Northern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela & Omo Valley

From $6900 per person in low season
From $8100 per person in high season

based on 11 nights & daily experiences

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  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Full Board

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At a Glance

  • The Hamer People of the Omo Valley are known for the bull jumping ceremony, the culmination of a three day initiation rite

  • Visit the fascinating rock hewn churches of Lalibela

  • Take a city tour of Addis Ababa which can include the archaeological museum which contains a copy of the skeleton of 'Lucy'

  • Visit the island monasteries in Lake Tana, with beautifully painted churches

  • Learn about the Axumite people. A little known, but ancient civilization

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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.

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Insider's View

Explore the castles located in the Royal Enclosure in Gondar - which are almost Moorish in feel

Go for sundowners at Ben Abiba Restaurant in Lalibela and soak up the view

Have dinner at Castelli's, a fabulous Italian, renowned for its antipasti

Experience the Hamer bull jumping initiation ceronomy

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 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Explore Ethiopia and discover the castles of Gondar, rock churches of Lalibela and island monasteries of Lake Tana before traveling south to the remote villages of the Omo Valley and the native tribes that still inhabit this area.

  1. Fly to Addis Ababa

  2. Days 1-2: Addis and Central Ethiopia

    Your adventure begins from the moment you touch down in Addis Ababa. Explore Ethiopia’s capital city and visit to one of the best museums in Africa, the Ethnographic Museum or experience retail therapy Ethiopian style.

    Accommodation: Sheraton Addis (1 night)

  3. Days 2-4: Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia

    Spend the next two nights on the shores of Lake Tana not far from Bahir Dar, experience wonderful views of the lake and those using it, take a trip out to the island monasteries still used by Priests from the land surrounding the lake before visiting the Blue Nile Falls.

    Accommodation: Kuriftu Resort and Spa (2 nights)

  4. Days 4-6: Gondar, Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

    From Lake Tana you will drive to the "Camelot" of Ethiopia, Gondar. This was once the first capital of Ethiopia and is home to the Royal Enclosure (Fasil Ghebbi), a selection of six castles and the Fasilides' pool built during the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Accommodation: Ghion Goha Hotel (2 nights)

  5. Days 6-7: Tigray Region, Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

    Fly to Axum Previously home to the ancient Axumite people, said to rival the culture of the Greeks, Axum displays ruins of a past civilization and a 24-meter-tall stone stele/obelisk dating back 1,700 years, for which it is most famous.  You will have time to visit Obelisk and St. Mary of Zion Church

    Accommodation: Yared Zema International Hotel (1 night)

  6. Days 7-9: Lalibela and northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

    Fly to Dallol by private plane and visit the awe-inspiring volcanic and lunar like landscapes of the Danikal Depression. Positioned 100 meters below sea level and the hottest place on earth.

    From Dallol, fly on to Lalibela and spend two nights at a wonderful lodge which offers magnificent views over the surrounding landscape including Lalibela's famous rock-hewn churches.

    You have a full day to visit each group of churches, don’t miss the Church of St George!

    Accommodation: Mezena Lodge (2 nights)

  7. Days 9-10: Jinka, Ethiopia

    Fly to Jinka via Addis.

    Traveling to the south of Ethiopia will provide you with more of an insight into the people that inhabit the more remote parts of the country. This is an incredible opportunity, to see lifestyles and traditions that have remained the same for centuries.

    Spend one night in Jinka, visit the local markets and discover the Mursi people.

    Accommodation: Eco-Omo Safari Lodge (1 night)

  8. Days 10-12: Omo and Southern Ethiopia

    Continue to Hamar country through the Omo Valley - named so because the Omo River runs through it, it is beautiful and diverse in its wildlife and people.

    Immerse yourself in tribal culture as you the visit villages of local tribes. You will gain more of an understanding about the daily life, customs and ceremonies that govern their existence. You might witness the cattle jumping ceremony of the Hamar, and the ornate body-decoration of the Ari people. The singing-wells are also something to look out for. These are used by local men who pass water to each other all the way from the bottom to a trough above for their cattle. Whilst they do this they maintain pace by singing, a truly authentic sight

    Accommodation: Buska Lodge (2 nights)

  9. Fly home from Addis Ababa

    Return to Addis Ababa and connect with to your international flight.

Location

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela & Omo Valley

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