Debre Libanos Monastery and Nile Gorge from Addis Ababa

Day Trips & Excursions in Ethiopia

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On this day trip away from the hectic life of Addis Ababa, you will get to experience the impressive Debre Libanos Monastery, beautiful mountain and countryside scenery, the famed ‘Portuguese Bridge’ built in the 1890s, the Nile Gorge with its abundant endemic birdlife and gelada baboons and much more. Please note spotting the Gelada Baboons can be a matter of luck, as they tend to be quite mobile from day to day.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Entoto Hill, Addis AbabaEntoto is where Addis Ababa was first established. From almost 3,300 meters altitude, the Hill provides a spectacular views of the vast parts of Addis Ababa.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Entoto Maryam Church, Addis AbabaYou will drive by the historic Entoto Church, which in its compound has the first church in/around Addis Ababa. It is a tranquil church with typical ancient architecture of Ethiopian Churches.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, Debre Libanos, Oromiya RegionFounded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot, within a steep riverine canyon in 1284, Debre Libanos later became the political centre of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and is where Emperor Lebna Dengal received the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520. The Italian army destroyed the original church in a 1937 massacre that claimed the lives of 800 monks, deacons and lay worshippers. The modern church, its domed roof decorated with stained-glass windows, remains an important pilgrimage site. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Portuguese Bridge, Debre Libanos, Oromiya RegionAlthough the locals believe the stone-arch Portuguese bridge was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was actually built in the 1890s by Ras Darge in the old Portuguese style. The narrow span makes a spectacular picture and the gushing (in the rainy season) cascade just below it is very impressive.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Pickup and dropoff at any location in Addis Ababa (either Hotel or Airport)
  • Ground transportation including a car, fuel and a driver
  • Accompanying English speaking tour guide
  • Local guide
  • Lunch, including a bottle of water and hot drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Maryam Church
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment