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Tour to Danakil Depression, Historic Route and Semien National Park for 10 Night

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Tour to Danakil Depression, Historic Route and Semien National Park for 10 Night

According to the written documents the history of Ethiopia remains for over 2500 years and all located in the northern part of the country. Here are the major old permanent capitals of the country chronologically. Axum is located in Tigrai Region at 1024km distant from Addis Ababa and the cradle of Ethiopian ancient civilization and hub for Christianity belief since 342 AD. It is an exotic tourist destination which offers a harmony of ancient history, antiquities, sacred places, natural endowment, convenient weather and perfect infrastructure with tourist standard hotel. Unlike many other states of the era, Axum was elaborately advanced in minting coins, masonry, pottery, metallurgy, taming animals, cultivating cereals, architecture, mathematics etc. Lalibela is the second permanent capital of the country and a medieval settlement in the Lasta area of Wollo. It is the host of eleven remarkable rock-hewn monolithic churches and believed to have been built by King Lalibela in the late 12th century. Each building is architecturally unique, and most of them are decorated with fascinating rock paintings. Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilidas around the year 1636. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in the realm. It was the great commercial center, trading with the rich lands south of the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the north east. It is also comprises several medieval castles with the contemporary design and decoration of churches.Bahir Dar is a clean and well-maintained city and endowed with Lake Tana. Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia, located in a depression of the northwest plateau, 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level. It forms the main reservoir for the Blue Nile (Abbay) River, which drains its southern extremity near Bahir Dar. The lake's surface covers 1,418 square miles (3,673 square km), with a surrounding drainage of 4,500 square miles (11,650 square km); its maximum depth is 45 feet (14 meters). The islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana are most conveniently approached by boat from Bahir Dar on the southern side of the lake, though boats can often also be obtained at Gorgora on the northern shore. The Blue falls is a waterfall on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia and its meaning is "great smoke". It is situated on the upper course of the river, about 38 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. The falls are estimated to be between 37 and 45 meters high, consisting of four streams that originally varied from a trickle in the dry season to over 400 meters wide in the rainy season. The Blue falls is a waterfall on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia and its meaning is "great smoke". It is situated on the upper course of the river, about 38 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. The falls are estimated to be between 37 and 45 meters high, consisting of four streams that originally varied from a trickle in the dry season to over 400 meters wide in the rainy season. Danakil Depressions It is located in the Afar region of the country which is situated in the north eastern part of the country. Geologically one of the most active spots on the Planet Earth, it is a vast expanse of deserts, lava and below sea level salt plains and lakes, active and extinct volcanoes along a south/north chain. The hottest average temperature on earth with an extremely salty lake (Lake Afrera) at 120 meters under, the sea level kept alive by many thermal springs feeding it. It is also the land of Australopithecus Afarensis (Lucy from Hadar, in Afar) which has three million years old ancestor and having all the characteristics of Homo Spines. This area is endowed with natural attraction sites majorly Erta Ale, Afrera etc. Erta Ale is located in the remote area of Afar Depression. It is a natural volcano. And a person can see the volcano lake from the volcano rim only 20m away, which be able to experience the whole staff physically. Usually, when visitors need to visit the volcano the preferable route is Mekele-Berhale-Dodum-Erta Ale, of course it is possible through Awash-Afdera-Erta Ale. Thus, Arta Ale is the most active volcano in Africa and it is commonly visited by a number of tourists from all over the world. The lava lake is remained for more than 125 years and since 1967 the eruption continues without stop. Dallol is located in the Afar region near to the Eritrean border. It is the hottest spot in the world. Semien National park is created by substantial erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau and formed one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with uneven mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp cliff dropping some 1,500 meters. The park is habitat to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat finds nowhere else in the world. But this trip restricted to see the spectacular landscape and Gelada baboon

DAY 1

Short city Tour in Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport and after transfer in to hotel depending on arrival time, arrange a city tour of Addis Ababa. It can include one or two sites. The most known sites are National museum of Ethiopia which is the host of the eldest skeleton ‘Lucy’; Ethnographic museum that set aside to the diversified ethnical, cultural, traditional and religious heritage of the country; Holy Trinity Cathedral is constructed in 1955 and boasts wonderful architectural feature and painting; Entoto, which is situated in the northern tip of the city to see the museum and the palace of Emperor Menelik II, and “Merkato”, the largest open air market in Africa. Read more

Addis Ababa, 1 Night
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DAY 2

First day Dankil trip.

