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Cultural & Safari Tour to Eastern Ethiopia


HomeCultural & Safari Tour to Eastern Ethiopia

Tour Code: JE2
Tour Title: Cultural & Safari Tour to Eastern Ethiopia
Focus: Culture, Site Seeing, Nature, Wildlife
Duration 11 days/10 nights
Mode of transport: Surface
Day 1- Addis Ababa

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by our guide/representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, 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: Drive to Awash National Park
In the morning, drive to Awash (214 km). Check in hotel. Lunch break. Game drive and short hike inside the park to see many wild animals such as Oryx, Kudus, Waterbucks, Gazelle, Warthog, Baboon, and plenty of bird species. Overnight in hotel

Day 3: Drive to Harar (300 Km), Hayna Man Show
After breakfast, drive around the park for wildlife. Then, drive to Harar (300) Lunch break at Asebe Teferi. Then keep drive to Harar. Ckeck in hotel. In the evening visit the Hyena Man show at night. Overnight in hotel

Day 4: Full Day City Tour of Harar
This day, you will have a full day visit of fortified city of Harar. Harar is the Holy City of Ethiopia’s Muslim community, is believed to be the forth-holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The old City Wall of Harar is the main attraction and symbol of Islamic architecture. Harar has approximately 90 mosques, which form the largest concentration of mosques in the world. Visit Jegol Wall, Arthur Rimboud Museum. Visit Jamia Mosque. Lunch Break. Afternoon, visit Emir Nurs Tomb, Traditional Harari Home. Overnight in hotel

Day 5: Drive to Harar- Drive to Dire Dawa-  Visit Chemendefer, Drive to Asebe Teferi (150 km)
After breakfast, drive to Diredawa. Visit Chemendefer old Train station. Lunch Break. Drive to Asebe Teferi. Overnight in Agape Lodge.

Day 6: Drive to Dire Sheike Hussein (114 km) – Khat market
After breakfast, drive to Dire Shieke Hussein via Gelemso town, famous for its brand of “Khat” plantation, a plant that used as a stimulant substance. Stop at Mechare. Lunch break (picnic lunch). Then Keep drive to Sheikh Hussein with a dramatic scenic views and landscapes crossing Wabishebele River. On the way visit Khat farms and Khat markets. Arrival at Dire Sheike Hussein. Overnight in Camping

Day 7: Full day visit of Dire Shiekh Hussein Shrine
This day, you will have a full day visit Dire Sheikh Hussein Shrine, named after a Muslim holy man, Sheikh Hussein Bin Malka who was reputed for his religious teaching, high devotion and remarkable miraculous deeds. Lunch break. Meet religious elders for religions stories and tradition in the area. Overnight in Camping

Day 8: Visit Aynageng Cave, Drive to Sof Omar (150 km)
In the morning, descend to Aynageng Cave (40 minutes walk), an important story that life must pass in the surrounding enclosure from Sheikh Hussein in praying as spiritual mediation between the two worlds (Earth and Heaven).There are different entrances characterized the quality of the faith. Only the pure believers succeed to pass in the narrow hole of the cave. Lunch break. Drive to Sof Omar. Overnight in Camping

Day 9:  Visit Sof Omer Cave, Drive to Goba (140 km) Via Sennete Plateau
In the morning, visit to Sof Omer cave, an amazing complex of natural caves, cut by the Weyb River 7 times with an extraordinary number of arched portals, high, eroded ceilings and deep, echoing chambers. The settlement, which is a religious site, is named after a local Sheikh, Sof Omar, sacred place for Muslims and still used for praying. Lunch break (picnic lunch). Afternoon, drive to Goba. Stop and visit Senette Plateau, part of Bale Mountains Pational Park. Short hike inside the park to see endemic animals such as; Ethiopian Wolf, Giant Moll Rat with afro-alpine vegetations such as Giant Lobelia and everlasting Visitas. Then keep drive to Goba. Overnight in hotel

Day 10: Drive to Debrezeit (400km), Visit Dinsho Wildlife Reserve
After breakfast, drive to Debrezeit. Stopover at Dinsho, the head quarter of Bale Mountains National Park. Short hike at Dinsho Reserve area to see some wild animals: Minilik Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala, Warthog, etc. Then drive to Debrezeit. Stop at Assela for lunch break. Proceed to Debrezeit. Overnight in hotel

Day 11: Drive to Addis Ababa (50 km)- Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Leisure time at the resort. Visit some of Crater lakes of Bishoftu, to observe plenty of birds. Lunch break. Drive to Addis (50km) Ababa. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Leisure and shopping time. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where your tour ends.

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