discover the wonders of ethiopia historic route and omo valley tour

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Horizon Africa Safari is an owner-managed travel operation (LLC) specializing in East Africa and based in Chicago, IL.

Discover The Wonders of Ethiopia - Historic route & Omo Valley Tour

  • Package Duration
    15 Days / 14 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
    Addis Ababa - Axum - Lalibella - Gondar - Siemen Mts - Bahir dar - Arba Minch - Turmi - Omorate - Jinka - Mursi - Konso
  • Tour Validity
    01/06/2016 to 31/12/2017

Tour Highlights:

  • Lalibela's incredible rock-hewn churches
  • Stelae at Axum
  • Enchanting 17th century castles at Gondar
  • Spectacular scenery in Simien Mountains
  • Island monasteries of Lake Tana
  • Blue Nile Falls near Bahir Dar
  • Rare wildlife in Simien Mountains NP
  • Temple of the Moon at Yeha
  • 7 UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Lucy and Ethiogenic museums in Addis Ababa
  • Fascinating tribes of Konso, Mursi, Karo and Hamar
  • Awe inspiring scenery at little known parks such as Mago
  • Prolific birdlife
  • Delicious food and homegrown best coffee in the world!
  • Chance to attend a Bull-jumping event with Hamar people
  • Lovely Yirg Alem and Aregash Lodge
  • Relaxing at Lake Langan
  • Boat trip on Lake Chamo, Nech Sar National Park

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Meet and greet transfer to Jupiter International Hotel or other available 4 * hotel located at the center of the city.
Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day, be at your leisure so you can adapt with the elevation and time difference /jet lag
Other wise we will take you for the visit of the Trinity Cathedral and National museum.

Welcome Dinner at the Hotel.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 2: Visit of Addis Ababa in Depth

Today you will have a sight seeing tour of the city of Addis for its Ethnological museum, Mt.Entoto for panoramic view and St.Mary church of Trinity & different museums, The grand open market in East Afric called Merkato with the drive through of Addis main historical monuments and buildings.

Back to your hotel for overnight.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 3: Addis Ababa - Axum (UNESCO World heritage site)

After Breakfast transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for Flight to Axum.
ET 128 (09:00 - 10:30)
Axum was the kingdom that dominated Africa and Asia for a thousand years. Axum's most important attraction site is the Church of St. Mary of Zion where according to the Ethiopian legend, The Ark of the Covenant resides, brought by King Solomon and Queen of Sheba's son "Menelik" 3000 years ago.
AM visit to St. Mary of Zion church.
PM Tour includes visit to the museum, Obelisks and Stele. Plus the Castle Ruins of King Kaleb and Queen of Sheba'ʹs Bath and Palace.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 4: Axum - Lalibela - Asheten Mariam

After breakfast transfer to Axum Airport for Flight to Lalibela
ET 123 (11:15 - 11:55)
Lalibela once a thriving and populous capital of a medieval dynasty, this awe inspiring historic town that grooms rock hewn churches was built in the late 12th century by King Lalibela. The remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rocks are ranked among the wonders of the world.
After check in to your hotel and lunch break ,you will have an excursion to Asheten Mariam church which is located outside the city of Lalibela.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 5: Lalibela (UNESCO world heritage site)

AM: Visiting the first part of the eleven monolithic & semien monolithic of 12 century Churches that is classified in to two cluster (eastern & Western). PM : Visit the second group of churches in the town that includes Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios, Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. PM: Visit of the local village and a family in Laliebella with traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 6: Lalibela - Gondar

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar.
ET 123 (12:15 - 12:45) Check in to your Hotel
Gondar was Ethiopia's royal capital until 1868. Gondar was the home of the Falasha, the "Black Jews" of Ethiopia, most of who left for Israel in 1991.
Full day: Sightseeing with palaces, royal buildings, and churches incl. Fasil Ghebbi fortress, Fasiledes Bath, and Debre Berhan Selassie church and visit one of the local schools in the town.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 7: Gondar - Simien Mountains - Gondar (UNESCO world heritage site)

Leaving Gonder we drive about 100 kms north to Debark at the edge of the Simien Mountains National Park, and once home to the Felashas, the Ethiopian Jews. The Simien Mountains National Park of Northern Ethiopia is a World Heritage Site. The scenery along the escarpment is breathtaking and for those with the stamina for a moderate walk of about 2 hours there will be an opportunity to get an appreciation of the beauty of this wilderness that attracts trekkers from all over the world.
The wildlife of the region includes ibex, foxes, vultures and baboons. If you are fortunate you will encounter groups of Gelada Baboons sitting or foraging in grasslands. The males are distinguished by a bright red patch of skin on the chest that serves for sexual display. They live with their chosen harem females and their young and the baboons may be observed sitting in large groups eating grasses and flowers Walking Tour of Simien Mountains and drive back to Gonder for overnight.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 8: Fly back to Addis from Gonder ET 125 (09:40 - 10:45)

