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Undiscovered Ethiopia

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £4095 Current prices from: £4095

This unconventional guided private
journey offers a fascinating insight into
some of the remote tribal cultures of
Ethiopia’s southern lands. Leaving the
‘beaten track’ far behind, travel through
the Great Rift Valley, passing national
parks dotted with lakes and lions,
to meet with tribesmen and women
adorned with beautiful, handcrafted
attire. This is a truly absorbing
adventure, ideal for well-travelled
explorers seeking an immersive and
educational experience.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Boat trip on Lake Ziway to an island legend
  • Authentic coffee plantation visit
  • Game drives in some of Africa’s wildest national parks
  • Interact with numerous remote tribes
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Discovery Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Addis Ababa

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Addis Ababa. Afternoon guided city tour including a visit to the National Museum and one of the former palaces of Emperor Haile Selassie. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel. (N) (L, D)

Day 3: Lake Ziway

Drive through part of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Ziway, known for excellent birdlife that includes pelicans and flamingos. Afternoon boat trip to Tullo Guddo Island, said to have once briefly safeguarded the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight at Haile Resort Ziway. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Langano • Abijata Shalla

Continue south and enjoy time in lake-filled national parkland, passing Shashamene, the ancestral home of the Rastafarians who now inhabit Jamaica. Overnight at the Sabana Beach Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Awasa

Following the end of Ethiopia’s short spell as a communist nation, Awasa became a regional capital and is now home to a melting pot of different peoples. Soak up the culture here with a visit to the fish market. Overnight at Haile Hotel. (B, L, D)

Days 6-7: Arba Minch

Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia and a nearby plantation is the perfect place to see how the beans are picked, dried and sorted. Then head to Maze National Park and search for wildlife such as lions and Swayne’s hartebeests. The following day head to Chenecha to meet the Dorze people, known for their cotton weaving and tall beehive-style huts. Stay 2 nights at Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch. (B, L, D)

Days 8-10: Turmi

West of the Humu mountains, the small town of Turmi is home to the unique Hamer tribe. Over the next few days you will gain a fascinating insight into their way of life with a range of cultural experiences. You will also head north to visit other remote tribes who rarely meet foreign travellers. Stay 3 nights at Buska Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Konso

Returning east to the Rift Valley, stay amongst the hilltop villages of the Konso tribe, an area rich in birdlife and distinct tribal architecture. Overnight at Kanta Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Arba Minch

Return to Arba Minch via Nachisar National Park, which is home to zebras, baboons, monkeys and other wildlife. Overnight at Haile Resort. (B, L, D)

Days 13-14: Fly to London via Addis Ababa

Fly to Addis Ababa, where you will have access to a day room and have dinner before transferring to the airport for your early morning flight home. (B, L, D) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Itinerary

This itinerary takes you deep into areas not often visited by tourists. Therefore, the infrastructure will not always meet with the standards found elsewhere and local customs may differ hugely from those considered conventional in the UK.

Discovery tour:

This type of tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, long and rough road journeys and, in some cases, strenuous activities, such as trekking.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery private tour accommodation

  • Sabana Beach Resort
    Sabana Beach Resort

    Sabana Beach Resort is 200km 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 Park.

  • Paradise Lodge
    Paradise Lodge

    Paradise Lodge is located approximately 505 km from Addis Ababa in Arba Minch. It is built on the hilly side of Setcha, near the forest of the famous 40 springs, in an area of wonderful natural beauty. From the front of the lodge, guests can look at God's bridge, the lakes of Chamo and Abaya and a deep jungle, filled with rich fauna. Constructed by more than 30 ethnic tribes, the lodge is full of beautiful hand crafted arts and artefacts throughout. The guest rooms are well equipped with amenities such as satellite television and telephone. The restaurant serves a variety of national and international dishes and the bar serves a variety of drinks. There is also a spa offering daily massage treatments.

  • The Kanta Lodge
    The Kanta Lodge

    Kanta Lodge is built in a traditional style with accommodation in well-built thatched huts called 'tukuls'. The rooms are clean with high-quality fixtures and furniture. The beds have blankets for chilly nights and the rooms are decorated with local weaving. The bungalows are surrounded with flowers and there is a pretty terrace outside the restaurant with tables, where meals or sundowners can be enjoyed.

  • Haile Resort - Hawassa
    Haile Resort - Hawassa

    Located on the Lake Awasa shoreline, Haile Resort is a superior property, furnished to a high contemporary standard, set in 3 hectares of grounds. The property offers a range of facilities including 2 swimming pools with stunning views across the lake. Features: 126 rooms & suites, spa services, 2 swimming pools, gym, spa, restaurant, bar/lounge Room amenities: complimentary Wi-Fi, television, tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer

  • Golden Tulip
    Golden Tulip

    The Golden Tulip Addis Ababa is conveniently located within 3km of 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, restaurant, bar, lounge, gym, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Private bathroom, air conditioning, minibar, television, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4095 per person

High season from £4375 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 3-star accommodation
    • English speaking driver-guide throughout
    • Modern air-conditioned vehicles
    • International & internal flights
    • Daily cultural and/or wildlife excursions
    • 11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners

Destinations on this tour

  • Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa, the capital of modern Ethiopia and gateway for most tourists, is...

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  • Lake Langano

    Lake Langano Lake Langano, with a surface of 305 sq km and a depth of 45m, is more...

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  • Awasa

    The lakeside city of Awasa is situated at an altitude of 1,685m in the Rift...

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  • Arba Minch

    Arba Minch Arba Minch is situated by Lake Chamo and Abaya, the most southerly of...

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  • Turmi

    Turmi, part of the Omo valley, is a small market town situated in south-west...

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  • Arba Minch

    Arba Minch Arba Minch is situated by Lake Chamo and Abaya, the most southerly of...

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