THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…
Ethiopia Endemics: 1st to 19th February (19 days)
Lalibela Historical Extension: 29th January to 1st February (4 days)
Ethiopia Endemics: US$ 5,975 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Lalibela Historical Extension: US$ 1,375 per person sharing (see below)
US$ 430 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Main Tour: Limited to a maximum of 8 participants and 1 leader (see below)
Lalibela Extension: Limited to a maximum of 12 participants and 2 leaders (see below)
THE ETHIOPIA ENDEMICS I ITINERARY
1st February - Arrival in Addis Ababa
2nd February - Addis Ababa to Lake Awassa
3rd February - Lake Awassa to Goba
4th February - Goba and excursion to Sof Omar
5th February - Goba to Harenna Forest via the Bale Mountain National Park
6th February - Harenna Forest to Negele
7th February - Negele and the road to Bogol Manyo
8th February - Negele to Yabello
9th February - Yabello area
10th February - Yabello to Shashemene
11th February - Shashemene to Lake Langano via Lakes Abijatta and Shalla
12th February - Bishangari to Nazreth
13th February - Nazreth to Bilen
14th February - Bilen to Awash National Park
15th February - Awash National Park
16th February - Awash National Park to Weliso
17th February - Weliso to Debre Birhan via Ghibe Gorge
18th February - Debre Birhan and excursion to Gemasa Geden and Melka Gebdu Track
19th February - Debre Birhan to Addis Ababa via Gemasa Geden, Melka Gebdu Track and depart (or overnight in Addis Ababa for those doing the Omo Valley Extension)
LALIBELA HISTORICAL EXTENSION
29th January - Arrival in Addis Ababa
30th January - Addis Ababa to Lalibela
31st January - Excursion to Asheton Mariam
1st February - Lalibela to Addis Ababa and depart
The fee for this Ethiopian Endemics tour is US$ 5,975 per person sharing, and for the Lalibela Extension it is US$ 1,375. (Please note: The extension price does NOT include the domestic return flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela. We suggest you budget approximately US$ 430 per person. RBT can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.)
A single supplement of US$ 600 and US$ 115 for the main Ethiopia Endemics tour and Lalibela Extension respectively will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 19, and from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4 of the extension;
•Bottled drinking water;
•A soft drink/water at meals;
•All lodgings during the tour, including the three nights of the extension for those doing the extension;
•All ground transportation;
•All national park and other reserve entrance fees; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).
•ANY flights, (see above);
•Alcoholic beverages; and
•Special gratuities, telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all four currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$) and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants for both the main tour and the extension) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. Therefore, if you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
•It can be very hot in some areas, especially in the extreme south, whilst the highland areas can get cold especially at night and light rain may be experienced in the Bale Mountains.
•On our visits to the Bale Mountains we get up to 4,200m (13,780ft) above sea level, but very little walking is done at this altitude.
•There are several long, all day drives on this Ethiopia trip but we will take regular rest stops and birding stops to break the long journeys. The longest drives are from Lake Awassa to Goba, Harenna Forest to Negele, Negele to Yabello and Yabello to Shashemene and, although they are lengthy, they are scenic and full of interesting waypoints! The drive to Sof Omar can also take a long time, depending on road conditions, so a very early departure is necessary.
•Road conditions in Ethiopia are highly variable and dirt roads can be quite bumpy and very dusty, something that is simply not avoidable. It is advisable to bring a handkerchief that can be tied around your face to cover your nose and mouth. Although an extreme case scenario, persons with back troubles should probably bring back-braces to ensure comfort on bumpy roads.
•Due to potential security issues we cannot guarantee that the day trip to Bogol Mayo will go ahead. We will asses the security situation at the time and plan accordingly.
•Accommodation throughout the trip is generally comfortable but can be very basic in some areas. The accommodation in the extreme south of the country at Negele (2 nights) is relatively basic. Please note that the hotels that we make use of are always the best available accommodations in most areas visited (exceptions are in places like Addis where there are very expensive luxury hotels that we tend to avoid).
•The food in Ethiopia is generally fairly basic and consists of western and local cuisine. We will also enjoy many “bush breakfasts and lunches” on the side of the road whilst in good birding areas. This will occur mainly in the remote south and north of the country and will be prepared by our very able drivers. Although rather basic, these meals are often a highlight of any tour to Ethiopia.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
Main Tour – You may arrive in Addis Ababa anytime you wish on day 1 as this is an arrival day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude in Addis Ababa after farewell dinner on the evening of day 19.
Historical Tour Extension - The extension will depart from Bole Airport in Addis Ababa on day 2 of the extension (final flight time TBA), and will conclude at 5pm on day 4 at Bole Airport in Addis Ababa. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course.
PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late for either the main tour or the extension and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Bole Airport in Addis Ababa is the main port of entry for international flights into Ethiopia and is well serviced by British Airways and Ethiopian Airways. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the return flights from Addis Ababa to Lalibela for the extension. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour Price (Per Person) €4,740 * £3,790 * USD5,975 * ZAR66,000
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