Ethiopian Highlands Overview

Discover the delights of Ethiopia from the natural beauty of the Simien Mountains to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela – and so much more in between.

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      USD $1,645
      CAD $1,780
      AUD $1,750
      EUR €1,205
      GBP £970
      NZD $1,950
      ZAR R17,470
      CHF FR1,455
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $372
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,017*
      CAD $2,183*
      AUD $2,161*
      EUR €1,476*
      GBP £1,216*
      NZD $2,390*
      ZAR R21,425*
      CHF FR1,784*
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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel through the untouched beauty and fascinating culture of Ethiopia

Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the rugged landscapes of the Simien Mountains. Discover the ancient history on display at Aksum and relax among the vibrant culture in Gonder. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and travelling in Ethiopia is an experience not to be missed.

  • Indulge in a sweet Ethiopian coffee in Addis Ababa
  • Explore the spectacular Blue Nile Falls
  • Discover the ornate history of Gondar
  • Travel through Ethiopia’s rugged scenery
  • Trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains
  • Discover the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Gonder, Ethiopia
  • Finish:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (15 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    1/2 Day Lake Tana boat trip, Entrance Blue Nile Falls, Guided tour of Aksum, Guided tour of Gonder, Guided tour of rock churches & monastery, Simien Mountains trek (2 days), Tigray Rock-hewn Churches

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1060kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights. 2. A single supplement is not available for this trip. 3. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman

  • Trip price from

    USD $1,645
    CAD $1,780
    AUD $1,750
    EUR €1,205
    GBP £970
    NZD $1,950
    ZAR R17,470
    CHF FR1,455
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    USD $372
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  • Total price from

    USD $2,017*
    CAD $2,183*
    AUD $2,161*
    EUR €1,476*
    GBP £1,216*
    NZD $2,390*
    ZAR R21,425*
    CHF FR1,784*
    *
    Price information
  • ‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
  • Per day from:

    USD $96
    CAD $103
    AUD $102
    EUR €70
    GBP £57
    NZD $113
    ZAR R1,020
    CHF FR84
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About Ethiopia

Ethiopian Highlands Summary

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Days 1-2 Gonder

Historic Gonder is known as the city of castles and palaces. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas, who built the first castle.

Days 3-5 Simien Mountains National Park

Jagged mountain peaks flank deep valleys and high altitude plains in one of Africa's major mountain regions. The Simien Mountains are known for their dramatic and spectacular scenery.

Day 6 Debark

Standing at the gateway to the Simien Mountains, the town of Debark has some of the most amazing scenery in Ethiopia.

Day 7 Enda Selassie

Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.

Days 8-9 Aksum

The site of Ethiopia's oldest city, Aksum has some impressive obelisks carved from single blocks of granite - the tallest still standing is 23 metres high.

Day 10 Mekele

A cultural town with a long and colourful history, Mekele is famous for its churches and desert landscape.

Day 11 Woldiya

Spend the night in a bush camp near the hillside market town of Woldiya.

Days 12-14 Lalibela

Hidden in the hills of northern Ethiopia is the small town of Lalibela. This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th century.

Days 15-17 Bahir Dar

Located on the shores of Lake Tana and only a few hundred metres from the source of the mighty Blue Nile, Bahir Dar is a fascinating place.

Day 18 Debre Markos

Debre Markos is a city located in east-central Ethiopia and was named after its principal church which was constructed in 1869.

Days 19-21 Addis Ababa

More commonly referred to as 'Addis', Addis Ababa lies among wooded hills at an altitude of about 2300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.
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    • YDOB
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,645
      CAD $1,780
      AUD $1,750
      EUR €1,205
      GBP £970
      NZD $1,950
      ZAR R17,470
      CHF FR1,455
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $372
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,017*
      CAD $2,183*
      AUD $2,161*
      EUR €1,476*
      GBP £1,216*
      NZD $2,390*
      ZAR R21,425*
      CHF FR1,784*
      *
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.