This comprehensive 13-night itinerary focuses on Ethiopia’s most celebrated wildlife areas. Whether it’s the breathtaking escarpments of the Simien mountains or the high alpine scenery of the Sanetti plateau in the Bale mountains, the remote highlands of Ethiopia are home to some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and elusive wildlife. They can be combined with the lower altitude, bird-rich habitats around Lake Langano and Awassa. En route, visit some of the country’s historical highlights, including the Unesco-protected rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castle compound of the Gondarian kings, and the sights of the capital, Addis Ababa.
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Arrive into the third highest capital in the world, located 2,500 metres above sea level. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. Afternoon city tour, including the Ethnographic Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mercato. (L, D)
Fly to Gondar, Ethiopia’s first capital, located at the foot of the Simien mountains. Drive to the Simien Mountain National Park via the village of Debark, which serves as the administrative centre for the area. The Simiens rise to 3,000 metres above sea level, with the highest peak, Ras Dejen,at 4,533 metres. There will be the opportunity to explore part of the high escarpment before continuing to your accommodation. Stay for 3 nights at the Simien Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)
Full days spent in the national park exploring the escarpment. (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to Gondar. Take an afternoon tour to visit the castle compound, including the bath of King Fasiladas that is used during the festival of Timkat. Also visit the church of Debre Berhan Selassie which survived the Mahdist invasion of 1880. Legend states the church was saved from destruction by a swarm of bees that routed the invaders. Overnight at Mayleko Lodge. (B, L, D)
Fly to the world heritage site of Lalibela, via Gondar. Founded as the ‘new Jerusalem’ by King Lalibela in the 12th century, the site features 11 rock-hewn churches, most of which are still used for worship today. Afternoon visit to the north-west cluster of churches. Stay 2 nights at the Mountain View Hotel. (B, L, D)
Morning walk up to Asheton Maryam (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit Nakutelab cave church, which is accessible by car. Afternoon visit to the south-east cluster of churches including the Church of St George followed by the chance to experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. (B, L, D)
Fly to Addis Ababa and drive via Lake Ziway, the largest of the northern group of Rift Valley lakes, best known for its birdlife, to Lake Langano. The picturesque lake is backed by the Arsi mountain range with peaks rising to a height of 4,000 metres. Stay overnight at the Sabana Beach Resort. (B, L, D)
Drive to Goba in the Bale mountains, the largest area of alpine habitat in the whole of the African continent, known for its stunning landscape and wildlife. Stay 4 nights at the Bale Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure or join an optional activity organised by your accommodation. (B, L, D)
Today, enjoy a full-day guided wildlife excursion with lunch on the Sanetti plateau. The area is one of the best places in Ethiopia to see Simien wolves, while endemic giant mole rats support a variety of raptors. Other wildlife you may encounter includes olive baboons, gureza monkeys, bush buck, bush pigs, leopards, lions and wild dogs. (B, L, D)
Visit to the Sof Omar caves, one of the most spectacular and extensive underground cave systems in the world. The caves themselves have been dissected by the Web river, which has created wonderfully carved cavities for a distance of 1.5km. (B, L, D)
Today drive to Lake Awassa, a beautiful freshwater lake set among hills with luxuriant vegetation, home to a variety of water fowl and white Colobus monkeys. Stay overnight at the Haile Resort. (B, L, D)
This morning drive to Addis Ababa, where day rooms will be available on arrival at the Golden Tulip Hotel. This evening depart for dinner at a cultural restaurant before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (B, D) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This type of tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it will include some quite basic accommodation, longer and rougher road journeys and more strenuous activities, such as trekking.
Ethiopia is mountainous and altitude may be a problem for some visitors. Some churches are not open to female travellers. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
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Bale Mountain Lodge is a 15-bedroom eco-safari lodge located inside the Bale Mountain National Park. Four rooms are luxury tree houses and the remaining rooms are stone and wooden construction. The lodge is 100% eco friendly with power generated from its own micro-hydro power plant. The living and dining room is open plan with a thatched roof, lined with bamboo. It has a large fireplace and comfortable sofas and armchairs to relax in. Outside, there is a wide wood deck for outside dining, including afternoon tea.
There are numerous activities on offer including safari drives and walks arranged by the lodge. Birdwatching is excellent and the area is one of the top five birdwatching sites in Africa. The lodge is also located in a good game viewing area where it is possible to see giant forest hogs, leopards, black maned lions, Bale and vervet monkeys, olive baboons and Menelik's...
The Golden Tulip Addis Ababa is conveniently located just 1km away from the international airport and within easy reach of Addis' main attractions. All of the property's 90 rooms are spacious and offer a modern design. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of international dishes and there is also a coffee shop and a bar for evening drinks.
Features: 90 rooms, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, restaurant, bar, lounge.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator, minibar, television, tea & coffee...
Located on the Lake Awasa shoreline, Haile Resort, set in three hectares of grounds, offers en suite facilities with air conditioning, wireless internet and LCD televisions. The resort also has an outdoor swimming pool, gym and...
Situated just a couple of minutes drive from Theodros airport, and only 15km from the ancient castle of Fasiledes, Mayleko Lodge is surrounded by nature. The lodge has 20 bungalows that are situated against the backdrop of the Dilha Mountain. They are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated with traditional furniture. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains and there is a cosy bar. The property has a swimming pool and a driving...
Mountain View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 2,680 metres at the edge of the Lasta Mountain chain. It has wonderful panoramic views of the mountain range and is an excellent place from which to view the sunset. The hotel rooms are clean and...
Sabana Beach Resort is 200 km south of Addis Ababa on the shores of Lake Langano. The bungalows are situated on a cliff top each with an expansive view of Lake Langano and the Arsi Mountains from a private balcony. The bungalows are built with local materials and their ventilated thatched roof design ensures an ideal room temperature at all times. There is a restaurant which serves both national and international cuisine, as well as a lounge bar. The resort has a beach and day trips can be taken to Lake Shalla and Abjiata National...
The Simien Mountain Lodge is the highest hotel in Africa at 3260 m. This is an eco-friendly lodge built at Buyit Ras with wonderful views across the mountain range. The accommodation has traditional tukul-style exteriors and the interiors are very comfortable with tasteful decor. The main lodge building has a friendly bar with an open fire that is a great place to gather in the evening before dinner. The food is well above the usual standard found in Ethiopian hotels and the staff are friendly and hospitable. The lodge supports a local school and is able to organise visits, subject to...
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WLS2017: 13 Nights
Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many...
Lalibela, the ‘New Jerusalem’ was built by King Lalibela ‘with the help of...
Simien Mountains National Park
The Simien Mountains National Park is situated about...
The lakeside city of Awasa is situated at an altitude of 1,685m in the Rift...
Bale Mountains National Park
Bale Mountains is the largest area of Afro-Alpine habita...
Lake Langano, with a surface of 305 sq km and a depth of 45m, is more...