Historic Route 15 Days

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The Historic Route 15 Days

The northern landscape was breathtaking; dramatic mountains and vast highland tablelands riven by deep gorges and rivers, expansive tracts of subsistence farming stretching to the horizon and on every terraced ledge that the steep hillsides would allow. As the heartland of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, the religious celebrations and architecture were like nothing we’d ever experienced; Axum, Gheralta and Lalibela are unique living shrines, true to a faith that has remained virtually unchanged since the earliest days of Christianity. 

Here is a list of the places you can visit while traveling the historic route by surface in Ethiopia:

  1. Addis Ababa
  2. Debre Libanos
  3. Portuguese Bridge
  4. Bahir Dar
  5. Lake Tana
  6. Ura Kidane Mihret monastery
  7. Azwa Maryam monastery
  8. Blue Nile Falls
  9. Gondar
  10. Royal Enclosure
  11. Fasilides' Bath
  12. Simien Mountains National Park
  13. Debark
  14. Axum
  15. Stelae field
  16. Ruins of the ancient palace of the Queen of Sheba
  17. Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
  18. Mekele
  19. Tigray region
  20. Abuna Yemata Guh rock-hewn church
  21. Lalibela
  22. Church of St. George
  23. Other rock-hewn churches in Lalibela.
  • Lalibela - Explore the ancient monolithic churches that have been so well preserved in this valley-hidden town
  • Simien Mountains - Walk through the spectacular mountain scenery, home to the gelada monkey
  • Lake Tana- See the unique monastery and the  sources of the Blue Nile
  • Tigray - Home to the Queen of Sheba, and today many believe it is the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.


Key information

  • - 2 nights comfortable hotels, 12  nights basic hotel most with en suite facilities
  • - Travel by 4WD Toyota Land cruiser 
  • - Off the beaten path in the Tigrai region 
  • - Places visited:Addis Ababa, Bahirdar, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum, Gheralta, Lalibela.

What's included

  • - All accommodation/ Double or twin room basis
  • - Travel by 4WD Toyota Land cruiser
  • - All transport and listed activities
  • - One internal flights 
  • - All transfer in and out
  • - All entrance fees
  • - All breakfasts
  • - English speaking driver guide services
  • - All government taxes

What's not included

  • - Travel insurance
  • - Photo/Video fee of any festival/ceremony
  • -Tips
  • - Single accommodation (available on request)
  • - Visas or vaccinations  


The Historic Route 15 Days

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

 Histoirc Route 15 days  Historic Route 12 days Historic 16 days


Day 1 - Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel and visit the city's highlights
Addis Ababa

Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is located 2,500m above sea level in the Entoto mountain chain, where it enjoys an excellent year-round climate, with an average temperature of 25°C. It is a vibrant, developing city that is a pleasure to explore on foot, with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa.
Depending on the time of your arrival, it may be possible to fit in an afternoon guided tour of the city, taking in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the National Museum, and the market.


Day 2 - Drive to Addis to Debre Markos via the Muga and the Blue Nile Gorge
Debre Libanos and the Blue Nile Gorge

In the morning drive to the Blue Nile Gorge lying 210km. north of Addis Ababa that precipitates down by 1000 meters below the general elevation. The gorge has a splendor panorama and contrasting vegetation type to the surrounding Shewan plateau. On the way back to Addis, walk around and pause at the ruin of the so-called ‘Portuguese Bridge’, enjoy breath-taking scenery and cataracts of waterfalls created by Jemma river, see from close distance the endemic Gelada Baboon, visit the 13th c. Debre Libanos Monastery established by Abune (father) Tekle Haimanot, and the collections at the church museum. The interior of the church is adorned with beautiful stained glasses reflecting biblical history. The cave which is the integral part of the Monastery contains a spring whose water is considered holy and is the object of pilgrimages


Day 3 -Drive to Bahirdar, visit Bezawit Palace for a scenic outlook and Weito village
Debre Markos to Bahir Dar 

Drive to Bahirdar through the farmland of the Gojjam region, the homeland of the Agaw people, who build neatly fenced compounds around their tall circular homesteads. In the afternoon we explore Bahir Dar, stopping at Bezawit Palace for a scenic outlook. We also visit Weito village to meet the local Amhara people, makers of papyrus boats and handicrafts.



