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Cities in Ethiopia:   Addis Ababa - Aksum - Gondar - Lalibela - Weldiya
Destinations in Ethiopia:   Addis Ababa - Amara - Amhara - Tigray

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Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa

Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 8 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$170.00

This full day city tour is to visit Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's capital and Africa's political capital. It is the seat of HQ of African Union, HQ of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and more than 100 embassies ... More info ›

This full day city tour is to visit Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's capital and Africa's political capital. It is the seat of HQ of African Union, HQ of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and more than 100 embassies.  This is about 8 hours sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa to visit the National Archeological Museum of Ethiopia - where you will see the fossil remains of Lucy (3.25 million years old), Merkato - the largest open air market in Africa, the Ethnological Museum which was the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie I, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and drive to Mt. Entoto( 3,200 meters above sea level) to have a panoramic view of Addis. Finally, drive in the city to visit the various historical monuments of Addis.

You will be met at your hotel in Addis Ababa, and received a brief about Ethiopia in general and the tour for about 10 minutes. Then, you will drive to the National Archaeological Musem of Ethiopia to visit the fossil remains of Lucy. Next you drive for about 30 minutes to the peak of Mount Entoto to have a panoramic view of Addis, and we visit St. Raguel church which is the oldest in Addis (138 years old) and it is famous for its beautiful hand painted wall paintings which is as old as the church. Then, you descend the mountains and head to Merkato which is the largest open air market in Africa. At Merkato you spend about an hour visiting the spice, secondhand, and basket sections. 

You will then have a lunch break at one of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants in Addis where you will taste delicious Ethiopian meals. 

Finally, visit Holy Trinity Cathedral and drive on the main streets of Addis to visit the historical monuments before heading back to the hotel.

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Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya

Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 11 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$275.00

Enjoy discovering few of Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and visiting the Steles of Tiya (14th Century AD and a UNESCO World Heritage). This is about 11 hours day trip from Addis to visit bird watching and spotting hippos, local family of the Oromo people, have great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Steles of Tiya which date back to the 14th Century, located south of Addis Ababa.

It is a great outing from Addis to enjoy spotting various lowland water birds, have a boat trip on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos, experience the way of life of the country side people of Oromo, attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and visit the closest UNESCO Site  to Addis Ababa.

Price of the tour includes private comfortable Toyota Minivan, fuel (gasoline), boat rent, family visiting fee, and professional experienced English speaking tour guide.

After meeting, drive 160 km south of Addis Ababa enjoying the great scenery of the Ethiopian Rift Valley ... More info ›

Enjoy discovering few of Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and visiting the Steles of Tiya (14th Century AD and a UNESCO World Heritage). This is about 11 hours day trip from Addis to visit bird watching and spotting hippos, local family of the Oromo people, have great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Steles of Tiya which date back to the 14th Century, located south of Addis Ababa.

It is a great outing from Addis to enjoy spotting various lowland water birds, have a boat trip on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos, experience the way of life of the country side people of Oromo, attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and visit the closest UNESCO Site  to Addis Ababa.

Price of the tour includes private comfortable Toyota Minivan, fuel (gasoline), boat rent, family visiting fee, and professional experienced English speaking tour guide.

After meeting, drive 160 km south of Addis Ababa enjoying the great scenery of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. We will make the first stop at one of the five crater lakes of Bishoftu famous for the picturesque view which is found 45 km south east of Addis. Then, leaving the highway to Djibouti, drive south to Lake Ziway with a stop at the man made Lake of Koka where you will spot birds like Hammerkop, sacred ibis, etc

After lunch stop at one of the best restaurants by Lake Ziway, have a boat trip of about one hour to ride to a small island called "Birds' Island". Here you will test your bird identification skills by visiting birds like Marabou Stork, Great White Pelicans, Plovers , Saddle Billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, Cormorants, and many more. Then, ride to a spot where you will see families of African Hippos. 

We will take the road back to Addis via the town of Butajira. This allows you to have more views of the surrounding landscape. Before reaching Butajira, stop at a local family of the Oromo people to experience the local life and enjoy attending a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

Visits of the Steles of Tiya is an additional treat of the tour. The Steles of Tiya are about 40 big slabs of beautifully decorated caved stones erected in memory of important people of the area. This cemetery site was founded in the 14th Century AD and is one of the sites of Ethiopia which are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage.

Price of the tour is a group price up to 6 participants. Tour price includes hotel pickup/drop off,  a comfortable private Toyota minivan of 2014 Model of 8 seats capacity which is equipped with air conditioning & seat belts, fuel (gasoline), admission (entrance) fees, driver's allowance, boat rent, local family visiting fee, and professional experienced English speaking guide.

Price does not include meals, admission fees, and other expenses which are not mentioned above.

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Food Tour in Addis Ababa

Food Tour in Addis Ababa - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 6 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$225.25

With this 6 hour tour of Addis Ababa visitors will have a deeper insight into the history and culture of Ethiopians through shopping food stuff at local markets, participate in food preparation sessions and tasting varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals.

