Historic & Omo 17 days

Bahirdar, Gondar, Simien, Lalibela
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The Historic and Omo Valley Route 17 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. 

The Omo Valley, with its typical African environment, is mostly interesting because of the wide range of peoples that inhabit it, including the Mursi, Karo, Banna, Dizi, Hamer and Bodi.The Majanger, the Nuer the Annuak and the Surmas are perdomesently found in the western part of Ethiopia. You will visit the various Omo tribes, observing their animist way of life and witnessing authentic customs and traditions, such as the bull-jumping and body scarification of the Hamer, the bizarre lip ornamentation of the Mursi and the incredible banana leaf architecture of the Dorze, we felt as if we had entered an African world of an earlier time, the way of life still largely untouched by outside influences

  • 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.
  • Dorze Tribes and Villages- The Dorze tribe were once warriors. They are famous for their cotton woven cloths and beehive huts. 
  • Konso - Meet the people, take photographs and  learn of  a culture that has had  very little outside influence
  • Turmi- Meet the tribes of Tsemay, Ari, Bena, Mursi, Bume, Karo, Geleb & Hamar people
  • Mago - Visit the Mursi highlands where the most illustrious of Ethiopia's unique tribes lives


Key information

  • - 14 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights basic hotel, most with en suite facilities
  • - Travel by mini or coaster bus, 4WD Toyota land Cruiser
  • - Two internal flights
  • - Off the beaten path in the Tigrai region
  • - Places visited: Addis Ababa, Bahirdar, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Lalibela, Awassa, Arbaminch, Dorze, Konso, Jinka, Mago, Karo, Turmi, Omorate

What's included

  • - All accommodation/ Double or twin room basis
  • - Travel by coaster bus and 4WDs for the south (4 pax in a car)
  • - All transport and listed activities
  • - Two internal flights /based on ET discount/
  • - All transfer in and out
  • - All entrance fees
  • - All breakfasts
  • - English speaking 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 and Omo Valley Route 17 Days

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

AET 2022 - Histoirc Route 15 days  AET2022 - Historic Route 12 days AET2022 - 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. Overnight Nexus hotel


Day 2 - Fly to Diredawa, Visit the market and Hyena man
Dire Dawa – Harer – Hyena Man

After breakfast and checkout (leaving our large bags at the hotel), we transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for our flight east to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia’s second largest city (pop. 310,000). Here we visit the Ethio-Djibouti railway station, with its distinctive colonial architecture, as well as the spice market, where Oromo and Afar people in traditional dress come to buy, sell, and exchange news.
Next we drive 55 km (34 mi) to the walled city of Harer, the historic Muslim capital of Ethiopia. Here we explore battlements and gateways dating back to medieval times, then browse the bustling market favored by shoppers from the Amhara, Oromo, and Adere (Hareri) cultures. We also visit the home of 19th-century poet Arthur Rimbaud, who came here from his native France hoping to make his fortune as a trader after he’d abandoned writing.
At dusk we gather by an ancient city gate to see one of Harer’s most famous attractions: the “Hyena Man,” who beckons seemingly wild hyenas out of the darkness, calls them by name, and hand-feeds them animal bones. It’s an experience not soon forgotten. Overnight Wonderland hotel


Day 3 -Today we will visit Aweday Chat Market – Ethnological Museum of Addis Ababa
Aweday Chat Market – Ethnological Museum of Addis Ababa

After breakfast we drive back to Dire Dawa for the return flight to Addis. En route, we stop in Aweday to visit the region’s largest market for chat, a plant-based stimulant. Back in Addis, we enjoy lunch and then head to the Ethnological Museum, located on the scenic campus of Addis Ababa University, which houses fascinating collections of artifacts representing the country’s key tribal groups. Our expert guide provides an overview of Ethiopian history and culture, including the traditions of nomadic tribal groups who live today as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Overnight Nexus hotel


Day 4 - Fly to Bahirdar, 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. 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. Overnight Jacaranda hotel


Day 5 -Drive to Gondar visit the Castles and palaces

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.

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. Overnight Goha hotel


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. Overnight Simien Lodge


Day 7 - Continue visting the Simien mountain 
Simen Mountain National park - Gondar

Continue visting the park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Ethiopia's main attractions, the mountain range is quiet and we are often the only ones out on the trails. While a wildlife viewing can never be guaranteed, one of the highlights of walking in this outstanding area is the chance to spot the endemic gelada monkeys. Often quietly appearing from over the hillside in huge numbers, the gelada monkeys are the last living species of the ancient grazing primates and are very relaxed in human company.

