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Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Product Manager Madagascar and Alternative Africa
"Ethiopia offers a radically different Africa experience - its remarkable 'historical' sites, unusual wildlife - notably rare mammals and abundant birdlife - and the people - notably of the South Omo - are utterly fascinating."

The Ethiopian Rift Valley Holidays

Divided into two parts, the Northern and Southern Rift Valley, the former is one of the country’s least visited regions and includes the Awash National Park, a rewarding site for wildlife and birds of the Horn of Africa.

The Southern Rift Valley or lakes region is far better known, including scenic lakes such as Langano, at which there are some popular lodges including Bishangari and Sabana Beach Lodge. Abijatta-Shala National Park is included in many birding itineraries as is Awassa. 

The more remote Nech Sar National Park is now easily accessible from the lakeside town Arba Minch, so visitors can enjoy boat trips on Lake Chamo and nature walks in the national park.

Sporadically, a few hundred thousand flamingos congregate at Abijatta. Another 50km to the south is Shashemene, of salutary significance to the Ethiopian Rastafarian community. 20km from Shashemene is the Wondo Genet hot springs area, where the gardens at the resort offer fantastic birding and some wildlife viewing.

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Ethiopia Meskel Festival, Omo tribes and Lalibela Small Group 2021
  • Culture & History
  • Small Group Tours
From £3835 per person
13 day holiday
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We are delighted to be offering an exceptionally unusual and very special small group set departure, taking in the following Ethiopian...
Discover Ethiopia 15-day Private Tour
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £5455 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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This private tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts who also want to be immersed in Ethiopia's fascinating cultural and historical attractions.
Southern Ethiopia Explorer
  • Adventure
  • Culture & History
From £2850 per person
8 day holiday
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NOTHING can prepare one for the experience of meeting the wonderful people of Ethiopia, notably in the South Omo region. On very carefully and sensitively arranged individual, tailor-made tours to this remarkable part of the country, your experienced, professional guide will introduce you to tribes such as the Mursi, the Karo and the Hamar.
Unusual and Endemic Wildlife of Ethiopia
  • Wildlife
From £4800 per person
12 day holiday
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Experience some of Ethiopia's top wildlife hotspots for its iconic endemic species such as Ethiopian wolf, Wahlia ibex, Gelada Baboon, Mountain Nyala and a plethora of birdlife in stunning surrounds.
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