Compared to what is found in Ethiopia, a more perfect combination of history, tradition, culture and nature couldn’t be created. Ethiopia is an incredible look back into history of the earth and humans. From 3 million-year-old fossilised hominid remains in Addis Ababa to incredible rock-hewn churches, hidden crypts and grottoes in Lalibela, this trip uncovers the 500-year-old monastery islands of Bahir Dar, the elegant castles and palatial complexes that stand guard over the city of Gondar, the majestic geological formations of the Simien mountains, the giant obelisks that rise of Axum, and even the rumoured home of the Ark of the Covenant. Take in views of the Blue Nile, the peaks of the Simien Mountains and the Rift Valley. Cross the savanna, look out for wildlife, taste the famous coffee and delectable cuisine, and encounter the genuine and friendly people along the way – in the Omo Valley, meet a diverse and fascinating range of distinct tribal groups. Explore by 4WD with your local leader, stopping at local markets and villages to discover one of Africa's last great wilderness areas. This is an adventure like no other.
NEW UPDATES FOR 2019:
In 2019 there will be additional day spent in the beautiful Simien Mountains at our Feature Stay lodge. Your day here can be spent enjoying the fantastic views from the lodge balcony while drinking Ethiopian coffee, or perhaps visiting the local community and learning how to make injerra - the national dish of Ethiopia. While in the south the itinerary will no longer visit the Mursi & Karo tribes but rather the lesser known Ari & Daensch tribes to give you a more authentic experience. The itinerary will remain 19 days and will finish on arrival at Addis Ababa airport for your onward flight or with a group transfer to your post trip accommodation.
- Enjoy an afternoon tour of Addis Ababa, including National Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the public square, then a traditional Ethiopian dinner at local project helping the youth of Addis Ababa.
- Take a cruise around Lake Tana - Ethiopia's largest body of water and a source of the Nile - enjoying an on-deck sundowner after checking out island monasteries.
- Venture out on a game walk through the grasslands of the Nechisar Plain in search of zebra, kudu and gazelle.
- Walk through the Simien Mountains National Park and up to Sankaber before staying at our feature stay - the architecturally designed Limalimo Lodge.
- Enjoy a sundowner, local music and dancing on the terrace of our Konso lodge.
- Uncover the eight distinct tribes that call the Omo Valley home, and gain a deeper understanding and respect for their lifestyle and traditions.
- Learn about the importance of scarification and hair grooming for the Karo and the Hamer people in the market town of Turmi.
- See the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela with a guided tour over 2 afternoons before an open-air dinner with spectacular views looking over Lalibela.
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