21-Day North & South Ethiopia Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Explore Addis Ababa and the National Museum of Ethiopia
  • See zebras, gazelles, antelopes and Swayne’s Hartebees at the Nech Sar National Park
  • Meet the Southern tribes of Konso, Ari, Mursi, Hmar, Kara, Dassenach, and Erbore
  • See the crater lakes where salt is extracted by the Borna people
  • Visit the ancient Tutufela Steale
  • Explore Lalibela and its 12th century churches
  • Visit Axum, the original capital of the Axumit kingdom
  • Explore Gondar, the first fixed capital of Ethiopia
  • See the Blue Nile, Lake Tana and the Monasteries
  • Visit the Blue Nile Falls
Discover the rich cultures of the people of Ethiopia on a unique 21-day tour. See great contrasts between the people of the north and south, experience rural and city life, and see diverse wildlife in the Wondognet Forest and the Netch Sar National Park.
What to Expect
Discover the unique cultural and ethnographic history of Ethiopia on this 21-day tour that explores the whole country. Tour the country and meet its people, learn its history, and experience life as it is in Ethiopia today.

Start you tour in Addis Ababa and enjoy all that this modern city has to offer as well as learning about its past. Then leave the city and discover the rich wildlife of the Wondognet Forest and the Netch Sar National Park.

During the tour meet the numerous indigenous peoples of Ethiopia, from the Konso farmers in Jinka, through to the Mursi, famous for their lip plates. This tour gives you the opportunity to learn all about Ethiopia and its people, and is not to be missed!

Day 01
Arrive in Addis for city tour. Includes a visit to the National Museum to see Lucy, a hominid fossil dating back 3.5 million years, plus the largest open-air market in East Africa. Overnight stay in a hotel in Addis.

Day 02
Drive from Addis to Wondogenet (265km). On arrival you’ll walk through the Wondogenet Forest, a place rich in bird life. Overnight stay in the Wabeshebele Hotel.

Day 03
Drive from Wondogene to Arbaminch (275km). On the way you’ll visit some Dorze villages. The Dorze are famous for their bamboo huts and weaving. You’ll arrive in Arbaminch in the late afternoon, staying overnight in a lodge.

Day 04
Morning visit to the Netch Sar National Park to see Zebras, Gazelles, Antelopes, and Swayne’s Hartebeest found only in Ethiopia. Afternoon boat excursion on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles and hippos. Stay overnight in Arbaminch.

Day 05
Drive from Arbaminch to Jinka (240 KM). During the journey you’ll visit the territory of the hardworking Konso people, famous for their terrace agriculture and weaving. Overnight stay in a hotel in Jinka.

Day 06
Explore Jinka’s Ari villages on foot. The Ari inhabit the northern border of the Mago National Park and have a population of about 120,000. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Ethnographic Museum of Jinka. Overnight stay in Jinka

Day 07
Jinka-Mursi-Jinka roundtrip. In the morning you’ll drive to visit the Mursi people. They are famous for their lip plates – the practice of cutting their lower lip to insert a terracotta disc. The men also decorate their arms and shoulders with scars. Stay overnight in Jinka.

Day 08
Jinka-Korcho-Turmi (200km). Morning excursion to visit the Karo People. The most striking thing about the Karo people's symbolic and ornamental expression is their painted body and face decorations. Overnight stay in a lodge in Turmi.

Day 09
Turmi-Konso ( 195km) with an en-route visit to the Erbore people. The Erbore people are from the Cushitic language family and live west of the Woito River. Overnight stay in a lodge in Konso.

Day 10
Konso-Yabelo (100km), with a visit to one or two Konso Villages. There are almost 300,000 Konso farmers confined to a homeland of considerably less than 1000 square kilometers. Overnight stay in a hotel in Yabello.

Day 11
Yabelo-Elsod-Yabelo roundtrip. Morning drive to Elsod and its black-water lake in an extinct volcano crater. The Borana people extract salt from the lake and bring it to the village by donkey. Also see the Boranna pulling water from their 36m-deep “Singing wells.”

Day 12
Yabelo-Yirgalem (250km). See lots of tall termite hills on the way from Yabelo to Hagere-Marima. Stop in some Borana villages. The Borana Oromo are a sub-group of the Oromo People. In the afternoon see the burial stones of Tutufela. Overnight stay in Yirgalem

Day 13
Yirgalem-Addis (320km). You’ll stop at the Awassa fish market located on the shore of the lake, have lunch, then drive back to Addis Ababa. Overnight stay in a hotel in Addis.

Day 14
Addis-Kombolcha (380km). Stop en-route to visit some Oromo villages. The Oromo are an ethnic group found in Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and in parts of Somalia. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kombolcha.

Day 15
Kombolcha-Lalibela (300km). All of this territory belongs all to the Amhara people. The Amhara number about 19.8 million people and speak Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, and traditionally dominate political and economic life. Overnight stay in a hotel in Lalibela.

Day 16
Historic tour of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian with 11 churches, assembled in 3 groups. The full day is dedicated to visiting these outstanding churches. Overnight stay in Lalibela.

Day 17
Fly from Lalibela-Axum. Arrive in Axum for start of city tour. The major Aksumite monuments in the town are the stelae. The largest number are in the Northern Stelae Park, standing up to 33-m tall. Overnight stay in hotel in Axum.

Day 18
Axum-Gondar (350 km). The long drive from Axum to Gondar takes in some of the most beautiful scenery and landscape in all Africa. Overnight stay in a hotel in Gondar.

Day 19
The modern city of Gondar is popular as a tourist attraction for its many picturesque ruins in the Royal Enclosure, from which the Emperors once reigned. Visit the Royal Enclosure and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church. Overnight stay in Gondar

Day 20
Gondar-Gorgora-Bahirdar. Drive to Gorgora then cross the lake by boat to visit the churches and monasteries on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Visit the monasteries of Debre Sina in Gorgora, Nargaselassie and Ura Kidanemhret. Overnight stay in a hotel in Bahirdar.

Day 21
Bahirdar-Addis. Fly from Bahirdar to Addis after lunch. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with traditional folk music before departure.

What's Included
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Land transportation by 4X4 guide service
  • Entrance fees to all location
What's Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Baggage insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Domestic flights
  • Food and drinks
Meeting Point

Bole International Airport

What to Remember
All programs are re-scheduled to include traditional market days, national holidays, special ceremonies, personal needs, and other events based on your departure date and time.

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