Fly to Semera and continue to drive to Afdera and up on arrival produce the permit paper and arrange the scout for Eartale and Dallol trip. Proceed to drive to the so called ‘Dodum’ which is the most inhospitable spot in the globe and base camp for EartAl. So far the nature of the road is asphalted, sandy, and rugged rock character. Lunch will be taken on the road from lunch box in Kusrawed at which additional scouts and road guide are arranged by the chief of the village. After arriving at Dodum take sufficient rest, around 6 pm begin to trek to EartAle and depending on the group speed, it takes between 3-4 hours. Up on arrival enjoy the night with the sole active volcano lake in the world which is accessed to visit from 20m far from its rim. Take sufficient time to experience and take photo for the acrobatic seeing of the volcanic eruption. Read more

Eartale, 1 night
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DAY 3

Drive to Hamedella

Early in the morning visit EarAle to experience the reaction in a day light and then come back to Dodom camp. After breakfast drive to Hamedella and there is a lunch stop in Kusrawit or some other place.

Hamedella, 1 night
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DAY 4

Visiting Dallol and drive to mekele.

Drive to Dallol by crossing the largest depression and is located in the Afar region near to the Eritrean border. It is the hottest spot in the world in terms of average temperature. It is also the lowest place in Africa, reaches -116m above sea level and the temperature ranges greater than 50 degree Celsius for the sightseeing of the black salt mountain (Lake Asaele), colorful sulfuric hot spring water, salt mountains, acid cave, traditionally salt excavating wide area of salt composition and the original camel caravan live (bars of salt being loaded on to camels for the long journey (approximately 1500-2000 camels weekly). In the afternoon drive to Mekele through Brahale. Read more

Mekele, 1 night
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DAY 5

visiting Tigrai Ghralta churches

Drive to Gehralta, have a visit of Gheralta cluster churches including Mariam Korkur which is cross-shaped churches and known by its decoration, carving (columns, arches and cupolas) and fine frescoes. Additionally Abune Yemata is also famous in by its frescoes and the challenge to climb it then visit Dugum Selassie which possess a beautifully carved ceiling above the maqdas (sanctuary). Read more

Ghralta, 1 night
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DAY 6

Visit city tour of Axum

Drive to Axum, Axum is located in Tigrai Region at 1024km distant from Addis Ababa and the cradle of Ethiopian ancient civilization and hub for Christianity belief since 342 AD. It is an exotic tourist destination which offers a harmony of ancient history, antiquities, sacred places, natural endowment, convenient weather and perfect infrastructure with tourist standard hotel. Unlike many other states of the era, Axum was elaborately advanced in minting coins, masonry, pottery, metallurgy, taming animals, cultivating cereals, architecture, mathematics etc.up on arrival visit the stele Park, the adjacent tombs of King Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel and the church of saint Mary Zion, which is said to believe the final house of the truth Arc of the Covenant. Read more

Axum, 1 night
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DAY 7

City tour Lalibela rock hewn churches

After breakfast fly to Lalibela which is the host of the remarkable 12th century rock hewn churches and supposed to believe one of the eighth wonder of the world. Moreover, it is classified as a world heritage in 1978. Visit the first group of churches which holds six rock hewn churches and out of the six churches two of them are monolithic (completely separated from the main rock and standing freely) and are known also Earthly Jerusalem or the northern cluster. Then visit the second group of churches which is also known as Heavenly Jerusalem and it catagorized four churches and Bete Amanuel is monolithic. At the end visit the third group of church Bete Giorgis in which it is a monolithic and the final work of king Lalibela. Read more

Lalibela, 1 Night
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DAY 8

Visit Semien Park

After breakfast fly to Gondar and continue to drive to Debark the head quarter of Semien National Park, then drive to Sanka Ber in Semien National park to visit the Chilada Baboon with the unique flora, fauna and the stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains Park.

