This very complete trip allows you to fully enjoy Ethiopia and Djibouti on a unique stay.
After spending 2 days in Addis Ababa to get to know the capital and the heights of Entoto, you will reach the lakes of the great African rift, Ziway, Langano, Awasa; you will spend a night in the comfortable lodges of each of them.
Then a complete change of environment with the 2 days incursion we will make in the BALE Mountains, renowned for the presence of endemic mammals such as the Abyssinian wolf, the most famous of them.
Then we will stop in Wondo Genet to enjoy its hot springs, and in Awash, before arriving in Harar (where we will spend the night in an amazing house in the old town...).
After visiting the sites of the region we will leave Dire Dawa to go to the Republic of Djibouti where we will have time to appreciate some of the remarkable sites, such as the Assal Lake whose beauty inspired the writer-adventurer J. Kessel, the Goubet and its Devil's Island, the Abe Lake famous for its lunar landscapes and its sunsets and sunrises. You will have the opportunity to stay in 2 famous camps of the country, one on the seaside near Tadjourah where you will be amazed by the underwater fauna and flora, the other one in the Goda Mountains well placed in a green setting, which will give you the opportunity to visit gardens and villages around.
Finally you will return to the Ethiopian capital by a flight from Djibouti to Addis.
This trip to both countries from Addis Ababa assumes that travelers take an international flight to Addis Ababa and back. The return flight from Djibouti to Addis, as well as visas for Djibouti and the second entry into Ethiopia, are included in the package.
DAY 1 Arrival in Addis Ababa - Transfer to Abegaz Hotel
Program according to arrival time
Evening meal at Addis Jewel of India
Night: Abegaz Hotel in Addis
DAY 2 Visit Addis Ababa and Entoto Hill
Morning: walk on the heights of Entoto-visit of the museum and imperial palace- Entoto Mariam Church- Haile Gebre Selassie Sports Complex
Lunch at the Taitu Hotel - one of the oldest establishments in the city
AfternoonVisit to the National Museum (Lucy) and the Red Terror Martyrs' Museum - Shiro Meda Traditional Clothing Market
Evening meal at Habesha 2000 with Ethiopian dance show
Night in Abegaz Hotel
DAY 3 Addis to Lake Ziway
Departure to Lake Ziway via Butajira, Enseno
Morning: drive and visit to the monolithic church of Adadi Maryam
Lunch in Ziway at Kuriftu Castle
Afternoon: Boat trip on Lake Ziway
Evening meal and night in Bethlehem Hotel du Lac Ziway
DAY 4 Visit to the Rift Lakes: Shala, Abiata, Langano
Departure for Lake Langano (40 kms)
Morning: Visit Shala and Abiata Lakes after drive and transfer to hotel
Lunch at Simbo Beach resort in Langano
Afternoon: swimming on the Langano lake, one of the only lakes in the country allowing swimming
Evening meal and night at Simbo Beach Resort in Langano
DAY 5 Day trip to Lake Awassa
Departure for Lake Awassa - 60 kms
Morning: Trip to Lake Awassa - Walk to the market
Lunch at Luwa Bar in Awassa
Afternoonexcursion to Mount Tabor
Evening meal and night at Lewi Hotel Piazza in Awassa
DAY 6 En route to the BALE Mountains
MorningJourney by 4×4 from Awassa to Robe (BALE Mountains) via Dodola-240 kms 4h30
In Dinsho buy tickets for the BALE MOUNTAINS National Park
Lunch in the Gaysay Prairie (before Dinsho)
Afternoonexcursion on the site to meet Nyalas, monkeys and Ibis
Evening meal and night at the Siko Mendo Hotel in Robe
DAY 7 Excursion to the BALE Mountains
Morning and afternoon: Excursion to the Sanetti plateau in search of the Abyssinian wolf and to the Tullu Deemtu peak at 4377 m
Evening meal at Harena Coffee in Goba
Night at the Siko Mendo Hotel in Robe
DAY 8 Visit to Wondo Genet
Morningjourney by 4X4 vehicle from Robe to Wondo Genet - 230 kms -3h50
Lunch on the way or at Wondo Genet
Afternoon: natural hot water pool bath