Day 4 - In Bahirdar visit Nile Falls and Lake Tana trip
Visit Nile Falls and Lake Tana trip


Your day begins with an early morning flight to Bahir Dar on the shores of Lake Tana, one of the major headwaters of the Blue Nile. Perhaps Ethiopia’s prettiest city, with stunning lake views from wide avenues lined with palm and jacaranda trees, Bahir Dar has been a regional trading center for centuries. Even today, traditional papyrus boats, or tankwa, can be seen transporting goods across the lake.
After dropping our bags at the hotel, we cruise across Lake Tana to visit two of the famed monasteries of the Zege Peninsula. While onboard our private boat, keep an eye out for local traders sailing their tankwas, as well as a wide variety of aquatic birds. After a short walk through a traditional village and a coffee farm, we reach the monastery of Ura Kidane Meret, home to an important collection of religious relics dating back to the 16th century. On the walls, colorful painted murals tell the stories of Ethiopian saints.
We then carry on to discover our second monastery, Azwa Maryam, set among pleasant gardens and overseen by an affable young priest. drive to south of Bahir Dar towards Tississat Falls, also known as Blue Nile Falls, 30km from the centre of town. We will take a five minute boat ride across the Nile to begin a 30 minute walk to our first viewpoint. From here, you will begin to understand the Amharic translation for these falls - 'the Water that Smokes'. After time to have a coffee with the locals in the shade, we will continue with the walk for a further one hour passing through quiet countryside. Setting out from Bahir Dar, we drive three hours along an asphalt roadway, passing through rural villages and across stunning mountain passes, until we catch our first glimpse of the remarkable castles of Gonder.


Day 5 -Drive to Gondar visit the Royal Compound
Gonder, Africa’s Camelot

Gondar became the Imperial Capital in 1632 and over the next 236 years many castles were built in the Royal Compound. The other places of interest include the Debre Birhan Trinity church with its truly magnificent roof and wall murals. Often called Africa’s Camelot, Gonder retains much of its past glory as a center of imperial power. King Fasiledes named the city Ethiopia’s capital in 1636, and by the time of his death three decades later, Gonder’s wealth and beauty were renowned throughout the region. We spend the day exploring the castles of the Royal Enclosure, the bathing pools of Fasiledes (where ancient Timkat ceremonies are still performed), and the Debre Birhan Silassie Church, whose elaborate decor includes 80 ornate cherubs.


Day 6 -Drive to Semien mountaind visit baboons and the park
Simen Mountain National park

We'll have an early breakfast this morning before driving 45 minutes into the Simien Mountains National Park, where we will begin our walks. It is a rough road from our hotel up into the mountains but the scenery more than makes up for it. The Semien Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site  by UNESCO and we will visit its exceptional natural beauty which includes superb scenery, endemic fauna and flora. Among other endemics it is here that the Gelada Baboon (bleeding heart Baboon) is found.


Day 7- Drive through the stunning Tekeze Valley to Axum
Simien mountains to Axum

The road to Axum is a slow mountain road for much of the way with road work delays likely, but the scenery is just stunning!  Founded between 200-700BC Axum was the seat of an Empire which extended across the Red Sea to Arabia. It traded with India and China, had its own alphabet and notation system, constructed great engineering works and dams and by the 4th century was recognised as one of the four great powers of the ancient world.  Today Axum, considered to be the holiest city in Ethiopia, is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. We plan to be there for the Maryam Tsion Festival which is scheduled for 29/30Nov (date not yet confirmed). At this time the city is bustling with pilgrims and the sights and ceremonies just have to be seen, to be believed.


Day 8 -In Axum visit the house the Ark of the Covenant, the original tablets of Moses

In the morning we will start a visit of Axum, now a rustic frontier town in Ethiopia’s most northern region but once the country’s capital. According to legend, Axum was home to the Queen of Sheba, and today many believe it is the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. As we explore this ancient place, we discover that its fascinating historical past is wrapped in a deeper sense of mystery around the events that may have unfolded here.

