Ethiopian Combination Expedition

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Tour code: TTT- CT706
Duration: 20 Days /19 Nights/by Surface +Air
Destination: North+ West
Addis/ADD- Bahar Dar- Gondar- Lalibella-Axum- Langano-Arbaminch-
Turmi- Jinka-Wondogenet- Dinsho-Goba-Sodere -Addis/ADD

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  • 1. Travel In Style Tour code: TTT- CT706 Duration: 20 Days /19 Nights/by Surface +Air Destination: North+ WestAddis/ADD- Bahar Dar-Gondar- Lalibella-Axum-Langano-Arbaminch-Turmi- Jinka-Wondogenet-Dinsho-Goba-Sodere -Addis/ADD DAY01: Addis/ADD- Bahar Dar Fly to Bahar Dar. Visit the rest of the day. In the morning, we enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries of Azwa Mariam and URA Kidane Mihret. Make a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body (Lake Tana - 3,600Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (16th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (16th Century AD). These monasteries are famous for their colorful murals and collection of manuscripts. Visit to one of Ethiopia’s most famous tourist attractions, the Blue Nile Waterfalls, almost 50 Meters high and known as Tis Issat in Amharic, “smoking water”; the falls are setDAY02: Bahar Dar-Gondar in a rain forest that is home to monkeys and all sorts of birds. O/n in a chosen hotel. Early flight to Gondar, and visit the castles and the church. 185 Km North of Bahir Dar to the 17th Century capital of Ethiopia - Gondar. We experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar- 180 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the Historic route day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that you visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List, the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals and Awra Amba village. In the afternoon visits the castles and church Debre Birhane Sellasie which is found in Gondar. O/n in a chosen hotel.
  • 2. Early transfer to the airport to fly to Lalibella, and visit the rock- hewn churchs. Home of the incredible hand carved 12th century rock churches of King Lalibela) through the scenic Wollo Mountains visiting the Amhara people. Lalibela: Lalibela, famous for its rock has hewn Churches dating back 800 years. There are no less than 1000 churches in the Lasta Region of Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves, but its exceptional to Find 11 churches of such master craftsmanship in one locale. These brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the "Eighth wonder of the world". Whole day visit of the 11th rock-hewn of churches. Whole day visit of the 11th rock- hewn of churches. Starts visiting the rock hewn Churches of Lalibella. Today you will tour the first group of churches (the grouping is According to their geographical location): Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam and Bete Meskel. And continue touring the rest of the first group f Churches. O/n in a chosen hotel.DAY03: Gondar - Lalibella DAY04: Lalibella-Axum After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Axum. In the afternoon, Sightseeing of the stele field. Visit of Axum which is known for its huge stele cut from granite stones. The visit includes, the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD) and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC). O/n in a chosen
  • 3. DAY05: Axum - Addis Ababa- Langano Fly back to Addis Ababa, and drive to Langano. Drive to Langano, en route visit Lake Zway, shelters a variety of water birds. Lake Zeway is surrounded by the blue volcanic hills, 165km south of Addis Ababa, and covering a massive 4252km is Lake Ziway, the largest of the northern group of rift valley lakes. It’s an attractive enough place, but its best known for its bird life. While Pelicans, Black Egrets, Saddle bill and Yellow bill Storks are all seen here, as well as a variety of Kingfishers and Waterfowl. The Lake is also home to five little volcanic islands, of which once boasted medieval churches. Tullu Gudo, 14km from Ziway and the largest island, is still home to three monasteries. The other Lakes, Abijjata Shalla West of Langano lay the twin lakes of Abijjata Shalla, which form part of the 8872km lake Abijjata Shalla national Park. Identical twins these lakes are not. Shalla’s 4102km surface sits within a collapsed volcanic caldera and depths exceed 260m in some areas, while Abijjata’s highly alkaline waters rest in a shallow pan no more than 14m in depth. Despite their natural beauty, these lakes are best known for their bird life. At Abijjata, never more than 10meters deep greater and lesser Flamingos abound, along with white- necked Cormorants, several species of Herons, Storks, Spoonbills, Ibises, African Ducks, Gulls, and Terns. During the northern winter thousands of Asiatic and European Ducks and Waders migrate to Abijjata’s shores. Lake Shalla is well known for its large colony of great White Pelicans (most important colony for this species in Africa). In front of Abijjata Shalla Lake, there is another Lake Langano. Brown and copper colored lake Langano beckons. Set against the 4000m blue Arsi Mountains is a dream comes true for many brits. The clean and is one Ethiopia’s lake free from bilharzias; so it is good for swimming, aquatic sports. The birding is excellent on some of the more remote sections of this 3002km lake, and over 300 species have been recorded, including the Ethiopian cliff Swallow. Best for Sunbathing, camping, and bird watching. Along the shores cliff dwellers and acacia Inhabiting birds set up a noisy chatter, including fan-tailed Ravens and Hornbills, most Notably Hemp rich’s Hornbill. O/n in a chosen hotel.DAY06: Langano - Arbaminch ArbaMinch, Ethiopia is famous for the local springs and the groundwater forest. The place is situated towards the base of the Great Rift Valley. The city comprises the administrative unit of Shecha, the residential and commercial regions of Sikela. These two areas are connected by a road. The city is famous for the fruits that it produces including bananas, oranges, apples, pineapples and guavas.....
