Discover Ethiopia 16-day Private Tour
Beta Giorgis at Lalibela  
Ethiopian wolf on the Sanetti Plateau  
Blue Nile Falls Bahir Dar  
Mural at Azwa Maryam Monastery Bahir Dar  
Imperial Compound in Gondar  
Mural at Debre Birhan Selassie in Gondar  
Sanetti Plateau moorlands: the Roof of Africa!  
Gelada monkey male in Simien Mountains  
 
16 day tour
Including flights
Prices from
£5130 - £5595

Tour Highlights

  • Lake Tana's island monasteries and Blue Nile Falls
  • Awe-inspiring scenery in Simien & Bale Mountains, Rift Valley Lakes
  • Critically endangered wildlife and abundant birdlife
  • Lalibela's amazing rock-hewn churches
  • Ethiopian Culture
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Discover Ethiopia 16-day Private Tour

Ethiopia

On this private, tailor-made individual tour,  you visit the best known of Ethiopia's historical attractions including Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum, as well as taking in the spectacular scenery of the Simien Mountains, the Rift Valley Lakes region, Bale Mountains National Park and the Blue Niles Falls.

Ethiopia has among the largest complements of endemic birds and mammals of any African country, so for those keen to experience an incomparable blend of natural history, culural and historical aspects, this is the option to choose. 

You stay in comfortable accommodation throughout. Our excellent, highly experienced, dedicated English-speaking guides and competent drivers, will ensure that you are in the most capable hands during your stay.

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Day 1
Fly from London on an overnight Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa.
Day 2
Day 2
Addis Ababa
On arrival, your guide will drive you to the Golden Tulip Hotel. An afternoon city tour including visits to Entoto Hills, some of the city's more spectacular cathedrals and the National Museum, where you see among other exhibits, the bones of 'Lucy'. Overnight here, breakfast included.
Accommodation: Golden Tulip
     
Day 3
Day 3
Bahir Dar
Transfer to the airport to fly to Bahir Dar, on the shores of the deep blue Lake Tana. Your guide will take you to the Zeghe Peninsula to see some of the island monasteries. Overnight in a superior room at Avanti Blue Nile, all meals included. * Contact us if you wish to upgrade to Kuriftu Resort & Spa.
Accommodation: Avanti Blue Nile
       
Day 4
Day 4
Enjoy an excursion to the Blue Niles Falls, Africa's second largest waterfalls, and then to the vibrant market of Bahir Dar.
Accommodation: Abayminch Lodge
     
Day 5
Day 5
Simien Mountains National Park
After breakfast, depart on the 2 - 3 hour journey to Gondar and then 2 hours onward to the Simien Mountains, where you overnight in an en-suite chalet at Simien Lodge, all meals included. Visit beautiful Sankaber in the sub-Afroalpine zone. The iconic Gelada monkey (the only primate to graze) is common here and even around the lodge.
Accommodation: Simien Lodge
               
Day 6
Day 6
Simien Mountains National Park - Gondar
Spend the morning exploring the awe inspiring Simien mountains, where you can take in some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa. In the early morning, you will be driven up to Chennek to seek endangered Walia ibex and various raptors.
 
Return in the afternoon to Gondar (2hr drive) to see the Imperial Compound, with its enchanting 'Fasilidas' castles, still in very good condition. Overnight stay in Mayleko Lodge, all meals included.
Accommodation: Mayleko Lodge
           
Day 7
Day 7
Lalibela
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Lalibela. Here you will be taken to see some of the famed rock-hewn churches which are cut into the rugged mountainsides. Stay 2 nights at Maribela Hotel, all meals included. Your guide and driver will take you to see the first cluster of rock-hewn churches in this World Heritage Site
Accommodation: Maribela Hotel
         
Day 8
Day 8
Visit Ashetun Mariam and Yemrehane Christos, two of the most spectacular churches outside of Lalibela. You can also make a short mule trip if you wish, but this is by no means essential. Please note that stairs leading to some of the churches can be quite demanding but your guide will be happy to assist you if need be.
Accommodation: Maribela Hotel
         
Day 9
Day 9
Axum
Fly to Axum in northern Ethiopia where you will see the incredible monolithic obelisks or stelae, the Queen of Sheba's Bath, the church where it is said the Ark of the Covenant is housed, and an interesting museum. Overnight in a suite at the simple Sabean Hotel, all meals included. Please note that there are no good hotels in Axum, but the Sabean is the best of the town's existing accommodation.
Accommodation: Sabean International Hotel
     
