A trip to eastern Ethiopia is a journey that tickles the heart, boggles the mind and challenges the soul – no less than that. In stark contrast to the green, densely populated, Christian highlands, the east is largely arid, wild, low-lying and Muslim. The old walled city of Harar, (the fourth Islamic holiest city) which seems straight out of a story from the Arabian Nights lies in this route. This gem of a place is shrouded with a palpable historical aura that will appeal to culture vultures. And after nightfall, the hard-to-believe ritual feeding of the Harar hyenas will leave you gasping in awe.
The Awash National Park, with its outstanding birdlife, offers ample compensation and the lower awash valley is where the fossil of Lucy unearthed in 1974 and it justifies Ethiopia’s claim to be the cradle of human kind. For wannabe National Geographic wanderers, the seemingly endless ribbon of bitumen leading northeast to Asaita offers opportunities for remote exploration. Follow Wilfred Thesiger’s steps and head to the mesmerizingly desolate area known as the southern Danakil region, which is home to the fascinating Afar people and remains adamantly off the beaten track.
Day 1 : FLY FROM HOME TO ADDIS ABABA ARRIVAL
On arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. Overnight Hotel arranged by you.
Day 2: -ADDIS ABABA TO AWASH NATIONAL PARK (225 KM)
Less than three hours’ drive from Addis Ababa, or one and a half from Nazaret is the Awash National park and Game Reserve Awash National Park is located 225 km east of Addis Ababa, the Park stretches 30km east to west and a little less from north to south. The terrain is mainly acacia woodland and grassland. At all places and all times it is possible to see game: Oryx, Soemmerring’s gazelle and wild pig are common and Over four hundred bird species are recorded for the park: They range from the great ostrich, frequently and easily observed, and the less common Secretary Bird and Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, to the flashes of brilliant pink which are the Carmine Bee-eaters, and the Abyssinian Roller with turquoise and purple, wings. Overnight comping in the park
Day 3: – AWASH NP TO BALE MOUNTAIN NP VIA NAZERET (460 KM)
This day arrival to Bale Mountain National Park will be late afternoon. You will drive to Dinsho , the head quarter of the bale mountain NP in route you will have glimpse of the bale mount and then back to Goba for overnight .
Bale Mountains National Park is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. As you ascend into the mountains you will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude, from juniper forests to heather moorlands and alpine meadows, which at various times of year exhibit an abundance of colorful wildflowers. Overnight Ras Hotel in Goba
Day 4: – TREKKING BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (427km)
This day since morning you will visit some of Ethiopian endemic mammals which are sheltered in the park. Afternoon, trek Sannete plateau and visit Harrena Forests and birds Overnight Ras hotel in Goba
Day 5: -DRIVE FROM BALE MOUNT NP TO ADDIS ABABA
In the late afternoon you will arrive Addis Ababa and in the evening your visit will be the cities traditional restaurants and night clubs.
Mid night flight to home