  • 4. ..... There are also many fish farmsin the area. In the morning drive toArbaminch, in the afternoon drive toChencha (the Dorze village). Drive 300km south to Arba Minch visiting thetribal people of Alaba who are notedfor their beautifully painted houses,Wolita, known for their cultivation ofEnset or False Banana, and Dorze –who are renowned for their huge hutsand colorful cotton clothes, en routeto Dorze village, and then a visit tothe traditional village of Chencha,where you will sure be fascinated bythe waving style of the Dorze people.O/n in a chosen hotel DAY07: Arbaminch Whole day in Arbaminch, including Nech Sar NP’s and Chamo Lake.Arba Minch, the largest town in southern Ethiopia, is set amongst lush green hills near Lakes Abaya and Chamo. Arba Minch is named for the abundant local springs that produce a groundwater forest; in Amharic, ArbaMinch means "forty springs." The town proper is divided into two distinct settlements; buses and taxis connect Shecha (on higher ground)In the morning drives to Turmi. and downtown Sikela. Shecha is the uptown administrative centre. JustThe road contnues into the four kilometers away is Sikela andsavannah, then rises up the the commercial, industrial, andKarat Mountains (providing downtown residential areas. On thesplendid panoramic views) until eastern side of Sikela lies the gate to Nechisar National Park, which DAY08: Arbaminch - Turmiit reaches the soft, terracedhills of Konso, here we visit a covers the isthmus between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake ChamoKonso village on the southern to the south. The park has not muchextensions of the highlands to to offer except small antelope, ameet the locals who are few monkeys and baboon and aexcellent farmers. The Konso variety of birds. The region is knownare also noted for there unusual for crocodile (also known as thepractice of sculpting eerie crocodile market which is an area ofwooden statues to mark the abundant, large, wild crocodiles) and hippo, fish farming, and O/n ingraves of their dead. Should the a chosen hotel.Chief of Konso be in Residence,we may be granted an audiencewith him.....
