This trip focusseson the incredible historic and cultural adventure sites of the north and suthern part of Ethiopia, through the amazing Bale Mountains National Park, an area of high altitude plateau, with volcanic crags and lakes, forests, alpine moor land, trout filled streams and a striking variety of fauna and flora. as well as, the Rift Valley lakes and coffee plantations tothe Omo valley. Meet some of Africa's most fascinating andcolourful ethnic groups. The journey begins in Addis Ababa, thendrive south to Arba Minch, the springboard to the Omo valley. Visitthe market towns of Turmi and Jinka and visit the Mursi, Karo,Dassanech and Hamer tribes. you will also visit the amazing island monasteries of Lake Tana. where you will Meet monks straight out of the medieval ages,explore the castles of Gondar and hike & biking in the Simien Mountains,some of the best scenery in Africa and home to unique wildlifefound nowhere else.as well as The World Heritage Site of Lalibela, which isset in the Lasta mountains and was the second capital ofancient Ethiopia. Dating back to at least the 12th Century, it isrenowned for its extraordinary rock-hewn churches, carved fromthe mountains, but still embedded in the granite from whichthey were shaped.
Day -By-Day Itinerary
Day 01 Addis-Ababa - Robe: Southeast 400km via Rift Valley Lakes, Shashemene, Dodola, Dinsho in to Robe.Mode of transport :New private 4x4O/n Robe.
Day 03 - Robe - Sanetti Plateau - Goba: 44km Sanetti Plateau Safari Mammals, Amphibians, Birds & Endemic Species.O/n Goba.Camping
Day 04- Goba - Dinsho: Bale National Park Head Quarter for afternoon walking trail/trek.O/n Dinsho - Camping
Day 05- Dinsho - Dorze: 409km southwest via Sahshemene, Soddo & detour on Guge Mountain in to Dorze.O/n Dorze - Lodge (Camping )
Day 06- Dorze -Konso-Jinka: (Biking but car is there when needed)Konso Tribe Machekie Village & 140km entering Lower Omo Valley via Weito "Tsemay Tribe" in to Key Afer & 42km via Kako "Ari Trbe" in to Jinka.O/n Jinka Camping
Day 07- Jinka - Mago National Park Mursi Tribe: 55km Mago National Park & visit Mursi O/n Mago Park, Camping Bush toilet Possible to wonder around Omo river
Day 08- Mursi - Jinka: Mago Park Safari & visit another village of Mursi Tribe for ceremonies & cultural-events. O/n Jinka Camping
Day 09- Jinka - Turmi: Visit Ari Tribe & 142km via Key Afer "Banna Tribe", Dimeka in to Turmi Hamer Tribe. O/n Turmi.
Day 10- Turmi: Hamer Tribe surrounding Turmi searching for ceremonies & cultural-events & if possible Bull Jumping Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony & visit Schools & Pastoral Society.O/n Turmi.
Day 11- Turmi - Karo: 65km Savannah Plains in to Omo River & visit Karo Tribe at Korcho Village.O/n Karo, Murulle Camping.
Day 12- Kangate - Karo: 17km to Kangate crossing Omo River to visit Nyangaton Tribe & afternoon walking trail at Murulle Camp.O/n Karo, Murulle Camping.
Day 13- Karo - Turmi: Visit Dus Village/Karo Tribe & afternoon 65km via savannah plains in to Turmi.O/n Turmi.
Day 14- Turmi - Arba Minch: Biking and driving 290km via Arbore Tribe/Weito Valley, Karat-Konso in to Arba Minch.O/n Arba Minch
Day 15- Arba Minch - Addis Ababa: 446km via Soddo, Hosaena, Butajira "Gurage Tribe" Tiya in to Addis Ababa.O/n Addis Ababa.
Day 16- Early in the morning, depart on early flight for Bahir Dar (07:00).After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection ofthe monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacredlake. Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of AzuwaMaryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River.in Bahir Dar
Day 17- In the afternoon,ride on th bike to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finishthe day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight in Bahir Dar Jacaranda hotel.
Day 18- After breakfast, continue ride by bike north to Gondar. The four-hour hours biycking will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into theAmhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore thesites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with sixcastles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas'sPool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb PalaceMuseum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the mostfamous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar
Day 20- Bike from Gondar to Debark and overnight in Limalimo /Camping
Day 21- Bike from Limalimo to Buitrass on the way enjoy the beautiful views and also the flora & fauna over night stay in Buitras/Caming
Day 22- Bike or hike from Buitras to the beautiful Jimbar waterfall back and stay at Sankaber camp/Camping
Day 23- Bike from Sankaber on the way to Buhit, ist second highest point in Ethiopia and after spending some time on peak ,then drive back to Gondar overnight hotel .
Day 24- Transfer to Gondar airport for flying to Laliblela picked from the airport and head to the hotel drop your belongings by and explore the 8th most wonderful rock hewn churches of Lalibela 1st group in the morning & 2nd group in the afternoon.Overnight stay in Lalibela Lodge
Day 25- Morning after breakfast walk from Lalibela to Asheton Mariam church which is located on top of Lalibela town. What is great about this church is not all about it but also offers one of the finest views. It takes 2-3 hrs on foot & another 1hr to walk back to Lalibela. Afternoon free leisure!
Day 26- Morning after breakfast transfer to Lalibela airport and fly back to Addis & the same day fly back home. End of the wonderful holiday!