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Cities in Ethiopia:   Addis Ababa - Aksum - Bahir Dar - Gondar - Hawzen - Lalibela - Mek'ele
Destinations in Ethiopia:   Addis Ababa - Amara - Tigray
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Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa

Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Duration: 8 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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$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

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$280.00

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
$200.25

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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Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa

Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Duration: 9 hours
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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$215.00

This is 9-hour long tour with an English speaking guide in a private comfortable Toyota Minivan for a drive of 196 km. 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 ... More info ›

This is 9-hour long tour with an English speaking guide in a private comfortable Toyota Minivan for a drive of 196 km. 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. Appreciate interesting places and activities such as 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 of Tiya, and a traditional village of the Oromo people. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley and learn also how to cook Enjera, an Ethiopian pancake. This is a Tour limited to a maximum of 6 people.

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 a 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 a gravel road, 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 a 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 humankind 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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2 Days Tour of the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes

2 Days Tour of the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 2 days
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$610.00

Two days guided tour of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley by drive with a comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan to enjoy visiting the chains of Rift Valley Lakes, picturesque views of the Rift Valley, meet local families to partake a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, see the bird life of the lakes and wildlife of the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park. The tour also includes visiting the unique and still operational rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, Tiya Steles (a cemetery dating back to 12th – 14th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site), and boat trip on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of lowland water birds. The tour includes a total of 580 km drive in two days.

If the tour start day is either Thursday or Sunday, visitors will enjoy visiting a colorful weekly held cultural market of the Oromo people at the small town of Adadi. 

Day 1 – Addis Ababa – Butajira – Ziway – Awassa

Be met and welcomed by your tour guide at your hotel lobby at 7:30 AM and take your private comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan for the drive of 275 km south of Addis Ababa to Awassa with interesting stops along the way.

The first stop today is at an outlook to enjoy the great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley ... More info ›

Two days guided tour of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley by drive with a comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan to enjoy visiting the chains of Rift Valley Lakes, picturesque views of the Rift Valley, meet local families to partake a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, see the bird life of the lakes and wildlife of the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park. The tour also includes visiting the unique and still operational rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, Tiya Steles (a cemetery dating back to 12th – 14th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site), and boat trip on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of lowland water birds. The tour includes a total of 580 km drive in two days.

If the tour start day is either Thursday or Sunday, visitors will enjoy visiting a colorful weekly held cultural market of the Oromo people at the small town of Adadi. 

Day 1 – Addis Ababa – Butajira – Ziway – Awassa

Be met and welcomed by your tour guide at your hotel lobby at 7:30 AM and take your private comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan for the drive of 275 km south of Addis Ababa to Awassa with interesting stops along the way.

The first stop today is at an outlook to enjoy the great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. It is best known for its beautiful lakes and abundant birdlife. The Rift Valley is where Africa is in its early stage of breaking apart.

Then crossing the Awash River and driving 12 km on dirt road, visit the ancient and still in service church of Adadi Mariam which is chiseled out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD. Adadi Mariam rock church is believed to have been founded by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful and elaborate rock churches in the Northern Ethiopia.

Following will be visiting the Steles of Tiya located 45 km away from Adadi Mariam rock church. The Steles of Tiya is one of Ethiopia’s sites listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will visit beautiful carved stone grave markers erected between the 12th and 14th Century AD in honor of important local heroes (warriors).

After lunch at the town of Butajira, and another stop to see the Rift Valley of Ethiopia from another angle, enjoy a boat trip of about an hour on the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of birds such as Great white pelicans, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagle, Sacred Ibis, Hammer Kops, etc

Finally, drive 115 km south to the Rift Valley Lake of Awassa. If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful sun set over the lake.

Day 2 – Awassa – Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park – Bishoftu – Addis Ababa

After breakfast head to Amora Gedel found by the shores of Lake Awassa. It is where locals come to have breakfast of fresh catch Tilapia fish and spot a number of birds gathered looking for leftover fish. Here you will see the rare Colobus Monkey (Black and White Monkey).

Then, head north to the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park with a stop at Shashemene to visit the Jamaican Rastafarian Community.

At Abiyatta Shalla Lakes NP walk for half an hour to see Ostriches, Gazelles, Warthogs, and different lowland bird species. If the weather is good (September – June), continue driving farther to visit the Natural Hot Spring waters where locals use the waters to get healed from skin diseases.

The tour price includes professional experienced English speaking tour guide, comfortable private air conditioned Toyota Minivan with fuel (gasoline), family visits, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Attendance, Coffee, Small Snacks, boat rent on Lake Ziway, and all related government taxes, AND price does NOT include Accommodations, Meals, entrance (admission) fees to places of visits, and any expense not mentioned above. 

