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Ethiopia Holiday Pictures

This 21 day holiday was based around visiting our friends Helena and Herbert Schrader (Helena had been posted there through her job). The Itinerary was a tight schedule and the order below is as the itinerary.

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Day 01
Istanbul - Addis Ababa

  • On arrival by TK676 @ 00:15am (Sun 16 Nov) meet at airport for hotel transfer
  • O/n Addis Ababa Dreamliner Hotel

Day 02
Addis Ababa

  • AM free at rest. Mid day check-out from the hotel and meeting with Helna & Herbert

Day 03
Addis Ababa

  • Full day sightseeing of Addis and visit Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum; St. George Cathedral; National Museum; Holy Trinity Cathedral; Ethnological Museum and Mt. Mount

Day 04 Addis Ababa - Lalibela

  • AM transfer to airport for 07:40-09:45 ET122 flight to Lalibela
  • The rest of the day visit in Lalibela town the eleven 13th century rock-hewn churches
  • Overnight Lalibela Tukul Village Hotel
Addis Ababa Lalibela

Day 05
Lalibela - Bahar Dar

  • AM excursion to Yemrahane Kristos to visit the 13th century cave church
  • PM drive via Debre Tabor town to Bahar Dar (295km)
  • Stay 2 nights Bahar Dar Avanti Blue Nile Hotel
Day 06
Bahar Dar

  • AM excursion to visit the Blue Nile Falls
  • PM boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit Ura Kidane Mehret Church on Zeghie Peninsula
Yemrahane Kristos Bahar Dar Blue Nile

Day 07
Bahar Dar - Gondar

  • AM drive to Gondar (185km). PM visit the Royal Enclosure; Debre Berhane Selassie Church; Fasiledese's Bathing Pool and abbey of Empress Mentewab
  • O/n Gondar Goha Hotel

Day 08
Gondar - Simien NP

  • AM drive to Simien NP (125km) and hen trek to Sankaber (approx 3-4hr). En-route you’ll encounter herds of endemic mammals gelada baboon. Late PM drive to the lodge
  • Stay 3 nights Simien Lodge

Day 09
Simien NP

  • AM drive to Chennek and then trek (approx 3-4hr) to Bwahit Pass wherein you get sighting of Ras Dashen (4533m) - the highest peak as well have a chance of spotting the elusive endemic mammal Walya Ibex. PM drive to the lodge

Day 10
Simien NP

  • AM drive to Sankaber and then hike (approx 3-4hr) to the Geech Abyss, where you will see the magnificent waterfall as well viewing more of the endemic mammal gelada baboon
  • PM drive to the lodge
Simien NP

Day 11
Simien NP - Axum

  • AM leave for Axum (280km) through the road that affords the most awe-inspiring landscape
  • Stay 2 nights Axum Sabean International Hotel

Day 12

  • Full day sightseeing of Axum town and visit Archaeological Museum; Stelae Fields; 6th century Kings Gebre-Meskel & Kaleb Necropolis; Tsion Mariam Church; Epitaph of King Ezana and ruins of Queen Sheba’s Palace

Day 13
Axum - Mekele

  • 09:25 meet at Axum Airport 2 people Helena & Herbert arriving by ET128 and then drive to Mekele (250km)
  • En-route visit  the Pre-Christian temple at Yeha and one of Tigray rock churches Wukro Chirkos
  • Overnight Mekele Planet Hotel

Day 14
Mekele - Addis Ababa - Dire Dawa - Harar

  • AM transfer to Mekele Airport for 09:40-11:05 ET101 flight to Addis and connect 13:50-14:50 ET204 flight to Dire Dawa. Before driving to Harar (50km) visit Kefira market & train station
  • Stay 2 nights Harar Heritage Plaza Hotel

Day 15

  • Full day visit in Harar Rimbaud + Abdullahi Ali museums; weekly open market; childhood home of late Emperor Haile Selassie; tombs of sheikhs and Harari local houses in the old town Jugol
  • In the evening witness in the outskirts of Harar town wild hyenas feeding ritual

Day 16
Harar - Dire Dawa - Addis Ababa

  • AM drive back to Dire Dawa visiting en-route the bustling chat (mild stimulant - catha edulis) market in Awodai town. 12:25-13:25 ET361 Dire Dawa - Addis Ababa flight
  • On arrival transfer to Helena & Herbert's House

Day 17 Addis Ababa

  • Full day excursion (270km /RT) to visit Wenchi Crater Lake
Wenchi Crater Lake

Day 18 Addis Ababa - Hawassa

  1. AM drive via Debre Zeit and Mojo towns to Hawassa (270km). En-route visit the Rift Valley lakes namely Ziway & Abijata-Shalla that are noted for their prolific bird life
  2. Overnight Hawassa Haile Resort Hotel

Day 19 Hawassa - Arbaminch

  1. AM drive to Arbaminch (300km) visiting en-route the village of Dorze people
  2. Late PM boat cruise over Lake Chamo to enjoy viewing crocodiles and hippos
  3. Overnight Arbaminch Paradise Lodge

Day 20 Arbaminch - Addis Ababa

  1. AM drive via Hossana and Butajira towns back to Addis Ababa (450km). En-route visit Tiya Stelae Fields and Melka-Kunture Archeological Site
  2. Late PM arrive in Addis.