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Great Rift Valley & Bale Mountains

6 Days

<p>Morning, drive to Yirgalem (270 Km from Addis). On the way, visit Tiya Stele (UNESCO registered world heritage site) and MelkaKunture archeological site and the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam. Lunch break. Proceed to Yirgalem. Overnight in Aregash Lodge</p>

<p>Breakfast in a hotel. Drive to coffee plantation area. Visit the coffee forest, the process of how coffee beans are collected, washed and processed for international export). Lunch break. Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Drive to Hawassa (80 Km from Yirgalem). One the way, visit one of the rural village of Sidama people. Short walk for sunset at Hawassa lake. Overnight in a hotel in Hawassa. </p>

<p>Breakfast in the hotel. Short walk around the beach of Lake Hawassa, visit the Fish Market. Drive to Goba (50 Km from Hawassa). Lunch break. Stop over at Dinsho, the head quarter of Bale Mountains National Park. Short hike around the headquarter, to see some wild animals: Minilik Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala, Warthog, etc. Then drive to Goba town (30 Km from Dinsho). Overnight in Goba Wabishebele Hotel.</p>

<p>Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Sanetti Plateau of Bale National Park. Hike inside the park to see endemic animal: Ethiopian Wolf, Giant Moll Rat with afro-alpine vegetation,Giant Lobelia and everlasting Visitas. Picnic lunch. Drive to the southern part of the park to Harena Forest. Arrival at Bale Lodge and check in. Hike inside Harenna Forest. Overnight in Bale Lodge.</p>

<p>Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Langano. Lunch Break. Arrival at Langano. Check into hotel. Afternoon, drive and visit Abyata- Shala National Park, famous for wildlife&birds.Overnight in a lodge in Lanagano. </p>

<p>Breakfast in the hotel. Time at leisure for a walk on the shore of Lake Langano, one the rift valley lakes in Ethiopia and safe to swim. Drive to Addis Ababa (175 Km from Langaono). Stop over atBishoftu for lunch break near one of the lakes in the area. Proceed to Addis Ababa.Arrival in Addis Ababa. Leisure and shopping time.</p><p></p><p>In the evening, a farewell cultural night at the renowned cultural restaurant for authentic Ethiopian cultural food buffet along with live music and dances of the diverse nations and nationalities of Ethiopia. </p>

Trip Excludes

  • Domestic flight tickets. Drinks unless specified. Photography fees. Tours not mentioned above. Tips to guides & driver.

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Great Rift Valley & Bale Mountains