This is four days nature, culture and wildlife tour in the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. With this guided private tour you will experience the local way of life by visiting the villages of the Dorze Tribe, the Oromo people, and meeting locals at the Fish Market at Awasa Lake. Explore the wildlife of Chamo Lake, Nechisar National Park and Abidjatta-Shalla National Park. Stop at some outlooks to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Rift Valley. Some of the animals you will see include big African Crocodiles, families of hippos, warthogs, gazelles, ostriches, and a number of bird species. Visiting the unique still operating Rock Carved Church of Adadi Mariam and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Steles of Tiya are also part of the tour. Tour includes total drive of about 1,200 km with private comfortable Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts accompanied with professional informative English speaking tour guide.
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 Tribe • Exploring the Nechisar National Park and Abidjatta-Shalla National Park • Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Steles of Tiya and Adadi Mariam Rock Church • Boat riding on Chamo Lake ItineraryDay 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 AbabaUncover 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.