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Your professional English speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel at 7:00 AM for this 4 days private cultural, nature, historical, and wildlife tour of the Ethiopian Rift valley Lakes by drive with a comfortable Toyota Minivan. Some of the activities the tour offers are: -
Learning the culture of the Dorze TribeExploring the Nechisar National Park and Abidjatta-Shalla National Park Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Steles of Tiya and Adadi Mariam Rock ChurchBoat riding on Chamo Lake Itinerary
Day 1 – Addis Ababa – Steles of Tiya – Adadi Mariam Rock Church – Arba Minch
Meet your guide at 7:00 AM at your hotel and start today’s drive of 460 km south to Arba Minch. The first stop is Adadi Mariam Rock Church (13th Century AD). Visit this unique church for half an hour to learn the background of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and the church specifically. After 30 minutes more drive you’ll discover the grave site of the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here you will see about 40 stone grave markers decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD.
After lunch at the town of Butajira, head to Arba Minch with a stop at the villages of the Oromo tribal people.
Day 2 – Arba Minch – Dorze Tribe – Chamo Lake – Arba Minch
After breakfast, drive for an hour to Chencha where you will experience the Dorze Tribe culture by visiting their huge bamboo huts, learning how the Dorze people prepare their bread and porridge from the root of Enset (False Banana Tree). After lunch at Arba Minch and enjoy a private boat ride on Chamo Lake for about an hour to explore the wildlife to see big African Crocodiles, families of hippos, and a number of lowland water birds. Late in the afternoon, get incredible views of the twin lakes of Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo, and the “Bridge of Heaven”.
Day 3 – Arba Minch – Shashemene – Awasa
Today, you’ll drive 275 km north to Awasa visiting the villages of the Alaba tribal. After lunch at Shashemene, learn the religious and historical background of Rastafarianism by visiting the Jamaican Rastafarian Community and their church.
Before checking in to your hotel, attend and learn how Ethiopians enjoy their coffee with Coffee Ceremony. Walk by the shore of Lake Awasa to see the best sunset of the trip as it set behind Lake Awasa.
Day 4 – Awasa – Fish Market of Awasa Lake – Abidjatta Shalla National Park – Addis Ababa
Uncover how life goes at the Fish Market of Awassa Lake by seeing how locals collect the fish catch by net, clean it by hand, and enjoy their breakfast of fresh catch fish. Then drive for 2 hours to the Abidjatta Shalla National Park to see gazelles, warthogs, ostriches, etc. Take time at a viewpoint to enjoy the superb views of Lake Abidjatta and Lake Shalla. On the way back to Addis Ababa, stop at the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway and one of the crater lakes of Bishoftu.
This small-group 2 days tour from Addis Ababa includes scenery, historical monument, wild life, and cultural visits. It is best for families, and nature lovers.ITINERARYDAY 1 – ADDIS ABABA – STELES OF TIYA – BUTAJIRA – LAKE ZIWAY – LAKE LANGANOMeet your guide at 7:30 AM at your hotel lobby and start today’s drive of 200 km with comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan. The first place of visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Steles of Tiya. On the way to Tiya, stop at a couple of viewpoints to enjoy the great scenery of the Rift Valley and to cross the bridge of the Awash River by waking. At the Steles of Tiya, spend half an hour to visit 40 huge stone grave markers decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD in honor of local warriors. After lunch at Butajira, hear 80 km more to Lake Langano via Ziway. Around Ziway, visit the villages of the Oromo people, interact with locals and learn their cultural way of life.Enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of bird species including Great White Pelicans, Yellow Billed Storks, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagles, Rappel’s Griffin Vulture, etcFinally, after tea break at Haile Resort Ziway, drive to Lake Langano for overnight.NB – The best places of stay at Lake Langano are Sabana Beach Resort and African Vacations Club.DAY 2 – LAKE LANGANO – ABIDJATTA-SHALLA LAKES NP – LAKE BISHOFTU – ADDIS ABABAEnjoy swimming and water sports in the morning. And meet your guide at 10:00 AM to drive for 20 minutes to the Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park to discover the wildlife including seeing warthogs, gazelle, black backed jackal, ostriches, baboons, etcIf you are visiting between September and December, you would see flocks of the migratory lesser and greater Flamingoes. Stop also at a natural hot springs locals use for health purposes and boil eggs/corn sometimes. The outlook to get the beautiful view of the twin lakes of Abidjatta and Shalla is worth stopping at.Then, drive back to Addis Ababa on the new Express Toll Road with a stop at the manmade Lake of Koka to spot other bird species. Final stop would be at the Crater Lake of Bishoftu (Debre Ziet) for the wonderful view of the lake from the rim. Here, you will also attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Finally, drive back to Addis Ababa.