Semien park, 1 night
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DAY 9

Visit Gondar Castle

In the morning visit the Gilada Baboon and the stunning scenery again shortly and drive to Gondar. Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilidas around the year 1636. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in the realm. It was the great commercial center, trading with the rich lands south of the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the north east. It is also comprises several medieval castles with the contemporary design and decoration of churches. After check in to hotel and lunch visit the Royal enclosure palace with its magnificent castles dated back to the 17th and 18th century (world heritage site), the bath of king, and Debre Birhan Sellassie church. Read more

Gondar, 1 night
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DAY 10

Visit Blue nile falls and monastrie in L

In the morning drive to Bahir Dar through Gorgora plane. After check in to hotel set out a boat trip to Zege Peninsula on Lake Tana (It is the largest lake in Ethiopia and covers an area of 250 sq km). At which it is preserved the 15th and 16th century beautiful island monasteries with their valuable treasures comprising biblical wall paintings, crowns of different Ethiopian Kings, ancient illuminated parchment, superb crosses etc. Moreover, the peninsula is distinctively bestowed in an enjoyable fresh air; indigenous trees and coffee forest. After trip back to Bahir Dar and take lunch drive to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls which is about 400 meter wide with full flood especially in June, July and August to mid September Read more

Bahir Dar, 1 night
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DAY 11

short city tour of Addis Ababa

In the morning fly to Addis Ababa visit the National Museum of Ethiopia which is a home for the oldest hominid Lucy and pre historical, historical, and cultural artifacts. Then proceed to drive to Entoto palace, which was the residence of Emperor Menelik II while he was administrated the province of Shewa. It is located in the northern tip of Addis Ababa at a range of 3000-3200m above sea level elevation where the palace and the museum of Empror Menelik II are available for tourists. At the end, visit the largest open air market in Africa `Mercato` and shopping. In the evening invite the welfare dinner in one of the best traditional restaurant with folkloric dancing. Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Semera
Day 2
Location Eartale
Hotel camping
Day 3
Location Hamedela
Hotel camping
Day 4
Location Mekelle
Day 5
Location Gharalta
Day 6
Location Axum
Day 7
Location Lalibela
Day 8
Location Semien Mountain
Day 9
Location Gondar
Day 10
Location Bahir Dar
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Semera
Day 2
Location Eartale
Hotel camping
Day 3
Location Hamedela
Hotel camping
Day 4
Location Mekelle
Day 5
Location Gheralta
Day 6
Location Axum
Day 7
Location Lalibela
Day 8
Location Semien mountain
Day 9
Location Gonder
Day 10
Location Bahir Dar

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double bed sharing basis in 4* hotel in Addis Ababa and best available Hotels / Lodge outside Addis Ababa.
  • Accommodation Camping Only for Afar desert
  • Meals on F/B basis Only for Afar desert & for North Historic & South Cultural Tour H/B Basis
  • Cooks
  • One additional jeep for cooking material & for food
  • Camel for Cargo Afar Deserts.
  • Per day purified bottled water for the Danakil we providing five litter the rest of tour we supply three litters water per day per person.
  • Ground transportation for Historic & Cultural by VAN only for Afar Desert by Jeep (P/Jeep Maximum 4 passengers)
  • Professional English speaking guide and local guide
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • Scout, policies, and Militaries as deemed necessary.
  • Bout Trip Lake Tana; Blue Nile Fowls.
  • All Government Taxes.

Package excludes

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks.
  • Any international flights & domestics flights
  • Commercial videos and photographs
  • Entrance for special ceremonies
  • Laundry service
  • Tips and telephone calls
  • All type of expenses which are not listed on package inclusions part

More information

  • The domestic fare for ADDIS ABABA=> SEMERA, GONDAR=>LALIBELA=>AXUM, BAHIRDAR =>DDIS ABABA is $212.00 USD per person (subject to change). This price is applicable if the clients use only Ethiopian Airlines for the international flight. Otherwise the fare for the above sectors will be USD 531.00 per person.

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