  • 5. .....Then we continue our route through the savannah and on to Omorate and TurmiTurmi where the tour will spend the night. Although small in sizeTurmi is an important transport hub and best known for its Mondaymarket, possibly the most important in Hamer country. There are afew small and unspoilt Hamer villages within a 2km radius of Turmitown. Camping, Turmi. O/n camping. In the morning, drive to Omorate and back. Drive to Karo village to see the Karo people and continue to Dimeka. Passing through the culture of Benna people at Key Afer. TheDAY09: Omorate - Turmi Karo, with a population of about 1000, are a small group of people who live on the east banks of the Omo River. They are surrounded by relatively wealthy and strong groups, in terms of cattle and population size. Karo, whose neighbors especially the Hamar (to the South East) ,Bana (to the east ),Bashada (to the East ), the Mursi (to the North)and Nyangatom (to the west across the Omo river ) know them by the name Kara, speak a south Omotic language. The most striking thing about Karo peoples symbolic and ornamental expressions is the painted body and face decorations. This is an elaborate process, which ranges from fine and elaborate details to rough, but striking paintings traced with the palms or fingers. The most beautiful expression is in the facial and chest paintings that combine white (chalk), black (charcoal), yellow, ochre, and red earth. They often imitate the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. Karo woman scarify their chests to beautify themselves .The complete scarification of a mans chest indicates that he has killed an enemy or a dangerous animal. The scars are cut with a knife or razor blade and ash is rubbed in to produce a raised effect. The wearing of a grey and ochre clay hair bun also indicates the killing of an enemy or a dangerous animal. Both forms of decoration carry the same symbolic meaning for the Karo as they do for the Hamar. In the afternoon, drive to Karo and return back to Turmi. O/n Turmi camping.Drive from Turmi to Jinka. Today the tour drives through thesavannah along tracks that are barely visible, passing through a vast DAY10: Turmi - Jinkameadowland with shrubs and umbel lifers ("umbrella" acacia trees).As we pass over the Omo River nothing in Ethiopia or modern Africaprepares you for South Omo. This area is filled with extraordinarycultural integrity, where the people weren’t even aware that such athing as Ethiopia existed until 50yrs ago. Omorate lies on theeastern bank of the Omo River and is almost totally isolated fromthe rest of Ethiopia. The main attraction is the Dasanech Villages onthe out skirts of the town. The Dasanech they were forced out ofthere homeland in a region called Nyupe, to the west of Turkana, bythe expansionist wars of Turkana In the 18th century. They nowcover a large territory of the western banks of the Omo all the waysouth to Lake Turkana. Here we’ll encounter the Dasanech people inthe countryside, and go into the villages, after which we head backto Omorate to look at the local wild life on the banks of the river.The tour then returns to Jinka for the evening to rest beforetomorrow’s adventure. O/n in a chosen hotel.
  • 6. DAY11: Jinka - Mago NP’s DAY12: Jinka - Arbaminch After breakfast, drive back to Arbaminch. The road continues into the savannah, then rises up the Karat Mountains (providing splendid panoramic views) until it reaches the soft, terraced hills of Konso, here we visit a Konso village on the southern extensions of the highlands to meet the locals who are excellent farmers. The Konso are also noted for there unusual practice of sculpting eerie wooden statues to mark the graves of their dead. Should the Chief of Konso be in Residence, we may be granted an audience with him. O/n in a chosen hotel. Excursion to Mago NP’s Jinka / Mago National Park (drive) Mago National Park is located on the east bank of the Omo River and ranges in altitude from 450 m (1467 ft) to DAY13: Arbaminch - Wondogenet 2,528 m (8294 ft) above sea level. After about 2 hours of ‘4x4 road’, we arrive to our camp. In the park and en route, we’ll see buffalo, waterbuck, greater and lesser In the morning drives to Wondogenet. Drive to kudu and zebra. In the not so distant past, lions, Wendo Genet –Wondo Genet is known for its elephants, leopards and giraffes have also been spotted hot springs and is surrounded by primary here, but unfortunately our days have little chance to see Ethiopian forests. It is home to an arboretum the same. Once here, we visit a Mursi Tribal village, and a College of Forestry which was founded whose women have the custom of expanding their lower in 1977 with Swedish assistance. Also located lips using disks that gradually get those lips larger and in this resort town is the Essential Oils larger. These are people who farm the land and breed Research Sub Center, where spices, aromatic livestock; they live in almost complete isolation from the and medicinal plants are conserved and their rest of the world. Skipping the Mursi would be out of the qualities researched. O/n in a chosen hotel. question. Theyre the most famous of all the indigenous Ethiopian tribes though they are not too friendly to visitors and every photo taken has its price… Our campsite tonight is in a beautiful clearing among towering trees, which provide shade and it is near the Neri River. O/n in a chosen hotel. DAY14: Wondogenet - Dinsho Morning drive to Dinsho. The tour now heads out east towards Dinsho, the route taken passes through immense fields of wheat, barley and high-altitude meadows. This is a particularly lush green landscape, especially in October and November. The local Ormo people, move from one village to the next on small horses, carrying various goods of grain and weaved cotton. We arrive in the evening, have Dinner and camp the night. Camping: Bale National Park HQ. O/n in a chosen hotel.
