GVT 0016 Culture and Nature

Tour code: GVT 0016

Length: 11days and 10 nights
Route: Debre libanos, Zway, Langano, Abyata, shalla, Awassa, Wendo Genet, Bale, Sodore, and Menagesha forest.
Transport: By car.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa met your Guide at Bole Airport .Transfer to hotel. Overnight Addis Ababa.
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Debre libanos (103 Km) to the north of Addis Ababa, visit the Debre libanos monastery and Gregarious Gelada baboons peer curiously at you while birds of prey soar over head. We drive back to Addis to our hotel in the evening. Overnight Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Early in the morning drive to Lake Zway, the first to be seen among the rift valley lakes. It shelters a variety of water birds. After spending a couple of hours around this lake you continue driving to Lake Langano to spot colorful birds. Overnight Langano.
Day 4:In the morning after breakfast visit lake Abyata and lake Shalla, where you spot water birds such as white pelicans, flocks of ducks, waders and flamingos, continue driving to Awassa for some enjoyable bird spotting. Overnight Awassa.
Day 5: In the morning after breakfast visit the fish market, where you will spot various birds. We will continue driving to Wendo Genet – here an old but cozy hotel provides you great views to Endemic birds and an opportunity to bathe in the natural hot springs and hot swimming pool. Overnight Wendo Genet.
Day 6: After breakfast drive to Bale mountains passing through farmlands of south east Ethiopia, we will stop at different places to see Endemic birds of Ethiopia. Overnight Bale.
Day 7: After breakfast visit the Bale mountains National park – the home of most of Ethiopian Endemic birds and Endemic animals. It is here you will satisfy your need to see endemic plants, mammals and 14 endemic birds. Overnight Bale.
Day 8: In the morning after breakfast drive to the Afro- Alpine setting of sanetti plateau, home to the Endemic Simien Fox and the beautiful spot breasted plover. Overnight Bale.
Day 9: After breakfast drive through Arsi to Sodore you have an opportunity to bathe in the natural hot springs and International hot swimming pool. Overnight Sodore.
Day 10: After breakfast drive back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon your leisure time. Overnight Addis Ababa.
Day 11: In the morning after breakfast drive to Gefersa Lake and to the Menagesha forest. Menagesha forest is an area of ancient forest located about 1 hour from Addis Ababa on the steep slopes of mount Wuchecha. It is home to many indigenous trees (400 year old giant juniper and podocarpus.), Endemic birds (Abyssinian cat bird, Banded barbet, Golden backed wood pecker, black headed forest oriole and wattled ibis) and endemic animals (Menelik’s bushbuck and Colobus monkey.) Drive back to Addis Ababa and Transfer to Bole International Airport for final departure with many magnificent photos and special memories.