Short Tours from Addis Ababa

Tour Packages for short trips around Addis Ababa

Various tour packages from Addis Ababa that require an overnight stay outside the city.

ETT 1301 – Tour Package 1-Awassa
Day 1
Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. On the way, you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site). The final destination for the day is Awassa.

Overnight stay in Awasa (Hotel)

Day 2: After having breakfast, visit the local fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa. Afterward, take a boat trip on the lake to visit the hippos. Finally, return north to Addis Ababa. If there is enough time, you may visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters, is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m. Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year.

ETT 1302 Tour Package 2-Archeological Sites/Lake Langano/Lake Ziway*
Day 1
Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. On the way, you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) and Melk Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site). The final destination for the day is Lake Langano. Overnight stay in Lake Langano area (camping or lodge)

Day 2: Early morning, depart from Lake Langano for a short trip north to Lake Ziway. After a brief morning hike, depart north to Lake Ziway. Here you will take a boat trip on Lake Ziway to the island of Tullo Gudo. The island hosts the church of Maryam Tsion which, according to tradition, once housed the Ark of the Covenant to hide it from invaders. After the boat trip, you’ll return to shore and enjoy the bountiful birdlife on this lake and possibly some hippos. Ret Return to Addis Ababa late afternoon.

ETT 1303 – Tour Package 3-Debre Zeit/Mt. Zuquala
Day 1

Depart from Addis for a short drive to Debre Zeit, home to several crater lakes and a popular weekend getaway spot for Addis Ababa residents. You can spend the day visiting the lakes or doing some light hiking (circling Lake Hora takes 1 ½ hour). The area is very popular for bird-watching. There are several lake-side establishments for lunch and even a spa.

Overnight in Debre Zeit (hotel or lodge)

Day 2
After breakfast, depart for a visit to Mt. Zuqualla, an extinct volcano that offers beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Here you can visit the monastery of Mt. Zuqualla Maryam, which may date back as far as the 4th century. The nearby crater-lake is considered holy by the monks of the monastery. Return to Addis Ababa in the afternoon.

ETT 1304 – Tour Package 4-Lake Wenchi*/Menagesha Forest
Day 1
Depart early from Addis to Lake Wenchi. Here you can do some horseback riding or hiking around this stunning Crater Lake and/or a boat trip on the lake to visit the island monastery of Cherkos and the hot springs.

Overnight in Woliso (lodge)

Day 2
After breakfast, drive to the Menagesha National Forest for some hiking. Here you will enjoy the wildlife, such as the colobus monkeys and endemic Menelik’s bushbuck, as well as birds, including the endemic Ethiopian oriole and Abyssinian woodpecker.

After the visit, return to Addis Ababa in the afternoon

ETT 1305 – Tour Package 5-Awash National Park
Day 1
Depart east from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park. In the evening you will have a chance to do a short game drive to see the local wildlife, such as oryx, baboons, greater and lesser kudu, warthogs, gazelles, colubus monkeys. Additionally, you’d be very lucky to see leopards, lions, and other cats. The landscapes in the park are beautiful, looking over the Awash Gorge.

Overnight in Awash National Park (lodge or camping)

Day 2

Early morning, take a drive in the park to witness the park as it wakes up. Afterward, depart from Awash, returning to Addis Ababa. On the way, you can stop in Sodere to take a shower in the therapeutic hot springs waters.

Daily trip, $200 per person(PRICE EXCLUDES: LUNCH and DINNER).

ETT 1306 – Tour Package 6- BAHIR DAR (2 days) with flight (One overnight in Bahir Dar)

Day 1: Early in the morning, fly to Bahir Dar. We will pick you up from the airport and check in to your hotel. Drive to the Blue Nile Falls (32 km from Bahir dar) where you can enjoy the view of the Falls and have a small excursion around the area.

Return to Bahir Dar and visit the marketplace if time allows it.

Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge.

Day 2: In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River.

Drive to the airport to catch your flight back to Addis.

ETT 1307 – Tour Package 7-Blue Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos Monastery (Day trip)

This is a full day trip north of Addis to visit the scenic Blue Nile Gorge and the historic Debre Libanos Monastery.

