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Rift Valley Lakes Full-Day Tour with Tiya Archeological Site

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tiya World Heritage Site, Tiya, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's RegionHere, visit about 42 huge stone Steles erected between the 12th and 14th Century AD in honor of local warriors.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Lake Ziway, Ziway, Oromiya RegionHave a remarkable boat trip of about 1 hour on Lake Ziway to spot a number of water birds species, and families of hippos Duration: 1 hour

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2 Days Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes Tour from Addis Ababa

ItineraryDay 1: Addis Ababa – Butajira – Lake Ziway – AwassaStop At: Adadi Mariam, Addis AbabaBe 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.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Tiya World Heritage Site, Tiya, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's RegionFollowing 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).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Haile Resort Ziway BatuAfter 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.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Awassa – Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park – Bishoftu – Addis AbabaStop At: Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Awasa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's RegionAfter 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).Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Abidjatta-Shalla National Park, Awasa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's RegionThen, 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.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Lake Ziway, Ziway, Oromiya RegionThen Stop at Lake Langano for lunch and drive via Lake Ziway back to Addis Ababa with another stop at Bishoftu Crater LAkeDuration: 4 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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12 Days Ethiopian Birds And Wildlife Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival Stop At: Bole International AirportOn arrival in Addis Ababa your guide and driver will assist you and transfer you to the hotel to stay overnight. If time allows In the afternoon, visit some of the capital city highlights, National Museum, Ethnographic Museum notably Mt Entoto Park overlooking the city.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel Day 2: Addis Ababa - Bahar DarStop At: Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, Amhara RegionFly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar. Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries, which is Inhabited by Different Kind of Birds, and Wild Life, Hippopotamuses, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, and Black Crowned Cranes,Eastern White Pelicans, and you can spot other distinctive species like the Malachite Kingfisher and the Lesser Jacana…Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Hotel Day 3: Bahar Dar – Blue Nile Falls - Debark Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara RegionEarly in the morning we will start our road to Debark, On the wa we will stop in Blue Nile falls which is largely inhabited by bird lives, Then drive to Debark the gate to the Semine Mountains. En route we will stop at different locations to visit the endemic Chilada Babbon and the scenic Semine gorgeDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 4: Semien Mountain Stop At: Simien Mountains National Parktreks to see the Semine Mountain massif in the morning followed by breakfast, drive to Chenek Hike around the camp and see the Walia Ibex and see Endemic Ethiopian Bird like spot Breasted Plover, Abyssinian Long Claw, AnkoberSerin, Thick Billed Ravens, Black Winged Love Bird, Red Billed Chough…. Drive back to Loadge Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Over Night Lodge. Day 5: Drive to Gondar - Addis Ababa Stop At: Simien Mountains National ParkEarly short treks to see the Semine Mountain. Late afternoon drive back to Gondar to catch the evening flight and fly back to Addis Ababa and overnight in Addis Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight HotelDay 6: 5Lake LanganoStop At: Haile Resort Ziway BatuDrive to the Rift Valley Lakes region to stay overnight at the relaxed lakeside Sabana Lodge. The Loadge has a varity of Birds, like Goa way Bird, Hammer kop.. The drive down takes in some interesting stops In Lake Ziway to see the Bird Island. whic is the Island is Inhabited only by a various type of Birds. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 7: Lake Langano - Bale Mountains National ParkStop At: Bale Mountains, Goba, Oromiya RegionAfter breakfast, drive to Dinsho in the Bale Mountains National Park, to stay 3 nights in Bale Mountains. . Around the Juniper and Hagenia woods just outside the park boundaries, a quick search should reveal two endemic antelopes: the Mountain Nyala (population approxinately 2,500) was one of the last large antelopes to be discovered in Africa and is endemic to this part of Ethiopia. The less gregarious, almost blackish Menelik’s bushbuck is also easy to see. Woodland birding here is superb. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight HotelDay 8: Bale Mountains National Park - Sanetti PlateauStop At: Bale Mountain LodgeTake an excursion on Africa’s highest-lying road to the bleak Afro-alpine moorlands of the Sanetti Plateau. This area holds the largest concentration of the remaining 400-odd Ethiopian wolves, now critically endangered with none held anywhere in captivity. Because the wolves are habituated and diurnal, they often allow for good photo opportunities. Sleek and animated, these wolves are the world's rarest Canids. Just as interesting, is its main prey item, the endemic Giant mole rat, which somewhat resembles a large marmot or gopher. Birdlife includes several endemic moorland-dwelling species such as Africa’s only true goose, the Blue-winged goose. Raptors abound. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 9: Bale Mountains National Park - Harenna ForestStop At: Bale Mountain LodgeA dramatic escarpment separates the various sectors of Bale Mountains National Park, which, as its proprietor Yvonne Levene aptly points out, is an 'experience' rather than just a visit. (That's why one needs at least three days here).The beautiful tropical Harenna Forest, in which Bale Mountains Lodge is located, is a treasure trove for naturalists. Harenna is as yet poorly inventoried, but does hold some rare wildlife such as the recently described, highly localized Bale monkey. (Lucky visitors also see Lion).Evergreen forest birdlife is exceptionally diverse here, as is other wildlife. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 10: Drive to Awash National Park Stop At: Awash Falls LodgeDrive to the Awash National Park, Through The highlands of arsi make an interesting stop. Awash Falls is home to an array of wildlife unique to the Horn of Africa. The park holds mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Soemmerrings Gazelle, Guenther's dikdik, Hamadryas and Anubis baboons and over 350 species of birds. (The park is superb for birdwatching).Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 11: AwashStop At: Awash Falls LodgeBirding in Awash National Park, located in the Great Rift Valley. Many species of birds are found here: African Orange-bellied Parrots, Bustards, Weavers, Hoopoe, Yellow-throated Serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Batis, Lesser-striped Swallow, Abyssinian Roller and the House Martin. The park also boasts a variety of mammals: the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dikdik, etc.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 12: Drive to Addis Ababa Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia(Godambaa Biyyoolesa Itiyoopiyaa)Optional souvenir shopping if time permits. Enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure if neededDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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