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2 Days Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes Tour from Addis Ababa

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USD 610.00
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What to Expect

Day 1: Addis Ababa – Butajira – Lake Ziway – Awassa

Stop At: Adadi Maryam, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Be met and welcomed by your tour guide at your hotel lobby at 7:30 AM and take your private comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan for the drive of 275 km south of Addis Ababa to Awassa with interesting stops along the way.

The first stop today is at an outlook to enjoy the great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. It is best known for its beautiful lakes and abundant birdlife. The Rift Valley is where Africa is in its early stage of breaking apart.

Then crossing the Awash River and driving 12 km on dirt road, visit the ancient and still in service church of Adadi Mariam which is chiseled out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD. Adadi Mariam rock church is believed to have been founded by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful and elaborate rock churches in the Northern Ethiopia.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Tiya World Heritage Site, Tiya Ethiopia
Following will be visiting the Steles of Tiya located 45 km away from Adadi Mariam rock church. The Steles of Tiya is one of Ethiopia’s sites listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will visit beautiful carved stone grave markers erected between the 12th and 14th Century AD in honor of important local heroes (warriors).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Haile Resort Ziway Batu, Ziway /Batu, Ziway, Ethiopia
After lunch at the town of Butajira, and another stop to see the Rift Valley of Ethiopia from another angle, enjoy a boat trip of about an hour on the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of birds such as Great white pelicans, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagle, Sacred Ibis, Hammer Kops, etc

Finally, drive 115 km south to the Rift Valley Lake of Awassa. If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful sun set over the lake.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Awassa – Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park – Bishoftu – Addis Ababa

Stop At: Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Awassa Lake, Awasa Ethiopia
After breakfast head to Amora Gedel found by the shores of Lake Awassa. It is where locals come to have breakfast of fresh catch Tilapia fish and spot a number of birds gathered looking for leftover fish. Here you will see the rare Colobus Monkey (Black and White Monkey).
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Abidjatta-Shalla National Park, Awasa Ethiopia
Then, head north to the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park with a stop at Shashemene to visit the Jamaican Rastafarian Community.

At Abiyatta Shalla Lakes NP walk for half an hour to see Ostriches, Gazelles, Warthogs, and different lowland bird species. If the weather is good (September – June), continue driving farther to visit the Natural Hot Spring waters where locals use the waters to get healed from skin diseases.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Lake Ziway, Ziway Ethiopia
Then Stop at Lake Langano for lunch and drive via Lake Ziway back to Addis Ababa with another stop at Bishoftu Crater LAke
Duration: 4 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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