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A Wild Journey Through Ethiopia with Simien and Bale Mountains

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PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 4522

Private Tour Highlights

  • Trek through the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Ethiopia and see the elusive gelada baboon in Sanqaber.
  • Take an excursion to the Bale Mountains National Park to encounter various game including the rare Ethiopian wolves and Mountain Nyala.
  • Observe the magnificent scenery and unique flora and fauna of Simien Mountains National Park, referred to as the "Roof of Africa".
  • Enjoy beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge in Chenek and possibly spot the elusive Walia ibex.
  • Savor Addis Ababa's delicious cuisine and enjoy Ethiopia's famed Arabica coffee while exploring the capital city.
  • Watch the Gelada Baboons and the breathtaking landscape of the Simien Mountains with a light trek around the area.
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Tour Overview

Embark on A Wild Journey Through Ethiopia with Simien and Bale Mountains with 9-days filled with exhilarating wildlife experiences.

Home to unique species of wildlife, Ethiopia provides unforgettable experiences for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts through its protected national parks, including the Simien Mountains and Bales Mountains. The Simien Mountains National Park in northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and awe-inspiring views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. At the same time, Bale Mountains National Park contains a spectacularly diverse landscape. The high altitude includes the highest peak in the southern Ethiopia highlands, marked by numerous glacial lakes and swamps and surrounded by higher volcanic ridges and peaks.

Upon arriving in Ethiopia, travelers will take to what is known as “the Roof of Africa” to observe the Gelada Baboon and the Simien Mountain’s breathtaking landscape. During the stay in Simien, adventurers will enjoy a guided hike through Ethiopia’s most spectacular and diverse landscapes. After a few days of tranquility, explorers will head to Bale Mountains National Park for some of the most beautiful views and the chance to spot endemic wildlife such as the Walia ibex and the Ethiopian Wolf.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$4522 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$7366 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Ethiopia

Overnight International Flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Overnight International Flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Day
2

Welcome to Addis Ababa!

Upon arrival to Addis Ababa, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Serving as the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is the cultural and historic center of the country. The city's National Museum exhibits numerous prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, "Lucy." Aside from its fascinating history, visitors will also appreciate Addis Ababa's rich food scene as well as Ethiopia's famed export, Arabica coffee.

Upon arrival to Addis Ababa, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Serving as the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is the cultural and historic center of the country. The city's National Museum exhibits numerous prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, "Lucy." Aside from its fascinating history, visitors will also appreciate Addis Ababa's rich food scene as well as Ethiopia's famed export, Arabica coffee.

Day
3

Addis Ababa - Gondar - Simien

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Gondar.

Upon arrival to Gondar, you will drive to Simien Mountain National park (140 km / 87 miles, approx. 5 hours). En route, you will observe the magnificent scenery with unique flora, the first segment of the Simien Mountains National Park - "Roof of Africa". Upon arrival you will check-in to the lodge and you will proceed to drive to Sanqaber where you will be able to encounter birds like Lammergeyer and the endemic Gelada Baboon.
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Day
4

Trek to Sanqaber

You will depart from the Lodge after your breakfast and begin your trek by following the ridge of an escarpment. Incredible views greet you on both sides of the ridge and your path is lined with the area's unique flora and fauna, including 180 endemic species of birds. This is one of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Ethiopia, and while here, you are well-staged to see the elusive gelada baboon. After approximately five hours of hiking, you arrive at Sanqaber, then you will drive back to your Lodge.

You will depart from the Lodge after your breakfast and begin your trek by following the ridge of an escarpment. Incredible views greet you on both sides of the ridge and your path is lined with the area's unique flora and fauna, including 180 endemic species of birds. This is one of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Ethiopia, and while here, you are well-staged to see the elusive gelada baboon. After approximately five hours of hiking, you arrive at Sanqaber, then you will drive back to your Lodge.

Day
5

Simien - Gondar - Addis Ababa

This morning you will drive to Chenek. You will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge. This is a great place to spot the Walia ibex, if you are lucky, and the Ethiopian Wolf. Tucked away behind a hillock on a mini plateau is a romantic spot with a bench, looking back to Imet Gogo and Inatye.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa.

Upon arrival to Addis Ababa, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
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Day
6

Addis Ababa - Goba - Dinsho Park Tour

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Goba.

Upon arrival, you will drive to the Bale Mountains National Park (460 km / 286 miles, approx. 10 hours). Arrive at the park headquarters, Dinsho in the afternoon, with the possibility of spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget's Rail, and numerous other species.
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Day
7

Sanetti Plateau & Harenna Forest Tour

Take an excursion to the Bale Mountains National Park Sanetti plateau where you will be able to witness high mountain botany reaching over 4,377m above sea level. You will also have the chance to encounter various game and birds amongst which the endemics Ethiopian wolves and Mountain Nyala.

