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15 Days Nature tour itinerary for ethiopia: Gain Insights From Historic Northern Cities & Natural Wonders

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Dallol, Debarq, Gondar, Lalibela, Mekele

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Gain Insights from Historic Northern Cities & Natural Wonders

Ethiopia's wonders


Learn more about the rich culture and history of Ethiopia with Lake Tana, Simien Mountains, geological formations caused by the hot springs rich in sulfur, potash, and salt, historic city landmarks, Erta Alle volcano lake, rock-hewn churches, and more. 

DAY 01

Addis Ababa

  • Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.

  • Go to the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Overnight Hotel  (L, D)

DAY 02

Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar

  • Fly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines.

  • Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar with your Ethiopian guide.

  • Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries.  

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

DAY 03

Bahar Dar - Gondar

  • Drive through the countryside to Gondar.

  • Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century.  Having survived several wars, including air raids during World War 2, the castles are a testament to the resilience of this once mighty African Empire.

  • Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

DAY 04

Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park

  • Drive to Sankabar, the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

DAY 05

Simien Mountains - Axum

  • Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Make frequent stops at viewpoints along the way.  

  • Arrive in Axum late afternoon.

 Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 06


  • Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years.

  • Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum.

  • See the other tombs and archaeological sites as time permits. 

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

DAY 07

Axum - Hawzein

  • Drive to the Hawzein passing the Adwa battlefield, site of Emperor Menelik II's 1895 victory over the invading Italians.

  • Visit the 2,500-year-old ruins of Yeha, an ancient moon temple.  

  • Continue past Adigrat and visit Aba Gerima and Petros Paulos, two of the Tigray region's oldest and finest rock churches.

  • * On this day, you will pass the 6th century monastery of Debre Damos which is perched atop a remote plateau.   The monastery is only accessible using a rope and the monks will help pull visitors up the 20 - 25 meter cliff.  However, it is only recommended for physically fit individuals.  Women are not allowed on the grounds of the monastery, and therefore, it is not part of the regular tour itinerary.  However, you can stop here for those on a custom or private tour.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

DAY 08

Hawzein - Mekele

  • Visit more of Tigray's remote and ancient rock-hewn churches: Abraha Atsbeha, dating from the 10th century; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and  Medhane Alem Kesho.  

  • Drive to Mekele.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

DAY 09

Mekele - Ahmedela

  • Meet support vehicles and drive to Ahmedela via Berhaile.

  • Make camp, and see camel caravans passing against a backdrop of dramatic sunsets. 

Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

DAY 10

Excursions to Lake Asale and Dalol

  • Excursions to Lake Asale and Dallol

  • Visit Lake Asale and watch the salt workers as they cut bricks of salt from the lake bed. The bricks are then sold on the market and loaded on camel caravans for transport to the highlands.

  • Proceed to Dallol and view the dramatic and colourful geological formations caused by the hot springs rich in sulfur, potash, and salt. 

Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

DAY 11

Trek to Erta Alle

  • Drive to Dodom.

  • Trek 15 kilometres to the Erta Alle volcano lake, 613 meters above sea level.

  • Arrive at Erta Alle around midnight and walk to see the spectacular volcanic eruption.

  • Set up camp and rest. 

Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

DAY 12

Return to Mekele

  • Return trek to Dodom.

  • Drive to Mekele. 

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

DAY 13

Mekele - Lalibela

  • Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela.

  • Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace. 

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

DAY 14


  • Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. 

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

DAY 15

Lalibela - Addis Ababa

  • Fly to Addis Ababa.

  • Visit the National Museum, home of the 3 million-year-old skeleton “Lucy.”

  • Do optional souvenir shopping.

  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.

  • Transfer to the airport for late night departure if needed.

(B, L, D)

  • 3289 USD Per Adult
  • Accommodation room on twin-bed sharing basis.

  • Camping equipment including tents and mattresses (excluding sleeping bags)

  • Cooking, camping equipment (an experienced cook throughout the whole tour).

  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.

  • Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.

  • All meals throughout the tour. (Full Board)

  • All entrance fees.

  • Transfers.

  • Boat rent at the lake.

  • All ground transportation with fuel, and insurance.

  • Professional English-speaking Ethiopian guide.

  • All local guides.

  • Scouts.

  • Government tax.

  • Flights 

  • Alcohol 

  • Personal spending 

What do you need?

  • Light (for walking in the night).

  • Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano.

  • Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes).

  • Sunglasses.

  • Sun protection like sun cream, hat.

  • Jacket for the night on the volcano.

  • Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (it can be provided to you).

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Dallol, Debarq, Gondar, Lalibela, Mekele

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Eliyakim Bekele

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