This is an adventure of a life time, meeting incredible tribes of the Omo, visiting the Churches of Tigray and Lalibela and the ancient kingdom of Axsum.
Travel through a medieval world of historical treasures, with Christian beliefs and practices little changed in thousands of years. Mountains and plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by lowlands, semi-desert and tropical forests. The wide range of altitude has given the country a variety of ecologically distinct areas – from the highest point on the Simiens to the Danakil Depression that lies below sea level.
Ethiopia has an outstanding 31 endemic species of mammal, including Galada Baboon, Walia Ibex and Ethiopian Wolf found on the remote mountains of Bale and Simiens.
Your expedition begins in the Ethiopian capital – Addis Ababa. Here you will meet your pilot and helicopter.
Depending on your arrival time, there is plenty to do during the day with options to enjoy a city tour and go to the National Museum, which houses the 3.5 million year-old skeleton of ‘Lucy’ - the oldest hominid ever found.
Traditional song houses and local markets can also be visited. The Ristorante Castelli restaurant is a great option for dinner - serving excellent Italian cuisine.
Day 2 & 3
Today we depart for Lalibela, following the Blue Nile Gorge through astonishing landscapes. In the company of an expert guide, we will visit some of the famous 12th century rock-hewn churches.
Accommodation is located on the edge of the Lasta Mountain.
This morning we leave for the Simien Mountains, enjoying a spectacular flight following the course of the Tekeze River.
At 4,543m, the Simiens are Ethiopia’s highest range, home to the fascinating Gelada baboon, elusive Ethiopian Wolf and the endemic Walia Ibex. A vehicle will meet us, and we will spend time enjoying the unique life in these remote mountains.
Accommodation for the next 4 nights will be in the Tigray region.
With a picnic breakfast on board, we embark on a dawn flight to the Simiens. With the sun behind us, the spires and pinnacles are an impressive sight. Lammergerie vultures are found exclusively in mountainous terrain, and we often have great sightings of them soaring overhead.
After a picnic breakfast, we continue onto the fascinating town of Aksum - famous for Stellae (granite monuments).
In the afternoon we will explore the Tigray region and its incredible rock-hewn churches, believed to date back to the 6th or 7th Century.
This morning we head to the Danakil Depression - a place of acid lakes, volcanoes and giant salt pans.
On route we’ll hopefully have sightings of the camel trains belonging to the Afar nomadic people. We will visit Irta Ale, an active volcano of bubbling molten lava. In the evening we return to Gheralta.
Today we will explore the Tigray region. The amazing rock-hewn churches are perched on top of steep hills, or carved into cliff faces only accessible by narrow foot paths which scale up the edge of the hills.
Today we leave for Addis Ababa - the final journey of our adventure follows the western wall of the Great Rift Valley.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
Nicola Shepherd, founder and CEO of The Exploration Company, organises unusual trips for HNW and UHNW clients ranging from birthday parties at an Indian Maharajah's palace to reliving Sir Vivian Fuchs's 1950s expedition to the South Pole. Citywealth caught ...
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