  • 7. Proceed driving to Goba. is our gate way to the Bale Mountains National Park. The park encompasses the higher reaches of the Bale range, including Mt Tullo Deemtu, at 4,377m is the second highest peak in Ethiopia. The main attractions are the wild alpine scenery, especially the 4,000m-high Senetti Plateau as well as the Simien wolves. The road across the Senetti Plateau is reportedly the highest all weather road in Africa. There are many protected mammals in the park, including the Nyala, the kudu, gazelles and the rare wolves of the Simien mountains. The day is dedicated to visiting the park, with the option to go on short treks or horse riding. O/n in a chosen hotel DAY15: Goba Excursion to Sof Omar cave. The cave which is now an importantIslamic Shrine was named after the saintly Sheikh Sof Omar who tookrefuge here many centuries ago… a history calculated in thousands of DAY16: Sof Omar caveyears.The fantastic limestone caves of Sof Omar make a days outingfrom Dinsho, Robe or Goba. The road leaves Robe town, crossing thefarming areas to the east, before descending into the lowlands. Herethe vegetation is very different being dry lowland with woodedgrasslands. The caves lie at 1,300 m above sea level. This is inmarked contrast to what you will experience in the Bale Mountains atup to 4,000 m. Very different animals occur along the way as well,most noticeably the Greater and Lesser Kudu - both relatives of theMountain Nyala, and the tiny dik dik antelope. The caves themselvescarry the whole flow of the Web River that rises in the BaleMountains, underground through wonderfully carved caverns for adistance of one and a half kilometers. O/n in a chosen hotelDAY17: Goba - SodereAfter breakfast early in the morning, drive to Sodere. O/n in a chosen hotelDAY18: Sodere Whole day in Sodere, to relax by the hot natural hot spring water withOlympic size swimming pool. the hot natural spring water found “Sodere”.Sodere is situated 126 kms southeast of Addis Ababa. It is a very popularresort area with a new hotel complex. Numerous birds, and monkeys, canbe seen.....
  • 8. .....The hot spring Olympic size swimming pool and physiotherapy centers are frequented visited by visitorsof all ages. Sodere lies alongside the Awash River and features lush, shady vegetation. Vervet monkeys live on the resort grounds. Crocodiles and, less frequently, hippos may be seen in thenearby Awash River. The hot springs resort, popular for its therapeutic effects, is located outside the town.An Olympic size swimming pool, reportedly empty during the week, is a popular draw for weekenders. FromAddis Ababa. Other features include a full-service restaurant, and a hotel and conference center. What to see?— The forests which fringe the river are also good for birds.— There is a large naturally heated swimming pool, and a number of smaller pools throughout the grounds of the resort.— Vervet monkeys and baboons are common in the resort, and— Visitors can see crocodiles basking along the banks of the Awash River. O/n in a chosen hotel.DAY19: Drive back to Addis Ababa. O/n Addis Ababa in a chosen hotel. DAY20: Addis/ADD City tour in the capital. In Addis have time to make walks on the main streets to visit historical Monuments, and for shopping. In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can..........see the folkloric dances of The Ethiopian people and taste ourvariety of meal. Also, visit The National Museum This famous museum,close to the University of Addis Ababa Graduate School, housesnumerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts showing thehistory of Ethiopia from prehistoric times to the modern day. Its mostfamous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy. MountEntoto Addis Ababa is built in the foothills of Mount Entoto, and thepanorama from the peak (3,200m3, either by day or night, is abreathtaking spectacle. The Church of St Mary (1885) overlooks theentire city and the surrounding area. The Entoto Museum, with itshistorical exhibits is well worth a visit. Trinity Cathedral TrinityCathedral was constructed by Emperor Haileselassie in 1947 anddedicated to the Holy Trinity. The architecture of the cathedral is veryunique to both Ethiopia and Africa. It is ornamented with carvings andmosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and theapostles on the stained glass. Within the compound and gardens of thechurch are found the crypts of the Imperial family. Departure.