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Discover Ethiopia 16-day Private Tour

From £3,995 per person
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On this extensive private tour you visit the most famous of Ethiopia's historical attractions, including Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum, as well as the spectacular scenery of the Simyen Mountains, Bale Mountains National Park, the Sanetti Plateau , the Harenna Forest and Blue Niles Falls. Ethiopia has the largest concentration of endemic birds and mammals of any African country, so for nature enthusiasts who also want to immerse themselves in Ethiopia's fascinating history, this is the option to choose. You stay in comfortable lodges throughout.

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Itinerary

Itinerary

On this trip you will visit:
  • Axum
  • Bahir Dar & Lake Tana
  • Gondar
  • Lalibela
  • Simyen Mountains
Day 1
Fly from London on an overnight Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa.
Day 2
Addis Ababa
On arrival, your guide will drive you to the Jupiter International 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.
Day 3
Bahir Dar
Transfer to the airport to fly to Bahir Dar, on the shores of the lovely blue Lake Tana. Your guide will take you to the Zeghe Peninsula to see island monasteries. Overnight in a suite at Abbayminch Hotel, all meals included. Optional upgrade to Kuriftu Resort & Spa, from £90 per person sharing, per night.
Accommodation: Abayminch Lodge
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Day 4
Enjoy an excursion to the Blue Niles Falls, Africa's second largest waterfalls, and then to the vibrant market of Bahir Dar.
Day 5
Simien Mountains National Park
Your overland journey continues onward to the Simyen Mountains, where you overnight in a chalet at Simien Lodge, all meals included.
Accommodation: Simien Lodge
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Day 6
Spend today exploring the beautiful Simyen Mountains, some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa. In the early morning, you will be driven up to Sankaber Camp, which will be your base. The Simyen Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site and contains great volcanic plugs, formed 40 million years ago, and now shaped into fantastic crags and flat topped mountains. Seek out the endemic Galada or bleeding heart baboon, the Walia ibex and many endemic birds.

Return to Gondar, founded in 1636 by Emperor Fasilidas who chose Gondar as his imperial seat. Here you can explore the Imperial Compound, with its enchanting 'Fasilidas' castles, still in very good condition. Overnight stay in the Goha Hotel, all meals included.
Accommodation: Goha Hotel
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Day 7
Lalibela
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to ,a 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 Jerusalem Guesthouse, all meals included.
Accommodation: Jerusalem Hotel
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Day 8
Visit Ashetun Mariam and Yemrehane Christos, two of the most spectacular churches of Lalibela. You can also make a short mule trip.
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 Consular Hotel, all meals included
Day 10
Lake Langano
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. Overnight at Bishangari Lodge, all meals included.
Accommodation: Bishangari Lodge
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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 the Goba Wabi Shebelle Hotel, all meals included.
Accommodation: Goba Wabeshebelle Hotel
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Day 12
Your guide and driver take you to the bleak, high-lying Sanetti Plateau, where wildlife enthusiasts come to look for the world's rarest canid, the Simien wolf. They are easy to see - 75% of the remaining population is concentrated in Bale.

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 in these Afro-alpine moorlands.
Day 13
Excursion to the wonderful Harenna Forest OR to the Sof Omar Caves. The Harenna forest is a treasure trove for naturalists, with several new reptiles and frogs discovered here in recent years. Birds, mammals and butterflies are abundant and diverse. The Sof Omar Caves are a most impressive cave system.
Day 14
Nazret
Depart Bale National Park today for Nazret, to stay overnight in the Safari Lodge, all meals included.
Day 15
Return to Addis overland and opportunity to explore the Merkato district, the largest market in Africa. In the evening you will be taken to see a traditional dance and music. Overnight at the Jupiter International Hotel.
Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel
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Day 16
Transfer to Addis Ababa airport for your mid-morning Ethiopian Airlines flight to London. Arrive Heathrow in the evening.

Price guides 2014/2015

From £3,995 per person

Prices per person based on two people travelling together, and sharing in twin or double room  Price includes international flights (from London Heathrow), domestic Ethiopian Airlines flights, departure taxes, airport facilitation, all transfers and internal travel with all 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), based on two people travelling together and sharing in twin or double rooms.

Excludes: Ethiopian visa (issued on arrival), gratuties, additional sightseeing and transfers not mentioned, lunch and dinner in Addis Ababa and items of a personal nature (tips, phone calls, drinks, laundry, travel insurance) are not included.

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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 avocado, pawpaw, coffee and...
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Bishangari Lodge
Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
Bishangari Lodge Set in a secluded retreat of outstanding beauty, Bishangari Lodge plays host to 400 bird species, a diverse range of wildlife and a huge array of un-spoilt biodiversity. Situated on the shores of Lake...
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Goba Wabeshebelle Hotel
Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
Goba Wabeshebelle Hotel Goba Wabeshebelle Hotel is in Bale Mountains National Park, this government-run hotel is simple, with fairly small rooms (suites or salon rooms which we book for our clients are larger) and a large...
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Goha Hotel
Gondar, Ethiopia
Goha Hotel Goha Hotel in Gondar is recently privatised and superbly located on a hilltop with lovely views over the town. From the terrace, where guests can enjoy sundowners, various raptor species are regularly seen flying low...
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Jerusalem Hotel
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Jerusalem Hotel Jerusalem Hotel a perennial favourite in Lalibela, this family-run hotel (formally the Jerusalem Guest House) is praised for its comfortable service and good food. The hotel has double, triple and standard single...
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Jupiter International Hotel
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Jupiter International Hotel Jupiter International Hotel is one of two Jupiter hotels in Addis Ababa. The first is in the heart of the city with a second near Bole airport. The 142 rooms and suites are clean and comfortable and...
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Simien Lodge
Simyen Mountains, Ethiopia
Simien Lodge 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. The hotel is situated right at...
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