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CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

City tour of Addis Ababa, which includes the National or Archeological Museum, which represents the national history of the country with its archeological findings and collection of fossils, where the skeleton of "Lucy" dated back to 3.5 million years, is found. Drive to Mount Entoto through the eucalyptus forest to see the spectacular panoramic scenery over the city of Addis Ababa. The Trinity Cathedral that is architecturally very unique to both Ethiopia and Africa. The Grand open air market "Markato”, one of the biggest open-air markets in Africa.

DEBRE LIBANOS MONASTERY AND BLUE NILE GORGE

Drive North of Addis Ababa passing through a series of small towns to reach the monastery of Debre Libanos some 105 km away. This monastery was built in the 13th C. by the renowned Ethiopian religious father Abuna Tekle Haymanot (later Saint). This monastery served as a religious center to the Central part of Ethiopia. After driving 200km from Addis, you will meet the panoramic view of the Blue-Nile Gorge. The land formation and the road winding down about 1000m below the gorge requires more time to amaze and for photographing.

LAKE TANA AND BLUE NILE FALLS

Take a boat trip over Lake Tana to see the medieval monasteries located on the islands such as Kibran Gebriel and Ura Kidanemeheret. In the afternoon, drive some 35 km south of Bahir Dar to see the Blue Nile falls- Tiss Issat; and visit the source of the Blue Nile, the Weyto village, and the Bezawit palace (temporary resting palace of Emperor Haile Selassie).

GONDAR

Visit the medieval capital of Ethiopia founded by King Fasiledes In this tour, you will see the royal enclosure-the palace that was built by emperor Fasiledes in 1636 that is similar with that of Europe. The Portuguese soldiers that numbered 400 led by Don Christopher Da Gama, who came in 1541 to assist the Christians in the war against the Muslims influenced Ethiopian architecture of the medieval period. You can also see the bath palace of Fasiledes, the Quesquam enclosure, the beautiful church of Debre Birhan Sellassie with its wonderful murals and paintings and Qusqam Monastery.

FALASHA VILLAGE IN GONDAR

Visit the Falasha village (the village of ancient Jewish
community) and ascending facing towards the Semien Mountains. After 35 km drive, you will have a stop at Kossoye to see the marvelous land formation of Zagol Amba (literarily Corry shell shaped mountain)


AXUM

Axum is believed to have been the first Ethiopian capital from the 1st to the 10th century A.D. Christianity was introduced here during the 4th century A.D. You can visit the park of the stele, carved out of one single granite stone of the pre Christianity Era, the palace and tombs of two of the Axumite Emperors (Kaleb and Gebre Meskel), and the old and new St. Mary Churches of Axum. Visit the palace remnants of the legendary Queen of Sheba, her swimming pool, Inscriptions of Ezana and Archeological Museums.

DEBERE DAMO

Debre Damo is the first monastery in the country built in the beginning of the 6th C. by a religious father named Abuna Aregawi. Visit also, Adigrat that is uniquely a town influenced by Catholics.

LALIBELA

Lalibela is the site of eleven remarkable rock hewn monolithic churches, that were built by King Lalibela, in the late12thor13thc. These notable structures are carved, inside and outside of the solid rock, and are considered among the eight wonders of the world.

ADEWA

Adewa was a battlefield where the colonial power-the Italians met the Ethiopian forces in 1896 and the Ethiopians achieved a great victory. Some 65 km far from Axum is an historical site named Yeha sheltered in the mountains. In Yeha there is a temple-predated Axum. The Temple of Moon was used as a place of worship. In the 6th C. A.D. the Ethiopian Orthodox church replaced it and St. Mary's church was built near to it. Next some 75 km from Axum, there is the first and the oldest monastery of Debre-Damo. This Flat topped plateau was serving as a royal prison to the kings of Axum and later used as a monastery since the 6th century.

SEMIEN MOUNTAIN

Visit the breathtaking mountains and gorges with the endemic animals such as the Gelada baboons. This area is unique with its flora and fauna.

RAS DEJEN

You will trek up to the head of the valley and the village of Mizma
where you will get your first view of your imposing goal. To reach it you
will contour round a number of steep gullies ascending all the time until
you find yourself on a rocky plateau, which is dominated by the three peaks
the middle one being the tallest. It is then a relatively easy scramble to
the top of one of Africa's highest mountains.

BALE MOUNTAINS

Drive through the Great Rift Valley to the Bale Mountains National Park.. You will be watching the marvelous folded Bale Mountains with its spectacular scenary, unique flora and fauna, which is the habitat of the endemic Mountain Nyala (an endemic Gazelle family). At Dinsho, you will collect your entrance fee.

SENAETTI PLATEAU

Here we find the endemic Semien Fox that is living in unique habitat. The elevation is more than 4000 m high and the area is a catchments area for forty streams. Further drive to the market place of Dolo Mena will take you to the virgin forest.

AWASH NATIONAL PARK

In the evening you can take a game drive. Awash National Park's attractions include nearly 400 recorded bird species, a variety of mammals including greater and lesser kudu, Soemmering’s gazelle, Beisa Oryx, Salt’s dik dik, the Awash River and Falls, Fentale Crater and Filwoha Hot Springs. NETCHSAR NATIONAL PARK Netchsar National Park is found between the two lakes of Abaya and Chamo. In this park you can see the Zebras, Gazelle, the endemic antelope Swyne hartebeest and others. Driving towards lake Chamo, you can see many Crocodiles in the Crocs market. Here, people usually call it Crocs market because they see many of them gathered there. However, it is a hatching ground and they are take care of their eggs. MAGO NATIoNAL PARK Go on a game drive and to label your campsite. From the national park, you drive to the Mursi village in order to see the culture of the Mursi tribe in the isolated village. The Mursi women decorate themselves by clay and wooden plates on their lips and ear lobes. In the evening, you will have a game drive in order to see more wild animals. In this park, there are Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Antelopes and others. If you would like further information about any of the places to visit please CLICK HERE

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