Hepatitis A. If you are a regular traveler abroad we would recommend that you are up to date on all childhood inoculations and vaccinations including polio. Malaria is present in Ethiopia but is not prevalent in the areas visited on this trip so prophylaxis is not generally recommended. Please consult a medical practitioner for professional advice.
Health and Fitness: A good level of fitness is essential for your enjoyment, comfort and safety on this trip. The walking will be at a steady, slow pace and you will only have to worry about a day bag and yourself. It is impossible to predict how you will react to altitude. It is not a given that you will cope with altitude just because you have been at altitude before and have not encountered problems. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a serious condition and so acclimatization is essential. Time spent in Addis (2,400m) and Awassa (1,685m) will help as will the acclimatization walk from Dinsho and Simien Lodge. Symptoms of AMS can be a severe headache, lack of appetite, nausea, extreme lethargy and feelings of dizziness. Rehydration and rest can help but if of mind but valuable cover should the unexpected occur.
Airfare: Lal Tours can assist you with your air arrangements. The tour Operator does not accept the liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable airline ticket. The air ticket when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the airline concerned.
What to Expect: Meals will have a variety of western and traditional dishes .Most breakfasts will be taken at the hotels. Vegetarians can be accommodated. It’s essential that persons with any medical issues should inform before departure. Any impairment must be disclosed to Lal Tours prior booking.
Reservations, Deposits &
Final payment: To reserve a space on this program, partially refundable of 50 % from the amount is required per person. Final payments must be made with wire transfer. It must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to departure.
- No refunds shall be issued after the tour has commenced. No refunds shall be issued for missed meals, sightseeing tours or any unused services.
Insurance: We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.
Changes in Itinerary, program and
Costs: We reserve the right to change a staff (including tour guide), accommodations as conditions warrant. Deviations from the scheduled itinerary are at the expense of the individual. All prices quoted are based on prevailing fuel prices and currency exchange rates in effect as of FEB 2014 and are subject to change.