26 Days Ethiopia & Djibouti Tour Package from Action Tours (Posted on Jul 15 2011)

26 Days Ethiopia & Djibouti Tour Package from Action Tours


Neighborign Countries  – Ethiopia-Djibouti
Program: Ethiopia – Djibouti Tour
Code: ATE1065
Duration: 25nights (26days)
Transportation: Air and Land (4WD)
Tour Starts: Addis Ababa
Tour Ends: Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Day1: Arrival Morning.
Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port. Meet there with us and transfer to your hotel for check in and after breakfast; drive to the Entoto Mountain for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum and the old palace of MenelikII (at Entoto Mountain), the National Museum where you can discover different archaeological findings (including 3.18million years old skeleton of Lucy), Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. Overnight – at Ghion Hotel (4*) – Addis

Day2: City Tour of Gondar
Morning. Fly from Addis to Gondar and visit the 17th Century Emperor Fassiladas castles, the Swimming pool of the emperor, and Debre Birhan Selassie (Light of trinity) Church. After lunch, drive to the Simien National Park (Chennek). At the head Quarter of the park; at the town of Debark (101km from Gondar); you will collect entrance tickets and get a scout. After having the permission to the park, drive to the base site of Chennek (4000m above sea level). On the way, you will definitely discover the endemic animal of the Gelada Baboon and the Simien chain mountains. Gelada Baboon is a large baboon with brown hair and a bare red patch on its chest.Around Chennek; you will have an excellent chance to see the endemic Walia Ibex. The Walia Ibex is a wild mountain goat with long (male) and unique backward – curving horns. Overnight – Camping – Chennek

Day3: Half day trek of the nearby Chennek sites
Early Morning. Trek to the areas where you can find the Walia Ibexes. Often, Walia Ibexes and Gelada Baboons are being seen together, heating the morning sun at north – east of Chennek. Come back to the campsite and drive back to Gondar. On the way near the town of Gondar; visit the Felash (Jews) village. Jews have a long year history with Ethiopians. During Gonderine Civilization, many Jews were dwelling in Gondar (17-19century). Overnight – at Goha/ Lammergeyer Hotel (3*) – Gondar.

Day4: Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Morning. Fly from Gondar to Lalibela. After lunch; visit the first group of the Hewn Churches. Overnight – at Roha/ Jerusalem Hotel (3*) – Lalibela Lalibela in Brief: At the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th centuries, King Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty built a series of rock hewn churches, acknowledged as one of the wonders of the world by UNESCO. King Lalibela’s goal was to create a New (Second) Jerusalem for those who could not make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Jerusalem and for those who make long trip pilgrimage to Jerusalem and waste working time in his territory. There are 11 Rock- Hewn Churches at Lalibela, the most spectacular and photographed of which is Bet Giorgis (St. George’s). Beta Medhane Alem is a home to the Lalibela Cross and believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world .Religious ritual is central to the life of the town, with regular processions, extensive fasts, crowds of singing and dancing priests. Its extraordinary religious architectures give to the city of Lalibela a distinctively biblical atmosphere and tourist destination.

Day5: Trekking to Mountain Asheten
Early Morning. Trek from Lalibela (2600m above sea level) to Mountain Asheten Mariam (3200m above sea level). On this day, you will experience a morning sport (trek) which helps you to trek from Hamed Ela to Dallol Depression and from the camping site (13kms far from Waydodom) to the Lava Mountain of Arte Ale Active Volcano. Mountain Asheten is also worthy for a panoramic view of Lalibela and a mountain church of Asheten Mariam. Descend down to Lalibela. After lunch; visit the second group of the Hewn Churches and the Cave church of Nakuto Laabe. Overnight – at Roha/ Jerusalem Hotel (3*) – Lalibela

Day6: Yimrahane Kirstos & Mekelle
Morning. Drive to the cave church called Yimrahine Kirstos (42km from Lalibela), meaning: let Christ lead us. This Church has been constructed by King Yimrahane Kirstos during the13th Century. In the church, there are more than 5000(five thousand) dead human skeletons (Bones) laying with out any coverage for the past 700 years. They are supposed to be pilgrimages from Syria, Egypt and Ethiopia. The murals on the dark walls of the church, the year round spring water descending from the top of the church and the forest around are very impressive and worthy to be visited. Proceed driving to Mekelle via Korem. Take Lunch at the Town of Korem. It is at Korem where the Asphalt road begins to Mekelle. Overnight – at Axum/Abraha Castle Hotel (3*) – Mekelle Danakil/Dallol Depression: is the remotest, lowest and hottest place in the Great Rift Valley system. This trip takes you to explore Danakil Depression where you will definitely feel: a place where it looks out of our earth. Asalé, salt Lake, the traditional salt extraction site since long years, Erta Ale active volcano mountain (613m high above sea level), The Salt Lake of Afdera, basalt rocks, the endless Camel Caravans, unique landmass of Danakil Depression, Afar people and etc will make your mind surprise and think differently.

