Tour Code: JS3
Tour Title: Safari Tour to Great Rift Valley lakes and Bale Mountains National Park
Focus: Scenery, Nature, Wildlife & Culture
Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa- City Tour
Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by our representative and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel you will have city tour of Addis, Which includes National Museum- the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto- panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, trinity cathedral- a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel
Day 2: Addis- Arbaminch- Tiya Stele Field- Melka Kunture
In the morning, drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Tiya Stele Site (one of the world heritage site registered by UNESCO) and MelkaKunture archeological site. Then keep driving to Arbaminch and overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 3: Arbaminch- Dorze Village- Lake Chamo- Nech Sar National Park
Breakfast at the lodge. Drive toDorze (500 Km from Addis) and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). In the afternoon, a boat trip on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. Crossing the lake by boat to the nearby Nech Sar National Park and hiking trought the park to observe natural habitat and wild animals such as; Zebras, Gazelles, Antelopes and plenty of bird species. Overnight stay in hotel/lodge
Day 4: Arbaminch- Hawassa – Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary
Drive to Hawassa (380 Km from Arba Minch). On the way, de tour to Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km from Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest). On arrival in Hawassa, check into a hotel. Later, walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds. Time at leisure. Overnight in a hotel/resort
Day 5: Hawassa- Dinsho- Goba- Fish Market- Bale Mountains National Park
Breakfast in the hotel. Short walk around the beach of Lake Hawassa, visit the Fish Market. Drive to Goba (50 Km from Hawassa). Lunch break. Stop over at Dinsho, the head quarter of Bale Mountains National Park. Short hike around the headquarter, to see some wild animals: Minilik Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala, Warthog, etc. Then drive to Goba town (30 Km from Dinsho). Overnight in Goba Wabishebele Hotel.
Day 6: Goba- Senatte Plateau- Harena Forest- Bale Lodge- Bale Mountains National Park
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Sanetti Plateau of Bale National Park. Hike inside the park to see endemic animal: Ethiopian Wolf, Giant Moll Rat with afro-alpine vegetation,Giant Lobelia and everlasting Visitas. Picnic lunch. Drive to the southern part of the park to Harena Forest. Arrival at Bale Lodge and check in. Hike inside Harenna Forest. Overnight in Bale Lodge.
Day 7: Harena- Langano- Abyata-Shala National Park
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Langano. Lunch Break. Arrival at Langano. Check into hotel. Afternoon, drive and visit Abyata- Shala National Park, famous for wildlife & and bird species.
Day 8: Langano- Addis- Departure- Lake Ziway
After breakfast, drive to Addis. On the way visit the rift valley Lake of Ziway with its diverse species of aquatic birds like greet pelican, Marabou stork, hammer cop and different kind of goose. Then keep drive to Addis.
In the evening farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer in to airport to fly back home, where your tour ends.
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