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Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya provided by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours

Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya

Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya
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Enjoy discovering few of Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and visiting the Steles of Tiya (14th Century AD and a UNESCO World Heritage). This is about 11 hours day trip from Addis to visit bird watching and spotting hippos, local family of the Oromo people, have great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Steles of Tiya which date back to the 14th Century, located south of Addis Ababa. It is a great outing from Addis Ababa: - - Enjoy spotting various lowland water birds by walking around Lake Ziway (if lucky few hippos). - Appreciate the superb scenery of the Rift Valley - Experience the way of life of the countryside people of Oromo. - Attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. - Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site  of Tiya Cemetery. Tour price includes private comfortable Toyota Minivan, fuel (gasoline), family visiting fee, bottled water, coffee, and professional experienced English speaking tour guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10-12 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10-12 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 10131P2
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private comfortable Toyota Minivan or Corolla equipped with air conditioning and seat belts
  • Local family visiting and attending a coffee ceremony fee
  • Professional experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Bottled water and local snacks in the van
  • Air port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Ziway
Exclusions
  • Meals
  • Admission (entrance) fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • And, any expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above
  • Entry/Admission - Tiya World Heritage Site
Duration
10–12 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Hotel, and any hotel/lodge in Addis Ababa
  • Airports:
  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • As June, July and August are the rainy season, dress accordingly and get umbrellas.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private comfortable Toyota Minivan or Corolla equipped with air conditioning and seat belts
  • Local family visiting and attending a coffee ceremony fee
  • Professional experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Bottled water and local snacks in the van
  • Air port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Ziway
Exclusions
  • Meals
  • Admission (entrance) fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • And, any expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above
  • Entry/Admission - Tiya World Heritage Site
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Hotel, and any hotel/lodge in Addis Ababa
  • Airports:
  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10–12 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • As June, July and August are the rainy season, dress accordingly and get umbrellas.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct. 2021
A note from Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya
All tour guides and drivers providing this tour are vaccinated for COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tiya World Heritage Site
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Lake Ziway
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Butajira
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Bishoftu
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Bobby Dazzler
Edinburgh, UK75 contributions
Merit Ethiopian tour to lake Ziway, day tour from Addis Ababa
What an excellent day tour! Headed off early then stopped for breakfast. Visited UNESCO steles site with informative guide. Had home brewed drinks with locals. Visited a traditional African residence then headed for lake Ziway, which was spectacular! Had lunch of fish from the lake, then went out on the lake with another local guide for a bout an hour. Saw hippos and lots of different birds. Headed back after that but stopped on the way for a beer in the sun. The tour guide Kede and driver Belay were great. Couldn't have asked for better! Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a day trip from Addis. Great job guys!
Written 20 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EthiopiaTours88
Dear David,  Thank you very much for booking the Day Tour from Addis Ababa to Rift Valley and UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF TIYA with MERIT ETHIOPIAN EXPERIENCE TOURS!! It is an honour to know Kede and Belay added such a value on your private guided day tour! Thank you also for taking time to rate and review your experience with us in detail! We are always pleased to make your tour in Ethiopia a success. Contact us anytime when a need for our service arises. Thanks again David and best regards, Muluken Girma
Written 21 April 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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franz212021
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Great Time
I had a great time and was well provided for by Muluken. We had an amazing time, and this was an amazing value con
472genew
472genew
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Two days tour to Harar
We had booked for this trip for the end of April 2020. Muluken made every effort to adapt the itinerary to fit in w
deryk c
deryk c
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Highly recommended
A well thought out tour giving a good glimpse of Addis local life. The family visit especially seemed very genuine
ryansC7696YG
ryansC7696YG
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Great tour
Fantastic. I had a tour with Muluken (guide) 2.5 years ago, and this was great, just like last time. Muluken is a g
nangelv
nangelv
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Nice experience
It was very nice. Our guide Biruk was very well informed and showed us many interesting things. :) He gave us many
Ravi J
Ravi J
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Trip to Awash Falls
They arranged our transportation to Awash Falls. Driver (Solomon) and his van were excellent. Solomon was safe and
mulukeng2016
mulukeng2016
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Best around Addis Ababa
If in Addis Ababa for layover or more than one day, take Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. You will enjoy it!
Talisman-for-me
Talisman-for-me
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An excellent day trip from Addis Ababa
We have had a fantastic experience with Muluken, who has organised a personalised day tour from Addis Ababa on the
rigschon
rigschon
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Memory lane
For the first time after 63 years I was happy to return to Addis Abeba. I got in contact with Muluken Girma, the mo
cas2468
cas2468
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A wonderful day in Addis Ababa! Muluken is a great guide!
Muluken was a wonderful and informative guide. He and our driver helped us see a lot of Addis Ababba in just one da
323berits
323berits
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Perfect Addis in one day!
Very nice and relaxed trip, with loads of experiences. Really feel like we got to see the best of Addis. Love the f
F1652QGdavidw
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Well organised and professional service
We found Muluken through Trip Advisor. We wanted a local guide to help us plan trips in Ethiopia as we were visitin
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alexandertG6306AN
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Fantastic Tour in Addis Abeba !
The tour was fantastic for the stop over we had in Addis. Biruk our guide was well educated and told us a lot about
Meander268789
Meander268789
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A great first day in Addis
Really great day with Getahun and Jamal. We were two friends traveling together and although we usually don’t do or
Hawkosky
Hawkosky
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Flexible and Engaged
Muluken ensures that every one of his clients has a unique experience. We visited multiple sites over the course o
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