Ethiopia: Tana, Simien, Aksoum, Dallol, Lalibela

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Level: Discovery


2 jours au Lac Abbé et au lac Assal

This 15-day trip makes us discover the many facets of northern Ethiopia. It is offered subject to the situation of the region guaranteeing a safe stay. The bubbling capital Addis Ababa contrasts with the sweetness of life of Lake Tana where we will spend 2 nights to appreciate its monasteries and discover the Blue Nile springs. Our passage through the Simien Mountains with its grandiose landscapes will be an opportunity to know the traditions of its inhabitants and to approach certain endemic species of Ethiopia. Still further north, the visit of the Aksum obelisk and the vertiginous churches of Tigray give us an overview of the history of Ethiopia. This trip will also take us through the incomparable adventure of an expedition to Dallol in the Danakil desert, to discover incredible landscapes and meet the courageous populations who exploit the salt there. Finally we will stop in the unmissable city of Lalibela.

  Mountains & Lakes
  Itinerant stay

This trip assumes that travelers take an international flight to Addis Ababa and back. At the end of the trip, the domestic flight Lalibela - Addis Ababa is included in the Africorne Travel package.


DAY 1 :

Arrival in Addis Ababa - transfer to hotel

Shopping and activities according to arrival time in Addis

Evening meal in Addis at Jewel of India

Night: Abegaz Hotel Addis Ababa



Morning: Walk on the heights of Entoto- Visit of the museum and the imperial palace- Entoto Mariam Church- Haile Gebre Selassie Sports Complex

Lunch at the Taitu Hotel, the oldest hotel in the capital.

Afternoon: Visit to the National Museum (Lucy's bones) and the Red Terror Martyrs' Museum - Shiro Meda Traditional Clothing Market

Evening meal at Habesha 2000 with Ethiopian dance show

Night: Abegaz Hotel in Addis Ababa



Morning: departure in 4×4 to Debré Markos (300 Km - 6 hours)

On the way: visit of the monastery of Debre-Lebanos (100 km)

Stop at the Blue Nile Gorge (200 km)

Evening meal in Debré Markos at the Gozamen Hotel

Night: Gozamen Hotel



Morning: Departure in 4×4 to Bahir Dar (250 km - 5 hours)

Lunch on the way

Afternoon: walk in Bahir Dar and around the lake

Evening meal at Misrak Special Food

Night: in Bahir Dar at the RahNile Hotel.



Morning: Boat trip on Lake Tana to visit 4 monasteries and the mouth of the Blue Nile.

Monasteries of Ura Kidame Meret, Azuwa Maryam, Kebran Gabriel and Debre Maryam

Lunch: restaurant at Castel Kuriftu Wine House

Afternoon: Visit the Blue Nile Falls

Evening meal at the Desset Resort

Night: RahNile Hotel in Bahir Dar


DAY 6: 1st day at the Neem farm

Morning: Departure to Gorgora (170 km - 3 hours)

visit the village of Awra Amba on the way

Lunch in Gorgora at the "Tim and Kim Village" lodge on the shores of Lake Tana.

Afternoon : ornithological excursion - Canoeing on the lake

Evening meal in Gorgora at the lodge

Night:  Tim and Kim Village Lodge



Morning: Departure to Debark (160 km - 3 hours)

Visit the palaces and churches of the Royal Enclosure in Gondar before departure to Debark

Lunch in Gondar at Four Sisters Restaurant

Afternoon end of the journey to Debark

Evening meal in Debark at the Sona Hotel

Night at the Sona Hotel


DAY 8 Return trip to Djibouti and Decan refuge 

Morning: Excursion to the Simien Mountains

Visit of the village of Argin: trek, ingera cooking and coffee ceremony

Lunch at Simien Lodge (the highest in Africa)

Afternoon : excursion to mountain villages and Jinbar Falls

Evening meal at the Sona Hotel in Debark

Night: at the Sona Hotel


DAY 9 Maskali Island

Morning: Departure to Aksoum (250 km - 5h30)

lunch on the way

Afternoon : Visit of the old quarter in Aksoum

Late afternoon: relaxation at the RemhaiHotel swimming pool

Aperitif while admiring the sunset on the terrace of the Yeha Hotel

Evening meal at Antika Cultural Restaurant with traditional dance shows

Night at the RemhaiHotel in Aksoum


DAY 10 

Morning : Departure for Hawzen (130 km - 3h15)

Visit of the North stelae field in Aksum before leaving for Hawzen

Basket Market

Lunch in Aksoum at the Empire Restaurant & Bar

Afternoon: journey in 4×4

Evening meal in Hawzen at Gheralta Lodge

Night at Gheralta Lodge


DAY 11 

Morning: Visit 3 churches in Tigray - access to some of them requires good physical condition and not to be prone to vertigo

OR visit to the village of Cheila for a meeting with the local population

Lunch in Hawzen

AAfternoon: Departure for Mekélé (103 km - 2 hours)

Evening meal in Mekélé at Karibu Restaurant

Night : Yordanos Hotel de Mekélé


Days 12 and 13: Expedition to the Dallol of the Danakil Desert 

Departure - the morning of day 12

Return trip in 4×4

Discovering the indescribable colours and landscapes of the Dallol volcano

Night of the 12th bivouac in Hamed Ela

Return to Mekélé at the end of day 13

Evening meal at the Black Rose

Night of the 13th at the Yordanos Hotel in Mekélé


DAY 14 

Morning: Departure to Lalibela (317 km - 7 hours)

On the way, lunch

Evening meal in Lalibela at the Seven Olives Hotel

Night in Lalibela, at the Lal Hotel equipped with a swimming pool and a spa/sauna


DAY 15: Visit to the Monolithic Churches of Lalibela

Lunch at the Ben Abeba restaurant and its superb view

Evening meal at Unique Restaurant

Night : at the Lal Hotel de Lalibela


DAY 16 : Transfer to Lalibela airport for the domestic flight to Addis Ababa.

Arrival at Addis airport where you will have the connection for your international flight home.

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