Day7: Hamed Ela
Morning. Drive from Mekelle to Hamed Ela (roughly 180km dirty road). From the small town of Agula, you will start descending deep down to the Afar Region. You will see too many camels transporting rock salt from Lake Asale to the town of Meklle at many points on the road. The temperature becomes hotter and hotter as you penetrate deep down to the region. You will take some rest at the small town of Berahile (110km from Mekelle) where entrance tickets will be collected. Proceed towards Ahmed Ela with the accompany of polices and a local guide from Berahile. Overnight – camping (under Afar House) – Ahmed Ela

Day8: Dallol Depression
Early morning. Excursion to the Danakil depression.On this day; surely, you will be overwhelmed with a strong feeling of admiration, because of the awesome of Dallol. After Dallol; proceed to the traditional salt extraction site from where too many camels are waiting to load them rock salts just nearby the Salt Lake of Asale. Afternoon, Explore the Afar village of Hamed Ela. Night -camping – Hamed Ela

Arte Ale Volcano

Arte Ale Volcano

Day9: Nearby Arte Ale Volcano
Morning. Drive from Ahmed Ela towards Arte Ale (78km dirty road) via Kursewat. Take some rest (lunch) at Kursewat. At about 3pm, after arranging camels for Arte Ale Mountain at Kursewat, drive to Waydodom and then towards Erta Ale (13km from waydododm).Overnight – Camping – nearby Arte Ale

Day10: the Eternal fire of Arte Ale, Active Volcano Lake
Morning. Trek to Arte Ale with your camping and cooking gears being carried by Afar Camels (3-4hrs trek). After lunch, explore the extraordinary lava that bounce from its mouth of Arte Ale volcanic fire. During night time the volcano will be fully seen with its magnificent color of zigzagging fire, produced from huge rocks. Therefore; in the evening, descend from your Camping site to the drama of the volcano. Overnight- camping on the top of Arte Ale

Day11: Afdera
Morning. Discover all sites around the Arte Ale area and descend down towards where your cars are camped. There; take your lunch and drive to Lake Afdera. In the Afternoon; visit the Salt Lake of Afdera. It is here where you can see people extracting edible salt in large quantity and transport it on trucks to Addis Ababa. Overnight – at current best local hotel – Afdera.

Day12: Assaita
After breakfast; drive from Afdera to Semera. Visit the oldest Ethiopian Afar people’s town of Assaita (visit the market if this day coincides with every Tuesday Market). Overnight – at current best local hotel – Assaita Djibouti Trip Despite its small size; Djibouti comprises extraordinary geological sites, unique landscapes, astonishing nature, crater lakes and Afar – Somali Culture as well as Indian Ocean.

Day13: Assaita – Galafi – Agna
After breakfast; drive from Assaita to the Ethiopia – Djibouti border town of Galafi. At Galafi; siesta, have coffee, tea and soft drinks for refreshment then drive towards Agna to admire a beautiful palm grove, meet with the nomadic Afar people of Djibouti. Lunch under a beautiful palm grove of Agna. In the afternoon; drive towards the city of Dikhil. Diner at a hotel and overnight – at best local hotel – Dikhil.

Day14: Dikhil & Lake Abbe
Dikhil is a pleasant city, on the road to Ethiopia. Make a guided city tour of Dikhil and its old palm grove in the morning. Lunch at a hotel in Dikhil. In the afternoon; drive towards Lake Abbe and attend the sunset there. Diner and overnight – camping nearby the lake Abbe.

Day 15: Lake Abbe & Lake Assal
Very early morning visit the Lake Abbe and its hundreds limestone chimneys from which steam vents, appreciate the sunrise, the beautiful flocks of flamingos – the Andean and the James’s Flamingo & nomadic Afar people.Afternoon; drive to Dikhil, lunch and continue to Lake Asal to admire the sunset on the floe of salt. Lake Assal is hottest. The closer you get to the Lake the higher gets the temperature. The brightness is so intense during day time so that you need to have your sunglasses. Diner and overnight – camping nearby the Lake Goubet

Day16: Around Goubet
The Goubet region is known for a spectacle black lava results. Visit all sites nearby Goubet. After Goubet; drive towards the forest of the primaire du Day. Lunch at Day camping site. Afternoon; visit around the primaire du Day, the primaire forest, and francolin of the Day. Diner and overnight – camping – at Day

Day17: Tadjuirah- White Sand
Early morning; depart for Tadjourah. Visit the white city of Tadjourah and the seat of the Sultanate Afar then turn towards the beach of the White Sand that is the beach to the thinnest sand. Lunch in Tadjourah. In the afternoon; turn towards Bankoualé. Diner and overnight – camping – Bankoualé.

