Trekking and Adventure with unique people
1: Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa. Meet the guide at the airport. Transfer hotel. Rest. Afternoon tour of Addis. ON htl
We drive to Sodore, admiring Awash river, a bath in the hot water swimming pool and lunch. We so proceed to the Awash National park. Game drive and spot many antelopes as the Orix, the Awash river and very nice falls, many birds, crocodiles and more. ON camping in the park or Fafate lodge
Breakfast & game drive. Proceed then to the Afar people and reach Semera, where we take the permits for the Danakil. ON camping Me’aseni lodge.
4: Lake Afrera
Visit Afar people extracting salt from lake Afrera. Proceed to the hot springs, where we’ll camp.
Drive till Dodom. Then organize the camels for the materials and trek from around 1500 hrs till late afternoon to the volcano. Here are fantastic views, with the lava and the volcano rim. ON camping
Full day at the volcano
Walk back to Dodom, where we meet the vehicles. Then drive to some Afar villages, as Emegubi. Is very interesting experiencing their way of life. ON in the village.
Visit the morning life of the people in the village. Then proceed to Ahmedale. camp
Is another special day: drive to Dalol, to see the Afar men extracting salt. Are spectacular colors of nature, unique in the world. ON camping AhmedAle
Two days of trekking bring us more in contact with these special people. The trekking is not so hard not having any altitude to do, but is very hot, so must be fit. You’ll admire the camel caravans bringing the salt from Ahmedale to to cities in the Tigray and nearby regions; and viceversa camels having sold their products coming back to AhmedAle & Dalol. You’ll see how the Afar people leave and move during these days; how they prepare their traditional bread, tea and lot of new interesting discoveries. ON camping along the river side
Another full day trekking and discovering. ON camping Berhale
12: Tigray Churches
In ones from 120 mts below sea level we go to the Ethiopian highlands. Here in the Tigray regioni are found more than 110 different churches, with different architectural and ornamental designs, from the Axumite to the Zegwe dinasty, built in such difficult places over mountains to protect the churches and monasteries from any enemy. Visit at least one church: we suggest Micael Imba. ON Gheralta lodge (orAxum htl Mekele)
13: Tigray Churches
Full day for Tigray churches: we suggest Abreha We Atsbeha, Degum Selassie & Wikro Cherkos. ON Gheralta lodge (orAxum htl Mekele)
14: Lake Hayk
Crossing lake Ashandi, we proceed to lake Hayk. Visit Debre Estifanos monastery, over an island of the lake. We proceed then to Kombolcha. ON hotel (Sunny side or Hikma or Tecle)
15: Addis Ababa
Crossing fantastic views, we reach for the afternoon Addis Ababa. If Sunday, on the way visit Afar & Oromo people market at Senbete village. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure
if you have 2-3 more days, we suggest, after the Tigray churches, to visit also the rock-hwn churches in and around Lalibela