Day trips and safaris

A tour through history and nature to immerse yourself in the biological and cultural diversity that characterizes Ethiopia.

8 days

Hotel

Trekking

Program

Day 1

Addis Ababa, arrival and city tour

Welcome to Addis Ababa! After completing entry formalities, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. We’ll then embark on a city tour where we’ll visit museums, markets, churches, and the main historical monuments of the city.

If you’re interested, we can visit a local project at a wheelchair centre where people produce handicrafts. By buying handmade pottery, candle or doll, you can provide support for the people living here. In the evening, we have dinner together.

Day 2

Day trip to Debre Libanos

Drive to Debre Libanos leads across the highlands north of Addis Ababa. It offers a glimpse into the lovely village landscape of Ethiopia until suddenly a more than 1,000m deep gorge opens at Debre Libanos.

We take a short rest at the top of the gorge, where various birds can be observed. On a short hike (1.5 to 2 hours) we cross an old bridge built for commercial purposes, to arrive at a terraced waterfall and caves inhabited by monkeys.

In the afternoon we visit the sanctuary, where the famous monastery of Debre Azbo (later Debre Libanos) was founded in the 13th century and destroyed in 1937 during the Italian occupation. We visit the octagonal church with the glass-paintings of the artist Afework Tekle, who also designed the windows of the Africa Hall in Addis Ababa, as well as the newly built museum in which art treasures of the monastery are shown. In the late afternoon, we return to Addis Ababa.

Day 3

Addis Ababa – Menagesha – Weliso

Our journey to the west of Ethiopia begins. Our first stop is about 30 km from Addis Ababa. On a hike (2 to 3h), we will explore the Menagesha Forest with its typical plants such as the Giant juniper, Giant lobelia, heather and Giant ragweed.

Some of the oldest trees are over 400 years old. Also, wild animals such as Guereza monkeys and Menelik bushbucks can be observed. In the afternoon we reach Weliso. This place is known for its hot springs and the thermal bath.

Day 4

Weliso – Wenchi Crater Lake – Weliso

We take a day trip to the northern Crater Lake Wenchi. Here we have a five to six hours hike (optionally as riding tour) through the beautiful countryside. Firstly we walk down to Crater Lake and then through a lovely green valley with numerous clear water springs and small streams. The route takes us past corn mills which are powered with water and are still used today. Overnight as on the previous day.

Day 5

Weliso – Debre Zeit

The first 110 km drive brings us to the southwestern outskirts of Addis Ababa. Before entering the capital city we drive 80 km further south to reach the archaeological site of Tiya, one of the country’s cultural heritages registered by UNESCO. There many of the erected stones are engraved with enigmatic symbols, representing a prehistoric burial complex.

Afterwards, we drive back on the same way and before entering Addis Ababa we take the Expressway, currently the only highway in Ethiopia, to reach the city of Debre Zeit. This town in the south of Addis Ababa was built around several crater lakes which not host green foods and a multitude of birds like the African Fish Eagle, the Pied Kingfisher, and many others.

Day 6

Debre Zeit – Awash National Park

The road to the east of Debre Zeit gradually descends into the East African Rift Valley, which in this region is characterized mainly by volcanic mountains and lava fields. On the way, we meet dromedary caravans of the semi-nomadic Afar ethnic group.

In the afternoon we drive through the southern part of the national park to explore fauna and flora. For example, Oryx antelopes, crocodiles, kudus and dik-diks can be observed. With some luck, we can spot cheetahs. We stay at a lodge located directly at the Awash Water Falls.

Day 7

Awash Falls Lodge – Sodere

Before breakfast, we undertake a small hike along the Awash River. During this walk, various bird and monkey species, as well as crocodiles can be observed.

After the breakfast at the lodge, we turn back to Nazret, the capital city of the Oromo region. Close to the city, on the shores of the Awash river, there are hot springs. The Sodere Resort is the best place to relax from the past days. Besides the hot springs, here we find a swimming pool, too.

Day 8

Sodere – Addis Ababa, market, and departure

Today’s ride will take us back to Addis Ababa, where your return flight will probably take off late in the evening. There is time enough for visiting a market or shops in Addis Ababa to buy souvenirs. Finally, there is a joint traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and dance performance. End of the trip and departure depending on flight times.
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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, absolutely. Adimasu Travel is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognising that on many trips you will be required to carry your bags and use public transport.

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travellers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally.

Many travellers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by travelling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our team for further information on any of our itineraries.

We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case.

Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

Our camping sites have all the creature comforts to bush camping. We provide the tent and sleeping mats, but you will need to bring your sleeping bag.

What you need to bring will vary according to your style… Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you can carry and lift your luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

Closed in shoes. As this trip includes camping and some bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.

Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is not recommended.

Waterproof/windproof jacket is a good idea for wet days, and early morning or evening game activities when it can be cool.

Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

This tour outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel.
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