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Historic route – Ethiopian Explorer

A trip to one of the most unique and intriguing countries in Africa

From  R9,950.00 R9,840.00per person sharing

Tour the astounding rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, Africa’s Petra. Visit Gongar and Axum, alleged home of the Ark of the Covenant. Trek in some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa in the Simien Mtns. Meet friendly locals in traditional markets and spot Gelada baboons and Ibex. See the Blue Nile Falls and sail on the vast Late Tana island monasteries.

Description

Included

  • 1 Night camping at Chenek
  • 1 Night accommodation at Semein Lodge
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Consular International Hotel
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Kuriftu Resort
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Taye Hotel
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Tukul Hotel
  • 3 Nights’ accommodation at Jupiter International Hotel
  • All activities and visits as per itinerary & all park entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Half a litre bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari
  • Schedule one way flight Lalibella – Axum
  • Scheduled one way flight Addis Ababa – Lalibella
  • Services of qualified English Speaking Driver Guide with transport in 1 x 7 Seater 4 x 4 L/Cruiser

Excluded

  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Excursions not detailed in above program
  • Visas travel & personal accident insurance
  • tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls etc.

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Additional information

Nights

Theme

Destinations

East Africa, Ethiopia

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Itineraries

Itineraries

  • Arrive in Addis Ababa- the third highest capital in the world lies between 2300 – 2500 meters, met by our representative and gets transferred into your hotel. Overnight at: Jupiter international hotel or similar (LDBB).
  • Drive north up to Mount Entoto – as one drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in temperature and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside.

    Descend to Addis Ababa, stopping off at the National Archaeological Museum.  You could find exhibits ranging from the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, where one can see clothing from different regions, along with artifacts, household utensils and in a separate section, paintings reflecting the history and culture of the country. Then move to the Mercato, the largest market area in Africa, where virtually every possible commodity is on sale, from livestock to computers.  For the visitor good at bargaining, there is a huge selection of Ethiopian arts and crafts.  Overnight at Jupiter international hotel or similar (LDBB).

  • Visit the internationally renowned rock Hewn churches known as ‘Eight wonders of the world’ the Lalibella rock hewn churches, physically praised from the rock in which they stand, these towering edifices seems to be superhuman creation in scale workman ship and concept. Some are sculpted out of solid volcanic rock. Others are connected by long underground tunnels and mazes. Some are quarried enlargements of caves. Overnight at Tukul Hotel or similar (LDBB).
  • Excursion to the church of Ashetun Mariam, about 4 hours’ round trip. Pass through small villages on the way up; there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside from the top of the mountain where the church is located. And after lunch, set off by road to the cave church of Yemrehane Christos, A 40 km trip from Lalibela followed by a 20 minute hike brings you to this beautiful church, the finest example of its kind in Ethiopia. Overnight at Tukul Hotel or similar (LDBB).
  • Axum is the site of Ethiopian’s most ancient city. From around 200 BC to 700 AD, Axum was the seat of an Empire which extended across the Red Sea to Arabia, traded with India and China, minted its own coinage, had its own alphabet and notational system, constructed great engineering works and dams and which was reckoned in the 4th century to be one of the four great powers of the ancient world.  Axum is renowned for its cathedral of St. Mary Zion, where as legend has it the original Ark of Covenant is housed and also there are several monolithic stelae which are made of single pieces of granite of which three of them have identical decoration. Overnight at Consular International hotel or similar (LDBB).

  • Spend a further day Sightseeing in Axum. All means included. Overnight at Consular International hotel or similar (LDBB).

  • Drive to one of the most dramatic, worth seeing mountain, among the UNESCO World Heritage Site since the late 1960s, gifted by nature in every aspect, rich in the flora as well as fauna, home for endemism – The Semein Mountain National Park. Overnight at Semein Lodge or similar (LDBB).
  • Today, Drive to Chenek, here the car can drop you at where you can trek for 1hr to reach the campsite where the car will follow). Crossing valleys before coming to Chenek, located approximately 58km North-East of Debark town hanging at an altitude of 3600m above sea level. Overnight at Camping at Chenek (LDBB) 
  • Morning look around and then drive back to Gondar. Overnight at Taye Hotel or similar (LDBB).
  • Gondar, 748 kilometres north of Addis Ababa nestles in the foothills of the Simien mountains at 2,200 metres above sea level. It is the 17th century royal city of Ethiopia, affluent in the imperial structures of the castle compound and the impressive spectacularly painted Debre Brehan Sellasie church which worth more exploration. Overnight at Taye Hotel or similar (LDBB).

  • Bahir Dar, an attractive town, well lay out with tree lined avenues and with the blue of the lake in the background. Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake is 68kms wide and 73kms long. Tana is dotted with not less than 30 islands, on many of, which are found churches and monasteries. After lunch drive to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls, it is 35-km /45min drive from the town and have a city tour of Bahirdar. Overnight at Kuriftu resort or similar (LDBB).
  • After having your breakfast visit the nearby monastery of the Zeghie Peninsula, known for its 14th century, round, grass roofed churches and their magnificent wall murals, the Azoa Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret churches by a boat and then walk through dense forest with lots of bird life, before return in to the hotel. Then late afternoon visit the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie at Bizeit, with great views of the town and the place where the Blue Nile flows out of the lake. Overnight at Kuriftu resort or similar (LDBB).
  • Fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight at Jupiter international hotel or similar (LDBB).
  • Transfer out to the airport for your final departure

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