General Information

  • Spaces Available: All spaces are available
  • Days and Nights: 5 Days and 4 Nights
  • Tour Code: ANPH-EBTT 01/2018
  • Tour Guide:-
  • Minimum Participant: 1 traveller and 1 Finot Tour Ethiopia Tour guide
  • Transportation: Surface Drive
  • Start Location: Addis Ababa
  • End Location: Addis Ababa
  • Type of Tour: Adventure and Nature

Tour Highlight

No journey along Ethiopia’s fabled historic route would be complete without a visit to the medieval walled city of harar, which stands amid green mountains on the east wall of the Great Rift Valley. Harar’s heritage is almost entirely Muslim and oriental. Harar has probably always had a great deal more in common with the horns coastal culture than with the life of the the highlands –and it retains to this day a certain redolence of the orient. The most dominant features, apart from its strong encircling walls, are its rich and exciting market place-probably the most colorful in Ethiopia. With its 90 mosques and shrines, harar is considered to be the fourth most sacred centre of Islamic world. Its Islamic character is best expressed in the grand mosque (AL Jami), which dominates the town. Rightly renowned for its intricately worked filigree jewelers of silver, gold and amber, Harars megalo gudo market is also a centre for beautiful baskets of woven grass, decorative wall-mats and bright shawls, as well as all the fruits, vegetables, spices and grains of the province. Harars five gates the only means to enter or leave the city center have been strongly guarded over the years. The fully restored Rimbaud house is well worth a visit.

DAY 01: ADDIS ABABA

Meet and greet you ETHIO BLOSSOMS TOUR AND TARVEL representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. There may be a wait at the airport to retrieve your baggage from the airport system. Transfer to the 4* Jupiter International Hotel with two superb locations in Addis Ababa’s Kazanchise area, you’ll be within walking distance of the UNECA center. The 142 rooms are spacious and comfortable with free broadband internet and multichannel satellite television. The hotel also has a steam room, fitness center, massage, spa and sauna, a great way to relax and unwind after your long flight. You’re booked on to a half-day tour of the city to include: the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa and Merkato – the largest open-air market in Africa. Then drive to Mt. Entoto (3,200 meters) for a panoramic view of the capital.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel or Similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 15km and 30 minutes
  • Game drive varies the time
  • Visitors to Ethiopia require visas. The only exceptions are nationals from Djibouti and Kenya and travellers who arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to catch a connecting flight.
  • You’ll return to Addis Ababa on your last day when we’ve scheduled a half day tour of the city and the Merkato market, including visiting the National Archaeological Museum of Addis Ababa.

DAY 02: DRIVE TO AWASH NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast drive from Addis to Awash National Park through the awe-inspiring crater lakes of Debrezeit. Your next stop will be at Lake Beseka. Then you will be continuing to Awash National Park. Birding in Awash National Park, located in the rift valley. It is enriched with many species of birds and mammals; African orange-bellied parrots, bustards, weavers, European Hoope somber rock-chat, yellow-throated serine, Red-fronted barbet, pygmy baits, Lesser striped swallow, House martin and Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dik-dik, etc.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Awash Falls Lodge or similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 210km and 4 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 03: Drive Harar

Awash-Harar Drive across the Rift valley floor and along the spine of the beautiful Ahmar Mountains to Harar. This is an early 16th century eastern Ethiopian city, was once an important trade centre and is famous for its ancient Arabic structures, great city walls, and the French poet Rimbaud’s house. Harar is an Islamic centre with at least 99 mosques, and is considered to be the fourth holiest Islamic city, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Early in the evening visit the Hyena man feeding outside the walls of the city.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Ras Hotel or similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 300km and 6hours
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 04: VISIT THE WALLED TOWN OF HARAR

You will have an early breakfast and visit the walled city of Jegol, the house of Arthur Rimbaud (a French poetry who lived 1880’s in Harar), Emperor Haile Selassie home (where he was born & raised) and Harari Cultural Museum. You will start exploring the 16th century UNSCO registered wall city of HARAR. Including the colorful local market and the famous museums and holy shrine, you will enjoy visit of the colorful market in Harar.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Ras Hotel or Similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 210km and 4 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

Day 5: Drive back to Addis Ababa 

After a relaxed breakfast you will drive to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

  • The tour program can be modified differently, rearranged, combined with other itinerary and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time and budget.
  • Up on request Ethioblossoms can arrange various tour programs based on your interest.
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