Tropic Air - Ethiopia By Helicopter

Addis Ababa, Lalibela and Hawzen
8 nights private tour from $43,300 per person

From the spectacular Simien Mountains to the Danakil Depression and the rock hewn churches of Tigray there is no better way to explore the wonders of Ethiopia than on this eight-day helicopter safari with Tropic Air

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure giving you the chance to explore a unique country and view breath-taking landscapes, rich cultures, astoundingly beautiful architecture and an abundance of wildlife Ethiopia is a country just waiting to be explored.

Tropic Air Ethiopia By Helicopter
At a glance
  • This is the ultimate Ethiopian adventure and a photographers dream

  • Fly over the Etra Ale volcano and see the lava bubbling below you

  • Hover over the rock churches of Lalibela before landing and meeting your driver and guide to see them up close

  • Land on one of the plateaus of the Simien Mountains in time to watch the sunrise

Journey highlights
  • This is the ultimate Ethiopian adventure and a photographers dream

  • Fly over the Etra Ale volcano and see the lava bubbling below you

  • Hover over the rock churches of Lalibela before landing and meeting your driver and guide to see them up close

  • Land on one of the plateaus of the Simien Mountains in time to watch the sunrise

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.

Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $43,900 $11,000 plan your trip
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July $43,900 $11,000 plan your trip
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October $43,900 $11,000 plan your trip
November $43,900 $11,000 plan your trip
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January $43,900 $11,000 plan your trip
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  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $43,900
    Deposit from*
    $11,000
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Itinerary

Fly to Addis Ababa
Day 1-2

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Starting in Addis Ababa you will meet your guide and pilot and have a day exploring the capital. Be sure to pay a visit to ‘Lucy’; at the National Museum; this is one of the earliest fossil records of human ancestor being bi-pedal and oldest hominid ever found.

Accommodation: Sheraton Addis ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

Lalibela, Ethiopia

The next day is when the flying adventure begins. Your expert pilot will fly the helicopter up through the Blue Nile Gorge to the iconic rock churches of Lalibela. With eleven medieval monolithic churches you can easily spend a couple of days exploring these archetypal monuments. We recommend staying at the Mountain View Hotel which offers one of the best views in Lalibela.

Accommodation: Mountain View Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 4-7

Hawzen, East Tigrai, Tigrai

After a couple of days visiting the rock churches we recommend taking the unforgettable flight route along the Tekeze River and all the way up to the historic area of Gheralta.

Be sure to wake up before sunrise one morning and soar up above the clouds where you will land on top of one of the mountain peaks to witness the sunrise over the mountain range.

Included in your adventure is to visit the out-of-this-world Danakil Depression. This is a geological depression that has resulted from three tectonic plates and it is among one of the hottest places on earth with an average annual temperature of 37 Degrees Celsius. Flying over this unique environment you will think you are landing on Mars – lurid green acid lakes, volcanoes and endless salt pans cover the earth’s surface. Keep a look out for one of the camel trains which belong to the Afar People as they make their way across the salt pans. Soar over the Etra Ale, an active volcano and see the molten lava bubbling below you. This is unlike anything you have seen before and probably ever will again.

Accommodation: Gheralta Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 7-8

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

The Simien Mountain Range is the highest mountain range in Ethiopia and home to a number of endangered animals including the rare Ethiopian wolf and the Gelada Baboon. With your knowledgeable pilot and a Euro Copter and your disposal you can spend a few days trying to find these rare creatures and exploring new areas of the mountain range or taking a flight over to the Tigray region famous for these rock-hewn churches which supposedly date back all the way to the 6th or 7th Century.

Accommodation: Limalimo Lodge ( 1 night )
Day 8-9

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Enjoy a morning visit to castles of Gondar then end this adventure with a flight along the Rift Valley and back to Addis Ababa.

Accommodation: Sheraton Addis ( 1 night )
Fly home from Addis Ababa
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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  • A
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  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.

Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.

Tropic Air - Ethiopia By Helicopter
Tropic Air - Ethiopia By Helicopter

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
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