Day18: Bankoualé – Ardo Visit Bankoualé:
the rare and unique palm tree and, meet with craftsmen of Ardo. Afternoon; drive to the city of Djibouti. Diner and overnight at Sheraton Hotel – Djibouti

Day19: Djibouti city
Tour of Djibouti Visit Djibouti city and markets for full day. Diner and overnight at Sheraton Hotel – Djibouti

Day20: Djibouti – Logia
Morning; drive back from Djibouti to Ethiopia via Galafi and to Serdo- Semera – Logia. Overnight – at current best local hotel – Logia

Day21: Awash National Park
Awash National Park is located at 212km, east of Addis Ababa with an area of 756 Sq. km. It is the oldest and most developed wildlife reserve in Ethiopia. The park is entirely established on the plain of the Rift Valley. The park is predominantly covered with acacia trees and savannah grassland. The main tourist attractions of the park include lesser and greater kudu, Beisa Oryx, dik-dik, cheetah, lion, Somme ring’s gazelle and others. Bird species: secretary birds, Abyssinian ground hornbill, turaco birds and etc. Another interesting feature is the 150m – deep Awash River Gorge that makes up the park’s southern boundary and with impressive waterfall at its head. Morning. Drive from Logia to Awash national Park. After lunch and siesta at Awash Sebat – near the park, Game view after having entrance tickets at the head office of the Awash National Park. Overnight – at best local hotel (Genet Hotel) – Awash Sebat.

Day22: Hot Springs and Fentale Crater Lake
Full day visit. Take an early morning game drive and then return to the lodge/hotel for breakfast. Then drive with picnic lunch into the park to visit the Filwoha Hot Springs, where guests can take a hot bath. Then proceed to the Fentale crater, which still shows signs of activity with smocking steam vents. Overnight – at best local hotel (Genet Hotel) – Awash Sebat. Or Lodge in the Park.

Day23: the Hyena Man show
Harar:- The ancient city of Harar, which was established between 7th and 9th centuries, had been remained a center of Islamic religion from the early days of the Islamic expansion until 1887, when the authority of the central government was restored by Emperor Menelik II. It is located at about 526 km east of the capital or 55 km east of Dire Dawa. Harar with its 99 mosques and shrines, is considered the forth most sacred center of the Islamic world. The town of Harar is surrounded by a great defensive wall made of stones and mud. This wall was believed to have been built in 1550’s by Amir Nur, the nephew of the great Imam Ahmad Ibn Ibrahim Alghazi of Ethiopia. The city of Harar has five large gates. Part of the city, which is encircled by the wall, is known as ‘Jegol’. Places of interest to be visited in Harar are the “Rimbaud House” which is named after the famous French poet who chose Harar as his city of exile from French. Harar market places, the house of Ras Mekonnen and the Harari houses with unique architectural features deserve to be seen. The Harari and Oromo women in Harar have been known for their unique custom and basket works. They still wave intricate creation from colored fibers and grasses. Harar is also known for its “Hyena Man” who feeds his wild friends, the hyenas, with meat and bones every evening in the open air. Morning; drive from Awash Sebat to Harar (300km from Awash Sebat) and after lunch; visit the walled city of Harar. In the evening, attend the most astonishing and bizarre Hyena Man show. That Man feeds as many as 30 hyenas with his bare hands and mouth. You can try it with no any harm. Hyenas in Harar are considered as domestic dogs that anybody has no intension to fear them. Overnight – at current best local hotel -Harar

Valley of Marvels

Valley of Marvels

Day24: Babile and the Valley of Marvels
Morning; drive from Harar to Babile on the Jijga Road. There are General Market on every Saturday, Camel Market on every Monday & Thursday at Babile. Visit the market if your schedule coincides with the market day otherwise proceed to the Valley of Marvels. The most visited one is the rock formation of Dakata Rock sited at 7km from Babile. Drive back to Harar for lunch and drive about 51km for Dire Dawa. The main attraction of Dire Dawa known also as Queen City of the Rift Valley is: Taiwan Market, the stimulant leaf knows as “Chat” Market and the big market place which is frequented by Oromo, Somali Issa and Afar people. Overnight – at current best local hotel –Dire Dawa

Day25: Dire Dawa – Addis
After Breakfast; drive back to Addis Ababa (515km best asphalt road).stopover at Lake Besseka, after Awash national Park for birds and continue to Addis appreciating the Rift Valley Landscapes. Lunch on the way and arrive to Addis in late afternoon. Overnight – at Ghion Hotel (4*) – Addis

Day26: Departure

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* Tourist Visa to Djibouti is required on border points. This Visa can be obtained at Djibouti Embassy to Addis Ababa. We can be intermediary to have you tourist visa permit to Djibouti.

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Posted by on Jul 15 2011. Filed under Addis Ababa, Afar, Africa, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rift Valley, Somali.

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