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1 Week Ethiopian Cultural and Natural Tour


USD 3,270

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Muluken Girma Tamirat

Merit Ethiopian Tours

We specialize in our customised small group/individual food, cultural, and personal interest tours.

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1 Week Ethiopian Cultural and Natural Tour

This is seven days tour to visit the rock carved church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD), Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage), boat ride on Lake Ziway for bird watching and spotting hippos, two local ethnic food preparation classes, visiting two of the National Parks of Ethiopia, and to visit the old and walled town of Harar which is the fourth Holy City of Islam after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. Harar was also the medieval capital of Ethiopia a

Head South to Lake Ziway

Drive 180 km south of Addis in the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley via the town of Butajira visiting the interesting and still active church of Adadi Mariam which was hand cut out of a single piece rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela, and the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This site is a cemetery where about 40 huge blocks or rocks are decorated with carvings and erected in honor of local warriors in the 14th Century AD. At Tiya, you will also have ethnic food preparation class to learn how the locals make bread and porridge from Enset or False Banana Tree. Late in the afternoon, walk in the shores of the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway to see some low land water birds. O/N - Haile Resort Hotel Read more

Haile Resort Hotel
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Drive to Awassa

Early in the morning, you may take picture of the beautiful sun rise behind the lake, and after breakfast, take about an hour boat ride on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos, and visit the "Birds' Island" which is the breeding ground of birds like Marabou Stork, Spoon Billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, etc Then, with a lunch break at the other Rift Valley Lake of Langano (the only lake in the Ethiopian Rift suitable for swimming as it is Bilharzia - free), we drive 100 km south to Awassa. Along the way, you will have a game drive in the Abiyatta-Shalla Lakes National Park to see Ostriches, Grant's Gazelles, Warthogs, and enjoy the great view of the Rift Valley Lakes of Abiyatta and Shalla. Late in the afternoon, enjoy the great sun set over Lake Awassa, and walking by the shores. O/N - Lewi Resort Hotel Read more

Lewi Resort Hotel

Drive to Awash National Park

In the morning, visit the "Fish Market" of Lake Awassa. It is a popular place where the locals gather to have breakfast of fresh caught raw and fried fish, and see the rare Black and White Monkey - the Colobus Monkey. Then, with a lunch stop at Nazareth, the regional capital of the Oromo people, drive east to the Awash National Park. Near the park, stop to see the saline lake of Beseka which is strangely increasing in its water volume. Late in the afternoon, enjoy visiting the Awash River Water Falls. O/N - Awash Falls Lodge Read more

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Head east to Harar

With an early start, have a game drive in the Awash NP to see crocodiles, Biesa Oryx, Baboons, Sommering Gazelles, Bat Eared Fox, and if luck, wild dogs. The Awash NP is also very famous for its bird resources. Then, with a stop at the villages of the Kereyou Oromo people, and crossing the Chercher Mountains, drive 300 km east to Harar - the medieval Muslim capital of Ethiopia. Harar is a walled town from the 16th century AD, and is the fourth holy city of Islam after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site list in 2008. O/N - Ras Hotel Read more

Ras Hotel

Sightseeing tour of Harar

Have a full day sightseeing tour of Harar to visit the walls, the gates, the alleys, the traditional house of the Harar i(Adere) people, local markets, Chat (a mild stimulant leaves which is chewed and popular in Harar) Chewing Ceremony, and the House of Arthur Rimbaud (a famous French Poet of the late 19th Century who lived in Harar), and in the evening drive to one of the five gates of Harar to see the Hyena Man as he is feeding wild hyenas by hand and mouth. O/N - Ras Hotel Read more

Ras Hotel

Drive to Debre Ziet (Bishoft

Visiting the largest Chat market in Ethiopia at the town of Aweday, drive to Debre Ziet. (Chat is one of the bigggest export of the coutry). We will visit a local family of the Hararghe Oromo to experience a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Head west to Awash Arba visiting the Hararghe Oromo people at their villages. O/N - Pyramid Resort and Hotel Read more

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Drive back to Addis Ababa

Sightseeing tour of Debre Ziet to visit three of its five crater lakes to spot various birds, and enjoy the great scenery of the area. You will also have a food preparation class to learn how Ethiopians prepare Enjera which is the national bread of the country. Enjera is prepared from tiny grains called Teff which is a gluten-free grain and rich in iron, carbohydrates, calcium, etc At the end of the day, you will be my guest at one of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants of the city where you will taste varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals and enjoy LIVE dance shows of the different people of the country. End of tour Read more


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Ziway
Day 2
Location Awassa
Day 3
Location Awash
Day 4
Location Harar
Hotel Ras Hotel
Day 6
Location Debre Ziet


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour with a comfortable Toyota Minivan of 2015 Model equipped with seat belts and air conditioning
  • Fuel (gasoline) and driver's allowance
  • Professional and experienced English Speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation with a TWN/DBL bed room sharing basis
  • All breakfasts
  • Scouts in the parks visited
  • Boat hire in Lake Ziway
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • All Entrance (admission) fees
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • And, all related government taxes

Package excludes

  • Any meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • And, any other expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above


2 Reviews

Brian Watson, United States

I just finished a great 7-day trip with Muluken Girma through northern Ethiopia, in mid October 2017. Muluken provided great opportunities to talk with and interact with locals throughout the trip, stopping on the roadside to visit with families, farmers or walking through busy local markets, etc

Diana, United States

Thanks for the service well done...very professional. Our guide Gashaw was very informative and accomodated us in every way and was on time. I'd recommend them for anyone who wants to have a tour of Addis. We will use you again!

Your Ethiopian travel specialists & local insiders

Merit Ethiopian Tours
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Your Ethiopian Driver

Wendye Kassaw

French Speaking Guide

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