Day 01: August 6
Arrival in Addis, pick up from the airport and check in to your hotels.
Overnight at Caravan Hotel
Day 02: August 7
Addis to Bahir dar (flight)
Catch a flight to Bahirdar in the morning. You will be picked up from the airport and start your day with a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries on the islands.
Return to Bahir dar for Lunch.
After lunch, drive toward the Blue Nile Falls (32 km from Bahir dar)
Visit the Falls, and have a small excursion in the area. Return to Bahir dar around 5 pm.
Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge
Day 03: August 8
Bahir dar to Gondar
Enjoy your breakfast at Abay Minch Lodge, and head north to Gondar. The drive will take about 3 hours to Gondar. Check in to your hotels and start your visit the Royal Enclosures, where you will be visiting all the castles built by different emperors in one compound. Continue your visit with the famous church of Debre Birhan Silassie. Famous for its painting on the walls and faces of the angels on the ceiling, the church is one of the most visited by tourists.
Overnight at Fasil Lodge
Day 4: August 9
Gondar to Lalibela
In the morning, drive toward Lalibela. On the way visit the Awramba community.
Day 5: August 10
Start your day with the visit of 1st group of the Lalibela rock hewn churches, after lunch visit the second and third group of the churches.
Overnight at lalibela Lodge
Day 6: August 11
Lalibela to Mekele.
On this day, you will be driving to Mekele.
The drive will take from 7 to 8 hours, on the way you will be enjoying the beautiful panoramic views.
Overnight at Genfel Hotel
Day 7: August 12
Mekele to Danakil
We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.
We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.
Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.
Day 8: August 13
Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.
You will reach latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a salt water lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the pictureqsue landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed ela
Day 9: August 14
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.
End of Danakil tour
Fly back to Addis at 7:50 pm
Overnight at Caravan Hotel
Day 10: August 15
Fly from Addis to Arba Minch. Drive to Konso.
Day 11: August 16
This morning we travel out to the Karo people at Kolcho village on the banks of the Omo river The Karo people excel in traditional body painting. This evening we visit a Hamer Village near to our accommodation. The Hamer are fine looking people taking great pride in their appearance – the women, with their red dyed plaited hair wear leather skirts decorated with shells, are beautiful. Each Hamer village is amazingly still free from western influences and non-organic materials. Their homes are constructed entirely of local materials, mud, wood and thatch. Each village consists of a single extended family unit of approximately 10-15 huts in close proximity around which daily life rotates. Overnight Turmi, Turmi Lodge.
Day 12: August 17
Driving across dry sandy plains to Key Afar then into more fertile rolling hills to the small town of Jinka. We visit a small museum which gives valuable insight into some tribal customs then take an optional walk down to the town meeting the people on the way, before driving out to our accommodation. Tonight’s accommodation is at an Jinka resort.
Day 13: August 18
Taking an early start we drive across the mountains through some of the most beautiful Ethiopian scenery, into the drier Mago National Park area where we may see Dik Dik and the lesser Kudu. Out on the dry plains we visit a Mursi Village. These people are known for their decorated clay plates which are inserted in the lower lips of women. Starting at adolescence the plates eventually become larger, some plates are finally reaching the dimensions of a bread and butter plate. This custom seems to be used less now and many of the older women just have the loose skin with no plate inserted. Drive to Konso. Overnight Kenta Lodge.
Day 14: August 19
Early start today as we drive from the fertile soils, across the dry plains until reaching Abra Minch known for its Ensete (false) bananas Arba Minch, meaning Forty Springs, it is a fertile fruit producing valley. Drive into the Chencha mountains tovisit a Dorze village. Noted for their fine weaving in wool and cot-ton (great shopping). Their distinctive thatched homes are tall and beehive shaped, we will be able to visit a home and see some weaving, also a demonstration of the many uses of the “false” banana. After a picnic lunch we drive to Lake Chamo and take a boat trip in search of the enormous crocodiles and possibly even Hippopotamus before returning to the air port. Fly from Arba Minch to Addis.
Cost: 1950 Euro
Price includes a Spanish Speaking Guide and Domestic flights