SHORT TRIP FROM ADDIS
tour code - FT - 002
- Full day
- Availability - Any Time
- Addis Ababa
General about this Tour
Ethiopia offers a wealth of attractions for culture buffs, from centuries old rock-hewn churches to atmospheric, historical towns and grand castles.
There are hundreds of rock- hewn churches found in Tigray Region built in the 12th to the 15th century, most of them perched in inaccessible mountain tops. The majority of them are concentrated around Hawzien, Adigrat and wiqro.
Lalibella could be considered as the 8th wonder of the world. A cluster of eleven churches divided in to two groups are all hewn out of solid rocks. These amazing fits of architecher were able to be achieved in the 12th century.
On this stretch of the country are found many of the famous touristic sight like to Blue Nile Gorge, the “Tis Isat “ or smoking water of the Nile Falls and Bahirdar town by the Lake Tana with its 12th -15th century Island Monasteries.
Further up North is the Gondar town with its 17th century castles and early medieval age churches with fantastic wall paintings.
The Semien Mountains, rightly known as the ‘Roof of Africa”, is among some of the natural wonders of the world. With its breath taking scenic beauty and endemic wild life like the Gelada Baboon, Ibex and Mountain Nyala, it is an ideal place for easy as well as serious hikers and mountain climbers.
- Botteld water
- Accomudation / Hotel / Lodge
- Tour Guide / Local Guides / Driver Guide
- Entrance Fees
- Boat trip on Lake Tana
- All transportation in destination location
OPTION 01Debre Libanos Monastery
Drive north from Addis Ababa (about 100km) to the Debre Libanos Monastery. This monastery was founded in the 13th century by St. Tekle Haimanot, who, according to legend, prayed for 7 years straight standing on one leg until the other leg fell off. Nearby the monastery is the Portuguese bridge, which was the first bridge in Ethiopia. Around this area, you will hopefully see some endemic gelada baboons. Short hikes are available in the area, with stunning views of the Jemma Valley. Return to Addis Ababa, late afternoon.
OPTION 02LAKE ZEWAY
Early morning, depart south from Addis Ababa to Lake Ziway, one of the chain of lakes found in the Great Rift Valley. Here you will take a boat trip on Lake Ziway to the island of Tullo Gudo. The island hosts the church of Maryam Tsion which, according to tradition, once housed the Ark of the Covenant to hide it from invaders. After the visit, return to shore, enjoying the bountiful birdlife on this lake and possibly some hippos. Return to Addis Ababa late afternoon.
OPTION 03Archeological sites of Tiya, Adadi Maryam and Melka Kunture
After breakfast, depart south from Addis Ababa to visit these archeological sites of interest. Tiya is an ancient stellae field, with anthropomorphic statues marking burial grounds. Tiya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adadi Maryam is a rock-hewn church, similar to those in Lalibela. Melka Kunture is a pre-historic tool-making site. Return to Addis Ababa late afternoon.
OPTION 04DEBERE ZIYET
Depart from Addis for a short drive to Debre Zeit, home to several crater lakes and a popular weekend getaway spot for Addis Ababa residents. You can spend the day visiting the lakes or doing some light hiking (circling Lake Hora takes 1 ½ hours). The area is very popular for birdwatching. There are several lake-side establishments for lunch and even a spa. Return to Addis Ababa, late afternoon.
Very near to Debre Zeit is Mt. Zuqualla, an extinct volcano that offers beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Here you can visit the monastery of Mt. Zuqualla Maryam, which may date back as far as the 4th century. The nearby crater-lake is considered holy by the monks of the monastery. Time permitting, you may stop for a rest in Debre Zeit before returning to Addis Ababa in the afternoon.
OPTION 06MENAGESHA NATIONAL FOREST
Departing west from Addis Ababa, drive to the Menagesha National Forest for some hiking. Here you will enjoy the wildlife, such as the colobus monkeys and endemic Menelik’s bushbuck, as well as birds, including the endemic Ethiopian oriole and Abyssinian woodpecker. You can also stop at the Gefersa Reservoir, which supplies water to Addis Ababa, and is a nice birdwatching and wildlife spot. Return to Addis Ababa in the afternoon.
OPTION 07LAKE WENCHI
Early morning departure west from Addis Ababa to Lake Wenchi, a crater lake in a stunning location. There are many options for activities in the area including hiking, horseback riding or a boat trip to the island monastery of Kirkos and the hot spring valley. After the visit, return to Addis Ababa.