In semi- arid northern Ethiopia, this region includes some well- known sites such as Axum with its remarkable stelae (obelisk) park; Yeha with its pre-Christian 'Temple of the Moon'; the Adwa Mountains and the Gerhalta plains region, closer to the town of Mekelle, with its rock-hewn constructions and fantastic, mountain scenery 

Mekelle can also serve as an access point/ airport for adventurous visitors who want to make trips into the otherworldly Danakil Depression in the Afar region, with its many active volcanoes.

While at present accommodation in Axum is rather limited, the Gerhalta Lodge near Hawzien is deservedly sought-after and worth a night or two. We can also arrange home stays in the TESFA Community Trekking sites in the Tigray region - ask us for details.


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Gheralta Lodge
Tigray Region

Gheralta Lodge

Gheralta Lodge is located at Hawzen, 2 hours by four-wheel drive vehicle from Mekelle airport in northern Ethiopia, this owner-run lodge is arguably Ethiopia’s most sought-after property, so visitors are advised to book long in advance.In the Gerhalta area (named after the mountains), you can visit some fascinating rock-hewn churches from where there are stunning views over the surrounding c...

TESFA Community Village Tukuls
Tigray Region

TESFA Community Village Tukuls

TESFA has long been operating highly regarded community village walks in in Tigray (near Adigrat, accessed from Axum or Mekelle), as well as in the Wollo region around Lalibela. If you want a more immersive experience and wish to venture off the beaten tourist track, then this presents a wonderful choice. During these community village walks, guests are accommodated in huts or tukuls which are bas...

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