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2 Days Nature Tour from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park

2 Days Nature Tour from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 2 days
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD
$560.00

2 days guided tour from Addis Ababa to enjoy game driving in the Awash National Park to see Beisa Oryx, Soemmerring’s Gazelle, Salt’s Dik-Diks, Warthogs, Vervet monkeys, crocs, and the rare Colobus Monkey. More than 400 species of birds are found in the park.

Other interesting stops include visiting a local family of the Oromo people, taking part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, enjoying the panoramic view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley, the extinct volcanic remnants of Fentale, and the picturesque Awash River Gorge.

This guided tour includes driving 510 km in total with a private comfortable Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seatbelts, fuel (gasoline), professional experienced English speaking tour guide, park scouts, family visits, snacks and bottled water in the vehicle, and all related government taxes.

This is 2-days nature-themed private tour from Addis Ababa to the Awash National Park by drive with comfortable private Toyota Minivan of 2015 led by professional experienced English speaking tour guide.

Main places to visit and things to do are: -

  • Enjoy a half day game drive in the Awash National park
  • Visit the magnificent Awash River Falls (Jun – Dec)
  • Admire the picturesque views of the Awash River Gorge and the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley
  • Stop at one of the crater lakes of Bishoftu
  • Visit the villages of the local people of Oromo and
  • Take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Day 1

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00 AM and start the day’s drive on 225 km east if Addis to Awash National Park. After driving 45 km from Addis, stop at Bishoftu Crater Lake which is noted for its great scenery ... More info ›

2 days guided tour from Addis Ababa to enjoy game driving in the Awash National Park to see Beisa Oryx, Soemmerring’s Gazelle, Salt’s Dik-Diks, Warthogs, Vervet monkeys, crocs, and the rare Colobus Monkey. More than 400 species of birds are found in the park.

Other interesting stops include visiting a local family of the Oromo people, taking part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, enjoying the panoramic view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley, the extinct volcanic remnants of Fentale, and the picturesque Awash River Gorge.

This guided tour includes driving 510 km in total with a private comfortable Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seatbelts, fuel (gasoline), professional experienced English speaking tour guide, park scouts, family visits, snacks and bottled water in the vehicle, and all related government taxes.

This is 2-days nature-themed private tour from Addis Ababa to the Awash National Park by drive with comfortable private Toyota Minivan of 2015 led by professional experienced English speaking tour guide.

Main places to visit and things to do are: -

  • Enjoy a half day game drive in the Awash National park
  • Visit the magnificent Awash River Falls (Jun – Dec)
  • Admire the picturesque views of the Awash River Gorge and the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley
  • Stop at one of the crater lakes of Bishoftu
  • Visit the villages of the local people of Oromo and
  • Take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Day 1

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00 AM and start the day’s drive on 225 km east if Addis to Awash National Park. After driving 45 km from Addis, stop at Bishoftu Crater Lake which is noted for its great scenery. Then on the way to the park, visit the villages of the Oromo people who are the biggest in number from Ethiopia’s more than 80 ethnic groups.

Have lunch at Metehara town, and proceed driving to Awash NP with a stop at the saline Lake of Beseka – set in a unique landscape surrounded with black basalt lava remnants and strangely increasing in size and water volume.

After check in to the Awash NP and Awash Falls Lodge, walk for about an hour to see Grivet Monkey, Colobus Monkey, and to enjoy visiting the Awash River Falls.

Day 2  

After breakfast, game drive in Awash NP to see Beisa Oryx, Warthogs, Soemmerring’s Gazelle, Salt’s Dik-Diks, lesser Kudus, and if lucky, you may spot crocodiles in the Awash River. Among the more than 400 species of birds found in park, six endemic birds of Ethiopia can be seen in the park i.e. – Barbed Barbet, Golden Backed Woodpecker, White Winged Cliff Chat, White Tailed Starling, Thick Billed Raven, and Wattled Ibis. Then, head to a viewpoint to see the superb views of the Awash River Gorge. The Awash River does not reach the sea and runs a distance of about 1,200 km only in Ethiopia.

Then, drive back to Addis Ababa with a lunch stop at Nazareth (Adama). You will also take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and enjoy one of the best cups of coffees you ever taste. As Coffee is originally from the Kaffa area of Western Ethiopia, you may expect to taste your coffee and enjoy it as Ethiopians do.

Tour includes comfortable Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, fuel (gasoline), professional experienced English speaking tour guide, park scouts, bottled water in the car, hotel pick up and drop off, snacks, Coffee Ceremony attendance and Coffee, and all related government taxes.

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