This driving and walking food tour of Addis will enable visitors to see and feel how life goes at Merkato – the largest open air market in the continent; learn from a native cook how to bake Ethiopia’s National food called Injera (Enjera), and eat with your fingers at one of the typical traditional restaurants of the city.

After lunch, visitors will also attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. It is a perfect moment to learn how Ethiopians’ social and economical life is closely tied with coffee and see how Coffee, born originally in Ethiopia, is entertained in the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

Join this unique, personalized and authentic tour of Addis to see the rich Ethiopian cuisine!

Contrary to many people’s expectations, Ethiopia offers wide varieties of delicious meals ... More info ›

With this 6 hour tour of Addis Ababa visitors will have a deeper insight into the history and culture of Ethiopians through shopping food stuff at local markets, participate in food preparation sessions and tasting varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals.

This driving and walking food tour of Addis will enable visitors to see and feel how life goes at Merkato – the largest open air market in the continent; learn from a native cook how to bake Ethiopia’s National food called Injera (Enjera), and eat with your fingers at one of the typical traditional restaurants of the city.

After lunch, visitors will also attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. It is a perfect moment to learn how Ethiopians’ social and economical life is closely tied with coffee and see how Coffee, born originally in Ethiopia, is entertained in the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

Join this unique, personalized and authentic tour of Addis to see the rich Ethiopian cuisine!

Contrary to many people’s expectations, Ethiopia offers wide varieties of delicious meals.  During this five hours food tour of Addis, we first set out for Merkato which is the largest outdoor market in the entire Africa. We start with visiting the Vegetable Section of the market and buying important ingredients for our food preparation session later. Next stop in the market would be the interesting Spice Market where pick our necessary and unique spices up. Walk for about ten minutes farther to a unique market where we will visit the market which supplies ingredients to prepare bread called Kocho or Qocho which is prepared from the root and stalk of Enset or False Banana Tree. Kocho is prepared from the smashed root of Enset after it is buried for at least three months in the ground and fermented. The final part of the market will be visiting the dairy products section of it. One of the most common ingredients added to many Ethiopian meals is “Nitre Kibe”, a clarified butter infused with ginger, garlic and several species.

Then drive to a local family where you will be a guided preparation of a typical Ethiopian meal – Injera. It is made from a grain known as “teff”, which is ground into flour, mixed with water and yeast for slight fermentation, and baked on a big round pan after the dough is kept at least for three days. Teff is a gluten free grain which is more fiber-rich and nutritious than any other grain containing protein, fat, carbohydrates, iron, and calcium. With the local family, you will try to bake injera as locals do, and taste your made.

We now head to one of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants of Addis where you will taste varieties of yummy Ethiopian meals from the different parts of the country.

Next is attending a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony where you will see the whole process of washing the beans, roasting it on iron pan, pounding by hand, boiling and how it is served three turns of cups of coffee. In the Ethiopian culture it is customary to put fresh cut grass on the ground, burn a frank incense for its great smell, and let guests smell the smoke of the roasted coffee which is regarded as sign of their being welcoming host. Coffee is Ethiopia’s biggest export and it is the gift of Ethiopia to the World as it was originally discovered in the Keffa region of Ethiopia.

Finally, along the way back to your hotel, stop at one of the ‘Tej Bets’ of Addis. Tej is traditionally brewed mead-like drink make from honey.

This tour is open for customization to best fit with visitors' interests, tour start times, etc. It is planned to be held for up to six visitors and price includes a comfortable private Toyota Mini Van, professional and expereienced English speaking guide, coffee ceremony attending fee, Tej tasting, and all related government taxex.

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Cultural Day Tour from Addis Ababa to the rock cut church of Adadi Mariam

Cultural Day Tour from Addis Ababa to the rock cut church of Adadi Mariam - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 9 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$215.00

This 9 hours long with a private Toyota Minivan of 2014/15 for a drive of 196 km in total. This day tour from Addis Ababa takes you through the scenic East African Rift Valley part of Ethiopia to the unique rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, ancient grave site of Tiya, and the prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture.

Interesting places and activities included in the tour are: -

  • The unique still operational church of Adadi Mariam which is cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD
  • An ancient cemetery found at the town of Tiya (14th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A traditional village of the Oromo people
  • Attending a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with locals
  • Enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley
  • Learn how to cook Enjera (the Ethiopian pancake)
  • The prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture

Start driving the total of 192 km, with a private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, south of Addis Ababa through the scenic Rift Valley ... More info ›

This 9 hours long with a private Toyota Minivan of 2014/15 for a drive of 196 km in total. This day tour from Addis Ababa takes you through the scenic East African Rift Valley part of Ethiopia to the unique rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, ancient grave site of Tiya, and the prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture.

