Mountains and Lakes Route

From 1 598$ per person, for 4 people

Level: Discovery


This stay will make you discover majestic and diversified landscapes, as well as animal species endemic to Ethiopia. The trips in 4×4 will allow you to appreciate the cities, the countryside, the high plateaus and the lakes, and to know a little bit about the way of life of their inhabitants.

Central - South East
  Mountains & Lakes
  Itinerant stay

This trip assumes that travellers take an international flight to Addis Ababa and back. Upon arrival in Addis, the domestic flight Addis Ababa / Dire Dawa is included in the package of the stay at the price of $69 which will be confirmed or modified at the time of your reservation.


DAY 1 :

Arrival in Addis Ababa - transfer to Dire Dawa by domestic flight

Transfer from Dire Dawa airport to the hotel

According to arrival time: visit of downtown Dire Dawa

Evening meal at Dire Dawa at Paradiso Restaurant

Night: Selam Blue Bird Hotel in Dire Dawa



Morning: departure for Harar

Discovery of rock paintings between Dire Dawa and Harar

Lunch at the Fresh Touch Restaurant in Harar

Afternoon: Visit the old town of Harar

In the evening meal of the Hyenas at the gates of the city of Harar

Night: back to the Selam Blue Bird Hotel in Dire Dawa



Morning: departure for Awash (230 Km - 4 hours)

Lunch: restaurant on the way or in Awash

Afternoon: visit the Fantale crater or the hot springs of Filwoha

Evening meal at the hotel

Night: Doho Lodge Hotel in Awash



Morning: Visit the Fantale crater or the Filwoha hot springs (depending on what has been done the day before).

Departure for Dodola (320 km - 5 hours)

Lunch: restaurant on the way

Afternoon: on the way to Dodola

Evening meal at Bisrat Pension in Dodola

Night: Bisrat Pension



Morning: Departure for Bale Mountain Lodge (187 km - 3h30)

Or for Wabe Shebelle Hotel in Goba, depending on the choice made

In Dinsho: purchase of tickets for the entrance to the Bale Mountains Park the next day

Lunch in Dinsho

Afternoon: Relaxation at Balé Montain Lodge

Or visit of Goba according to the accommodation chosen for the evening

Evening meal at Bale Mountain Lodge or Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel *

Night: Bale Mountain Lodge or the Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel *



Morning: Departure for a day at Mont Balé

Excursion to the Sanetti Plateau in search of the Abyssinian wolf

Lunch: Picnic on excursion

Afternoon arrival at the Tullu Deemtu Summit at 4377 m

Evening meal at the lodge or hotel*.

Night:  Bale Mountain Lodge or at the Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel*.



Morning: Departure for Awasa (287 km - 5h30)

Lunch: picnic in the meadow of the Gaysay Valley, ideal for observing animals.

Afternoon arrival in Awassa

Evening meal at the hotel

Night: Awassa Lake View Hotel on Lake Awassa



Morning: Lake Awassa outing and markets

Lunch at Luwa Bar and Restaurant in Awassa

Afternoon: Mount Tabor excursion

Departure for Lake Langano (100 km)

Evening meal at the hotel

Night: Simbo Beach Resort in Langano



Morning: visit of lakes Shala and Abiata

Lunch at the Simbo Beach Resort on Lake Langano

Afternoon : Relaxed swimming at Lake Langano

Departure for Lake Ziway at the end of the day.

Evening meal at the hotel

Night: Bethlem Hotel at Lake Ziway


DAY 10 

Morning: Boat trip on Lake Ziway

Lunch at Lake Ziway

Afternoon: drive to Addis Ababa (120 km)

Evening meal at Habesha 2000 with Ethiopian dance show

Night : Abegaz Hotel in Addis Ababa


DAY 11 

Morning: Stroll on the heights of Entoto

Visit to Addis Ababa

Lunch at the Taitu Hotel

Afternoon: Shopping and museums

National Museum

Museum of the Martyrs of the Red Terror

Evening meal at the Jewel of India in Addis Ababa

Night : Abegaz Hotel


Day 12 

Departure - Transfer to Addis Ababa Airport

Shopping and last purchases if the departure time allows it


* Depending on the option chosen, the price of the stay may be revised downwards: for example, if the 2 nights are spent at the Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel instead of the Bale Mountain Lodge, the price of the stay is reduced to $1,650 per person.

Note: unpredictable events can lead us to modify the program (ex: flooded wadi on the way).