Day 10
Day 10
Axum - Addis Ababa - Lake Langano
Transfer to Axum airport for the flight back to Addis Ababa where you will be met by your guide and driver. Travel southwards by land with your guide into the Rift Valley to Lake Langano, where the lakeland scenery is home to an abundance of water birds. In the woods around the hotel you can find a selection of mammals and numerous birds. Overnight at the very relaxed Sabana Beach Lodge, all meals included.
Accommodation: Sabana Beach Resort
         
Day 11
Day 11
Bale Mountains National Park
Drive overland to Goba in the Bale Mountains National Park, via the park HQ in Dinsho. In the juniper woods around Dinsho, keep a lookout for endemic mammals like the Mountain nyala and Menelik's bushbuck. There is excellent birding here, with local specials including one of Africa's finest songsters, the Abyssinian catbird. Stay 3 nights in Bale Mountains Lodge, all meals included.
Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge
             
Day 12
Day 12
Sanetti Plateau moorlands, Bale Mountains National Park
Your guide and driver take you for a drive up to the high-lying Sanetti Plateau, where wildlife enthusiasts come to look for the world's rarest canid, the Simien wolf. They are easy to see - most of the approx. 400 individuals are concentrated in Bale. Their future remains very precarious, as a rabies outbreak which started among feral dogs in villages around the park, killed a substantial proportion of the wolves in Bale during the last year. Watching these beautiful animals hunt by day for their favourite prey - giant mole rats - is an unforgettable experience!
 
The Sanetti Plateau is included in all birding itineraries to Ethiopia, because it is the best place for endemics like the Blue-winged goose (Africa's only true goose), Spot-breasted lapwing and Rouget's rail. All of these are easy to see at puddles or small ponds along the road.
Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge
             
Day 13
Day 13
Bale Mountains National Park - Harenna Forest excursion
Excursion to the wonderful Harenna Forest, where the lodge is located. This vast evergreen forest is a treasure trove for naturalists, with several new reptiles and frogs discovered here in recent years. Mammals present include lion, giant forest hog, warthog, Menelik's bushbuck and birds are abundant and diverse. Regularly seen highlights include Narina trogon, White-cheeked turacou and look around the lodge for Abysinnian catbird.
Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge
             
Day 14
Day 14
Lake Langano - Rift Valley Lakes region
Depart Bale National Park today for Lake Langano to stay overnight at Sabana Resort with all meals included. (Alternatively it is now possible to take the recently upgraded road back to Addis Ababa, which involves a full day's drive (8hrs)
Accommodation: Sabana Beach Resort
         
Day 15
Day 15
Lake Langano - Addis Ababa
Return in the afternoon to Addis Ababa (drive time 4 hours excluding stops) with stops along the way including the Stelae of Tiya. Or, visit the Abijatta-Shalla National Park. In the evening you will be taken for a wonderful traditional meal at a good restaurant. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel, or, if your flight departs after midnight you will be transferred to the airport for the Ethiopian Airlines check-in.
Accommodation: Golden Tulip
     
Day 16
Transfer to Addis Ababa airport for your mid-morning Ethiopian Airlines flight to London. Arrive Heathrow in the evening.

Pricing Information & Dates

16 day tour, from £5130 - £5595 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
Price Includes
- International Ethiopian Airlines flights (from London Heathrow, economy class seating),
- domestic Ethiopian Airlines flights, departure taxes
- airport facilitation, all transfers and internal travel with all private transportation
- services of your full-time, experienced, English-speaking escort-guide and of drivers
- national park permits and park guide fees
- entrance fees and local guide fees, all excursions and activities as outlined
- all accommodation as per itinerary with all meals (full board everywhere except in Addis Ababa where it is B&B).
Price Excludes
- Ethiopian visa (US$50, issued on arrival)
- lunch and dinner in Addis Ababa
- items of a personal nature (tips, phone calls, drinks, laundry, travel insurance) are not included.
Price Notes
Price is based on two adults travelling together and sharing twin or double room accommodation.
For extensions to locations such as Simien Mountains, contact us.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Addis Ababa
  2.   Bahir Dar & Lake Tana
  3.   Gondar
  4.   Lalibela
  5.   Axum
  6.   Simien Mountains
  7.   The Ethiopian Rift Valley
  8.   Bale Mountains

Accommodation on this Tour

Abayminch Lodge
Abayminch Lodge
Bahir Dar & Lake Tana, Ethiopia
Abayminch Lodge Abayminch Lodge is one of the most popular places to stay in Bahir Dar. It's near the Abay Bridge and is set in a large, former coffee plantation where you can stroll among the......
     
