Explore Ethiopia, the ‘cradle of humanity’
Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. It’s an incredible combination of history, tradition, culture and nature. From the fascinating and colourful Timket festival in Addis Ababa to the amazing rock-hewn churches, hidden crypts and grottoes in Lalibela, this trip take you deep into human history. The 500-year-old monastery islands of Bahir Dar, the elegant castles of Gondar, the majestic geological formations of the Simien mountains, the giant obelisks that rise out of Axum, and even the rumoured home of the Ark of the Covenant. This 13 day trip travels through the north of the country, taking in views of the Blue Nile and trekking to the peaks of the Simien Mountains (meeting red chested Gelada baboons). You’ll be sure to taste the country’s famous coffee and delectable cuisine, and meet the genuine and friendly people along the way. This is an adventure like no other.
Be part of the procession of locals marching to Jan Meda in preparations for Timket Festival in Addis Ababa
Enjoy a dinner in Bahir Zaf restaurant and support a project that opened its doors to train young people in catering services, thereby generating an income and creating employment opportunities after training.
Search for the source of the Blue Nile on a boat cruise at Lake Tana, then discover the churches and unique castles of the regal city of Gondar.
Trek the majestic series of undulating amethyst peaks that make up the Simien Mountains, looking out for the distinctive red-hearted Gelada.
Explore Lalibela's unique churches - astonishing constructions sculpted from huge slabs of stone - that make up one of the world's greatest historical and religious sites.
The crowds at Timket Festival can be daunting as we march in the procession towards Jan Meda, however this is a truly unique experience that will be a highlight of the trip.
Experience the Simien Mountains National Park at night during a night of camping in the park.
In Lalibela and Simien Mountains National Park we include day hikes to experience the beauty of the regions on foot.
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
On this itinerary we travel completely by land. There will be some long drives on days 3, 8 & 11.
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1. This trip begins at 1pm with a Welcome Meeting prior to the Timket festival
2. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. A sleeping bag will be provided for the one night of camping in Simien Mountains National Park.
We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Ethiopia before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Incredible Ethiopia - Timket Festival trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Ethiopia is one of the most exciting and visually beautiful countries I have ever experienced. Highly recommend traveling there before the whole world finds out.
Review submitted 23 Feb 2018
I don't know why, but the page for reviewing the crew never opened up, so: Kaleb was an excellent, knowledgeable guide who went above and beyond to make our trip an exciting, safe and informative journey. Teklay, the driver was excellent too. He kept us safe on some pretty hairy roads. Both were personable and took an interest in the whole group.
Review submitted 05 Feb 2018