* January, 15 - 28
* February 28 - March 13
* March 21 - April 03
* September 21 - October 04
* October, 10 - 23
* October 24 - November 06
* November, 14 - 27
* December, 05 - 18
* December 19 - January 01 next year
Ethiopia is a unique and secluded country. It has never been colonized by a European power, and as a result the people have retained a strong cultural identity and are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. It possesses some of the most impressive architecture found anywhere, particularly at Lalibela, where the rock-hewn churches have been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The landscape is equally memorable and Ethiopia is home to some of the finest mountain scenery in Africa. The Simien Mountains, famed for their volcanic pinnacles, are particularly beautiful. This World Heritage Site is home to the Walia Ibex, Gelada Baboons and the rare Ethiopian Wolf. Festivals in Ethiopia are colourful events with plenty of pageantry, music and dancing. We run three trips to coincide with these festivals. In January we attend Timkat, the most important festival in the calendar, which celebrates Epiphany. In September we attend the Meskal festival which has been celebrated for over 1600 years.
Day 1: Start Addis Ababa, tour of city including the Church of the Holy Trinity and National Museum.
Day 2: Fly to Bahar Dar. Afternoon optional boat trip on Lake Tana.
Day 3: Visit Tississat Falls, source of Blue Nile. Afternoon tour of Bahar Dar.
Day 4: Drive to Gondar, former capital of Ethiopia. Visit castles and famous church of Debre Berhan Selassie.
Day 5: Drive to Debark. First view of spectacular Simien Mountains. Afternoon walk in N.P.
Day 6: Continue to Axum via Tekeze River valley.
Day 7: Full day visit to Axum. Stele Park, tombs of ancient Axumite kings, Archaeological Museum, church of St Mary of Tsion and ruined palace of Queen of Sheba.
Day 8: Fly to Lalibela. Explore rock-hewn churches.
Day 9: Mule trek to church of Ashatan Maryam.
Day 10: Fly to Addis Ababa.
Day 11: Drive to Wendogenet in Rift Valley. Visit Lake Abiata-Shala N.P. to see flamingos, pelicans, geese and possibly gazelles and bushbuck.
Day 12: Walking excursion through lush tropical forest and villages of Sidama people.
Day 13: Drive to Awassa. Visit early morning fish market. Return to Addis Ababa.
Day 14: End Adidis Ababa.
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