Avanti Blue Nile
Avanti Blue Nile
Bahir Dar & Lake Tana, Ethiopia
Avanti Blue Nile About 8 km from Bahir Dar, this very modern, neatly designed lakeside hotel has 135 rooms.The hotel has 100 Classic Rooms, 16 Superior Rooms, 14 Duplex Suites and 5 Junior Suites.......
       
Bale Mountain Lodge
Bale Mountain Lodge
Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
Bale Mountain Lodge At an elevation of 2600 metes above sea level in the middle of the stunning evergreen Harenna Forest and fronted by a small river in Bale Mountains......
             
Golden Tulip
Golden Tulip
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Golden Tulip Very conveniently located iust 1 kilometer from Bole International Airport, this comfortable hotel (part of the Louvre group) is a perfect base for those with an overnight stay in Addis......
     
Maribela Hotel
Maribela Hotel
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Maribela Hotel One of Lalibela's best hotels, Maribela provides accommodation of a high standard and is enjoyed by our clientele. Its design was inspired by that of some of the town's......
         
Mayleko Lodge
Mayleko Lodge
Gondar, Ethiopia
Mayleko Lodge Ideally situated five minutes drive from Gondar Airport, Mayleko is arguably the town's best accommodation.The lodge has 20 spacious bungalows which are tastefully furnished with......
           
Sabana Beach Resort
Sabana Beach Resort
The Ethiopian Rift Valley, Ethiopia
On the shores of Lake Langano in the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes region, Sabana Beach Resort has a relaxed, holiday feel to it and makes for the perfect end after a busy itinerary exploring areas such as the Bale Mountains National Park or the Omo region.
         
Sabean International Hotel
Sabean International Hotel
Axum, Ethiopia
Sabean International Hotel Sabean International Hotel is currently the best accommodation option in Axum and is located in the town centre. (It must be noted that accommodation in Axum does not......
     
Simien Lodge
Simien Lodge
Simien Mountains, Ethiopia
Simien Lodge is currently the only accommodation in the Simien Mountain National Park which is listed as a World Heritage site because of the incredible views and the endemic animals.
               

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Reviews

'Overall holiday satisfaction: excellent.  Loved the Simien Lodge; could have stayed another night.  Our trip to Ethiopia was truly amazing; one we will never forget. The people are beautiful, friendly and very welcoming. The scenery and wildlife are incredible and the wildlife fascinating. Our guide, Yohannes, was first class. His knowledge of the history of Ethiopia and of the birds, wildlife, flora etc is outstanding. All the drivers were excellent'. 

 

 

Mr and Mrs Perry
March 16, 2016

'Really appreciated having an excellent, single guide with us throughout. We had not experienced this before and thought it worked very well. 

Overall holiday satisfaction: Excellent. 

Gardens of Abyaminch Lodge were excellent. Choices for evening meals seemed better when more guests were staying.

Simien Lodge is a great hotel in a fantastic location - would have stayed an extra night. 

Mayleko Lodge (Gondar): excellent room - the best all holiday. 

Sabean Hotel: excellent comfort, good in all other respects. Better than we had been led to expect! 

Bishangari Lodge: excellent in all respects. Very well run hotel in fantastic location. Food was particularly good. 

Bale Mountains Lodge: comfort excellent. Overvall this lodge was a disappointing experience as our expectations had been raised quite high for it. Service: the local people on the staff were very helpful. Schemes in place for the local community seemed well thought out and are an excellent initiative.

The holiday was really good and as you will know a fantastic combination of history, culture and wildlife that would be tricky to reproduce in such a short period in most other countries' 

 

Mr and Mrs Smith
February 26, 2016

'The trip was wonderful and it is really a beautiful country.  We had a great time and it certainly met and often exceeded our expectations.  Eyob, our guide, was fabulous as were the drivers'

Mr and Mrs Robbins
January 13, 2016

Service from tour operator: excellent. Overall satisfaction: excellent. All guides were good or even excellent. We enjoyed this trip so much that we are thinking of visiting again.

John and Angela Brown
October 31, 2013
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