Our first stop is the complex at the church of St. Mary of Zion, which features an unexpected blend of ancient and modern architecture. While the oldest existing church was completed in 1665 by King Fasiledes (who also built Gonder), its foundations are likely from a temple build by King Ezana in the 4th century AD, or perhaps by King Kaleb two centuries later – making this the oldest Christian site in Africa. It is said that in the church’s hidden and guarded chapel lies the Ark of the Covenant. In stark contrast, the new St. Mary of Zion church is a modern circular structure built by Emperor Haile Selassie in the 1960s. Beneath the cathedral is a museum housing many of Ethiopia’s priceless relics.

The other highlight of our visit to Axum is the mysterious Stele Park, with its small but impressive Archaeological Museum of Axum. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park contains more than 120 inscribed stone stele dating from the 4th century AD — some standing upright, others broken or partially buried. The tallest, at 25 meters, is the Obelisk of Axum, which was shipped to Italy in 1937 on the orders of Benito Mussolini. It was subsequently returned by the Italian government and re-erected in 2008.

In the afternoon we visit the ruined palace of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel (6th century AD), and what some believe was the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba (9th century BC). Beneath Kaleb’s palace, steep stone steps lead down to a series of underground galleries and chambers that some believe housed the imperial treasury. We can also explore the tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel. Nearby is the Erana Stone — an important dedicatory stone from about 320 AD with an inscription in three languages: Sabaean, Greek and Ge’ez, the earliest written Ethiopian language.


Day 9 - Drive to Gheralta and visit the impressive pre-Axumite temple of Yeha
Axum to Gheralta 

Built high into the cliff face, some of these churches are only accessible through climbing the vertical cliff, and yet they’re still used by local Ethiopians of all ages. The views from inside the churches is extraordinary. The view as the sunsets behind the mountains and the sky illuminates in dark reds, yellows and oranges is the perfect end to your adventure.

Maryam Korkor is located on a high hill and involves a lengthy trek to reach its summit (approx, 1 and a half hours up, one hour down), but it’s worth it for the marvellous view. Built into the cliff-face, Abune Yemata is known as the most difficult church to reach in Ethiopia and possibly in the world, involving a steep rock climb.  


Day 10 -Visit the monastic church of Debre Mariam Korkor

In the morning hike up (opt.) the escarpment to the monastic church of Debre Mariam Korkor  and continue around a narrow cliff path to a tiny rock church called Daniel's Prayer Room.  What views!  You can see forever, not only to the horizon but straight down the vertical cliffs to the valley below!  Those who prefer can visit a more easily accessible rock-hewn church.  

Day 11- Visit Elsod crater, from where Borena men extract salt and villages
Gheralta to Mekelle 

Drive to Mekele and we will Visit the dramatic Church of Michael Imba, an early cruciform and semi-monolithic church that is typical of the churches found in the region  

Day 12 - Drive to Lalibela for the rock hewn curches
Mekelle to Lalibela 

A full day drive to Lalibela – a remote town situated high in the Lasta Mountains at more than 2,590 m (8,500 ft). In the afternoon we visit three clusters of remarkable rock-hewn churches in the nearby mountainsides. Carved out of massive red stone monoliths, the churches reach heights of more than 10 m (30 ft) and have intricately detailed interiors. Exploring their quiet courtyards and connecting tunnels and passages feels like we’re journeying deep into Ethiopia’s past. Lalibela flourished at the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th centuries when King Lalibela built a series of rock-hewn churches and even a “Jordan River”, calling his creation New Jerusalem.  Today, Lalibela is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a remarkable living shrine.  The construction and history of these churches will astound you, they are like no other.   

Day 13 - Full day visit in Lalibela

After breakfast, a 4hr hike (opt.,) to the church of Asheton Mariam which is located at 4,000m,  high above the town.  Those who don’t fancy the hike will have a free morning to enjoy the many craft shops and markets close to the hotel, there’s even a great Coffee Shop.  

After lunch visit the 2nd group of churches that are located south of the “Jordan River”. This group is comprised of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rafael. Each church is unique, all are superbly carved and most are decorated with well-preserved paintings.

Day 14 - Full day visit in Lalibela

Visit the 1st group of six churches that lie in rock cradles, one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mikael, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem.  Bet Medhane Alem, the largest, is built like a Greek temple and in one corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Iconic Bet Giyorgis, the most elegant and majestic of all the churches, lies isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel.


