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Ethiopian Odyssey

Trip Length

Trip Code

27 days PFEO

Minimum Passengers

6 people

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Ethiopia

Start City

End City

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopian Odyssey

This Ethiopian journey weaves a story of a once great and powerful kingdom, focussing on the regions of Bahar Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela. While down south in the OMO Valley the bizarre rituals and decorations of the various tribes will leave you gob-smacked. Don’t explore Ethiopia for a relaxing getaway, venture here to be moved.

Why we love it:

Ethiopian Odyssey


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Addis Ababa

Accommodation: Global Hotel or similar, Addis Ababa

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Day 2: Addis Ababa

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Global Hotel or similar, Addis Ababa

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Day 3: Bahir Dar

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Tana Hotel or similar, Bahar Dar

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Day 4: Lake Tana

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Tana Hotel or similar, Bahar Dar

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Day 5-6: Gondar

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Goha Hotel or similar, Gondar

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Day 7: Simien Mountains

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Camping , Simien National Park

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Day 8: Simien Mountains

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Camping , Simien National Park

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Day 9-10: Axum

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Yeha Hotel or similar, Axum

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Day 11-12: Lalibela

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Mountain View Hotel or similar, Lalibela

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Day 13-14: Addis Ababa

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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Day 15-16: Bale Mountain National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Wabi Shebele Hotel or similar, Awasa

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Day 17: Arba Minch

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 18: Nechisar National Park

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 19-20: Jinka

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Jinka Resort Hotel or similar, Jinka

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Day 21: Turmi

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 22: Murulle

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 23: Konso

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 24: Yabello

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Yabello Motel or similar, Dublock

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Day 25: Lake Awasa

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Wabi Shebele Hotel or similar, Awasa

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Day 26: Addis Ababa

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 27: Addis Ababa

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

Trekking.
The trek included in this trip is graded B - Moderate and consists of two short walks, approximately three hours each in length – one on the day of your arrival in the mountains, and one the following morning. You will start the trek at around 3,000m, although there will not be too many ascents and descents while you are actually walking. Although no previous trekking experience is required for this trip and everyone can walk at his or her own pace, it is recommended that you have a reasonable level of fitness before joining this trip – the more physically fit you are, the more easily your body will adapt to hiking. We also recommend that you bring hiking boots with ankle support as footing can be treacherous. Please note that this trek must not be used as a way of getting fit - you must be fit before starting this trip.
As well as your tour leader, you will be accompanied by a scout (compulsory for all visitors to the National Park), and mule handlers will take care of your luggage, leaving you to carry only your day pack. Our porters will also take care of all other necessary tasks, such as setting up the communal camp and cooking meals. Most food is fresh and we try to limit tinned or dehydrated food. Our camping accommodation will be in twin share tents Basic equipment such as sleeping mats will be provided, but you will need to bring your own sleep-sheet. Sleeping bags can be hired locally for around US$5. As we are trekking through some of Ethiopia’s most remote regions, please be prepared for very basic washing/toilet facilities. Our tour leader will carry a comprehensive medical kit throughout the duration of the trek.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Ethiopia
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Ethiopia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Tourist Visas may be granted for visits of up to one month, three months, or six months. The period of the visa begins on the date of issue, so please ensure the visa is valid from the date of issue until the final date of departure from Ethiopia. If you have visited Ethiopia in the last six days prior to your date of return to Australia, Australian Customs officials will ask you to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate on entry into Australia.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Ethiopia

Ethiopia & Eritrea - Lonely Planet

The History of Ethiopia - Harold G Marcus

The Ethiopians - Richard Pankhurst

The Sign and the Seal - Graham Hancock

The Life of My Choice - Sir Wilfred Thesiger

Ethiopia with a Mule - Dervla Murphy

Ethiopia with Love - Thelma Tolstoy

Sheba: through the desert in search of the legendary Queen - Nicholas Clapp

The Pale Abyssinian - Miles Bredin

When the Emperor Dies - Mason McCann Smith


Important Information

Ethiopia is a developing tourist destination and some facilities may not be up to certain expected standards. We are using the best hotels, but hot water, electricity and a wide choice of meals may not always be available. Please be aware that the road between Gondar and Aksum and in Simien Mountains National Park is very dusty and bumpy.

Please note there are no laundry services available whilst camping.

Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.


Luggage Allowance
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES. Extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Addis Ababa.
Flights
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Addis Ababa International Airport on arrival. A departure transfer is not included but can be booked at an additional cost. Please contact your Travel Agent to discuss.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

2 December 2013


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