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EASTERN CIRCUIT AND THE SOUTHEASTERN CIRCUIT.  

In these circuits, one can enjoy more of culture of the different tribes and the natural beauty of the rift valley Ethiopia. As well some historical significant sites as Harar, which is regarded as the 4th Moslem sacred city of the world next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. This town is also known as the walled city because of the wall that was built in 15th C by Harari (Adare people) to protect themselves from the surrounding tribes.

PROGRAM: Eastern and south Eastern circuit
DURATION: 6days and 5 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 001
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrival with Ethiopian Airlines & city tour in Addis Ababa. O/N htl.
  2. Drive to Bale mountains National park’s O/N Goba.
  3. Game drive to visit endemic mammals and birds in bale mountains national park, then to sanete plateau & Harrena forest O/N htl,
  4. Visit of Omar caves. O/N htl, Goba.
  5. Drive Rift Valley Lake of Langano O/N ecolodge.
  6. Shala & Abyata lakes – AA
  7. Departure.

PROGRAM: Bale National Park
DURATION: 9days and 8 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 002
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrive with Ethiopian Airlines & city tour of Addis Ababa. O/N htl,
  2. Driver to Bale mts National park for a game drive visit there diversified wild, plant and bird life. O/N in Dinsho lodge.
  3. Tracking to Moraro Mountain (3750 mts ASL.)
  4. Trekking to Wasema valley
  5. climbing batu mountain and camping near gebregurache lake
  6. Ride across the sanote plateau and meet vehicles as the goba – Dole mena road O/N Goba.
  7. Goba – Langano lake
  8. Shala & Abyata – AA
  9. Departure.

PROGRAM: Bale Park
DURATION: 6days and 5 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 003
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrival with Ethiopian Airlines and City tour in Addis Ababa. O/N htl. 
2. Drive to Bale mountains National Park. O/N htl Goba. 
3. Game drive to visit endemic mammals and birds in Bale mountains national park, then to Sanete plateau & Harrena forest. O/N htl, Goba. 
4. Visit Sof Omar caves. O/N htl, Goba. 
5. Drive back A.A, city tour and sopping. O/N htl. 
6. Departure


PROGRAM: RIFT VALLEY LAKES, BALE AND AWASH PARKS
DURATION: 10days and 9 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 004
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrive with Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa. City tour and O/N chosen htl. 
2. Drive to Visit Shalla, Abyata and Langano lakes. O/N htl 3*. 
3. Visit Wondogenet natural spot. O/N Awasa htl 3*. 
4. Drive to Bale. O/N htl 3*. 
5. Drive to Bale mountains national park to visit animals, birds and plants O/N htl 3*.
6. Visit Sof Omar caves. Back for an O/N htl Goba. 
7. Drive to Awash National Park. O/N htl or camp. 
8. Visit palm spring and Fentale volcanic rim. O/N htl or camp. 
9. Drive to Addis Ababa O/N htl. 
10. Departure.


PROGRAM: HARAR & DIRE DAWA (BY AIR)
DURATION: 5days and 4 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 005
TRANSPORT: Surface and Flight


1. Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines, city tour & O/N chosen htl. 
2. Fly to Dire Dawa, city tour & drive for O/N at Harar. 
3. Morning visit Babile, the valley of marvels. PM Harar's mosques, churches, tombs, French poet Rimbaud house, market, Adere people cultural houses. Evening hyena performance. 
4. Drive to Dire Dawa and fly back to Addis Ababa. 
5. Departure.


PROGRAM: AWASH, HARAR AND DIRE DAWA
DURATION: 7days and 6 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 006
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrival Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. 
2. Drive to the Awash National Park and game drive, camp or the Kereyou Lodge, (we suggest camp). 
3. Drive to Mount Fentale and the Palm hot spring. O/N Awash. 
4. Drive to Harar. O/N htl. 
5. Visit Harar (full day). O/N htl.
6. Drive to Dire Dawa & fly back to AA. O/N htl. 
7. Departure.