After early breakfast, drive north of Addis one the highway to Bahir Dar Monastery of Debre Libanos founded in the 13th century by Abune Tekle Haymanot. Overlooking Jema River Gorge, a tributary of the Blue Nile, the Monastery owns ecclesiastical, cultural and historical relics; here you have also seen birds and baboons. Below the monastery, there is a bridge which is called Portuguese bridge or locally was known as Egg Bridge. On the way; rural tourism (short visit to local farmer house, feeding the Baboon and other local farmer activity) is possible. On the way stop at the traditional villages of the Oromo people.

Cost of the trip would be $100 USD, Price includes a car with driver, fuel, guide, entrance fee, and parking fee.

Price excludes: any meals during the trip

ETT 1308 – Tour Package 8 nights/3 days -Bahir Dar – Blue Nile Falls Lake Tana Monasteries

Day 1: Upon the arrival to Bahir Dar drive to the Blue Nile Falls and afternoon boat trip on Lake Tana followed by a tour the monastery churches and city tour in Bahir Dar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Abay Minch Lodge.

Day 2:  In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River. In the afternoon, take a drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel)

Day 3: Fly from Bahir Dar to Addis.

ET 1309 - LALIBELA AND GONDAR THREE NIGHTS/TWO DAYS - Tour Package 9

This short trip is designed for the visitors who have little time, on a short break from Addis Ababa. It enables you to see two of the old capitals of Ethiopia that have shaped its history over the last eight hundred years, and in the process visit some of stunning churches and romantic castles. In this short time you will see the highlights of Ethiopia’s historical heritage and have a great escape from the hubbub of Addis Ababa.

Day 01: Fly from Addis to Lalibela (departure 07:00 AM and 08:00 AM) . Transfer to Hotel on arrival. Visit of King Lalibela’s rock churches. Lalibela: – is most famous; crafted beautifully from one single red volcanic rock during the ultimate period of masonry skills. Some are below ground only reached via narrow tunnels and small steps. King Lalibela is said to have had a vision to create these churches with designs given to him by an angel. The final church to be hewn and possibly the most beautiful of all is St. Georges, which is carved in the shape of a cross. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2: ET 123 Flight departture from Lalibela 1:20 pm - arrive Gondar 1:50 pm Early morning breakfast. Visit Nakute Leab or Genete Maryam church and transfer to the airport. Gondar: – the city of Gondar was once the capital of Ethiopia from 1636 until the mid-19th century and was the hub of art, music, and literature. Your visit will include the Royal enclosure, Fasiledes bath and Debre Birhan Selassie church which are well known for its intriguing ceiling paintings.

– Accommodation BB (Bed and Breakfast)

– Airport in and out shuttle

– City transfer

– English speaking Guide for two days

– Entrance fee

- Three domestic flights

Entry fees and guides in Gondar (for the Castles, the Baths & Debre Berhan Giyorgis Church) and for churches in Lalibela town.

ETT 1310 Harar and Awash 3 days Tour.

Day 1:  An one hour flight takes us to Dire Dawa where a transfer is waiting for us to take us to Harar. This 55 km journey will take close to 1,5 hr. In Harar we check-in in our hotel. Our local guide is waiting for us and from here we start our exploration of the old town. A day to discover more of Harar. There are many mosques and shrines to discover and it is a lively town too. The Harari market is famous. In the evening we are going to see the Hyena man, feeding the hyena by hand. You dare to give it a try?

Day 2: - 300 km distance. In the morning, drive to Awash Park via Dire Dawa to visit Lege Oda Primitive Cave Paintings. En-route, you will have a short stop to visit Aweday chat market. Then, drive to Awash National Park. Genet Hotel or Doho Lodge. (Note if you start early from Harar. In the evening you will have a chance to do a short game drive to see the local wildlife, such as oryx, baboons, greater and lesser kudu, warthogs, gazelles, Columbus monkeys.)

Day 3:- Early Game drive in the Awash National Park to visit Awash River gorge and Awash River Falls. The thorny bushes of Awash National Park support not only beautiful birds but also some mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Sommering’s Gazelle, Salt’s Dik Dik, Warthog, Black backed Jackal, Hamadriyas Baboon, Greater and Lesser Kudus. Then, late afternoon driving to you 225 kilometers west of Awas NP return to Addis Ababa. End of service.

Cost $400.00 The Price Includes:

All Entrance fees and local guides as per the program.

Accommodation with BED and Breakfast.  (Genet Hotel or Doho Lodge) 

Bottles of water for the trip.

Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance

Guide service for the as per the program.

Scout Fee inside the park, airport transfer