Take an excursion to the Bale Mountains National Park Sanetti plateau where you will be able to witness high mountain botany reaching over 4,377m above sea level. You will also have the chance to encounter various game and birds amongst which the endemics Ethiopian wolves and Mountain Nyala.

Day
8

Goba - Addis Ababa

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to your hotel in Addis Ababa.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to your hotel in Addis Ababa.

Day
9

Addis Ababa Historical Sightseeing Tour

Begin your city tour of Addis with a drive to Mount Entoto. This is a historical place where Emperor Menelik II resided and built his palace when he came from Ankober and founded Addis Ababa. It is considered a sacred mountain and has many monasteries. It is situated at an altitude between 2,600 and 3,100 meters. You will have a magnificent view of the city. Then, drive to the National Museum that houses the nation's artistic treasures as well as many of the most precious archaeological finds. This includes the fossilized remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is "Lucy," the partial skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus afarensis. The well-known Lucy is said to be 3.2 million years old. After visiting the museum, you will drive to Trinity Cathedral Church. This church is the highest-ranking Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was built to commemorate Ethiopia's liberation from Italian occupation and is the second most important place of worship in Ethiopia, after the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum.

This afternoon, you will visit the Ethnological museum set within Haile Selassie's former palace, surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of Addis Ababa University's main campus. Even if you're not normally a museum fan, this one is worth a bit of your time - it's easily one of the finest museums in Africa. Later, you drive to Mercato and visit the largest open market in Africa, where you will drive through the market. Mercato is located covering several square miles and employing an estimated 13,000 people in 7,100 business entities.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Gondar, Ethiopia

Simien National Park, Debark, Ethiopia

Goba, Ethiopia

Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Places You'll See

  • Addis Ababa

    Ethiopia’s sprawling capital city, located along the Great Rift Valley, provides travelers with a fantastic introduction to the country’s culture and history. History buffs will appreciate hundreds of prehistoric fossils at the National Museum where replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy,” reside. Foodies can indulge in Addis Ababa’s plentiful culinary scene and participate in an important part of Ethiopian culture with a delicious coffee ceremony.

  • Gondar

    The royal and historical city of Gondar is well known for its royal complex of ancient castles and palaces of numerous architectural styles dating back to the 17th century. Located north of Lake Tana and just south of the Simien Mountains, Gondar serves as the perfect stopover between the two destinations.

  • Goba

    Goba has long served as the gateway to Bales Mountains National Park, the ultimate destination for trekkers and wildlife lovers. From the rare Ethiopian wolf to the elusive mountain Nyla, much of the park’s fauna can be found only in Ethiopia. Visitors can explore one of the highest national parks in Africa on horseback, go fishing, or explore the local communities to get to know their unique customs and culture.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Addis Ababa : Jupiter International Hotel

Simien Mountains : Simien Lodge

Goba : Bale Mountain Lodge

Testimonials

Bob K.

Traveled August 2017

All of the upgrades were appreciated!

Our trip was fantastic! And everything seemed to go without a hitch.  Both Anne and I successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro without any altitude signs or symptoms; not even a headache. (Although we did see lots of people getting sick, and three with severe altitude sickness.  And one lady fractured a leg.) Adding the post-climb safari was wonderful! And all of the upgrades were appreciated! Shah Tours did a great job!  Anne and I were very lucky to have the guides we had. Hillary and Musa were particularly excellent.  We probably were successful to summit because of these two excellent professionals.

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Erica

Traveled July, 2016

It has certainly been a wonderful trip!

The best part of safari was just sitting and observing the animals.  Hearing them chew,walk, etc.  Loved it.  Victoria Falls was superb and we like them best from Zambian side.  It has certainly been a wonderful trip!

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Bernadette M.

Traveled December 2017

Traveling with Yampu Tours is the only way to go.

Love Yampu Tours and Steph Rudolph!! This is the third time that we have traveled with Yampu and it is absolutely wonderful and the vacations are relaxing, hassle free, and magical. Yampu is great at planning everything for us in advance. We are met by friendly tour guides at the airport, as well as each day for our various excursions. We are provided a private tour guide and driver for each excursion, so we never have to worry about waiting on a group or rushing through the day’s events. Everything is on our schedule and planned in advance. It is just the best way to travel. And, working with Steph Rudolph at Yampu – she is the amazing!!! She knows exactly what we like, has great suggestions for us to consider, and times our whole trip perfectly. We never feel rushed or overwhelmed and she takes care of every detail. She is a delight to work with – always on top of things, checking-in, and making sure that everything is perfect. Due to her attention to ensuring a great vacation and her professionalism, we have always had a perfect vacation. We will never travel anywhere without Yampu again. Many thanks to Steph and Yampu!!!

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