Day 15 - Fly to Addis and departure
Addis Ababa 

Fly to Addis and on arrival in Addis, check into your hotel. This will either be on day room basis or overnight depending on your international flight times.This evening, we will arrange for a farewell dinner in a restaurant with Ethiopian music and dance, or in a good city centre restaurant.


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Trip Information

Climate and country information




Ethiopia is generally pleasant and warm, but varies with altitude. The long rains usually arrive mid- June to early September and the short rains between mid-February and April although this pattern has been completely erratic in recent times. Anticipate sunshine most days, generally all day, with comfortably warm temperatures in the north, but in the South it can get rather hot (30s+), especially for the 2 to 3 days when we are in the south. Nights can be cool in the north, even cold in a couple of places, so a jacket and set of thermals should be taken. The Danakil Depression is one of the hottest places on Earth so please come prepared. Our trips to the Danakil run from Oct – Feb as this is the cooler time of year but this can still mean daytime temperatures up to and around 40C. Night time temperatures in the Danakil are in the 20s (C) and rainfall is very rare. Harar and Mekele will be cooler, but the vast majority of this trip is likely to be very hot. Daytime temperatures are mainly warm and comfortable but early morning and evenings in the highlands can be cold. We recommend layers and a thick jumper or fleece, plus a lightweight wind/waterproof jacket. A hat is essential. Take swimwear if you plan to use the hotel's pools. Comfortable, good walking shoes with ankle support are strongly recommended as well as comfortable sandals. Walks and Hikes: While most walks are not difficult, a couple are only suitable for those who enjoy scrambling and have a good head for heights. When there are longer more technical walks we try offer an alternative activity as well.

Time difference to GMT



2 Pin Round


Christian, Islam


Amharic, English


Ethiopia uses 220 volts and 50HZ, it is best to bring your own round, two-prong adapter and transfer if necessary.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals


Transport, Accommodation and Meals

4WDs, Bus, Boat, Flight



 We will use a private bus charter for the northern loop Addis to Lalibela , a domestic flight as stated in the itinerary and 4WD Land Cruisers for the offroads. Roads can be tar sealed or shingle (dusty), sometimes bumpy and slow due to road works and/or rain damage, although most of the time a reasonable pace can be maintained. Both 4WDs and the bus will be air-conditioned.

Air Transportation: The National carrier is Ethiopian Airlines www.ethiopianairlines.com which has extensive domestic flight network flying to several destinations including the popular tourist destination Axum, Lalibela, Gonder, Bahir Dar, Mekelle, Dere Dawa, Arba Minch, Jimma.



The Local currency is an Ethiopian Birr, made up of 100 Cents, Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, but they need decoration to the customs authority upon arrival.

Time and calendar

Ethiopia is in GMT +3 hours’ time Zone, and follows the unique Julian calendar which is seven years and eight months behind the Gorgonian calendar, consists of thirteen month, the twelve months consists of 30 days each and the last (13th Month) will have 5 or 6 days during leap year, The New Year fall on the 11th of September.

When to come

Ethiopia can be visited all round the year, but for some special route like the south west Ethiopia and Danakil (Dallol) depression contact us to know the detail.


Addis Ababa has two 5 stat hotels- the Hilton and the Sheraton (Luxury collection) and a growing number of tourist class hotels. Standards vary outside the capital, but apart from some remote areas where camping is unavoidable it is generally possible to get relatively clean rooms with en suite toilet and shower. Hotels / Lodges anticipated are essentially Star**/***/****/(*****in Addis)/. In some remote places hotels is basic and simplistic.


Passports, Visas and Vaccinations


Passports, Visas and Vaccinations

Clients must ensure that they are aware of all relevant passport and visa requirements and that they allow adequate time to obtain them. Please note that many Ethiopian immigration require that passports are valid for six months beyond the period of the Client’s stay. Requirements can change and it is the Clients’ responsibility to ensure that they comply with current passport, visa and health requirements and take all necessary documents with them to gain access to any country or region which forms part of the tour. The Client will be solely responsible for any cost, loss or damage which he or the Company incurs as a result of a failure to obtain all necessary passports, visas and/or vaccinations.



