12 Days Ethiopian Vegan Tour

12 Days Ethiopian Vegan Tour

Duration

12 Days

Best Of Ethiopian Vegan Tour

Unbeatable

Overview

Visitors never cease to wonder at seeing things in Ethiopia that are unusual. The food is one among many. Vegan dishes are notable for their uniqueness and delicacy, tempting everyone whether hungry or not. In Ethiopia, veganism is a natural thing not only for its health benefits but also a spiritual experience tied to the Ethiopian Orthodox and Catholic Churches. Every week of Wednesday and Friday is considered as a fasting day with few exceptions. All in all more than seven months of the year are strictly vegan as it is a period of reflection, where one would distance from things that he/she become accustomed to. It’s a great time to test your character and will, like surrendering the flesh to the soul.

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every detail taken care of

Every detail taken care of

Tour Highlights

  • During this Ethiopian vegan friendly tour, you will be able to explore the highlights of the Ethiopian ancient history by immersing yourself in the main architectural attractions and natural landscapes of the Northern part of the country.
  • Not only will you enjoy a boat trip in the biggest lake of the country, but you will also walk in the highlands surrounded by the funny and endemic Gelada baboon and share unforgettable sunsets from privilege spots.
  • The tour starts with a city tour of the vibrant capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. It continues in Bahir Dar and the unique monasteries by the Lake Tana.

What's Included

  • Transport in a safari mini-van with roof-top for better photography and game viewing drives.
  • Services of an experienced safari tour driver/guide
  • Meals while on safari
  • Accommodation mentioned in the program
  • Government taxes, tolls and levy’s
  • Pick up and drop off from airport / hotel.
  • All park entrance fees

What's Not Included

  • Visa fees
  • Items of personal nature: soft or bottled drinks
  • Gratitude’s (tips to guides)

Tour Itinerary

Day - 1

Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Addis Ababa

Arrive to Bole International Airport, where you will be welcomed by one of our representatives to take you to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, start the city tour in Addis Ababa for your first glimpse of the lifestyles and cultures of this modern African city, starting with a visit to the Ethnographic Museum and followed by the National Museum, home to Lucy, a three and a half million year old fossilised skeleton. We will take you to the oldest hotel in Addis, Taitu Hotel, where you will be introduced to the Ethiopian cuisine by tasting different dishes included in their vegan buffet. After lunch, visit the Trinity Church Cathedral, where the Emperor Haile Selassie I is buried, or the chaotic Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa where you can buy anything from electronics to clothes, industrial goods to tea.

Day - 2

Chimpanzee Tracking and Canopy Walk in the Forest
Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar and the Blue Nile Falls

After breakfast, head to the airport to fly to Bahir Dar. After the check-in, head to Mango Park at Lake Tana, the best spot to view pelicans and enjoy sitting by the shores. After lunch, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Head back to Bahir Dar and stop by the Bezawit hill, where Haile Selassie I made his palace built in 1967 and watch the impressive view over the Lake Tana and the city, especially during the sunset..

Day - 3

Hike to the Waterfalls and transfer to Lake Kivu
Bahir Dar – Gondar

In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries located at the Zege Peninsula and the source of the Blue Nile River. After lunch in Bahir Dar, drive to Gondar. The four-hours drive will take you through rural villages, offering a wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. In the late afternoon, visit the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia full of staring angels.

Day - 4

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Gondar and the Awra Amba community

In the morning, visit Awra Amba, an Ethiopian community where men and women share the same responsibilities. Since they decided not to have an official religion, they were pushed into the most infertile areas and decided to focus on the weaving business and they also provide milling services to the neighbouring farmers. This village is unique in terms of its attitude towards gender, religion and education in Ethiopia. In the afternoon, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the 17th Century Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Afterwards, visit Fasilides’ pool, still used nowadays during the Timkat celebration.

Day - 5

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Excursion to the Simien Mountains National Park

In the morning, drive to the Simien Mountains National Park via Debark, where we will obtain all the trekking permits and the required scout. Start trekking from Buytras, to Sankaber (3-4 hours). During the walk there’s a good chance of seeing your first Gelada baboons groups. Drive back to Gondar for overnight and stop by the Jews community known as the Felasha village, known for their pottery skills.

Day - 6

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Gondar – Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela. After lunch, you can start the city tour to the first group of rock-hewn churches, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. This group includes the following churches: Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Michael Golgotha and Tomb of Adam Bete Giorgis. In the evening, you will attend a cooking class to learn how to elaborate different dishes from the Ethiopian vegan cuisine..

Day - 7

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Lalibela – Hudad Mountain

In the morning, trek up to Asheton Maryam to visit a beautiful monastery. Have a picnic break and head up to Hudad Mountain, where you will be surely welcomed by the Gelada Baboon. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon by the Eco-lodge with beautiful views. In the evening, a warm campfire with the local community will make you feel at home.

Day - 8

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hudad Mountain – Lalibela

After breakfast, go for a short walk to visit the local school located across the lodge. Trek back to Lalibela. After lunch, continue the visit of the second group of rock-hewn churches: Bete Gebriel Raphael, Bete Merkorios, Bete Amanuel and Bete Aba Libanos. End the day with a stunning sunset over the mountains of Lasta while having dinner at the well known Ben Abeba restaurant.

Day - 9

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Lalibela – Axum

In the morning, fly to Axum and start the city tour with the visit of the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy). After lunch at Yeha Hotel, visit the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round). Continue the city tour with the visit to King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of Covenant is believed to be kept. Unfortunately only men are allowed to enter this old church and no one, except the guardian monk, is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.

Day - 10

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Axum – Adigrat

In the morning, drive to Adigrat. On the way, you will pass by the historical scenario of the Adwa battle where the Ethiopian defeated the Italians in 1896. The next stop before reaching Adigrat is Debre Damo monastery, located at a 3,000 meters high cliff top. This monastery is only accessible for men by ascending a 15 meters high cliff with the aid of a leather rope.

Day - 11

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Excursion to the Tigray rock-hewn churches

Early in the morning, drive to the bottom of Abune Yemata Guh and start the hike up for about 40 or 60 minutes. Please note that this route is not eligible for people suffering from vertigo. On the top, you will find the most compelling church in the Tigray region, decorated with sophisticated paintings and perfectly preserved wall and roof murals. After a picnic lunch, drive to Maryam Korkor to trek up to a small plateau atop a sheer-sided 2,480 meters high mountain. This monastic church holds fine artwork on its walls from the 17th century. Reaching this spectacular place will take you around 1 hour. Trek back to the bottom and drive back to the hotel for overnight.

Day - 12

Kibale National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hawzien – Mekele – Addis Ababa

Drive to Mekele. On the way, you will have the chance to visit different rock-hewn churches around Wukro such as Wukro Cherkos, Abraham Wearbeha and Petros and Paulos. In the afternoon, fly to Addis Ababa. In the evening, Inside Ethiopia Tours offers you a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with live music and traditional dances. Transfer to the airport for departure.

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