Evening meal and harmedt at the Resort Hotel in Wondo Genet
DAY 9 Wondo Genet to Awash
Morning: 4×4 from Wondo Genet to Awash - 340 kms - 5h30
Lunch on the way or in Awash
Afternoon visit hyena burrows and hot springs of Filwoha
Evening meal and night at Buffet d'Aouache in Awash
DAY 10 Awash to Harar
Morning: 4×4 drive from Awash to Harar-280 kms - 5h30
Lunch on the way
Afternoon: walk in the new town of Harar visit of the brewery - In the evening show of the Hyenas meal
Evening meal at Fresh Touch in the old town
Night in an amazing traditional guesthouse in the old town: Anisa Abdella Guesthouse
DAY 11 Visit Harar and surrounding sites
Morning: visit of the old town of Harar with its colourful houses, the Arthur Rimbaud centre, a coffee shop - visit of one of the markets
Lunch at Fresh Touch in Harar
AfternoonBabillé elephant sanctuary (32 kms road to Jijiga) - drive to Dire Dawa in the late afternoon
Evening meal at African Village in Dire Dawa
Night at the Selam Blue Hotel in Dire Dawa
DAY 12 Visit to Dire Dawa
MorningVisit of Dire Dawa: big market of Kafira - visit of the old Ethiopian Railway Company
Lunch at Selam Blue Hotel in Dire Dawa
AfternoonVisit to the Lega Oda cave with its cave paintings
Evening meal at Paradisio Restaurant in Dire Dawa
Night at the Selam Blue Hotel in Dire Dawa
DAY 13 Dire Dawa to Djibouti
MorningDire Dawa - Djibouti - 300 kms
Transfer to Africorne Travel accommodation
Lunch at the restaurant on the port of Djibouti
Afternoon : visit to the DECAN shelter
The DECAN refuge is an animal park near Djibouti, where animals from the country and also from other parts of Africa live.
Evening meal in Djibouti
Night: in the apartment of Africorne Travel
Africorne Travel offers you a comfortable air-conditioned apartment to stay overnight, where you can have a breakfast prepared according to your wishes. Of course, if you prefer, hotel accommodation can be booked.
DAY 14 From Djibouti to Tadjourah via Lake Assal - 230 kms
Morning: departure from Djibouti. About forty kilometres before reaching Lake Assal, we'll stop to admire the breathtaking scenery of the Dimbiya canyon, nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of Djibouti"...
A few kilometres further on, another stop at the stele of J. Borrel, a French magistrate whose partially burnt body was found at the bottom of the cliff on the morning of 18 October 1995. The "Borrel affair" has poisoned the relations between the Djiboutian and French states for several years.
Then we leave the road to take the "access ramp" to Lake Assal. Located 153 meters below sea level, Lake Assal is one of the saltiest lakes in the world (over 300 grams of salt per liter of water). This fact, combined with the high evaporation rate due to the intense heat, explains why salt has been mined here for hundreds of years. No living organism can survive in the waters of Lake Assal. If the weather is good, we will be able to swim there; plastic shoes are necessary to avoid hurting ourselves on the sharp salt crystals.
The very high temperatures that prevail in this place do not make it very hospitable, but its legendary beauty, described in particular by the adventurer writer J. Kessel, makes it a site not to be missed.
Lunch: picnic on the beach at Le Goubet in the shade of a hard stand, facing Devil's Island
Afternoon We will visit the lava field located between Assal and Goubet, where we will observe the rift fault on a few meters; at this place, it is only a few centimeters wide. Then we will take the road to Tadjourah.
Arrival in the evening at Ras Ali camp just after crossing Tadjourah.
The Ras Ali camp is located at the very edge of the sea, at the end of a track of about ten kilometres. The sanitary facilities are rudimentary for a European, but very adequate and clean. The food is excellent and the site is a paradise for snorkeling. You can also practice kayaking.
