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Programs to Ethiopia's Historical North, Simien Mountains & Harar
Northern Historical Route
• Focus: History, archaeology, religion, scenery
• Best time of year: end September to mid June
• In-country days: 8
• Transportation: Fly/drive


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Day 01:  Arrive Addis; city tour; shopping

Day 02: Fly to Axum; visit stelae field; tombs of Kings: Queen of Sheba's baths; Church near where Ark of the Covenant is kept; archaeological museum

Day 03: Fly to Lalibela; visit 11 rock-hewn churches from the 12th century

Day 04: Excursion to Naakuto Laab built-up cave Church outside Lalibela

Day 05: Fly to Gondar; visit 17th century castles & baths of Kings; Church

Day 06: Fly to Bahir Dar; boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries

Day 07: Drive & hike to Blue Nile Falls; fly to Addis; cultural evening out

Day 08:  Departure

Highlights:
• Historical journey in time from 1 AD to present civilization
• Remarkable feats of architecture said to be built by angels
• View precious Church treasures of antiquity
• Magnificent mural paintings & manuscripts
• Awesome mountainous highland landscape
• Source of the great Nile River & second largest waterfalls in Africa
• Opportunity to support conservation projects involving communities
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Simien Mountains Trek
• Focus: History, archaeology, religion, scenery, wildlife, trekking
• Best time of year: end September to mid June
• In-country days: 14
• Transportation: Fly/drive

Day 01: Arrive Addis; city tour; shopping

Day 02: Fly to Axum; visit stelae field; tombs of Kings; Queen of Sheba's baths; Church near where Ark of the Covenant is kept; archaeological museum

Day 03: Fly to Lalibela; visit 11 rock-hewn churches from the 12th century

Day 04: Fly to Gondar; visit 17th century castles & baths of Kings; Church

Day 05: Drive to Sankaber in Simien Nat. Park; trek for acclimatization

Day 06: Trek to Geech

Day 07: Trek to Seha Gorge; to Imitgogo peak; to Enateye Plain & Chenek

Day 08: Trek to Ambiko

Day 09: Trek to Ras Dashen (highest peak in Ethiopia 4620m); to Ambiko

Day 10: Trek to Chenek

Day 11: Trek to meet car; drive to Gondar

Day 12: Fly to Bahir Dar; boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries

Day 13: Drive & hike to Blue Nile Falls; fly to Addis; cultural evening out

Day 14: Departure

Highlights:
• Spectacular scenery in the "Grand Canyon of Africa"
• Endemic wildlife: walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf, gelada baboon
• Many species of birds, especially birds of prey
• All sites to be enjoyed as on the Northern Historical Route
• Opportunity to support conservation projects involving communities

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East to Harar - an extension
• Focus: History, religion, market, Harari culture
• Best time of year: All
• Number of days: 2
• Transportation: Fly/drive

Day 01: Fly to Dire Dawa; drive to Harar; visit colorful market; "hyena man"

Day 02: Cultural museum; Rimbaud House; traditional coffee ceremony; drive to Dire Dawa; fly to Addis

Highlights:
• The old-walled town of Harar with it's friendly Islamic flavor
• Treasures of basketry, silver work & textiles to be found in the market
• Enjoy coffee presented traditionally in a Harari home
• Be thrilled watching as a man feeds hyenas with the most unique style
• Opportunity to support conservation projects involving communities

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Get in Touch

Phone: +251 111 552128/ 558591/ 551127
Fax: +251 111 550298
P.O.Box:3658, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com
info@ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.net

  

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