Addis Ababa means "new flower" and is Ethiopia’s largest city. Sitting at an elevation ranging from 7,000 to 8,300 feet, it is a unique mixture of new, tall buildings mingled with traditional houses.
Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world and the altitude might therefore fatigue you easily
Sightseeing the capital city of Ethiopia - Addis Ababa, includes the largest open grand market in Africa and National Museum (home of the fossilized skeleton of the early hominid Lucy) 

Overnight 4 * hotel.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 9: Addis Ababa - Arba Minch

After Breakfast drive through the Great Rift Valley to Arbaminch via Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abijata and Shalla.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 10: Arba Minch - Lake Chamo

AM Boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit Hippos, birds and crocodiles
PM Visit to Dorze tribe’s village, indigenous people of South Ethiopia who are famous for cotton weaving and their huge huts, resembling a giant beehive. Boat tour on Lake Chamo.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 11: Arba Minch - Turmi

Leave Arba Minch to Turmi, enjoy the Omo valley visit en route the konso people who depends on terracing farming for their living unlike the other tribes that are pastoralists in the Omo valley, Turmi is colorful on Monday Market so you will have an opportunity to see many tribes on this market En route visit villages like: Tsemay around Weito River, the Benna at Keyafer and the Ari N.B. Turmi is colorful on Monday Market & Dimeka/22Km from Turmi/ on Saturday Market (for hammer peoples).

Meals : Breakfast



Day 12: Turmi - Omorate - Jinka

Morning Drive to Omorate to visit the Dasenech people (their old name is Geleb) who are living on the banks of river Omo, where they cross the river using a tree trunk to go to the west cost where the majority of the tribe live. The daily market at omorate is also an interesting place to stop for a photo. You can cross the Omo River by boat.
Explore more in the hammer villages.
Meals : Turmi - Omorate - Jinka
Morning Drive to Omorate to visit the Dasenech people (their old name is Geleb) who are living on the banks of river Omo, where they cross the river using a tree trunk to go to the west cost where the majority of the tribe live. The daily market at omorate is also an interesting place to stop for a photo. You can cross the Omo River by boat.
Explore more in the hammer villages.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 13: Mursi - Arba Minch

Drive to Mago Park early morning seeing some wild life and visit the mursi people known for their lip plate’s Return to Jinka to visit the local market, village and museum.
Drive to Arba Minch, en route you will visit villages of Tsemay, Benna and Ari tribes.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 14: Arba Minch - Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa en route visit Melkakuntre, Adadi Mariam, Tiya Stella (UNESCO World herigage site) and see wolita peoples in wolita sodo.
Farewell Dinner with Traditional Cultural Program.

Meals : Breakfast



Day 15: Addis Ababa - Home

Addis Ababa:Visit Market in Addis Ababa - Last minute shopping. Late checkout.
Flight back home.
Thank you for choosing Horizon Africa Safari.

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Detail:

Specific Departure Dates :


- Any days of the year


Departure Cities with rates :

- Tour starts and ends in Addis Ababa, Capital City of Ethiopia 

Includes :

  • English Speaking Driver Guides & Local Guides For All Visiting Sites.


  • Lunch & Dinner

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Terms & Conditions:

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 Reservation & Payment

All tour prices are quoted in US Dollars. We accept payment in a freely convertible currency and at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of payment.

A deposit of 20% is required at the time of confirmed booking

The balance must be paid prior to the commencement of the tour.

The company reserves the right to cancel the booking if payment is not received in accordance with these terms.


This is inclusive of all transportation according to the itinerary, accommodation, breakfast basis (IF NOT ASKED ADDITIONAL MEALS), three tabled meals daily on camping, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, drivers allowance and transfers to and from the airport. Tour price is NOT inclusive of visa fees, excess baggage charges, tipping and items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry and drinks.


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That is: Notification Charge 40 days and over full refund less $100.00 administration fee per person, 35-21 days prior to travel date 25% of the tour price, 20– 14 days prior to travel date 50% of the tour price, 13-3 days prior to travel date 75% of the tour price, under 3 days and no show no refund is possible.


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