21 Days tour to the North historic route, Danakil Dessert & South Omo Valley – Ethiopia

Duration : 21 days
Transportation : Flight and Surface
Destination : Bahir dar, Gonder, Simien Mountains National park, Axum, Mekelle, Hamdela, Dodome, Erta Ale, Labella, Awassa, Arbaminch, Dorze village, Lake Chamo, Turmi, Omorate,, Jinka, Mursi Village, Konso

DAY 01 : Arrival of Addis Ababa and Sight seeing
Arrival Addis Ababa and meet the Yama Ethiopia Tours representative. Then transfer your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa.

DAY 02 : Fly to Bahirdar & Boat Trip on Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls
In the morning after breakfast make boat trip on Lake Tana to visit isolated monasteries. There is good birding in the lush forest surrounding much of the lake. Then drive to the thundering Blue Nile Falls. Along the walk to the falls, birding is excellent.

DAY 03 : Driver to Gonder and Sightseeing of Gonder
In the morning drive to Gondar. Then city tour of Gondar including a visit to the Royal Compound, where enchanting 17th century castles stand. Also, visit DebreBerhan Selassie Church meaning Trinity at the Mount of Light.

DAY 04 : Drive to Simien Mountains National park
Morning after breakfast drive to the jagged panorama of the Simien Mountains National Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where you may spot the endemic Wallia Ibex, Gelada Baboon troops, Bushbuck, Klipspringer.

DAY 05 : Drive to Axum
Drive to Axum Through beautiful escarpment of Siemen Mountains and Tekeze river valley.

DAY 06 : Sightseeing in Axum
Morning after breakfast explores the city of Axum. Visit the interesting museum in stelae field, the impressive Stelae Fields and also the grounds of the 16th-century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion, home of the original Ark of the Covenant.

DAY 07 : Drive to Mekelle
In the morning after breakfast drive to Mekelle and on the way visit beautiful landscape view and Yeha temple and may be Debredamo monastery ( which is only for Men ).

DAY 08 : Drive to Hamdela, Beginning the tour to Danakil Desert
In the morning after drive to Hamedela. At Berhale where we arrange the permits and police escort. On the way you will also admire some local Tigrean and Afar tribes village and camel caravan carrying the salt bars to transport it to the nearest local town.

DAY 09 : HamedEla – Dodome – Erta Ale
In the morning drive to Dodome. Here we will arrange camels to transport your luggage and water, and then you will start hiking to the Erta Ale Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is 15km one way, and walk to see the volcanic eruption. The eruption is so colorful and spectacular. At night, we will camp nearby the eruption, on the crater rim above the active lava lake.

DAY 10 : More excursions in Dodom and drive back to Hamadela
Climbing again early in the morning to the rim to see the sun set., then drive to Hamedela.Late after noon visit camel caravan.

DAY 11 : Excursion to Daloll depression drive back to Mekele
After early breakfast drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchant, then head to Dallol/Denakil Depression, which listed as the hottest and active place on the earth surface with an average temperature of 40 – 50 degrees Celsius. Then drive back to Mekelle.

DAY 12 : Drive to lalibela
In the morning after breakfast drive to Lalibela and on the way visit some local market and lakeAshenge.

DAY 13 : Full day excursions in Lalibela
After breakfast visit Lalibela rock hewn churches, famous for its rock-hewn churches dating back 800 years. This is the most important stop on the historical route and from the air the 11 churches, carved into the rugged mountainside, present an awesome spectacle. Afternoon excursion to the most spectacular churches.

DAY 14 : Fly Back to Addis and drive to Awassa
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport for flight back to Addis and transfer to Awassa to the rift valley lakes region.

DAY 15 : Drive to Arbaminch via Dorze village
After breakfast visit Awassa Fish market and drive to Arbaminch through Chencha village to visit Dorze people.

DAY 16 : Boat trip on Lake Chamo & drive to Turmi
Morning after breakfast make boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the largest crocodiles in Africa which measure up to 7 Mts. Then drive to Turmienroute visiting Tsemay and Benna tribes. Then walk to the villages of the Hammer people that enjoy body decoration and wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers spend pleasant after noon with friendly Hamar people.

DAY 17 : Excursion to Omorate
Excursion to Omorate to visit the Dasenach tribes across the Omo river by wooden local boat then come back to Turmi in the afternoon to visit the nearby hammer tribe village, also possibility to see special occasion ceremonies like wedding and ritual.

DAY 18 : Drive to Jinka
Early Excursion to Karo village for the visit of Karo tribes with their interesting body decorations and scarification; Then drive to Jinka.

DAY 19 : Excursion to Mursi
In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips.

DAY 20 : Drive to Arbaminch via Konso Village
After breakfast drive to Arbaminch en route visit Konso tribes village. The king village is very interesting.

DAY 21 : Drive back to Addis Ababa and Departure
After breakfast drive back to Addis and on the way visit Tiya and Melkakunture archeological site. Evening fare well dinner and transfer to airport for fly back home.

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