Evening meal and night at Ras Ali camp
DAY 15 From Ras Ali beach to Bankoualé camp - 50 kms
Morning: Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking on Ras Ali beach
Lunch at Ras Ali camp
Afternoon Departure for the Bankoualé camp
The Bankoualé camp is located in a green setting on the hillside. It is a charming place, where a pleasant coolness reigns; it is famous for its terraced gardens. The village is in front of the camp on the other side of the wadi that must be crossed to reach the camp. Shortly before Bankoualé, there is the village of Ardo with its craft cooperative and its school.
On the way we will make a detour to the town of Randa to admire its imposing strangler fig tree
Evening meal and night at the Bankoualé camp
DAY 16 Visit of the surroundings of Bankoualé and return to Djibouti
Morning : excursion to the gardens of Bankoualé
Lunch in Bankoualé
Afternoon: Visit of Ardo village and return to Djibouti
In the evening, we will stroll in the lively sectors of the city of Djibouti, such as the Mahamoud Harbi square, the starting point of public transport, the Menelik square, the Ethiopia street, and the shopping street of the Caisses...
Evening meal in a restaurant in Djibouti
Night in the apartment of Africorne Travel
DAY 17 Visit to the "planet" Lake Abe - 200 kms
MorningDeparture from Djibouti. Up to Dikhil we take an asphalt road for 120 kms; it is the main road taken by Ethiopian truckers from the port of Djibouti to Addis Abeba, for the import of goods necessary to the country's economy.
We will cross the semi-desert expanses of the Petit Bara and the Grand Bara where we will observe mirages, whirlpools and gazelles with a little luck.
Lunch at La Palmeraie restaurant in Dikhil
Afternoon After Dikhil, we leave the road to travel 80 km of sometimes sandy tracks. We will cross the villages of As Eyla and Toubacouta. At the end of the journey we will be able to see warthogs.
Abe Lake is a border site between Ethiopia and Djibouti, with a unique panorama. Its limestone chimneys offer a lunar landscape, very popular with photographers from all over the world, especially at sunrise and sunset. The first version of the movie "Planet of the Apes" was shot at Lake Abe
The sulphurous scents escaping from the numerous fumaroles gave the lake its name. Indeed, Abe means "rotten"!
The unique landscapes of the chimneys, which can reach 50 metres in height, would almost make us forget the presence of the lake, on whose shores pink flamingos can be observed!
Arrival at the Abé lake camp in the evening, to watch the sunset
Evening meal and night at the Lake Abe camp
DAY 18 Lake Abe - Arta- Djibouti - 220 kms
MorningWe will have to get up very early to see the sunrise in the middle of the chimneys! Then we will try to approach the pink flamingos at the edge of the lake, which from year to year withdraws more and more far. We will also observe some boiling water sources.
Then we take the way back to Djibouti.
Lunch in Arta at Sunny Hill or at the Maison des Randonneurs run by an ex-French legionnaire, who fell in love with the country and is a real celebrity in Djibouti.
Arta is a charming locality, "perched" at 600 meters above sea level, where the notables of Djibouti have a second home to enjoy its mild temperature, 4 or 5 degrees lower than Djibouti.
In the afternoon we will take the track that goes down to the pebble beach for a snorkeling session: amazement guaranteed!
Evening meal: Restaurant in Djibouti
Night: Africorne Travel apartment
DAY 19 Day at the beach of Korambado - 15 kms
Snorkeling on the program for this day
Lunch in a straw hut on the beach
A good 4×4 vehicle is needed to go down to Korambado. Not far from Djibouti, the site is interesting for snorkeling (east side). Some "local color" straw huts, installed on the seafront, provide the shade and the meal necessary to spend a very pleasant day.
Evening meal at the restaurant in Djibouti. On the menu Yemeni fish; the fish you choose yourself, is cut into two slices and placed in a circular oven....
Night at Africorne Travel apartment
DAY 20 Domestic flight Djibouti Addis Ababa
Transfer to Djibouti airport in the morning