Interesting places and activities included in the tour are: -

  • The unique still operational church of Adadi Mariam which is cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD
  • An ancient cemetery found at the town of Tiya (14th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A traditional village of the Oromo people
  • Attending a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with locals
  • Enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley
  • Learn how to cook Enjera (the Ethiopian pancake)
  • The prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture

Start driving the total of 192 km, with a private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, south of Addis Ababa through the scenic Rift Valley. The first stop along the way is at an outlook to enjoy and take photo of the Rift Valley, and then cross the bridge over the Awash River (an inbound river which doesn’t reach the sea) by walking.

After driving 62 km, of which 12 is on gravel road, you will visit the ancient rock carved church of Adadi Mariam which was founded in the 13th Century by King Lalibela. If the day is Thursday or Sunday, visit the colorful cultural weekly held market of the Oromo people at Adadi town.

On the way back to the main road, stop at a local family house to take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and to learn how to cook Enjera.

Then, head to the Steles of Tiya to visit about 40 stone grave markers which are decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD in honor of local hero. It is one of the sites of Ethiopia included the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

En route back to Addis Ababa, visit the prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture to visit ancient fossils of animals and humans and some of the oldest stone tools human kind ever used.

This is a private tour for up to 6 visitors in a group for the same price including the private comfortable Toyota Minivan with fuel (gasoline) and driver’s allowance, family visit and coffee ceremony attendance, professional experience English speaking tour guide and all related government taxes.

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Addis Ababa City Tour

Addis Ababa City Tour - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Duration: 8 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$99.00

Take an 8-hour tour of Addis Ababa City with guide. See several points of interest and landmarks ... More info ›

Take an 8-hour tour of Addis Ababa City with guide. See several points of interest and landmarks. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.

The tour starts with a pick up from Bole International Airport or at your hotel, and drive to Trinity Cathedral Church which has unique architectural style. Then, you will be taken to the National Museum of Ethiopia for visiting the long age history of Ethiopia and the oldest human ancestor, Lucy. After lunch, we will go to the ethnographic museum and admire the country's different nationalities cultural materials. Finish the tour with shopping in Merkato, the local marketplace which is said to be Africa’s largest open-air market.

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7 Days Trek in Simien Mountains

7 Days Trek in Simien Mountains - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: Flexible
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$2623.75

Found in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe ... More info ›

Found in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe. Gentle highland ridges at altitudes above 3600 meters above sea level (m asl), covered with grasses, isolated trees (Erica &bored) and the bizarre Giant Lobelia (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) are found on the high plateau that ends abruptly at 1000- to 2000-m deep escarpments. This 7 days all inclusive tour enables you visit the endemic gelada baboon, walia ibex and simien fox. A round trip domestic airfare(Addis-Gondar-Addis) is also the part of the tour. The drive uses a 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa and Domestic Flight to Gondar

Upon arrival in Addis, you will be directly connected to your domestic flight to Gondar. Today,  you will visit Fasilidas' Palace and the Church of Debre Berham Selassie Church.

Overnight stay at Goha Hotel, Gondar.

Day 2: Drive to Sankaber

Depart Gondar early in the morning, and drive to Sankaber via Debark where the park’s entrance fee is paid, and obligatory staff are met. You will be dropped of at Buyit Ras for a 3-4 hours hike to Sankaber. Here, the driver will back to Gondar until the last day you finish the hiking.

Overnight Camping in Sankaber.

Day 3: Trek from Sankaber (3,250m) to Gich (3,600m): 5 – 6hrs

The trek starts with a gentle stroll through the Erica heather that hangs on white lichen and mosses, resembling an old man’s white beard. Along the route keep an eye open to spot the elusive and elegant klipspringer. On the way, keep an eye open for the rare and graceful lammergeyer.

Overnight camping in Gich.

Day 4:  Imeg Gogo and the two peaks circuit: 4 – 5hrs
The first part of the hike is a gentle uphill walk of around 2 hours from Gich to the Imetgogo viewpoint (3,926m). After lunch and before the final ascent towards the camp, another 1 hour trek brings you to the final viewpoint of the day called kedadit(3,760m).

Overnight camping in Gich.

Day 5:  Trek to Chennek (3,600m): 7- 8hrs

The trek begins by ascending gradually for about 2 hours through the Afroalpine meadows. Next, you descend to where you’ll have impressive views of the gorge below imetgogo. Animals at this campsite have become accustomed to humans - please keep a distance and do not feed any of the animals.

Overnight camping in Chennek.

Day 6:  Climb to Bwhait Mountain and Drive Back to Gondar

Your day begins at sunrise to give you enough time to explore the surrounding cliffs for good sightings of the Ethiopian endemic walia ibex. Then begin the tough 3-hour ascent to the top of the Bwhait pass (4,200m). This is the second highest point in the park. The driver will come to you from Gondar, and take you back to Gondar for an overnight.

Overnight stay at Goha Hotel, Gondar

Day 7: Fly back to Addis Ababa
Up on arrival and interest, the driver and the guide will meet you , and take to you for some shopping and tasting Ethiopian Coffee. The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport

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