After meeting, drive 160 km south of Addis Ababa enjoying the great scenery of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. We will make the first stop at one of the five crater lakes of Bishoftu famous for the picturesque view which is found 45 km south east of Addis. Then, leaving the highway to Djibouti, drive south to Lake Ziway with a stop at the man made Lake of Koka where you will spot birds like Hammerkop, sacred ibis, etcAfter lunch stop at one of the best restaurants by Lake Ziway, have a boat trip of about one hour to ride to a small island called "Birds' Island". Here you will test your bird identification skills by visiting birds like Marabou Stork, Great White Pelicans, Plovers , Saddle Billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, Cormorants, and many more. Then, ride to a spot where you will see families of African Hippos. We will take the road back to Addis via the town of Butajira. This allows you to have more views of the surrounding landscape. Before reaching Butajira, stop at a local family of the Oromo people to experience the local life and enjoy attending a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Visits of the Steles of Tiya is an additional treat of the tour. The Steles of Tiya are about 40 big slabs of beautifully decorated caved stones erected in memory of important people of the area. This cemetery site was founded in the 14th Century AD and is one of the sites of Ethiopia which are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Price of the tour is a group price up to 6 participants. Tour price includes hotel pickup/drop off, a comfortable private Toyota minivan of 2014 Model of 8 seats capacity which is equipped with air conditioning & seat belts, fuel (gasoline), admission (entrance) fees, driver's allowance, boat rent, local family visiting fee, and professional experienced English speaking guide.Price does not include meals, admission fees, and other expenses which are not mentioned above.
Day 1 – Addis Ababa – Butajira – Ziway – AwassaBe met and welcomed by your tour guide at your hotel lobby at 7:30 AM and take your private comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan for the drive of 275 km south of Addis Ababa to Awassa with interesting stops along the way.The first stop today is at an outlook to enjoy the great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. It is best known for its beautiful lakes and abundant birdlife. The Rift Valley is where Africa is in its early stage of breaking apart.Then crossing the Awash River and driving 12 km on dirt road, visit the ancient and still in service church of Adadi Mariam which is chiseled out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD. Adadi Mariam rock church is believed to have been founded by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful and elaborate rock churches in the Northern Ethiopia.Following will be visiting the Steles of Tiya located 45 km away from Adadi Mariam rock church. The Steles of Tiya is one of Ethiopia’s sites listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will visit beautiful carved stone grave markers erected between the 12th and 14th Century AD in honor of important local heroes (warriors).After lunch at the town of Butajira, and another stop to see the Rift Valley of Ethiopia from another angle, enjoy a boat trip of about an hour on the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of birds such as Great white pelicans, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagle, Sacred Ibis, Hammer Kops, etcFinally, drive 115 km south to the Rift Valley Lake of Awassa. If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful sun set over the lake.Day 2 – Awassa – Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park – Bishoftu – Addis AbabaAfter breakfast head to Amora Gedel found by the shores of Lake Awassa. It is where locals come to have breakfast of fresh catch Tilapia fish and spot a number of birds gathered looking for leftover fish. Here you will see the rare Colobus Monkey (Black and White Monkey).Then, head north to the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park with a stop at Shashemene to visit the Jamaican Rastafarian Community.At Abiyatta Shalla Lakes NP walk for half an hour to see Ostriches, Gazelles, Warthogs, and different lowland bird species. If the weather is good (September – June), continue driving farther to visit the Natural Hot Spring waters where locals use the waters to get healed from skin diseases.The tour price includes professional experienced English speaking tour guide, comfortable private air conditioned Toyota Minivan with fuel (gasoline), family visits, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Attendance, Coffee, Small Snacks, boat rent on Lake Ziway, and all related government taxes, AND price does NOT include Accommodations, Meals, entrance (admission) fees to places of visits, and any expense not mentioned above.