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Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley



This incredible overland route between Gondar and Arba Minch will take you from the historical splendours of Ethiopia's north to its remote tribal villages and the Rift Valley in the south. The wonderful country of Ethiopia is an extraordinary land with a...

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USD 5,280.00
Price per day
USD 151.00

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Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley
Travel Quality
Budget Travel
Group Size
0 - 26
Age Group
18 - 99 Years
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This incredible overland route between Gondar and Arba Minch will take you from the historical splendours of Ethiopia's north to its remote tribal villages and the Rift Valley in the south. The wonderful country of Ethiopia is an extraordinary land with a unique cultural heritage of opulent monasteries, stunning churches carved out of the mountains, and incredible scenery.

In the North we explore the countries famous historic sites, such as the ancient city of Axum and the historic churches at Lalibela and the islands of the beautiful Lake Tana, before heading off on a wild expedition to explore the Danakil Depression.

We will spend time trekking in the spectacular Simien and Bale Mountains; explore the bustling capital of Addis Ababa, and the historic UNESCO World heritage site of Harar.

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
Arba Minch
Day 2.
Arba Minch
Day 3.
Wendo Genet
Day 4.
Bale Mountains Np
Day 5.
Bale Mountains Np
Day 6.
Bale Mountains Np
Day 7.
Lake Ziway
Day 8.
Lake Ziway
Day 9.
Awash Np
Day 10.
Day 11.
Day 12.
Day 13.
Addis Ababa
Day 14.
Addis Ababa
Day 15.
Addis Ababa
Day 20.
Awra Amba
Day 21.
Day 22.
Day 23.
Day 24.
Day 25.
Danakil Depression
Day 26.
Day 27.
Day 28.
Day 29.
Day 30.
Simien Mountains Np
Day 31.
Simien Mountains Np
Day 32.
Simien Mountains Np
Day 33.
Day 34.
Day 35.

Visited cities (7): Addis Abeba, Arba Minch, Axum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Harar, Lalibela



A vastly rewarding trip for lovers of history and culture. It also has excellent trekking and walking and hugely spectacular scenery. The accommodation is fairly basic throughout Ethiopia and the roads can be bumpy and slow. This is a more adventurous trip.



  • Explore chaotic and bustling Addis Ababa
  • Guided tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Harar
  • Witness the traditional feeding of the hyenas
  • Follow the scout along the trails of Awash NP
  • Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway and explore the Coptic monastery
  • 2 days hiking in the beautiful Bale Mountains
  • Search for a rare sighting of Ethiopian wolves on the Sanetti Plateau
  • Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet
  • Optional trip to 'Crocodile Market' in Arba Minch
  • Guided tour of the fascinating ancient royal city of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 3 nights in the fabulously scenic Simien Mountains NP
  • Spot geladas, ibex, Ethiopian wolves and many other endemic species
  • Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum
  • 2 day 4 x 4 adventure to the spectacular Danakil Depression
  • Guided tour of the ancient rock hewn and churches and monastries in Lalibela
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana to witness the source of the Blue Nile
  • Drive the dramatic roads of the Blue Nile gorge

Included in Price

  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Breakfasts x 68, Lunches x 18, Dinners x 18
  • Comfortable Hotel 19 nightsCamping 1 nightMultishare Hostel 3 nightsGuesthouse 3 nightsBasic Hotel 3 nightsCamping without facilities 5 nights


  • Depending on the trip, activities may include treks of 3-4 hours at altitude or across hilly terrain, multi-day treks at sea level, horseback riding, canoeing and other adventurous activities. A moderate level of fitness is required.
  • This is a trip for people with a real sense of adventure. You will be camping for the majority of the trip and the trip will include many long drive days and wild camps. The terrain may be very rough and the roads and facilities may be very basic or non existent. The itinerary may be very flexible.

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