Bale National Park:
The worlds rarest canid, the Ethiopian Wolf
Incredible landscape photography
Giant Mole Rat
The endangered Walia Ibex
Massive troops of Gelada Baboons - one of the world’s great primate photography experiences!
The Simien Mountains Massif, rising to the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dejen (4,620m)
Debre Birhan Selassie Church - the walls and ceiling are completely covered with murals
Rich, colourful landscapes
Tour Dates:: 05th December to 17th December
Tour Price US$6,850 * £4,411 * €5,237 * ZAR61, 781 (Tour price fixed in USD, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations). Approximately US$500 on domestic flights. Internal flight cost is excluded from the tour cost. See below for more details.
Tour Size: Limited to 6 participants and 1 Oryx leader Dale Morris
Day 1, 05th December - Arrival Addis Ababa
Day 2,06th December Addis Ababa to Lake Langano
Day 3,07th December Lake Langano to Goba, (Bale National Park)
Day 4, 08th December Goba, (Bale National Park)
Day 5, 09th December Goba, (Bale National Park)
Day 6, 10th December Goba to Addis Ababa,
Day 7, 11th December Addis Ababa and Fly to Goha (Simien Mountain National Park)
Day 8, 12th December Simien Mountain National Park
Day 9, 13th December Simien Mountain National Park
Day 10,14th December Simien Mountain National Park to Gondar
Day 11, 15th December Gondar and Fly to Lalibela,
Day 12, 16th December Lalibela,
Day 13, 17th December Lalibela and Fly to Addis Ababa and Depart for Final Destination
The fee for the Ethiopia – Endemic Mammals and Ethnic Diversity Photographic Expedition is US$6,850 * £4,411 * €5,237 * ZAR61, 781 per person in shared accommodation.
A single supplement of US$700.00 will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If ORYX cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will, however, make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share. The cost for the domestic flight Addis – Goha – Lalibela – Addis –approximately US$500.00 and is exclusive of the tour cost.
Tour price includes:
All lodgings as per the itinerary;
All entrance fees as per the itinerary;
All transfer in and out services;
All ground transportation using;
Professional English speaking guide;
All local guide fees;
Scout fees, where applicable;
Bottled mineral water; 1lt per person per day other than the beverage served during each meal;
Photographic fees in national parks;
Gratuities for local guides and services; and
Hands on photographic tutoring by Oryx Leader Dale Morris.
Tour price excludes:
International flights, taxes and visa costs;
All internal flight Addis – Goha – Lalibela – Addis;
Photographic fees for when photographing people;
Any beverages; and
Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), 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 (where applicable) 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) 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 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, porters, restaurants etc) are included on this ORYX tour. This does not, however, include your ORYX leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
It can be very hot in some areas, especially in the extreme south, while the highland areas can get very cold, particularly at night. 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, walking and photography is done at this altitude.
There are several long, day drives on this Ethiopia trip, but we will take regular rest and photographic stops to break the long journeys.
Accommodation throughout the trip is generally comfortable but basic in some areas. Please note that the hotels that we make use of are usually the most suitable (locality-wise) and the best available accommodations in most of the areas that we visit (exceptions are in Addis where there are very expensive luxury hotels that we tend to avoid).
The food in Ethiopia is generally fairly basic and consists of both western and local cuisine. We will also enjoy many “bush breakfasts and lunches” on the side of the road while in good photographic areas. This will occur mainly in remote regions 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!
Much of our time is spent in vehicles photographing and wildlife viewing. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg for check in luggage and 8kg for hand luggage.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
Day 1 is scheduled as an arrival day for the tour, so you are welcome to arrive at any time on this day. The tour will conclude in Addis Ababa in the morning of day 13. 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 ORYX 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. If you would like further assistance, kindly contact the ORYX office.
IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the ORYX office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Photo Credits: All images by ORYX Co – founder Marius Coetzee©
Tour price excludes: International flights, taxes and visa costs;
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