Ethiopia Uncovered Overview

Travel to Africa and get to know Ethiopia on a fascinating trip that circuits the country's north. Visit the Blue Nile Falls, underground churches in Lalibela, wild Simien Mountains and the historic city of Gonder.

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      EUR €1,415
      GBP £1,140
      NZD $2,290
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      CHF FR1,710
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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel through Ethiopia's dramatic countryside from Addis Ababa up to Aksum and back

A country that counts 13 months to the year, never came under the yoke of colonialism and boasts the Queen of Sheba's hometown. Ethiopia really is an African land like no other. Ancient rock-hewn churches pepper the landscape of Lalibela, elegant castles and palatial complexes stand guard over the city of Gonder and mysterious giant obelisks rise out of Aksum's dry and dusty terrain. Then there's the magnificent Blue Nile Falls, the deep gullies and peaks of the Simien Mountain Range, the secluded island monasteries of Lake Tana and the time-worn grandeur of Addis Ababa. No matter where you've been before, travel to Ethiopia makes for an adventure apart.

  • Cruise out by boat to visit Lake Tana's island monasteries
  • See Blue Nile Falls – 'The Smoke that Thunders'
  • Weave through the mystical churches of Lalibela
  • Hike through the spectacular Simien Mountains
  • Explore Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
  • Spend a night camped out in the bush near Woldiya
  • Marvel at the giant granite obelisks of Aksum

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Finish:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nts), Camping (with facilities) (2 nts), Hotel (13 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    1/2 Day Lake Tana boat trip, Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath, Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie, Entrance Blue Nile Falls, Entrance Simien Mountains National Park, Guided tour of Aksum, Guided tour of Gonder, Guided tour of rock churches & monastery, Palace and church ruins, Simien Mountains trek (2 days), Tigray Rock-hewn Churches

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1161kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    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.

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    EUR €1,415
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    NZD $2,290
    ZAR R20,530
    CHF FR1,710
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About Ethiopia

Ethiopia Uncovered Summary

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Days 1-2 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.

Day 3 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 4-6 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.

Days 7-9 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.

Day 10 Bush Camp

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

Day 11 Mekele

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

Days 12-13 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 14 Enda Selassie

Enda Selassie is a small town in northern Ethiopia.

Day 15 Debark

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

Days 16-18 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.

Days 19-20 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.

Day 21 Mersa

Travel across stark, remote countryside to Mersa.

Day 22 Debre Birhan

Continue on to Debre Birhan, one of the nation's first capitals.

Day 23 Addis Ababa

Arrive back in vibrant and cosmopolitan Addis. Perhaps brave the hustle of Addis Merkato, Africa's biggest open-air market, or suss out the night scene for a final feast of flavoursome local fare.
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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,935
      CAD $2,095
      AUD $2,055
      EUR €1,415
      GBP £1,140
      NZD $2,290
      ZAR R20,530
      CHF FR1,710
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $400
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,385*
      CAD $2,582*
      AUD $2,552*
      EUR €1,743*
      GBP £1,438*
      NZD $2,822*
      ZAR R25,315*
      CHF FR2,108*
      *
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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.