If we're lucky enough to find them, we'll take the time to sit with them for a while, just watching as the older ones groom one another and the young ones play. As we sit quietly with just our camera clicks for noise, the monkeys will often approach and sit close without any concern. Late in the afternoon drive to Gondar. Overnight Goha hotel


Day 8- Fly to Lalibela, the home of the Rock hewn churches
Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches

Fly 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. 

These eleven structures are world-famous, having been built in the 12-13th century and carved out of single pieces of rock. Discover Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the world), believed to be the world’s largest monolithic church, before navigating through the system of trenches to arrive at Biete Ghiorgis (House of St. George), the most famous and isolated of all the structures. It’s worth spending a day wandering through these amazing of rock and soaking up the heritage. Overnight Lalibela Lodge


Day 9 -In Lalibela, take in the panoramic views from sacred Asheton Maryam Church
Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches

It's an early start this morning to meet our mules and muleteers for an adventurous and authentic journey up the hillside to Asheton Maryam Church, 600m above Lalibela. The going is steep in places and we need to hang on, but its great fun and the views across Lalibela and beyond are incredible. We'll ride for around an hour before dismounting and completing the rest of the 30 minute trail on foot. 
In the afternoon, return to the temples at Lalibela and take the time to explore the second, and most famous, group of rock churches, including the Church of St George, or Bete Giyorgis. Overnight Lalibela Lodge


Day 10- Fly to Addis, drive to Awassa through southern Ethiopia to the Rift Valley Lakes region

After a morning flight back to Addis Ababa, we board a motor coach to begin our six-hour journey through southern Ethiopia to the Rift Valley Lakes region. As we skirt the shores of lakes Shala, Abiata, and Langano, we’ll take in extraordinary views while spotting aquatic birds and other wildlife. Overnight Haile Resort

Day 11 -Visit the Sidama people, who grow enset – also called false banana

In the morning we set out on a journey of five to six hours (over asphalt roads) to Yabelo. As we drive southward, there are plenty of stops to take photos, enjoy a local lunch, and visit the Sidama people, who grow enset – also called false banana – one of Ethiopia’s most important crops. Overnight Yabello lodge

Day 12 - Visit Elsod crater, from where Borena men extract salt and villages
Borena people

Morning visit for the Borena people and afternoon drive to Elsod crater, from where Borena men extract salt. Visit some of their villages. Overnight Yabello lodge

Day 13 - Drive to Turmi, visit the nomadic Borena tribe, as well as Konso tribal villages
Yabello - Turmi

After an early breakfast, we set out from Yabelo on a full day’s drive, stopping to visit the nomadic Borena tribe, as well as Konso tribal villages. Our final destination is Turmi, the main community of the Hamer people who live in Ethiopia’s famed Omo Valley. Once settled into our picturesque lodge for the evening, we attend an Evangadi, a traditional dance performed by the Hamer. Overnight Buska lodge

Day 14 - In Turmi attend a bull jumping ceremony
Hmer Village and colorful cermoney

Today, if it is available we will attend a bull jumping ceremony. This exciting and colourful ceremony marks the rite of passage to manhood for young Hamer warriors. As the ceremonies are not tourist events, we can’t guarantee if one will be happening during our stay. However so far, our luck has been in, with two visits - two ceremonies.  Our daily schedule in Southern Ethiopia may change to suit the location and timing of a ceremony. Overnight Buska lodge

Day 15 - Drive to Jinka via Keyafer market and Ari people
Keyafer Market - Ari People

Today we will visit a local market where Hamer ladies can be seen, dressed in their traditional skin clothing and their distinctive ochre-coated braided hair style.  These markets are a great opportunity to buy genuine tribal artifacts. The Hamer are fine looking people, both men and women taking great pride in their appearance, shaving and coloring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets. After lunch drive to Jinka, where we will visit an Ari tribal community. Overnight Jinka Resort


Day 16 - Drive to Mago national park for Mursi
Mursi - Arbaminch

This morning we will visit the Mursi tribe in the Mago National Park. The Mursi are the most infamous of the Omo tribes because of their practice of inserting clay plates into the lower lips of their women. Our guide will explain the various cultural aspects of the tribe and you will be able to take photographs and interact with the people.  Overnight Paradise lodge


Day 17 - In the morning drive to Addis and transfer to airport for departure
Addis Ababa-Departure

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.


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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



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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.



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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

Flexible booking conditions, guaranteed refund option, COVID-19 refund promise


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.