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2 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Explore The Lakes Of The Great Rift Valley

Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Addis Ababa, Awassa, Lake Langano, Tiya, Ziway

Bird Watching Tour
Nature Tour
Culture Tour

Go on this exciting tour to inspect the unique rock-cut church of Adadi Mariam, learn about Ethiopian history at Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site), interact with local villagers and visit a local family, learn to cook Ethiopian meals, and do boat rides in the Rift Valley Lake.

DAY 01

Addis Ababa - Adadi MAriam - tiya - Ziway - Awassa

  • Local weekly held Sunday market at Adadi town

    Drive from Addis Ababa south to the Rift Valley LAke of Awassa. 

  • Visit the ancient church of Adadi Mariam on the way, which is chiselled out of a single piece of rock in the 13th century AD. 

  • Proceed to the Steles of Tiya located 45 km away from Adadi Mariam rock church.

  • Visit the beautifully-carved stone grave markers erected between the 12th and 14th century AD in honour of important local heroes (warriors).

  • Have lunch at Butajira and make another stop to see the Rift Valley of Ethiopia from another angle.

  • Enjoy a boat trip of about an hour on the Rift Valley Lake ofZiway to see families of hippos and a number of birds such as Great white pelicans, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagle, Sacred Ibis, Hammer Kops, etc.

  • Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Awassa. If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful sunset over the lake.

Overnight stay at the Haile Resort Hotel.

DAY 02

Awassa - Shashemene - abijatta Shalla Lakes National PArk - Addis Ababa

  • Head to Amora Gedel by the shores of Lake Awassa. It is where locals come to have breakfast of fresh catch Tilapia fish.

  • Spot a number of birds gathered looking for leftover fish. 

  • See the rare Colobus Monkey. (Black and White Monkey).

  • Head north to the other Rift Valley Lake of Langano with a stop at the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park. 

  • Stop at Shashemene to visit the Jamaican Rastafarian Community and their church. 

  • At Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park, walk for half-an-hour to see Ostriches, Gazelles, Warthogs and different lowland bird species. 

  • Drive for 5 km to reach a viewpoint to see the great view of the twin lakes of Abiyatta and Shalla. Lake Shalla is the deepest lake in Ethiopia and it is a breeding ground for the seasonal flamingoes. 

  • Continue driving farther to visit the Natural Hot Spring waters where locals use the waters to heal skin diseases.

  • Have lunch at the Rift Valley Lake of Langano.

  • Drive back to Addis Ababa via the crater lakes of Bishoftu.

  • 600 USD Per Group
  • Professional experienced English speaking Ethiopian tour guide.

  • Private Transportation in comfortable Toyota Minivan of 2016 Model.

  • Fuel (gasoline), insurance and driver's allowance.

  • Local language speaking guides/translators.

  • Private boat-hire on Lake Ziway.

  • Bottled water and local snacks in the car.

  • Armed scout at the park of Abiyatta Shalla Park.

  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Attendance and Coffee.

  • Related necessary government taxes.

  • Accommodations.

  • Entrance fees.

  • Meals.

  • Private expenses like souvenirs, photo taking fees, etc.

  • When visiting the rock church of Adadi Mariam, women have to be fully dressed and cover their hair.

  • Tour can be customized.

  • On Thursdays and Sundays, visit the cultural weekly-held market of the Oromo people. 

  • Two days private tour from Addis Ababa. This two days cultural and nature tour from Addis Ababa is by drive with private vehicle and accompanied with a professional tour guide. Contact for details or customizing it! 

Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Addis Ababa, Awassa, Lake Langano, Tiya, Ziway

Bird Watching Tour
Nature Tour
Culture Tour

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