ET1 On the Horn of Africa TOURSEARCH TOUR
The Historic North
Churches of Lalibela; Colourful festivals; Spectacular Simien Mountain scenery; Axum Stellae Park; Tribal south, kaleidoscope of cultures; Christian churches, gilded monasteries
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- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 26 Sep 2015||Thu 08 Oct 2015||$3980|
|Tue 24 Nov 2015||Sun 06 Dec 2015||$3980|
|Sun 10 Jan 2016||Fri 22 Jan 2016||$4190|
|Sun 25 Sep 2016||Fri 07 Oct 2016||$3980|
|Wed 23 Nov 2016||Mon 05 Dec 2016||$3980|
Optional Single Supplement: $830 (number of singles limited).
Once a rich and powerful kingdom in northeast Africa, Ethiopia lays claim to a history that stretches back thousands of years and our 13-day adventure through the diverse landscapes and unique cultures of this magical land begins at its geographical centre and in its capital city, Addis Ababa. From here, we travel past cascading waterfalls and through outstanding panoramic mountain sceneries -- including visits to the continent's fourth largest peak at Ras Dashen and to the foothills of the Simien range -- admire grand palaces, ancient monuments, majestic castles and the intricate religious paintings, artwork and architecture in rock-hewn churches dating from the 11th century, and learn about the lifestyles of locals by spending time in villages where fisherman still use papyrus boats. Some of our tour departures coincide with Ethiopia's festivals, giving us the opportunity to witness special traditional celebrations in which tens of thousands of Ethiopians congregate in elaborate dress and sing and dance into the night.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Abay Minch Lodge
Location: Bahir Dar
Throughout time, the haunting images of East Africa’s myriad landscapes have captured the hearts and souls of most discerning travelers. ... one of the few places on earth where adventure still awaits is Ethiopia. This evocative land of dense forests, mountains, mighty rivers, lakes and abundant wildlife provides a unique backdrop for a truly memorable experience.
Located in the heart of Bahir Dar, a city that is surrounded by the beautiftul Lake Tana, the might Blue Nile River and the wonders of Simien Mountains, Abay Minch Lodge is the perfect place to start your adventurous journey. Our lodge is built on a ground that is rich with nature, abundant vegetation and general exotic feel. It is also a place where you can breath the fresh that flows from the various species of trees all around the compound and hear the melodious sound of birds. Come visit us and let us show you why we feel there is no better place for you start your adventure than Abay Minch Lodge.
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This is one of Ethiopia's only true eco-lodges located in the mountains with spectacular views. The lodge is simple but ... and charming, with traditional architecture and a friendly , laid-back atmosphere.
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Named after the 12th century King Yimerehane Kirstos, who built the most impressive churches in Lalibela, Yemereha Hotel is simple, ... clean and comfortable. (photo of Lalibela's primary attraction - see website for hotel photos).
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and restaurants). All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), visa fees. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, visas, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
It is likely to be sunny most of the time on all departures. Most of the country is high, so although the sun is powerful, the temperature is usually pleasant. There is always, however, the risk of sunburn at high altitude. Nights are generally cool to cold, depending on altitude. In the north, daytime temperatures seldom rise above 25C (80F) falling to around 9 C (50 F).
At lower levels, such as the Omo Valley, temperatures can exceed 30 C (86 F) and fall to 15 C (60 F). The main rains come between June and mid-September; November is one of the coolest and clearest in the year. January will be hotter and drier with a more arid landscape than September - November, which can still be quite lush after the rains.
Warning: the January departure of this tour tends to fill up as early as a year in advance. Early booking is essential to ensure availability. Single supplements are strictly limited to four.
Transport and Travel Conditions
THIS IS A TRIP FOR THE HARDY! The itinerary has been designed to be as comfortable as possible, but this part of the world is still undeveloped. Many road journeys are long, rough, hot and dusty. While every precaution is taken to ensure the quality and hygiene of the accommodations and food provided, those with weak "constitutions" or reduced immunity should not travel to this destination. Medical facilities are limited and located only in major centres; even a minor injury or illness can become very serious in these isolated locales. Long walks may be required to reach some areas, including walks over steep gradients and poorly maintained paths in extreme heat. If you have difficulty walking, even over short distances, or require the assistance of a cane, we regret that this tour is not suitable for you.
We will be using 4WD Land Cruisers, 4WD mini buses or Coaster buses depending on the conditions of the roads and the size of the group. Air- conditioned vehicles are not available in Ethiopia.
Hotel rooms are basic but generally clean with en suite toilet and bath facilities (usually shower only). In many places hotel accommodation is limited; we utilize the best tourist class properties available. Hotel in Addis is 3-star international standard.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, drivers, local guides.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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