PROGRAM: DANAKIL-DJIBOUTI-HARAR: 15 days Best period: November-March.
DURATION: 15days and 14 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 007
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrive Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines, transfer hotel for O/N. 
2. Drive to Awash National Park. Visit on the way Kereyou people, the Metahara Lake. Afternoon, game drive in the park, visit the Awash River falls, Awash River gorge and more. Dinner and O/N camp, in the park. 
3. Continue driving toward the Afar people and drive to the town of Semera. Get here all needed permits for visiting the Danakil depression (117m below sea level). O/N camp. 
4. Drive to visit lake Afrera, where Afar people extract salt. O/N camp. 
5. Drive at bottom of Ertale volcano, one of the few active volcanic sites in Africa. Spectacular views from the top. At night trek. O/N camp 
6. Visit the volcano, views, and more. Afternoon back to vehicle. O/N camp. 
7. Drive back to Semera. O/N camp 
8. Drive to Djibouti and proceed to lake Easal for spectacular views. O/N camp. 
9. Continue to Tadjoura, old capital. O/N htl. (PS: permits of vehicles to Djibouti now are very complicated. Minimum needed 45 days to get the permits. Extra cost: which is included in the tour cost). Very nice beach and colorful town. 
10. Boat (or drive) to Djibouti. By boat is very nice for diving (can also be done one night on the boat. But cost is quite high. Ps. inform us if you are up to boating or drive). If in Djibouti, O/N Sheraton (about 140$ for a room; or be informed if you prefer cheaper 3* Menelik htl of about 90$ for a room) 
11. Drive to lake Abe for very nice views. O/N camp. 
12. Enter back to Ethiopia (multiple reentry visa can be obtained in Djibouti or other wise in Addis, on second day clients must spend one day more in Addis making tour and these for permits. (Inform us which you prefer) and O/N Dire Dawa at Ras htl. 
13. Drive Harar and visit of walls, mosques, French poet Rimbaud house, Adere people, markets, and more. Evening hyena-man performance. O/N Belayneh htl. 
14. Drive or fly back to Addis via Dire Dawa. 
15. Tour of Addis and departure.


PROGRAM: THE DENAKIL DEPRESSION, AWASH NATIONAL PARK, DENAKIL LAKES, HARAR
DURATION: 18days and 17 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 008
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrive Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. 
2. Drive to Awash National Park. O/N camp. 
3. Full day Awash Park & its surroundings. 
4. Drive to Asayta. O/N local htl. Visit Afar people around. 
5. Drive to lake Abe. O/N Asayta. 
6. Visit Asayta-Serdo-lake-Afdiera. O/N camping. 7. Trekking around the lake. O/N camping. 
8. Drive to lake Afdiera-Serdo-Asayta. 
9. Drive Asayta - Awash. 
10. Awash park, visit palm side hot Springs, falls, and more. 
11. Drive to Harar. O/N htl. 
12. Visit Babile. O/N htl, Harar. 
13. Drive Harar - Nazareth. O/N htl. 
14. Nazareth - Bale Goba. O/N Wabe Shebele htl.
15. In Bale, visit Sanete plateau & Tuludimtu forest.
16. Drive Goba - Kofele - Wendo genet. O/N htl. 
17. Drive back to Awasa, Abiyata, Shala Lakes, Addis Ababa. 
18. Departure.


PROGRAM: DANKIL, AWASH, HARAR
DURATION: 16days and 15 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 009
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrive Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines.
2. Awash National Park. O/N camp. 
3. Full day Awash Park & its surroundings. 
4. Drive Asayta. O/N local htl. Visit Afar people around. 
5. Drive to lake Abe. O/N Asayta. 
6. Proceed Asayta-Serdo-lake Afdiera. O/N camping.
7. Trekking around the lake. O/N camping.
8. From Lake Afdiera back to Serdo-Asayta. 
9. Drive Asayta - Awash. 
10. Visit Awash park i.e. Palm side hot Springs, falls and more.
11. Drive to Harar. O/N htl. 
12. Drive Harar-Babile-Harar. O/N htl, Harar. 
13. Drive Harar - Nazareth. O/N htl. 
14. Proceed Nazareth - Bale Goba. O/N Wabe Shebele htl, Goba. 
15. Drive Harar-Dire Dawa then fly back Addias Ababa. O/N htl. 
16. Departure.


PROGRAM: TIGRAY ROCK HEWN CHRCHES AND ERTALE
DURATION: 21days and 20 Nights
CODE: STE-ES 009
TRANSPORT: Surface

1. Arrive Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. 
2. Drive through Senbete to Kombolcha. O/N htl. 
3. Proceed to Lalibela O/N htl. 
4. Visit the Lalibela Rock churches. 
5. Drive Mekele. O/N htl. 
6. Drive towards Dalol. O/N htl. 
7. Dalol (sight of Afar people extracting salt, spectacular view) O/N camp 
8. Drive back and camp for an O/N on the way. 
9. Dugam with Tigray rock churches. O/N camp. 
10. Tigray churches. O/N Mekele. 
11. Drive Kombolcha. O/N htl.
12. Continue through Bati-Mile. O/N camp 
13. Arrive at Semera. O/N camp 
14. Visit Lake Afrera. O/N camp 
15. Visit Ertale volcano. O/N camp 
16. Ertale. O/N camp. 
17. Back Afrera. O/N camp. 
18. Drive Semera. O/N camp. 
19. Afra people-Awash park O/N camp. 
20. Awash park. O/N camp. 
21. Drive back to Addis Ababa. 
22. Departure.

PS: One-day helicopter excursion from Mekele to Ertale volcano and back, for wonderful views can be done. Extra cost and advanced booking are requested.
 
National Parks in Ethiopia
  • Semien Mountains National Park (North)
  • Bale Mountains National Park (Southeast)
  • Nech SAR National Park (South)
  • Mago National Park (South)
  • Omo National Park (South)
  • Awash National Park (East)
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