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Harar & the Bale Mountains

Starts: Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Finishes: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Visit: Arba Minch, Awassa, Bale Mountains National Park, Lake Ziway, Awash National Park, Harar, Addis Ababa

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget

Overview

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The Rift Valley and its tribes are at the heart of this journey, and we have plenty of time to explore the lakes and towns. We spend time in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Harar where we go on a guided tour. This historic gem is also infamous for the butchers who feed the wild hyenas at night at the edge of the town. The Bale Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s best trekking areas and home to many endemic species of plants and animals; we spend three nights here to really get under the skin of the place and go in search of the elusive Ethiopian Wolf on the Sanetti Plateau.

Highlights

    • Adventure Activities
    • Hiking & Trekking
    • History & Culture
    • Nature & Wildlife

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 162962
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined##Overland expedition vehicle, Boat
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Overland Expedition

Starts: Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Finishes: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

    Activities
    • Experience the true local culture at this fish market. If you would like to try the soup make sure you bring your own bowl!  
    • Guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park
    • Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck, stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves
    • Head out with a scout to explore the trails of this National Park. 
    • Take a guided tour for half of the day through the winding streets of this ancient city.
    • Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum
    • Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa
    • Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism
    • Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896
    • Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes
    • Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie
    • Full day guided tour of the city taking in stops at many of the cities major highlights.
       
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
    Accomodation
    • 5% Camping - 95% Hotels

Excludes

    Activities
    • Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch (Price: ETB 200)
    • Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market' (Price: ETB 450)
    • Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people (Price: ETB 300)
    • Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet (Price: USD )
    • Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet (Price: ETB 100)
    • Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island (Price: ETB 4000)
    • Witness Harar's tradition of feeding wild Hyenas by hand each evening just outside the city walls. (Price: ARS )

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,423 ($95/day)

Deposit:

$315 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Ethiopia Arba Minch, Awassa, Wendo Genet, Bale Mountains National Park, Lake Ziway, Awash National Park, Harar, Addis Ababa
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Active/Adrenaline,Trekking,Hiking,Local Culture & Cuisine,Historical Sites,Parks & Nature Reserves

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Tour Operator

Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

In Business Since 2008

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http://www.dragoman.com

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