Visa is required for all visitors to Ethiopia and they can get from Ethiopian Diplomatic Mission abroad ,Visitors from the countries listed below can obtain visa on arrival at Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa): Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, and US.

 For a single entry visa you can apply via the e-visa website: https://www.evisa.gov.et . You will need to print a copy of your evisa approval letter and present this with your passport at immigration upon your arrival. The approval letter will take a minimum of 3 days to be processed so we strongly advise for you to apply within plenty of time before your departure. You will be permitted to stay within Ethiopia for upto 30 days or upto 90 days depending on which single entry visa you request. We strongly recommend for you to read the Help section on the e-visa website before applying.



Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip.


General Information


General Information



Program contracts and service agreements become valid upon Amazing Ethiopia Tours’ confirmation of the booking by letter, fax, e-mail or telephone. A deposit of 30% of the total cost is requested at the time of confirmation.he remainder of the total cost is is payable 30 days before the beginning date of the tour.'If complete payment has not been received, Amazing Ethiopia Tours is not obligated to accept the client or conduct the tour unless prior arrangements have been made.



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Cancellation charges apply as follows:

-Cancellations of confirmed bookings received more than 30 days prior to departure are subject to a cancellation penalty of US $500 per person.

-Cancellations received between 30 and 15 days prior to departure will be subject to a penalty of 50% of the total tour rate.

-Cancellations received under 15 days prior to departure will be subject to forfeiture of the entire tour rate.


Local Laws

All participants in tours operated by the Company are expected to obey the laws and regulations of the countries visited and any failure to do so will relieve the Company of all obligations that it may otherwise have under the Contract.
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•Office Address :Bole Medhanealem, Redwan Bldg #202



Travel and cancellation insurance

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a holiday organised by the Company. Clients together with their personal property including baggage are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients not taking out the Company’s specially arranged travel/cancellation insurance are responsible for ensuring that they have alternative personal travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the holiday in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment with adequate and appropriate cover.

Clients making their own arrangements should ensure that there are no clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in their holiday. Clients should satisfy themselves that all travel insurance purchased meets their particular requirements and should arrange supplementary insurance if need be. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase provides adequate cover. We do not check insurance policies and cannot be liable for any expenses incurred as a result of your not having adequate, appropriate or valid insurance cover.


If we cancel your holiday

The Company reserves the right to cancel a holiday in any circumstances but will not cancel a holiday less than 8 weeks before the start of the holiday except for force majeure , or the client’s failure to make all payments (including the final balance and any surcharge) when due. If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the option of purchasing another available holiday from the Company (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us.

We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible flights, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment of other charges you may incur in relation to any flights which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your holiday.



It is the Clients’ responsibility to ensure that he and the members of his Party do not behave in a way which causes offence or danger to others or which risks damage to property belonging to others. In such circumstances all suppliers (e.g. hotel managers, airline pilots) and the Company have the right to terminate arrangements made on the Clients’ behalf, in which case the Company’s responsibility to the Client ceases immediately. Therefore, the Company will not be liable for any refunds, payment of compensation or reimbursement of any cost or expenses incurred as a result. Further, the Client will be liable to reimburse the Company for any expenses whatsoever that it incurs as a result of such behavior.


Age, Fitness and Participation

All Clients are expected to satisfy themselves prior to booking that they are fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen tour as described in the Company’s websites and written through e mails with clients. No unaccompanied minors (i.e. those under 18 years of age) can be accepted on tours operated by the Company, however children of 15 or more may travel provided that they are accompanied by a parent or a guardian who accepts full responsibility for them and subject, in all cases, to the ultimate discretion of the Company.

Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders, and agents whilst on tour with the Company. If in the opinion of such person, the health or conduct of a Client before or after the departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the tour, the Client may be excluded from all or part of the tour, in which case all monies paid will be forfeited and the Company will not be liable to pay any compensation whatsoever to such Client.

Highlights of Ethiopia tourist attractions


Highlights of Ethiopia tourist attractions


Simien National Park

A stupendous landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see. Featuring 1,000m high escarpments, rugged pinnacles and towering buttresses, this park is home to the endemic Gelada Monkeys, Walia Ibex and the Ethiopian Wolf and to the World’s highest density of Lammergeyer, the huge bearded-vulture. The park is a scenic gem, the short walks are exciting and wildlife viewing is rewarding.

Lake Tana / Blue NileFalls

Lake Tana is Ethiopia’s largest lake and primary source of the Blue Nile. Walk to the Blue Nile Falls where the river drops over an impressive 45m high escarpment on its way to join the White Nile.


Rift Valley and the Lakes Region - 

South of Addis, enter the gigantic East African Rift Valley that slices the African continent from the Red Sea to Mozambique. Enjoy the lakes – swim in Lake Langano and go boating on Lake Chama to find the hippos, gigantic crocodiles and a huge variety of birds; 800 bird species are found in Ethiopia and many of these are found in the Rift.


Amazing Historical and Cultural Heritage Axum 

The oldest city in Ethiopia and the holiest city of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. According to Orthodox Christian belief, Axum is the home of the Ark of the Covenant. Visit Stelae Park and observe ancient religious rituals.


Rock Hewn Churches of Tigray

More than a hundred rock-hewn monasteries are clustered in the cliffs and promontories of the Tigray region. Climb/hike along incredible pathways to discover cliff-face rock-hewn churches and tiny chapels that are filled with medieval paintings and sacred artifacts.  Some fantastic short walks are optional participation.  



Unofficially recognized as the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World, the 12th and 13th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are unique. Totally carved below ground level, the churches have been a focal point for the devout highland people for eight centuries and today are living Christian shrines. People come to services and prayers each day and colourful traditional ceremonies can be observed. Behind the town is Asheton Maryam Monastery at almost 4,000m, the hike takes 4 hours return, it’s a fabulous morning walk for those who make the climb as the views are stunning


Lake Tana Monasteries 

The Tana islands and peninsulas are home to a host of 14th Century Ethiopian Orthodox Monasteries, where the amazing untouched murals and artifacts are a visual encyclopedia of Ethiopia’s religious heritage.



Tigray is Ethiopia's best-kept secret. This northernmost region of the country was the birthplace of Ethiopia's Axumite Empire, and among the first regions to have embraced Christianity, a heritage still visible in the numerous rock churches that dot its rugged landscape.



Harar is an important Muslim holy city, home to no fewer than 90 mosques. Though it lacks the historic marvels of Gondar and Axum, Harar is one of Ethiopia's liveliest, most welcoming cities.



A medieval Capital city and Royal Compound of the 17th and 18th Century kings, Gondar is often referred to as the “Camelot of Ethiopia”


Danakil Depression

Dallol in the Dannakil Desert is one of the lowest places on earth at 116 meter below sea level, where lakes of acid form colorful sulfur formations in the hottest and deepest part of the Danakil depression where salt is excavated, cut salt into slabs and loaded on to caravans of camels. Volcano Erta Ale is globally recognized as one of the most alluring and yet physically challenging natural attractions.


The South Omo Valley

The Omo Valley is home to a dozen or so animist tribes whose striking body adornments and traditional lifestyle scarcely acknowledge that the modern world exists.  This region is a living anthropological museum, where the tribes still practice body scarring and body painting and create amazing ochre-coated hairstyles. To visit the Mursi, Hamer, Konso, Ari, Karo and Dorze people in their traditional villages, is a true once–in-a-lifetime experience



Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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ETHIOPIA Restriction Detail

Date: 02 December 2020

Ethiopia entry requirement in relation to COVID-19 Pandemic:


 - All passengers traveling to Ethiopia MUST present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given.


 - Children less than or equal to 10 years of age are exempted from the RT PCR test certificate requirement.


- There shall be no COVID-19 test to be done on arrival at Addis Ababa. 


- A Rapid diagnostic test (RDT antibody test) will not be accepted for this purpose.


- The above requirement does not apply to transit passengers. 


- All Diplomatic and Service (including United Nations and African Union) passport holders, including their immediate families, are advised but not required to have a certificate of negative PCR-COVID-19 test before arrival to Ethiopia. However, anyone (diplomatic and service passport holder including their immediate families) who come to Ethiopia without negative PCR COVID-19 test result, is required to stay in quarantine for fourteen (14) days at home.